Mid South Television title defeating Dutch Mantell (July 22, 1985);
Mid South North American heavyweight title defeating Dick Murdoch (October 14, 1985);
NWA (WCW) world tag team titles w/Ron Simmons defeating Rick and Scott Steiner (May 19, 1990);
USWA Unified world heavyweight title defeating Junk Yard Dog (October 12, 1992);
MWF (Missouri) heavyweight title;
MWCW (Michigan) heavyweight title;
WLW (Harley Race’s World League Wrestling) heavyweight title defeating Luminous Warrior (March 31, 2001);
MSW (Mid States Wrestling) Mid States heavyweight title defeating “Mr. Saturday Night” Michael Berry (November 12, 2005);
Butch Reed started wrestling in 1978 in the Kansas City territory after attending the University of Central Missouri and briefly playing professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Early on he wrestled as Bruce Reed adopting the “Hacksaw” nickname over time.
Reed and Jerry Roberts beat Mike George and Bob Sweetan for the NWA Central States tag team titles in late 1980 and lost them to The Kelly Twins in January 1981; this is believed to be Butch Reed’s first major title in wrestling.
His next title also came as one half of a tag team when he and Sweet Brown Sugar (Skip Young, not Koko B. Ware) won the Florida version of the NWA North American Tag Team Championship when they beat Dory Funk, Jr. and David Von Erich in 1982.
Reed wrestled mainly for the NWA in the early 1980s and made a name for himself in their St. Louis, Florida Championship Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling territories.
Reed established himself as a force to be reckoned with while competing in Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling from 1983 through early 1986.
In Mid-South, he was known as “Hacksaw” Butch Reed and came into the territory as a tag team partner for the main face in the territory the Junkyard Dog.
Reed immediately came face to face with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan over the “Hacksaw” nickname.
Back in 1983, Duggan was part of the heel group the “Rat Pack” along with Ted DiBiase and Matt Borne and used every dirty move he could think of to beat Butch Reed. Reed and Duggan would feud over the “Hacksaw” name until Jim Duggan turned face. Duggan’s face turn resulted in Butch Reed’s heel turn when Duggan was picked to be the Junkyard Dog’s tag team partner over Reed.
On July 16, 1983, Butch Reed won the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship and proceeded to turn back JYD’s challenges in subsequent months.
In October 1983, Reed’s arrogance made him agree to let the Mid-South fans pick a challenger for the North American title; he let them pick from the JYD, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, newcomer Krusher Khruschev, and Magnum T.A.. The fans picked JYD but Reed dismissed the choice; he also said Duggan and Khruschev did not deserve a shot and instead gave the title shot to a very young and inexperienced T.A. As fate would have it, T.A. beat Reed to win the title, then lost it 12 days later to Nikolai Volkoff.
On the same night that Reed lost the North American title, he and partner Jim Neidhart beat Magnum T.A. and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan to win the Mid-South Tag Team Championship.
After a few weeks the North American title was returned to Reed, claiming that the title match with T.A. was not legal since the fans chose JYD. Reed’s run as a double champion did not last long as JYD got his title shot with Dusty Rhodes as the special guest referee.
After losing the North American title, Reed and Neidhart focused on the tag team titles and defended them against all comers. When Magnum and Mr. Wrestling II challenged for the titles, they felt that the challengers had to put up something of their own: Mr. Wrestling II’s mask.
Mr. Wrestling did not unmask that night as they took the gold from Reed and Neidhart in a Steel cage match on Christmas of 1983.
Neidhart and Reed started to blame each other and had a short, brutal feud.
The Neidhart feud was soon replaced with one with Terry Taylor who came out to save Neidhart from being beaten down with a football helmet after a match. The Reed/Taylor feud raged all through the spring of 1984 and was instrumental in establishing Terry Taylor as a star in Mid-South.
The feud soon expanded to include “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel as Reed’s tag team partner and saw Reed attack Taylor with a “Coalminer’s Glove” on several occasions.
After fighting with Terry Taylor for months on end, Reed’s attention turned from Taylor back to his old enemy the Junkyard Dog. During a match, Reed and Landel attacked JYD as he performed under a mask as “Stagger Lee” and painted him yellow.
The war between the two brought in Sonny King and later Ernie Ladd to team with Junkyard Dog. After the tag matches, came brutal singles matches such as Dog Collar Matches.
Just as the feud was about to reach its heated highlight, the Junkyard Dog left Mid-South and signed with the World Wrestling Federation without informing booker Bill Watts of his decision. This meant that the federation was without their biggest face and the shows had to be hastily rebooked. Watts brought in “Master G” to take JYD’s place but the feud between Reed and “Master G” never took off forcing Watts to rethink his options.
When “General” Skandor Akbar entered the Mid-South and started to build a stable of heels, he presented Buddy Landel with a golden Rolex watch with the understanding that it wasn’t actually for Landel but for someone else Akbar was trying to recruit. When Landel tried to give the watch to Reed, he became incensed, in the storyline, stomped on the watch, and started to brawl with his former partner. Akbar and his cronies came to ringside, which prompted Reed to rant on them getting the crowd behind him as he told them he didn’t need back-up.
When “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan came to his rescue from a 3 on 1 attack, Reed’s face status was cemented. The two Hacksaws feuded with Akbar’s army of Landel, Ted Dibiase, Steve Williams, and Hercules.
The two Hacksaws were successful at first, until Reed came up against Kamala. He proved to be too much for Reed, beating him all over the Mid-South territory before Reed quietly left.
Reed would go to the American Wrestling Association for a short stint as Jimmy Garvin’s bodyguard, but would return to Mid-South in the middle of 1985 only a few short months after leaving it.
In October 1985, Butch Reed beat Dick Murdoch for the North American title. Around this time, he had a famous one-hour time-limit draw with NWA Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and feuded with Dick Slater when Slater helped Ric Flair keep the world title.
January 1, 1986 – MSW: Dick Slater defeated Butch Reed to win the Mid-South North American title.
Central States – Kansas City:
1986: Butch was working for the Central States, a minor NWA territory out of Kansas city promoted by Bob Geigel.
Butch was managed by Slick in Central States.
Summer 1986: Butch and Slick were defeated by Bruiser Brody in a “Loser Leaves Town” match, and were sent packing.
The World Wrestling Federation:
Butch Reed and Slick joined the WWF, where Reed became known as “the Natural”, dispite his bleech blonde hair.
September 27, 1986 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated William Tabb.
September 28, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Mike Kelly.
October 18, 1986 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Rick Hunter.
October 26, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Don Driggers.
November 9, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Jerry Allen.
November 15, 1986 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Mario Mancini.
November 29, 1986 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Max Blue.
December 7, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik defeated Billy Jack Haynes & The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid).
December 14, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Lanny Poffo.
December 20, 1986 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Jerry Monti.
December 28, 1986 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik defeated The Islanders (Haku & Tama) and Jose Luis Rivera.
January 10, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Reggie Parks.
January 18, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Mario Mancini.
February 7, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated David Stoudemire.
February 22, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated George Steele by count-out.
February 23, 1987 – MSG Network: Butch Reed vs. Tito Santana ended in a double disqualification.
March 28, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Jim Powers.
March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: Butch Reed defeated Koko B. Ware.
Butch was booked to win the Intercontinental title from Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat, but no-showed the event.
~~~Butch was replaced by Honkey Tonk Man, who went on to lift the title from the Dragon.
April 12, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Sivi Avi.
April 25, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik defeated Sivi Afi & The Islanders (Haku and Tama).
May 3, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik defeated Lanny Poffo, Mario Mancini and Sivi Afi.
May 9, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik defeated Jim Powers, Joe Mirto and Paul Roma.
May 17, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Ricky Steamboat defeated Butch Reed by count-out.
May 31, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik defeated Brad Rheingans, Joe Mirto and SD Jones.
August 22, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Jim Evans.
August 30, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Brady Boone.
September 12, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Sivi Afi.
September 20, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Jerry Allen.
October 10, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed, Nikolai Volkoff and The One Man Gang defeated Jake Milliman, Lance Allen and Sivi Afi.
October 11, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Lanny Poffo.
October 16, 1987 – MSG Network: Superstar Billy Graham defeated Butch Reed.
November 8, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Omar Atlas.
November 14, 1987 – Superstars: Superstar Billy Graham defeated Butch Reed by disqualification.
November 26, 1987 – Survivor Series: Andre The Giant, Butch Reed, King Kong Bundy, Rick Rude & The One Man Gang defeat Bam Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco, Hulk Hogan, Ken Patera & Paul Orndorff in a tag team elimination match.
December 5, 1987 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Outback Jack.
December 20, 1987 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed and The One Man Gang defeated Lanny Poffo and SD Jones.
January 3, 1988 – House Show: Butch Reed defeated Outback Jack.
January 4, 1988 – House Show: Butch Reed defeated George Steele.
January 9, 1988 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Sivi Afi.
January 17, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed, The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff) & The One Man Gang defeated Lanny Poffo, Rick Hunter & The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell).
January 23, 1988 – Superstars: Butch Reed and The One Man Gang defeated Ricky Hunter and WG Wellington.
January 24, 1988 – Royal Rumble: Butch Reed was in the royal rumble match won by Jim Duggan.
January 25, 1988 – MSG Network: Butch Reed defeated The Junkyard Dog.
February 7, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated David Stoudemire.
February 13, 1988 – Superstars: Butch Reed defeated Rex King.
February 22, 1988 – MSG Network: Don Muraco and The Ultimate Warrior defeated Butch Reed and King Kong Bundy.
February 28, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed defeated Mike Richards.
March 12, 1988 – Saturday Night Main Event: Don Muraco defeated Butch Reed in a dark match.
March 20, 1988 – Wrestling Challenge: Butch Reed and The One Man Gang defeated Eric Cooper and Mike Richards.
March 27, 1988 – Wrestlemania IV: Randy Savage defeated Butch Reed in the 1st round of the WWE world heavyweight title tournament.
~~~The team was originally put under masks and managed by Woman.
May 7, 1989 – WrestleWar: Butch Reed defeated Ranger Ross.
October 28, 1989 – Halloween Havoc: Doom defeated the Steiner Brothers.
November 15, 1989 – Clash: Doom defeated Eddie Gilbert and Tommy Rich.
December 13, 1989 – Starrcade: The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) by count-out. The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Animal and Road Warrior Hawk) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons). The Wild Samoans (Fatu and Samoan Savage) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons).
February 6, 1990 – Clash of the Champions 10: Steiner Brothers defeated Doom in a Title vs Mask match, and were forced to unmask.
May 19, 1990: Doom defeated the Steiner Brothers for the NWA Tag titles, which would be later renamed to WCW Tag titles.
June 13, 1990 – Clash: Doom defeated Steiner Brothers to retain.
July 7, 1990 – Great American Bash: Doom defeats the Rock N Roll Express to retain.
October 27, 1990 – Halloween Havoc: Doom vs Ric Flair and Arn Anderson goes to a double count-out.
November 20, 1990 – Clash: Ric Flair pinned Butch Reed in the main event.
December 16, 1990 – Starrcade: Doom vs Barry Windham and Arn Anderson went to a no contest in a street fight.
~~~Windham pinned Simmons and Reed pinned Anderson simultaneously.
January 30, 1991 – Clash of the Champions 14: Sting and Lex Luger def Doom by disqualification to retain the WCW world tag team titles.
February 2, 1991 – Worldwide: Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) defeated Carl Robertson and Scott Allen.
February 24, 1991 – WrestleWar: The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) to win the WCW world tag team titles.
March 21, 1991 – NJPW Starrcade: Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons).
May 19, 1991 – SuperBrawl: Ron Simmons beat Butch Reed in a Thunder Dome Cage Match.
September 2, 1992 – Clash of the Champions 20: Barbarian and Butch Reed defeated Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes.