Butch Reed has passed away due to heart complications at the age of 66.
Whether you knew him as “Hacksaw” or “The Natural,” a WWF Superstar managed by Slick or one half of the tag team “Doom” alongside Ron Simmons, Butch Reed was an iconic performer of the territory era and the early days of the global expansion of professional wrestling.
His passing was reported on his official Instagram. Just days ago, B Instagram reported that the wrestling Legend had two massive heart attacks in this calendar year alone and now, Butch Reed has passed away due to heart complications.
To everyone who reached out god bless you. Today we lost a great man. Due to heart complications, Bruce 'Butch' Reed passed away. Butch is in heaven now with the wrestling gods. I am sure he is already booked for a Heavyweight Championship match. Once again thank you for all the prayers. We will keep this page going in his memory. For funeral arrangements send me a dm for information if you would like to attend. God bless everyone and god bless in heaven "Hacksaw Butch Reed"
In the WWF, Butch Reed was best known for being the rumored name to become the WWF Intercontinental Champion in 1987 by defeating Ricky Steamboat, a spot that actually went to The Honky Tonk Man.
During his time in WCW as part of Doom, Butch Reed and Ron Simmons had a WCW Tag Team Championship match against Ric Flair and Arn Anderson at the 1990 WCW Halloween Havoc pay-per-view.
WWE issued a statement on Reed's passing.
Butch Reed passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that Butch Reed passed away today at the age of 66.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Reed embraced the sport of wrestling after a professional football career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Reed quickly proved himself to be a force in the Mid-South Wrestling promotion in battles against legendary competitors such as Ric Flair, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Jim Neidhart and more.
“The Natural” Butch Reed crashed onto the WWE scene with brash blonde hair, and a statement win over Koko B. Ware at WrestleMania III. Reed found himself at the crossroads of history competing in the first-ever Survivor Series and Royal Rumble matches in WWE history.
After a match against “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania IV, Reed departed WWE and would go on to partner with Ron Simmons in WCW as the tag team Doom. Doom would defeat The Steiner Brothers at Capital Combat to claim the NWA Tag Team Titles. Following a highly successful run as WCW World Tag Team Champions, Reed & Simmons would eventually share the ring for a one-on-one Steel Cage Match showdown at SuperBrawl I.
WWE extends its condolences to Reed’s family and friends.
Fightful extends its condolences to Butch Reed’s family, friends, and fans.