Butch Reed, who fought for WWE, WCW, and several other promotions throughout his long career, died Friday aged 66

Reed’s official Instagram page announced that he had died of heart complications February announced that Reed had “two massive heart attacks” in 2021

Reed is probably best known among wrestling fans for his time at WWE from 1986 to 1988, followed by a run at Jim Crockett Promotions (later WCW) from 1988 to 1992

Former wrestling stars John Bradshaw Layfield, Tommy Dreamer and Lance Storm are among those who honored Reed on Twitter after news of his death broke Friday:

One of my favorite tag teams of all time 100% Bad Ass My first night in the wrestling business (almost 30 years ago) I spent with Butch Reed – I asked him about the story of him riding a horse into a bar , it’s true – what a good time RIP Butch Reed https: // tco / S2RmoVMwuh

Sad to hear Butch Reed is such a great ring artist
Amazing heel & Baby face
I’ve seen him work so often https: // tco / 7m7lvvRkGK

I never met Butch Reed so I picked him up as a &amp from my childhood a fan I can’t say I was a “fan” of Butch Reed at the time. He was a heel, after all, at a time when people didn’t like you if you were good at your job. He had a credibility one, however had to respect #RIP

Prior to entering professional wrestling, Reed played college football at the University of Central Missouri and spent some time with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL

Reed made his professional wrestling debut in 1978 and wrestled in Kansas City, Florida and St Louis, but his first major hiatus came in 1983 when he joined mid-south wrestling that spanned Tennessee and Arkansas

He was dubbed “Hacksaw” Butch Reed as both Babyface and Heel in the Mid-South, and had memorable rivalries with the likes of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Junkyard Dog, and Magnum T.A

In the Middle South, Reed held the North American Heavyweight Championship three times, the TV Championship once and the Tag Team Championships with WWE Hall of Famer Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart

Reed joined WWE in 1986 and was known as “The Natural” Butch Reed. While Reed never won a title in WWE, he fought several times for the Intercontinental Championship

Reed wrestled in both WrestleMania III and IV and was also part of the very first Royal Rumble Match in 1988

The Kansas City native joined WCW in 1988 and after initially trying his hand at singles star, he teamed up with WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons in 1989 to form the Doom tag team
Reed and Simmons had a dominant run in which they won the 1990 WCW World Tag Team Championships hosted by The Steiner Brothers

After leaving WCW in 1992, Reed wrestled sporadically at the independent circuit for 10 years and then came out of retirement and wrestled from 2005 to 2011

Reed was one of the most popular and successful black wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s and paved the way for many of today’s stars

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Butch Reed

World News – USA – WWE, WCW Legend Butch Reed dies of heart complications at the age of 66

Source: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2929993-wwe-wcw-legend-butch-reed-dies-at-age-66-due-to-heart-complications