WCW Legend Butch Reed Passes Away, WWE and AEW Release Statements

Butch Reed, who teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons in WCW, has passed away at the age of 66.

Reed’s passing was first reported with a post on his official Instagram account. According to the post, Reed passed away due to heart complications. An earlier post on the account revealed that Reed had suffered two major heart attacks in 2021.

Reed was a professional footballer who played with the Kansas City Chiefs before switching to professional wrestling and competing in Mid-South Wrestling from 1983 to 1986.

Billed as “The Natural”, Reed signed with WWE in 1986 His first big match for the company was during WrestleMania III where he won over Koko B. Ware. During his stint in WWE, he participated in the first-ever Survivor Series and Royal Rumble Matches.

In 1989, Reed debuted in WCW as part of the tag team Doom, with Ron Simmons. In 1990, the two won the WCW World Tag Team Championships by defeating The Steiner Brothers.

WWE had released a statement expressing sadness at Reed’s passing and aired a tribute on Smackdown.

AEW has also commented on Reed’s passing on their Twitter account with a graphic featuring Reed.