• Jim Ross Doesn’t Think Deceased WWF Veteran Will Go Into The WWE Hall Of Fame
During a recent edition of his podcast, Jim Ross talked about Old School WWF/NWA Veteran “The Natural” Butch Reed, who recently passed away at the age of 66.
JR talked about Reed’s time in Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling promotion and whether he thinks the former Doom Tag Team partner of Ron Simmons will also get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Here’s what Good Ol’ JR said:
“Butch Reed was a great heel, he got the name Hacksaw Butch Reed in Mid South.
I thought the biggest mistake we made in Mid South was when Junkyard Dog bolted to go to WWF with no notice, that Butch was our guy to take JYD’s place.
Butch was the answer. Butch was the guy we should’ve gone right to. Butch was a dandy, Hall of Fame level guy, I don’t think he’ll ever make the Hall of Fame in WWE, I doubt it for whatever reason.
He would’ve had a better chance of going in if he was still alive. It all affects the TV show. So the Hall of Fame is really a television event?
It seems like it lost a little luster in the entertainment side of the WWE Hall of Fame. I’m not b**ching at the WWE Hall of Fame, it’s just a different positioning, it’s a part of a TV show.
To have posthumous guests or inductees is not the lay of the land as far as Vince is concerned.
I worry about a lot of the older wrestlers, you wonder how often they check their blood work. That’s just being irresponsible.
To your family, your friends, everybody. I wouldn’t be surprised if Butch didn’t fall into that category. It’s something to think about when you keep hearing all these wrestling deaths.
The cost of medicine, the cost of procedures he couldn’t afford. Proud guys like that don’t want to admit weakness in any form or fashion. Babyfaces don’t submit.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (February 20, 1994) – WCW SuperBrawl IV
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on February 20, 1994, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired ‘WCW SuperBrawl IV’ LIVE on PPV from the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Georgia.
This professional wrestling pay-per-view featured the debut of the “Thundercage match”.
The results can be found here:
– Harlem Heat defeated Thunder and Lightning
– Jim Steele defeated The Equalizer
– Terry Taylor defeated Diamond Dallas Page
– Johnny B. Badd defeated Jimmy Garvin
– WCW World Television Championship: Lord Steven Regal (c) defeated Arn Anderson
– WCW World Tag Team Championship: Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne defeated The Nasty Boys (c) by DQ
– Thundercage: Sting, Brian Pillman & Dustin Rhodes defeated Steve Austin, Rick Rude & Paul Orndorff
– Thundercage – WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair (c) defeated Vader