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Butch Reed

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Bruce Franklin Reed is a retired professional wrestler and football player, better known by the ring name Butch Reed. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling between 1986 and 1992.

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Bruce Franklin Reed is a retired professional wrestler and football player, better known by the ring name Butch Reed. He is best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling between 1986 and 1992.

Reed played professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reed and Slick signed with the WWF and were brought in as a package. Reed dyed his hair blond and became "The Natural" Butch Reed, an updated version of Sweet Daddy Siki. He feuded initially with Tito Santana, a target of Slick's verbal jabs, and made his pay-per-view debut at Wrestlemania III, where he defeated Koko B. Ware.

In the weeks after Wrestlemania, Reed targeted new Intercontinental champion Ricky Steamboat and faced him at house shows and on an episode of Wrestling Challenge. According to a persistent myth, Reed no-showed a set of TV tapings where he was booked to win the title, resulting in the championship instead being put on The Honky Tonk Man. However, in a shoot interview, Reed has said this is untrue. In fact, when the Honky Tonk Man won the title from Steamboat in June 1987, Reed was shown celebrating with Honky and other heel wrestlers in the locker room although, in fairness, that was a taped segment.

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