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36We are continuing to pay tribute here at Mr. X’s Punch Out to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. For today, we are covering a man who may be best known for his years in a tag team with Ron Simmons known as Doom, but some of us remember the legendary Butch Reed very well for some of his singles matches as well whether it be in NWA, WWF, or even WCW. The match we are covering for today is being brought to us by an episode of Power Pro Wrestling, but it was a Mid-South Wrestling match that pinned newly crowned Mid-South North American Champion Butch Reed as he defended the title against Magnum T.A. the Tom Selleck of pro wrestling. The match started with both men testing each other’s strengths as far as mat skills were concerned and Magnum was getting the best of Butch Reed with an armlock, but a knee to the gut would soon change that.

35Butch was able to finally gain control for the first time in the match and he was bringing it to Magnum with some rights and lefts. After taking some punishment from Reed which featured some extracurricular activity that the ref couldn’t see, Magnum was able to separate himself from Reed when Reed attempted to drop an axehandle smash from the top rope and was met with a fist to the gut. Despite hitting Reed with some impressive backbody drops, an atomic drop, and a belly to belly suplex, Magnum just couldn’t keep Reed down on the pin attempt. After Magnum missed dropping the elbow, Butch worked on the knee of TA by slamming it against the steel post. Later, when Magnum attempted another atomic drop, it was too much for the knee and Butch would then hit him with a shoulder tackle and the win to retain his championship. If you’re looking for a barnburner of a match, it’s still too early because a lot of matches started and ended this way back in the 1980’s. It’s a decent match and one that is definitely worth checking out.

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