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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 07:40 am
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Does anybody have the results from the last card that He was on before He retired/passed away?



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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 08:14 am
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Here's Herb's obit piece on Buzz.

More tragic news hit the world of pro wrestling this past week when former pro wrestler "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer died on Friday (2/7) at the age of 32. One of the greatest pure athletes in the business during the 1980s, Sawyer's career was mixed with acknowledgement by his peers as one of the best workers around but also well-known as a person whose inability to control excesses kept him from maintaining the superstardom level his physical talents gave him the potential to attain. It was a level that he did achieve early in his career before his 22nd birthday. Despite his smallish stature by pro wrestling standards, Sawyer was generally regarded as one of the toughest men in the profession. According to the Sacramento coroners office, Sawyer was found by his live-in girlfriend passed out in the front yard of his home in the capital city of California. She called 911 and he was rushed to Mercy San Juan Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Results of the autopsy were unavailable at press time but it is believed Sawyer died of a drug overdose.

Sawyer, born Bruce Woyan on June 14, 1959, grew up in St. Petersburg and was an outstanding high school wrestler. As a high school junior in 1976, he placed third in the nation in the junior (teenage) nationals in the 191.5 pound weight class. He broke into the wrestling business right out of high school and even as a rookie in Florida in 1979 (he captured several national rookie of the year awards) he wowed veteran wrestlers with his incredible physical gifts. In his youth, Sawyer was a compact powerhouse at 5-9 1/2 and 235 pounds built along the lines of Rick Steiner (who in many ways emulated Sawyer's ring style when Rick Steiner was a rookie and Sawyer was a main event heel in the old Mid South Wrestling promotion and Bill Watts put the two together often as a tag team so Steiner could learn to perfect a style to take advantage of his similar physical gifts). He combined that with leaping ability that belied his squatty dimensions, similar to Doug Furnas, and incredible mid-air agility. He invented and perfected a flying powerslam maneuver used nowadays by Kensuke Sasaki, but not even Sasaki could match the precision Sawyer had with the move in the early 1980s before injuries started taking their toll. Those physical talents combined with a Cactus Jack-like willingness to take psychotic bumps made him one of the country's wildest and best workers after just two years in the business.

Sawyer held tag team titles early in his career with partner Matt Borne (now Big Josh in WCW) in Oregon and the Carolinas and later in World Class. He made his biggest national name in the early 1980s in Georgia with a bloody feud with Tommy Rich. He was named by the Wrestling Observer as Most Underrated Wrestler in 1981 and Heel of the Year in 1982. His feud with Rich which came close to legendary proportions finished second in Feud of the Year for 1982. However injuries suffered from his reckless in-ring style combined with other personal demons kept him from reaching the top-ten in the world status of worker level he seemed destined to achieve. He was one of the original raids by Vince McMahon Jr. when the WWF expanded nationally in 1984, but he was also one of the first "raiders" to be fired. He bounced in and out of the business for the next several years, never lasting anywhere for any major length of time although he was a headliner and top heel for such major promotions as Bill Watts' Mid South Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling (when Ric Flair was booker) and had a few years as a regular headliner with New Japan Pro Wrestling. In all cases, his in-ring work was super, but he wound up being fired. He'd always resurface somewhere else a few months later minus even more hair and with another ten pounds of added bodyweight. But whenever and wherever he was rehired, when he got down to working, he stay with the best in any territory. He was a particular long-time favorite of many-time Atlanta booker Ole Anderson who gave him his first shot at superstardom. Sawyer hadn't worked for a major promotion regularly since he broke his wrist doing a splash off the top rope while working the Wrestle War PPV show in Greensboro on February 25, 1990 and was fired by Jim Herd a few weeks later. He worked a few California dates for WCW in early 1991, and got the biggest reaction on cards in Los Angeles and San Francisco despite being off television for nearly one year. By this time he appeared to weigh in the 280 range. While he still took great bumps, he had very limited stamina. His excesses aged him rapidly, because he easily looked ten years older than he really was. Sawyer, who along with younger brother Brett, now 31, who also wrestled during the 1980s, had been living in Sacramento for the past few years and had run a pro wrestling school. Buzz trained several men, most notable of them current WCW assistant booker Magnum T.A., to become wrestlers. The coroner stated that he had severe alcohol and drug problems during the last years of his life.



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1/22/91 Los Angeles Forum
Sting vs. Ric Flair (World Title)
Barry Windham & Arn Anderson vs. Doom (Tag Titles)
Lex Luger vs. Sid Vicious (US Title)
The Steiners vs. the Freebirds (US Tag Titles)
Tom Zenk vs. Bobby Eaton (TV Title)
Terry Taylor vs. Michael Wallstreet
Candy Man vs. Moondog (no clue about who was either)
Tim Horner vs. Bill Irwin

Moondog may have been Buzz. I'll try to find the issue of the Observer with the results.



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Graham Cawthon has

WCW @ Los Angeles, CA - Great Western Forum - January 22, 1991
Johnny Payne Sawyer pinned Bill Monroe
Big Mike Huff pinned Earthquake Ferris
Buzz Sawyer pinned Paul Brown
WCW US Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
WCW US Champion Lex Luger defeated Sid Vicious via count-out
WCW Tag Team Champions Doom defeated Barry Windham & WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson in a streetfight
NWA & WCW World Champion Ric Flair pinned Sting with his feet on the ropes for leverage

WCW @ San Francisco, CA - Civic Auditorium - January 23, 1991
NWA & WCW World Champion Ric Flair pinned Sting at 22:36 with both feet on the ropes for leverage after knocking the challenger down and sliding into the ring
Also included Sid Vicious




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Thanks Jim. Sawyer, along with the Freebirds, were my favorite wrestlers when I first started out watching wrestling on WTBS. Such a shame that His demons cut His career and life so short. If He had stayed clean, He really could've been a top performer for Crockett into the early 90's, at least.



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clawmaster wrote:
1/22/91 Los Angeles Forum
Sting vs. Ric Flair (World Title)
Barry Windham & Arn Anderson vs. Doom (Tag Titles)
Lex Luger vs. Sid Vicious (US Title)
The Steiners vs. the Freebirds (US Tag Titles)
Tom Zenk vs. Bobby Eaton (TV Title)
Terry Taylor vs. Michael Wallstreet
Candy Man vs. Moondog (no clue about who was either)
Tim Horner vs. Bill Irwin

Moondog may have been Buzz. I'll try to find the issue of the Observer with the results.


Moondog Morretti was running around California back then..could have been him.

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clawmaster wrote: Graham Cawthon has

WCW @ Los Angeles, CA - Great Western Forum - January 22, 1991
Johnny Payne Sawyer pinned Bill Monroe
Big Mike Huff pinned Earthquake Ferris
Buzz Sawyer pinned Paul Brown
WCW US Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
WCW US Champion Lex Luger defeated Sid Vicious via count-out
WCW Tag Team Champions Doom defeated Barry Windham & WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson in a streetfight
NWA & WCW World Champion Ric Flair pinned Sting with his feet on the ropes for leverage

WCW @ San Francisco, CA - Civic Auditorium - January 23, 1991
NWA & WCW World Champion Ric Flair pinned Sting at 22:36 with both feet on the ropes for leverage after knocking the challenger down and sliding into the ring
Also included Sid Vicious




I know Colley was there off and on during the fall and winter of 90/early 91 doing the Rex gimmick as well as Dr. X before getting the Deadeye Dick gimmick later in the year... I'm wondering if it was Buzz Sawyer as Cawthon's site has it, or if it coulda been Moondog Rex...




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I seem to recall a Wrestling World article on Badboy Johnny Payne who is listed in the opener.  He was a Sawyer trainee if memory serves, and it appears he used the Sawyer name on this card.

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I sill can't believe that Buzz Sawyer was 32 when he died.  He looked like he was in his 40s years earlier.  Maybe that's why he was always so angry.



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clawmaster wrote: 1/22/91 Los Angeles Forum

Candy Man vs. Moondog (no clue about who was either)


Looks like Brad Armstrong vs. Randy Colley to me.



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