Buzz Sawyer
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Buzz Sawyer
Buzz Sawyer
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Birth nameBruce Alan Woyan
Born(1959-06-14)June 14, 1959[1]
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States[2]
DiedFebruary 7, 1992(1992-02-07) (aged 32)[2][1]
Sacramento, California, United States[3]
Cause of deathDrug overdose[2][1][3]
FamilyBrett Sawyer (brother)[2]
Professional wrestling career
Buzz Sawyer[2]
Billed height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[4]
Billed weight240 lb (109 kg)[4]

Bruce Alan Woyan (June 14, 1959 - February 7, 1992) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Buzz Sawyer.[2][1]

Professional wrestling career

Sawyer started wrestling in 1978 in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) affiliate Jim Crockett Promotions. He stayed there with some stints in Georgia Championship Wrestling until 1984. He mainly teamed with his brother, Brett Sawyer. Buzz had a feud with The Road Warriors after he left their manager Paul Ellering's Legion of Doom. He also had an epic feud with Tommy Rich that led to many bloody matches, the greatest of which was billed as the "Last Battle of Atlanta" and for the first time featured a completely enclosed cage. It also featured manager Paul Ellering suspended 20 feet above the ring in a smaller cage. This is the match that Shawn Michaels credits for inspiring the Hell in the Cell concept used by WWE. The stipulation for this match was that Sawyer and Rich would never wrestle one another again. Tommy Rich lost a match to Ted Dibiase and the stipulation was a loser leaves town match. Rich appeared the next week on TV under a mask and calling himself the mysterious Mr. R. WWE released the entire match on the WWE Network on September 5, 2016.

Sawyer had a short World Wrestling Federation (WWF) run in 1984. He was called "Bulldog" Buzz Sawyer because Mad Dog was being used by Maurice Vachon. During Sawyer's few TV appearances, he was managed by Captain Lou Albano. Sawyer's gimmicks included a dog chain, a lot of barking, and a new bulldog finisher. After his WWF stint, he surfaced in the NWA territory Championship Wrestling from Florida, under the mind control of Kevin Sullivan. He feuded with Mike Graham, Dusty Rhodes, and Adrian Street. In 1985, Buzz went to Mid-South Wrestling (which became the Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986) and became a protégé of Dick Slater's. After Slater won the North American title, he gave the Mid-South TV title to Sawyer to defend for him. The promotion tricked Slater into letting Sawyer defend the North American title (which he promptly lost), and Sawyer then refused to give the TV belt back to Slater.

In 1986, Sawyer left the UWF for World Class Championship Wrestling. He formed a team with Matt Borne and they won the WCWA Tag Team Championship. He also won the WCWA Television Championship and the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship and feuded with Brian Adias while there. He got into a feud with Dingo Warrior and he lost his tag team titles, with Master Gee substituting for him, to Warrior and Lance Von Erich before reportedly being fired after failing a drug test. He returned to WCW in 1989 as part of Gary Hart's J-Tex Corporation that was feuding with the Four Horsemen, and he had several matches against Arn Anderson. He then joined Kevin Sullivan's "Slaughterhouse" stable in 1990.[5] At the Wrestle War event in 1990, he fractured his wrist.[6] He left WCW in 1991.

Personal life

Sawyer was a graduate from Dixie M. Hollins High School, where he was a state champion in the 191.5 pound weight class. In 1976, he placed third nationally, losing in the semifinal to eventual champion Dan Severn.[7] He would use his amateur skills, while in New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1989, against the Soviet amateurs Salman Hashimikov, Victor Zangiev, Vladimir Berkovich and Wahka Evloev, that joined the promotion.

Sawyer was known for his antics both in and out of the ring, including his drug abuse and fighting with police outside a bar.[8] Most notably, he was known for scamming aspiring wrestlers who wanted to train by him (Sawyer would often take their money, skip town, and beat them senseless). Jim Cornette has also stated his reasons for breaking his nose with a tennis racket for taking liberties with other talent (Cornette included as Sawyer threw a shoot punch at Cornette during a match)


Sawyer died from heart failure due to a drug overdose on February 7, 1992.[2][1][3]

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Harris M. Lentz III (21 October 2003). Biographical Dictionary of Professional Wrestling, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 311. ISBN 978-1-4766-0505-0.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Buzz Sawyer". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Russo, Ric (October 20, 2000). "What Ever Happened to...Brett Sawyer?". Orlando Sentinel. Tronc. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 55. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  5. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.167)
  6. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.168)
  7. ^ "Matt "Doink the Clown" Bourne obit", from The Wrestling Observer, cited by
  8. ^ Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis; Andrew William Wright (8 February 2011). The Road Warriors: Danger, Death and the Rush of Wrestling: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling. Medallion Media Group. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-60542-164-3.
  9. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Texas: WCWA Television Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  10. ^ "World Class Television Title". Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ Will, Gary; Duncan, Royal (2000). "Texas: NWA Texas Heavyweight Title [Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories: professional wrestling champions around the world from the 19th century to the present. Pennsylvania: Archeus Communications. pp. 268-269. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  12. ^ "NWA Texas Heavyweight Title". Wrestling-Titles. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Dallas) Texas: NWA American Tag Team Title [Fritz Von Erich]". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 978-0-9698161-5-7.
  14. ^ "World Class Wrestling Association Tag Team Title". Retrieved 2019.

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