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Buzz Sawyer (1959-1992)

Real Name - Bruce Alan Woyan

Lifespan - 6/14/59 - 2/7/92

5'9" 239 lbs. - St. Petersburg, FL

Athletic Background - Wrestling, Football [High School]

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - Florida(`79), Georgia(`79-`84), Memphis(`79), Mid-Atlantic(`80), Knoxville(`80), SWCW(`80), Vancouver(`80), Portland(`80-`82), Florida(`81), Mid-Atlantic(`82), SWCW(`82), Mid-South(`83), Florida(`83-`85), Kansas City(`84), Memphis(`84), WWC(`84), WWF(`84), JCP/NWA(`84-`87), Mid-South(`84-`87), WCCW(`86-`87), New Japan(`87-`89), Florida(`88), WCW(`89-`91)

AliasesThe Mad Dog

Groups - Legion of Doom, Army of Darkness, J-Tex Corporation

Peak Years - `81-`86

Finisher(s) - 

- Catching Powerslam

- Flying Splash

Favorites -

- Shoulders in the corner

- Piledriver

- Sunset Flip

- Headbutt

- Elbow

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set8

Intangibles Rating - 


Place in History - When he was found dead of an apparently drug overdose in 1992, Buzz Sawyer was already past his prime and had perhaps exhausted his opportunities through his actions and reputation.  A man who ten years early was one of the top heels in the world and whose famous feud with Tommy Rich is still revered should not have fallen so far, so quickly.  Bruce Woyan was a nationally ranked high school wrestler out of Florida whose wild side was present even back then.  While he was short, his thickly muscled frame and legitimate power made him marketable.  Not unlike fellow “Mad Dog,” Maurice Vachon, Sawyer needed to get out of his home area to build himself.  Buzz Sawyer became a success in Portland as a fireplug babyface.  However, it was as a brutal heel that he found his true place.  His look, his build, his intensity and his in-ring style allowed to get over in territory after territory.  Whether he was working as a single or teaming with Matt Borne or his brother Brett, Buzz Sawyer was always impressive.  Unfortunately, substance abuse problems plagued every run he had.  Sawyer also made his enemies by being overly physical in the ring and difficult to work with at times.  While old school tough guys like Bill Watts and Ole Anderson loved Buzz’s style and pushed him hard, he was typically only pushed to a certain level because he was unreliable.  A bloody feud across Georgia with Tommy Rich really elevated his stock and he was among the first talents “raided” by Vince McMahon.  His two-month run speaks to his issues.  Sawyer had some matches with Jim Duggan, Paul Orndorff and Kevin Von Erich that were touted as some of the best brawls of their time.  Sawyer was also infamous for destroying jobbers in TV squashes that were violent and sometimes scary affairs.  While Buzz found regular work through the end of the decade, the territories were drying up and so were his opportunities.  Sawyer also became infamous for scamming aspiring pro-wrestlers by claiming to have a wrestling school.  He did open a school later on in Sacramento, but future stars like Magnum TA, Ken Shamrock and the Undertaker all had negative experiences with him as “trainer.”  By the end of the decade, Buzz Sawyer had put on extra weight and was slowing down from years of big bumps.  He was only 32 when he died.  During a career that lasted just over a decade, Buzz Sawyer was able to piece together an impressive resume of feuds, titles and runs across the pro-wrestling landscape.