Powerhouse Hobbs has revealed that he one day hopes to honour wrestling legend Butch Reed by changing his name to adopt the “Hacksaw” nickname.
During a recent appearance on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast, Powerhouse Hobbs opened up about a heart-warming interaction he shared with Butch Reed.
The former football star, turned professional wrestler, starred in Mid-South Wrestling, the WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions/WCW throughout the 1980’s and into the early 1990’s. Reed is best known for his Tag Team Title winning partnership with Ron Simmons in WCW where they wrestled as Doom.
While in Mid-South, Reed was known as “Hacksaw,” which eventually led him to feud with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan over the name.
Hobbs recalled getting a message on Instagram from the legend which eventually led to them swapping phone numbers. However, the pair never got chance to speak before Reed passed away in early January 2021.
“I was dropping my son Bam Bam off at pre-school one morning,” Hobbs said. “We’re at a red light, and I get this Instagram tag, you know, Butch Reed has an Instagram, and he tagged one of my first shirts on it and said ‘This is the new PowerHouse.’ I geeked out over it so much.
“I sent a message to him and then he replied back to the message, and we exchanged phone numbers but we actually never got the chance to speak. We only chatted through Instagram messaging. I was told by him that he was a huge fan, and that was an honor to me because I had the old WCW Galoob Doom figures, so that meant the world to me …
I actually found out he passed away when I was in the Dallas airport. His son sent me a heartfelt message, you know, his dad was unable to speak, but when he saw me and my in-ring work, he smiled.
“That’s something that I will always hold dear to my heart, and if I ever have the opportunity to carry on the Hacksaw name, I’ll do that 100%. That’s one of my goals.”
In a strange twist, Hobbs revealed that upon signing with AEW, he was almost given the name “Hacksaw” before President Tony Khan settled on “Powerhouse.”
“Originally when I first came into AEW, I did enhancement work, and I was Will Power … Tony [Khan] came up to me, he’s like, ‘You’re such a powerhouse, we’re gonna call you Powerhouse Hobbs.’ And he actually said he was thinking of one-word names, and one of the first names that he said was ‘Hacksaw.’ And then he’s like, ‘No, you’re a powerhouse!’ So we’ve been rolling with that ever since. I’ve mentioned to Tony a few times that if the opportunity comes up to become Hacksaw, that’s something possibly that can happen.”
It has been announced that Powerhouse Hobbs will be in action at Double or Nothing where he will team with Ricky Starks to take on Jurassic Express and Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland in an effort to win the World Tag Team Championships.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.