Doom (professional wrestling)

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Doom
Tag team
Members Ron Simmons
Butch Reed
Heights Simmons:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reed:
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Combined
weight
535 lb (243 kg)
Debut October 28, 1989
Disbanded March 21, 1991
Promotions NWA
WCW

Doom was a professional wrestling tag team composed of Ron Simmons and Butch Reed. They competed from 1989 to 1991 in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

Career[edit]

Before the masks[edit]

Butch Reed had signed with Jim Crockett Promotions in 1988 after leaving the World Wrestling Federation[1] and feuded shortly with the Junkyard Dog.[2] Simmons had been with JCP for a while teaming with Eddie Gilbert but had not achieved much notoriety.

Woman’s masked team[edit]

When Rick and Scott Steiner started to team in 1989 a female fan (Robin Green) started following them around, professing her love for the cute & dorky Rick Steiner. Steiner's brother Scott and their manager Missy Hyatt began to have suspicions after the woman suddenly changed to a new vampy look. When the woman tripped Scott in the ring, causing him and Rick to lose to champions The Freebirds, it briefly caused dissension among the brothers. In the end, she turned on the Steiners, adopting the name Woman and vowed that the brothers would meet their "doom" at Halloween Havoc 1989 but never made it clear who or what “Doom” was.

At the night of the PPV Woman unveiled the Steiner Brothers' Doom – a couple of brawny, hard hitting masked wrestlers.[3] Doom won their debut match against the Steiners when one of the members of Doom pinned Rick Steiner after a headbutt with an illegal object in his mask. Doom followed up on this success by defeating Eddie Gilbert and Tommy Rich at Clash of the Champions IX, looking very strong in the process.[4] At Clash, Woman's new bodyguard Nitron debuted accompanying Doom to the ring.

Unfortunately Doom’s next PPV outing did not come with the same success. Along with the Steiner Brothers, the Road Warriors, and the Samoan Swat Team they were entered in a one night, tag-team round robin tournament but did not score a single point ending dead last in the tournament.[5] Doom’s misfortune continued as Woman soon dropped the team to manage the The Four Horsemen. Then on February 6, 1990 Doom hit rock bottom when they were defeated by Rick & Scott Steiner and as a result of the stipulation were forced to unmask.[6]

Unmasked[edit]

When Doom unmasked no one was really surprised to see Ron Simmons and Butch Reed underneath the black hoods, they had both been on WCW television shortly before Doom debuted and they were the only two African-American wrestlers in the federation that had the same massive physical appearance. Freed of the masks and now under management of former referee "The Godfather" Teddy Long, Doom began to prosper. Being free to use their full move sets and not trying to hide who they were, Doom earned another shot at the Steiner Brothers.

At Capital Combat[7] Doom shocked the world when they beat the Steiner Brothers,[8] a team that at that point in time did not lose very often. Doom won the tag-team titles and quickly set about defending them against the former champions the Steiners as well the rest of WCW’s very talented tag-team division. Doom defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express at the Great American Bash 1990 and also mauled such teams as Flyin’ Brian & The Z-Man and The Southern Boys. In the fall of 1990 Doom soon got their hands full with The 4 Horsemen after a backstage altercation that saw the arrogant Horsemen insult Doom by not wanting to share a dressing room with them (this of course was a storyline). Doom then turned face and began a feud with The Four Horsemen

At Halloween Havoc 1990 "The Soul Brothers" Doom held on to their tag-team titles against Ric Flair and Arn Anderson despite both teams being counted out.[9] A no rules rematch was signed for Starrcade 1990 but on the night Ric Flair was replaced by Barry Windham since Flair was slated to wrestle as The Black Scorpion in the main event. Once again the result was a “No Contest”, this time due to a double pin (Windham pinned Simmons and Reed pinned Anderson at the same time) but despite the non-definitive finish the Doom / Horseman feud ended shortly afterwards.[10] At Clash of the Champions XIV Doom lost a non-title match to Sting and Lex Luger[11] in a match that foreshadowed the trouble that lay ahead for Doom.

Break up and beyond[edit]

On February 24, 1991 at WCW’s 1991 WrestleWar PPV Doom took on former tag-team champions The Fabulous Freebirds[12] and lost due to miscommunication between Reed and Simmons.[8] After the Freebirds left the ring Reed turned on Simmons and beat him up, turning Simmons face and supposedly ended the team of Doom forever. A month later, however, Reed and Simmons teamed up one more time at Starrcade '91 at Tokyo Dome, losing to the team of Bam Bam Bigelow and Big Van Vader. After the match, Reed and Simmons got into it, causing NJPW and WCW stars to separate them, indicating Doom was no more.

Teddy Long sided with Butch Reed as the former Doom partners engaged in a short but intense feud. The feud culminated at SuperBrawl I where Ron Simmons pinned Butch Reed in a Steel cage match (referred to as a "Thunder-Doom" cage match).[13] After the PPV Reed left the company allowing Ron Simmons to focus on other opponents while Teddy Long started to manage other talent in WCW. Long would appear in Simmons' corner occasionally after Ron became WCW World Heavyweight Champion in August 1992.

Reunion[edit]

Doom was brieflly reunited on WWE's SmackDown on a few occasion that involved Teddy Long's wedding. Both Reed and Simmons appeared at Long's bachelor party and both were ushers in the wedding. At both occasions, Doom was mentioned.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Doom won the titles while they were still called the NWA titles and lost them after the name changed to WCW.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shields, Brian (2006). Main event – WWE in the raging 80s (4th ed.). Pocket Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6. 
  2. ^ "NWA Clash of the Champions Results (VI)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ "NWA Halloween Havoc Results (1989)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  4. ^ "NWA Clash of the Champions Results (IX)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  5. ^ "NWA Starrcade Results (1989)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  6. ^ "NWA Clash of the Champions Results (X)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  7. ^ "NWA Capitol Combat Results". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  8. ^ a b Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-683-6. 
  9. ^ "WCW Halloween Havoc Results (1990)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  10. ^ "WCW Starrcade Results (1990)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  11. ^ "WCW Clash of the Champions Results (XIV)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  12. ^ "WCW WrestleWar Results (1991)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  13. ^ "WCW SuperBrawl Results (I)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 

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