WWE Hall of Famer Bushwhacker Butch, the actual name Robert James Miller, died on February 16, 2022, at the age of 78. Luke Williams, his longstanding tag team companion, verified his passing in a Facebook post.
Who Was Bushwhacker Butch?
Bushwhacker Butch was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on October 21, 1943. He started his wrestling career in the 1960s and quickly made a name for himself in the New Zealand and Australian wrestling circuits.
Bushwhacker Butch’s Career in Wrestling
In 1972, Bushwhacker Butch went to the United States and began wrestling for various promotions, including the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). But his stint with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) made him a household name.
Bushwhacker Butch and Luke Williams, known as The Bushwhackers, made their WWF debut in 1988. They quickly became fan favourites due to their unique marching style to the ring and their comedic antics. The Bushwhackers remained with the WWF (now WWE) until 1996.
During their time in the WWF, The Bushwhackers were involved in several memorable feuds and matches. They also competed in the 1991 Royal Rumble, where they marched to the ring and were immediately eliminated by Earthquake.
Bushwhacker Butch’s Personal Life
Bushwhacker Butch was known for his friendly and outgoing personality. He was married to his wife, Patricia, for over 50 years, and they had three children together.
In his later years, Bushwhacker Butch remained active in the wrestling world. He appeared at various independent wrestling shows and was a regular at fan conventions.
Tributes Pour in for the Late WWE Legend
After the Bushwhacker Butch’s passing broke, tributes poured in from fellow wrestlers and fans alike. WWE released a statement on their official website honouring the late wrestler.
“WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Bushwhacker Butch has passed away at the age of 78. WWE extends its condolences to Miller’s family, friends and fans,” the statement read.
Luke Williams also paid tribute to his longtime tag team partner, saying, “I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of my longtime friend and partner, Bushwhacker Butch. He was a great man and a great wrestler, and I will miss him dearly.”
Fans went to social media to share their recollections of the late fighter and to pay their condolences. The legacy of Bushwhacker Butch in the wrestling world will carry on, and he will be recalled as a beloved character by fans and fellow wrestlers equally.