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What’s Behind Pro Wrestler Brett Sawyer’s Cause of Death?


NWA Territory Wrestler Brett Sawyer’s cause of death is still unknown but his death was confirmed by Pro Wrestling journalist Bill Apter.

Brett Eugene Woyan was born on August 10, 1960, in Orlando, Florida, United States. He was a professional wrestling trainer and professional wrestler.

He was trained to wrestle by Ricky Steamboat and his elder brother Bruce Woyan, who adopted the ring name Buzz Sawyer.

Sawyer debuted in 1976 at the age of 16. He adopted the ring name “Hacksaw” Brett Sawyer and formed a tag team with his brother.

Pro Wrestler Brett Sawyer's Cause of Death

In the early 1980s, he competed for the Portland, Oregon-based Pacific Northwest Wrestling promotion.

Between 1982 and 1984, Sawyer held the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship five times and the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship four times.

In 1983 and 1984, the Sawyers competed for the Atlanta, Georgia-based Georgia Championship Wrestling promotion, where they defeated The Road Warriors for the NWA National Tag Team Championship in 1983.

He won the NWA National Heavyweight Championship in 1983. In 1984, Brett wrestled for the San Antonio, Texas-based Southwest Championship Wrestling promotion, and won the SCW Southwest Tag Team Championship with Chicky Starr.

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Brett Sawyer’s Cause of Death remains Unclear

The Old School NWA Territory wrestler sadly passed away at the age of 63 on September 8, 2023. Brett Sawyer’s cause of death remains unclear at this time.

Famous Pro Wrestling journalist Bill Apter confirmed the sad news on Facebook when he posted: “Shocked to learn that Brett Sawyer has died.”

Former WCW referee Billy Silverman penned: “Thoughts and Prayers go out to the friends and family of Brett Sawyer who has passed away!”

In early 1985, the legendary wrestler began wrestling for the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Jim Crockett Promotions.

In late 1985, Brett wrestled for the Kansas City, Missouri-based Heart of America Sports Attractions promotion, and won the NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship.

He returned to Jim Crockett Promotions in 1986 and competed in the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament.

Brett and his brother toured Japan with New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1987 and competed in the NJPW New Year Dash 1987.

In 1989, he wrestled for Championship Wrestling from Florida. Brett and Jim Backlund briefly held the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship in the summer of 1989.

The Sawyer brothers trained Ken Shamrock to wrestle in n the late-1980s. In 1991, he wrestled three matches for World Championship Wrestling as “Brett Wayne”.

Brett retired from professional wrestling in 1998 and opened a wrestling school in St. Petersburg, Florida called Mad Dog’s Palace School of Professional Wrestling.

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