Who is Buddy Colt? Buddy Colt Bio/Wiki
Ron Read, also known as “Cowboy” Ron Reed and Ty Colt, was an American professional wrestler who competed for the St. Louis Wrestling Club, Championship Wrestling from Florida, and Georgia Championship Wrestling under the name Buddy Colt. He was born on born 1936.
He was the six-time winner of the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championship, five-time winner of the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship, and once the winner of the NWA North American Heavyweight Championship.
He was 85 years old.
Colt was the pilot of a plane that crashed in the water near Tampa Bay on February 20, 1975, killing Bobby Shane. Colt was badly hurt, as were passengers Gary Hart and Austin Idol.
RIP Buddy Colt. A legendary fixture of Florida wrestling. Here’s a promo he cut alongside Gordon Solie, that was sent up to the Carolina’s, leading into his 1973 Thanksgiving night battle at the old Charlotte Coliseum against his rival Number One Paul Jones. pic.twitter.com/5xzJbJN5CH
— The Mid-Atlantic Championship Podcast (@MidAtlanticPod) March 5, 2021
Colt, a top heel in wrestling during the 1970s, started his career in 1962 and was forced to retire due to a plane crash in 1975.
He won six NWA Georgia Heavyweight Championships and four NWA Florida Heavyweight Championships during that 13-year span, among many other titles.
He debuted as “Cowboy” Ron Reed in Nashville and rapidly spread throughout the country, including a stint in the WWWF in 1963. He was a tough guy who was also a bodybuilder and had a good judo history. He was at the stage that a world title run might have been considered.
The news was first recorded by the Cauliflower Alley Club. Details of his death were kept private.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the legendary Buddy Colt at the age of 81 years old. We send our sincerest condolences to his wife Lorraine, his two daughters, friends & fans the world over. R.I.P. Buddy, with love & respect you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/LSPSyUlvCA
— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) March 5, 2021
Today the NWA grieves the loss of Ronald Read, better known as Ron Reed & Buddy Colt. A former North American Heavyweight Champion as well as many more, Read was one of the most decorated wrestlers of the 60s & 70s. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, & fans.#RIPBuddyColt pic.twitter.com/Arq653lv4K
— NWA (@nwa) March 6, 2021
Forty-seven years ago today on this date: Buddy Colt defeated Paul Jones in St. Petersburg, Fla. pic.twitter.com/sKXHVV4ohe
— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) March 3, 2021
— Reese Beck (@ReeseBeck) March 6, 2021