"You can't even say a comedy team. Them two, the Bushwhackers, are the toughest sons of bitches I've wrestled. I used to hit Luke and Butch, and there's a little bit of age difference there, and I'll tell you one thing, they never complained."
, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams
L-R: Luke Williams, Butch MillerButch Miller
(b. Robert Miller in 1944) and Luke Williams
(b. Brian Pickens in 1947) were a Professional Wrestling Tag Team
best known as The Sheepherders
and The Bushwhackers.
They started in their native New Zealand
in 1964, and Steve Rickard, who was also the booker for NWA Hawaii, brought them to America. They competed for Stampede Wrestling in Calgary as The Kiwis
, "Crazy" Nick Carter and Sweet William. Starting in 1979, they worked for both the NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling promotion in Portland
and in Canada as The Kiwi Sheepherders.
Following runs in NWA Mid-Atlantic and the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico, Miller returned home and Williams replaced him with Lord Jonathan Boyd. This ended when Boyd suffered a broken leg while he and Williams were working for Southwest Championship Wrestling in San Antonio, leading to Miller's return. They also worked in Florida, Mid-South/UWF and for the National Wrestling Alliance
before surprising many people by jumping to WWE
in late 1988 where they became the Bushwhackers, Luke and Butch. They were midcard Faces
for their entire run, but never got to hold the WWE World Tag Team Titles
. They also made a few appearances in ECW
in 1998, where they were billed as "the Dudleys
from Down Under," "Cousin Luke Dudley" and "Cousin Butch Dudley." Their last major WWE appearance was in the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-7
. Butch retired following a neck injury in September 2001. Williams has continued to work the independent scene on and off for years. Among their in-ring achievements, they were 2x Stampede International Tag Team Champions
, 1x NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions
and 1x UWF World Tag Team Champions
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"AYYY, CHECK OUT THE SHEEPHERDERS' TROPES, MATE!"
- Arch-Enemy: Their feud with the Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) in Mid-South was likely their biggest one.
- Ascended Extra: Johnny Ace (John Laurinaitis) started as their flagbearer.
- Badass Grandpas/Ring Oldies: Both of them.
- Bald of Evil: Lord Jonathan Boyd
- Bash Brothers
- Battering Ram/Use Your Head: This was their Finishing Move, Luke holding Butch in a headlock and running to hit their opponents in the gut.
- Beards Of Evil/Badass Beards: Depending on their heel/face alignment.
- British Teeth: Luke.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: As the Sheepherders.
- Garbage Wrestlers: While both guys did get proper training, as the Sheepherders, they could brawl with the best of them, and they bled for decades.
- Gimmick Matches: Their barbed-wire cage matches against the Fantastics in Mid-South are very well-regarded.
- Heel-Face Turn: What the change from the Sheepherders to the Bushwhackers essentially was, as this was the first time they'd ever been babyfaces.
- Face-Heel Turn: On the receiving end when Tugboat turned on them during the six-man tag that led to the formation of the Natural Disasters.
- Nice Hat
- No Indoor Voice
- Only One Name: As the Bushwhackers, they were "Luke" and "Butch," the names "Williams" and "Miller" were never mentioned.
- Power Stable:
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Butch has worked as a booker for Kiwi Pro Wrestling in New Zealand, and Luke has done the same for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico.
- Silly Walk
- Spell Our Name with an H: It's Bushwhackers, not Bushwackers.
- Start My Own: For a time, they had a restaurant called "Bushwhackers DownUnder"
- Tag Team
- Unrelated Cousins
- We Have Many Names
- Wrestling Family