[Colossus The Gladiator Gallery]
Wrestler: Colossus The Gladiator
Real Name: Jeff "Butch" Bearden
Birthday: June 10, 1963
Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Marital Status: Married to Kristin
Height & Weight: 7' - 360 lbs
Trained by: Dory Funk Jr.
Dick Murdoch
Debut: April 4, 1987 (Macon, GA)
Previous Gimmicks: Butch Bonner
Butch Rhodes
Butch Masters
Giant Warrior
Big Tiger Steele
Colossus the Gladiator
Finishing Move: The Conqueror
Favorite Moves: Leg Drop
2nd Rope Splash
Side Back-breaker
Notable Feuds: Abdullah the Butcher
Scott Hall
Dick Murdoch
Danie Voges
Danie Brits
Lance Von Erich
SA Tornado
Gama Singh
Venom (Paul Diamond)
Ulf Hermann
Viktor Kruger
Mike Foxx

  • NWA Latin American title defeating Bronco 1 (Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic)
  • IWF World title defeating Danie Voges in a Tournament Final (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • NWA Indo-Asian Heavyweight title defeating The Barbarian (Bombay, India)
  • PWF World title defeating Barry Evans (Harlingen, Texas)
  • IWF World title defeating Lance Von Erich (Capetown, South Africa)
  • IWF South African title defeating SA Tornado (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • TWA Heavyweight title defeating Venom (San Antonio, Texas)
  • CCC Cup winner defeating Rambo (Hannover, Germany)
  • CWA Cup winner defeating Ulf Herman (Bremen, Germany)
  • ACW World title defeating Karsten Kretchmer (Weinheim, Germany)
  • WAW title defeating P.N. News (Cannonball Grizzly) (Norwich, England)
  • ACW Tag Team titles w/??????? defeated Michel Kovac & Eric Schwartz (Weinheim, Germany)

  • May 6, 2006--Professional Championship Wrestling: Colossus defeated Mike Castle | Mike Foxx defeated Colossus..
  • May 27, 2006--Professional Championship Wrestling: Colossus defeated "Main Event" Mike Foxx..
  • July 28, 2006--XCW: Hotstuff Hernandez & Masada & Jack Drastic beat Greggory Simon & Scott McKenzie & Colossus..
  • July 29, 2006--PCW: Colossus (Team Chris) defeated Kevin Paine (Team Larry) in an Over The Top Rope match
  • August 5, 2006--PCW: Colossus (Team Chris) defeated Mace Malone (Team Larry) in a Roman Gladiator All Weapons Legal match
  • August 19, 2006--PCW: Team Thomas beat Team Chris in a Steel Cage Match with a Ladder to win the Fight-Win-Survive Contest..
  • ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Team Thomas = Wally Darkmon & Mike Foxx & Action Jackson & Shadow..
  • ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~~~ Team Chris = Nobe Bryant & Colossus & Franco D'Angelo & Robert Evans
  • September 2, 2006--Professional Championship Wrestling: Colossus w/Chris Bussey beat Mike Foxx in a No Holds Barred match
  • September 9, 2006--Professional Championship Wrestling: Shadow & B.J. Turner defeated Colossus & Franco D'Angelo by DQ
  • September 16, 2006--Professional Championship Wrestling: Colossus defeated Wally Darkmon
  • September 30, 2006--PCW: Colossus vs Shadow (Lance Hoyt) ended in a Double DQ in a #1 Contenders match
  • October 14, 2006--Professional Championship Wrestling: Colossus defeated Stephen Murphy....
  • November 11, 2006--PCW: Mace Malone defeated Shadow and Colossus in a 3-WAY to retain the PCW World Title ....
  • January 20, 2007--PCW: Luke Bronson beat Colossus and B.J. Turner and Mike Foxx in a 4-WAY Cage Match to win the TV title..
  • February 17, 2007--Professional Championship Wrestling: Colossus defeated "The Texas Legend" Action Jackson

    Colossus The Gladiator wrote this very detailed summary of his career: 1987- Had my first match for NWA with Jim Crockett in Macon, Georgia defeating Ricky Lee Jones. I wasn’t getting a lot of bookings during the Crockett/McMahon wars. I started wrestling in outlaw (now called Indy) promotions throughout the South.

    1988- I continued wrestling on a few outlaw shows. I had my first taste of International wrestling when I went to Mexico for 6 months to wrestle for CMLL. I was still VERY green but was working in tag matches with Fabulous Blonde Ken Timbs. I was fortunate enough to work with some of the top Mexican wrestlers: Mil Mascaras, Atlantis, and Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. to name a few. I sustained my first injury during a match in Monterrey, México when I received a compound fracture of my left forearm. This put me out for 6 months.

    1989- I started traveling with Lord Littlebrook and his band of merry “little people”. I was doing independent (changed in ’89, I guess) shows with him. I learned a lot but had even more fun.

    1990- This was my “breakout” year. I worked an independent show in Oklahoma and was introduced to Nitron. After the show, the promoter suggested we should tag together and go to Japan. I contacted Dory Funk and he got us booked with All-Japan for the yearly tag tournament. We needed experience and called Carlos Colon. Giant Warrior was born! He brought me in by myself to set up an angle but various things went wrong and my partner was never brought in as we discussed. I stayed and worked as a single and got ring experience I could have never imagined. In November, I went to Japan and worked with so many great wrestlers: Andre the Giant, Giant Baba, the Funks, Dynamite Kid, Dr. Death Steve Williams, Stan Hanson, Terry Gordy, Johnny Ace and several of the Japanese stars. When I returned to Puerto Rico, a light bulb went off and I was becoming a worker!!

    1991- I stayed in Puerto Rico for the rest of the year and I believe I was the first American to never turn heel in WWC. It was during this year I returned for another tour of Japan and started wrestling in Mexico again for UWA. I started a 2 year feud with another Mexican legend, El Canek. I met some wonderful guys during my UWA days. I met who I considered my best friend while we were tagging together- Rodney Anoai. He was wrestling as Kokina but later gained fame as Yokozuna. We had a great tag team while we were there. I finished up in Puerto Rico and moved back to Texas.

    1992- I continued to wrestle in Mexico but also started my wrestling in South Africa. It is a wonderful place and I enjoyed the country and the people, especially the wrestling community.

    1993- I wrestled again for All-Japan and was still wrestling on tours to Mexico and South Africa. I also started working on various independent shows, several with Mike Dano. South Africa was becoming a mainstay in my wrestling and talks began about my moving to South Africa and helping in the office. Mexico started to wind down when paydays started dropping and cheaper talent was beginning to come in. Before the end of good paydays, there was a GREAT core of wrestlers coming in to UWA (Carlos Mayes Flores promotion). Some of the wrestlers while I was there were: Kokina (Yokozuna), Samoan Swat Team, Chris Benoit, Owen Hart, Bad News Allen were but a few. Andre the Giant even came in for a short tour. It was a great place to work with good American talent and the top Mexican names. I wrestled on an India tour that was amazing. I wrestled in front of my largest crowd, 75,000 people in Bombay. I defeated Barbarian for the NWA Indo-Asian title.

    1994-1998- I was convinced that South Africa was the place I needed to be on a full time basis. I decided to move and help in the office. Looking back, it was probably not the best career move (as far as working for the big US companies) but I have no regrets as to the time I spent there. I wrestled in front of some great crowds and wrestled all over the southern half of Africa. I caused a few riots in Durban, South Africa that are still talked about today. My feud with Gama Singh was like nothing I had ever seen before. In order to regain some steam, I had to re-create myself in 1997 and become Tiger Steele. I enjoyed getting out of the makeup. I was also the first wrestler to use a valet in South Africa. It went over very well and we received a lot of press coverage from magazines that would have never spoken to us before due to my valet. She had never been around the wrestling business before but she did a great job and got us plenty attention with the South African media.

    1999- I moved back to Texas and began traveling to the Middle East and working on small Texas promotions. I also began working for Shawn Michaels’ Texas Wrestling Alliance. It was a great Indy company to work for and there were several good, solid wrestlers there in the beginning. I also returned to Japan to wrestle for FMW. It was an interesting experience but nothing like All Japan. This was also the year I began working in Germany. I went over for two smaller companies and for the final tournament of Otto Wanz. My biggest regret was that I lost out on an opportunity to wrestle for Otto in 1993 when I was not able to leave on the date he wanted me due to a prior booking. I wished I would have cancelled my booking but I mad a rule for myself that I would never cancel on someone just because a better booking came along. To this day, I have never broken that rule.

    2000- This was a very busy year and the most heartbreaking year I have had in this business. I continued to work for TWA and do German shows. I also went to work in Saudi Arabia for the first time. This is a place that is like no other I had ever seen. There were no women allowed at the arena and everyone was extremely polite. I also got back together with my old buddy Kokina, who had become huge as Yokozuna. We had lost contact over the years and it was wonderful to be reunited with my old friend. After Saudi Arabia, Yoko called and asked if I wanted to go to England with him during the fall season. I jumped on the opportunity and committed to work for the All Star promotion under Brian Dixon. It was on tour there that I lost my best friend in October. Rodney Anoai, Yokozuna, was the best person I had ever known. We wrestled each other many times from the beginning of my career, while in Puerto Rico, being my tag team partner for close to 2 years in Mexico, body guarding him while on tour with WWF in South Africa and wrestling in Saudi Arabia and England before he passed away. I still miss him so much today. I took the responsibility of calling is family and helping with the arrangements to get his body home. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my entire life.

    2001- Spent the better part of 9 months wrestling in UK and Germany. I worked for several promotions throughout Europe. I wrestled a couple of times for a NWA group in Dallas but little else stateside.

    2002- I continue wrestling in Europe and went again to Saudi Arabia. I came up with the idea of a gladiator gimmick while watching the move “Gladiator”. I did research on names, outfits and history of the gladiators. It was then that Colossus was born. While I was in Saudi Arabia, I became close friends with the Barbarian. We wrestled in several place together in the past but we never connected at the time. Since 2002, we have wrestled in many places together and helped each other out whenever we could.

    2003- I went into semi-retirement. It was getting harder to find bookings and those you did didn’t pay as well as they use to pay. There were so many out of work wrestlers looking for work that it became difficult to make a living at wrestling. One of my last matches was for a woman in Michigan. It was the only time I never got paid for wrestling. She over extended herself to the point that she could not pay any of the wrestlers. She committed suicide the following morning when she realized she couldn’t pay any of us. Later in the year, I ruptured a disc in my back that would require surgery. I was not able to wrestle for close to 2 years.

    2005- In the summer, Robb Harper called and asked me about forming a tag team to work for Steve Williams in Japan. I agreed to put something together with him and we developed the team of the Gladiators- Titus and Colossus. We did our first tour together in South Africa. It was not the most successful tour I had been on but the list of wrestlers was impressive.

    2006- I have been working on the Texas scene as a single wrestler. Titus and I went in for WWE during the winter and are scheduled to go again at the end of the summer.