And yes, for those younger fans who did not know, and didn’t feel like Googling, yes, these are the same Freebirds under whose “rules” New Day has been defending their tag titles.
The Freebirds, in their original form, were born in promoter Bill Watts’ head in 1979. He made the decision to pair up the trio of Michael “P.S” Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and Buddy “Jack” Roberts. The group began to work in World Class Championship Wrestling, where they had a famous feud with The Von Erichs. They also worked in NWA affiliated territories such as Georgia Championship Wrestling, WCW, the AWA and UWF. It was in the AWA where they got to have some incredible matches with The Road Warriors.Over the years, they had numerous bit players and hangers on, but for most of their existence, the core trio remained intact.
They did have a brief run in what was then the WWF in 1984, but it ended after the trio angered Andre the Giant by being late to a show. The group returned to their Southern roots and promotions, but by 1987 the original group was going their separate ways. Gordy went on to work extensively in Japan, Roberts was wrapping up his career, and Hayes kept busy in WCCW and several independents.
The team was revived, albeit with some different components, in WCW. In 1989, Hayes teamed up with Jimmy Garvin to form the Freebirds-even briefly being joined by Terry Gordy. The last time the group worked together was in 1994, for the Global Wrestling Federation, from which point the Freebirds were no more.
Hayes went on to work for WWE, doing a variety of jobs, and he currently is the company’s head of road agents.
Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy kept working for quite some time, enjoying runs in ECW, and even another in WWE as The Executioner where he feuded with The Undertaker. Tragically, Gordy died of a heart attack in 2001. Roberts has also since passed away, in November of 2012.
But, on April 2, 2016, the entirety of The Fabulous Freebirds, represented by surviving members Michael “P.S.” Hayes and Jimmy Garvin, will take their well deserved place in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Some would say the honor is long overdue, and they’d be right. But one of the more important tag teams in wrestling history, late or not, will go in to the Hall of Fame.
We here at WrestleNewz would like to congratulate the entire Freebirds team on their induction.