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The Fabulous Freebirds to the WWE HOF?

It has been leaked that the WWE Hall of Fame will be finally inducted the triumvirate of the Fabulous Freebirds during the 2016 HOF ceremony in Dallas, Texas at next year’s Wrestlemania. 

A report from our friends at Pwinsider.com have speculated the Birds will enter the Hall, with their lone surviving member, Michael “P.S.” Hayes” representing the group. 

Consisting of Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts, the Freebirds and their feud with the Von Erichs in Dallas’ World Class territory made it one of the hottest promotions in the country.  While the Freebirds only had a very brief stint in the WWE in 1984, Hayes has been an employee there for the past twenty years.  With the ceremony set for Dallas, home of the Birds’ greatest run, it is fitting that the trio from Badstreet U.S.A. enter the hall in 2016.

We will hold off on congratulating Hayes and company for now as we know that Hayes’ past track record of insensitive remarks (especially in light of the Hogan scandal), we will wait until it becomes official.

At present the Freebirds are ranked at #12 on our WWE list.

Are These People WWE HOF bound?

The WWE Hall of Fame is fast approaching and with the headliner of Sting already announced as the headliner there has been much speculation as to who will the join the icon.

The popular website, WhatCulture.com has stated that they have an exclusive as to who will be joining the former multi-time WCW Champion, and it includes names that have been long speculated and some names that have to be considered real headscratchers.

The site has stated what many have long thought in that the Fabulous Freebirds will be selected.  The influential triumvirate of Michael P.S. Hayes, Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy and Buddy Roberts were major stars in Texas, feuding with the Von Erichs and had success in multiple territories across the United States.  It is unknown at this time whether they will be joined by Jimmy Garvin who teamed with Hayes as the Freebirds from 1989 to 1992 and were WCW World Tag Team Champions twice. 

WhatCulture has also stated that Texas native, John Bradshaw Layfieldwill be going in.  JBL is the current color commentator on Monday Night RAW and is a former World Tag Team and WWE World Heavyweight Champion.  Layfield inducted his long time tag team partner, Ron Simmons, into the WWE Hall two years ago.

Another Texan who WhatCulture states will be inducted, is female wrestler, Jacqueline.  This has to be considered a bit of a surprise as she was never considered the top diva in the company, though she was a very good performer who was with the WWE for seven years.  Considering the WWE has been inducting women every year, the fact that the ceremony is taking place in Dallas, may be what put her over.  At present, Jacqueline is ranked #250 on our site, which would make her the lowest ranked inductee since we initiated that section in 2010.

Charles Wright, who competed for many years in the WWE under various personas is also speculated to get into the Hall.  Wright debuted as Papa Shango, than would have runs as Kama, Kama Mustapha and the Godfather, which while the character was a mid-carder, was insanely over in the Attitude Era.  

WhatCulture has also stated that their source has informed that the Celebrity Inductee will be Regis Philbin, who appeared at Wrestlemania VII and often had wrestlers on his various shows, always showing them with respect. 

Will these names be inducted soon?



We will find out for certain in the upcoming weeks?

The Fabulous Freebirds finally make the WWE HOF.

As announced by Rolling Stone, the long awaited induction of the Fabulous Freebirds to the WWE Hall of Fame has finally taken place.

The Freebirds induction will include the three original members, Michael P.S. Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, and later member, Jimmy Garvin.

The original trio first came together in 1979, interchanging as heels and faces, though always maintaining anther southern rock and roll edge.  It is believed that this was the first group to enter the ring to music, as “Freebrd” by Lynyrd Skynyrd would become their anthem.  While they were making their mark regionally, it was the move to Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Wrestling that took them to the next level.

In a steel cage match between Kerry Von Erich and Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, special referee, Michael Hayes, slammed the steel cage door on the head of Kerry, who had refused his help to become the world champion.  This ignited a feud between the Freebirds and the Von Erich that lasted for years, and set the territory on fire.

The trio was perfect.  Michael Hayes, was the flashy talker, and as such the defacto leader.  Gordy was the big man and the muscle of the group.  Roberts, who at this point was the veteran by a decade plus over the other two was the worker of the group.  As such, they were the complete package of wrestling and entertainment and were almost as important for exploding the World Class territory as the Von Erichs.

The Freebirds would perform all over the country, even in the WWF for a brief spell in 1984.  They were main event every where they went, up until the early 90’s, when it was just Hayes and his new partner Jimmy Garvin.

Hayes has been with the company since the mid-90’s in various capacities and that long time relationship was what many (including us) thought would have propelled the Freebirds into the WWE Hall of Fame long ago.

Regardless, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are absolutely thrilled with this induction and would like to congratulate this quartet of talent for making the WWE Hall of Fame

Seriously, this is a huge induction for us at Notinhalloffame.com, and we feel that this has long been overdue.

WWE Hall of Fame News

There has been a little bit of WWE Hall of Fame news to report, most specifically with the inductees for the three confirmed inductors for this year’s class.

On his recent podcast, Ric Flair confirmed that he would be inducting Sting to the WWE Hall of Fame.  Sting and Flair were rivals for years in the NWA/WCW and it was Flair who Sting defeated to win his first World Heavyweight Title, which transpired at the 1990 Great American Bash.  With the possible exception of Lex Luger, it is near impossible to come up with a better inductor for Sting.

Earlier this week, it was also confirmed that Kevin Von Erich will be inducting the Fabulous Freebirds.  Kevin, the lone surviving member of the Von Erich Clan, was part of the early 80’s feud between the siblings and the Freebirds, which propelled the World Class territory to huge business.

The Godfather will be inducted by JBL and Ron Simmons, who were longtime road partners of the man known personally as Charles Wright.  As JBL has been announced is an inductor, the speculation that JBL will be inducted himself appears to be negated. 

Who else will be selected?

A leak had indicated that Regis Philbin will enter in the celebrity wing and Jacqueline will be this year’s female inductee.

We will certainly be watching to see if this will be the case and as always we will have our eyes on this intensely. 



Interesting inductors for the WWE HOF

We aren’t really sure what we think of this one.

It was strongly speculated and for the most part assumed that Kevin Von Erich would be inducting the Fabulous Freebirds into the WWE Hall of Fame.  It was announced today that this would not be the case.

Current WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E. and Xavier Woods will have that honor, and for us this is a bit of a head scratcher. 

The Von Erich/Freebirds feud set the World Class territory on fire and it seemed fitting that the last surviving member of the Von Erichs, Kerry, would be the one to induct the Freebirds, and based on comments made from other wrestlers and fans, that was the belief too, although a case (though much weaker) could be made for the current WWE Tag Team Champions. 

Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts instituted what is still referred to as the “Freebird Rule”, in which the trio would choose which two members would defend the Tag Team Championship, a rule that has been used by groups after and is currently utilized by the New Day.  Both groups were charismatic and featured members whose wrestling styles were vastly different from one another. 

Still there is no existing link between the groups, other than the fact that Hayes has worked with the company for the past twenty-one years.  It is also curious (or maybe we are reaching) that three African Americans have been asked to induct a group who flew the Confederate Flag, and does have a member (Hayes) who has had past racial insensitivities in the company as the inductors.

With all due respect to the New Day, is there really a more fitting inductor than Kevin Von Erich?

Moving on, it was also reported that Vader will be the inductor of Stan Hansen.

This is also a little bit of a surprise as barring a match the two had in Japan which involved Hansen nearly blinding “the Mastadon” and the two are not exactly synonymous with another, though who are we kidding?

We are going to watch this regardless!

Bret Hart discusses the WWE HOF and the Freebirds induction

Bret Hart has never been shy to let his opinions be heard and he had some interesting things to say regarding the WWE Hall of Fame.

Of course, that is news to us!

In an interview with House Money Studios, Bret Hart, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 cited that he was “embarrassed that there’s so many great wrestlers out there that have never been given their credit”.  He cited specifically Rick Rude, Demolition, The Rougeau Brothers and most specifically his younger brother, Owen Hart, who died in the ring in 1999.

Bret is actually lobbying for the entire Hart Foundation to get inducted and is urging his fans to sign at HartFoundationforHalloffFame.com, though we know that with Owen’s widow, Martha, being fervently against the WWE, it is difficult to see that happening.

While Bret was vocal about who he would like to see inducted with him, he was equally outspoken as to whom he is not fond of being WWE Hall of Fame inductees, namely, the Fabulous Freebirds, who were inducted last year:

Why have they been overlooked when you can induct the Freebirds, who never did squat in WWE? Ever. Never drew any money, never did anything. When I remember the Freebirds, they were all drunk and passed out at the gate at one of the airports in my first day in WWF. None of them even made the show that day, they were too drunk to make their plane.”

Hart isn’t wrong in that the Freebirds were barely in the WWE, however the WWE Hall of Fame has inducted many wrestlers who have not competed there. 

We await the next from Bret Hart regarding the WWE Hall of Fame.

We are sure he will have a lot more to say about in the future!

The Fabulous Freebirds

(Michael Hayes, Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy & Buddy Roberts)

 

Talk about innovation. Before there was the N.W.O, D-Generation X or the Four Horsemen there was the original gang concept; The Fabulous Freebirds.

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