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.
The combination of the three wrestlers was perfect. Michael P.S. Hayes was the boisterous leader and brilliant promo guy, Terry “Bamm Bamm” Gordy was the muscle (and very accomplished wrestler for a big man), and Buddy Roberts was the wily veteran mat worker of the group. Collectively, they had no weaknesses and with the threesome they had, there was no match or situation that they could not do. In addition to being the first real “gang” in wrestling, the Freebirds are credited with being the first wrestlers to bring Rock and Roll entrance music to the ring. They are also credited with the “Freebird” rule whereby any two of the unit could defend a Tag Team Title that they won. Considering how hard it is to come up with anything innovative in wrestling and the Birds were responsible for so much, how can this triumvirate not be Hall of Fame material?
The Bullet Points:
None as a team
(U.S.A.) Badstreet, Atlanta, GA
Key Championships Held:
NWA National Tag Team (3) (Hayes & Gordy)
NWA Georgia Tag Team (Hayes & Gordy)
NWA World Class American Tag Team (Hayes & Gordy)
NWA World Class Six Man (5)
UWF Mid South Tag Team (Hayes & Gordy)
UWF Mid South Tag Team (Gordy & Roberts)
Hayes, Gordy & Roberts held multiple individual titles and tag titles with other partners
Why They Will Get In:
Michael Hayes relationship in the WWE really helps.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Their best moments were not in the WWE.
Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1. Turned heel in World Class and began one of the greatest feuds in
wrestling history against the Von Erichs (12/25/82)
2. Lost the World Class Six Man Tag Belts to the Von Erichs at the
David Von Erich Parade of Champions (5/6/84)
3. Match of the Year in winning back the Six Man Tag Belts in an
anything goes match against the Von Erichs (7/4/84)
4. Wrestled in the WWF briefly with Cyndi Lauper & Dave Wolfe as their
managers…the original Rock and Wrestling Connection (August/84)
5. Had a DQ loss to the Road Warriors (9/28/85)