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Encyclopedia > Fabulous Freebirds

The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. The team usually consisted of three wrestlers, although in different situations and points in its history, just two performed under the Freebirds name. Professional Wrestling is any art of wrestling where two or more participants are in a show. ... In professional wrestling, a tag team consists of two or more wrestlers who are working together as a team. ...

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History

The Fabulous Freebirds started performing together in 1979 when Michael "P.S." Hayes, Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy and Buddy "Jack" Roberts decided to try a ' 3-man gang'-type tag-team -- an unusual concept at the time. They worked as heels (i.e., 'bad guys'), and were basically the first U.S. act of their time to incorporate theme music into their ring entrances (one of the few known to have done that before was the legendary Gorgeous George). Their original theme was Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Free Bird"; later, Hayes recorded his own theme song for the team, which achieved cult status among many wrestling fans: Badstreet USA. They wore the colors of the Confederate States of America, rebel flags adorned their ring attire. Michael Seitz (born March 29, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler. ... Terry Gordy (April 23, 1961 - July 16, 2001) was a professional wrestler who was most famous for being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds. ... Buddy Jack Roberts Dale Hey was a professional wrestler better known as Buddy Roberts. ... The heel is the prominence at the posterior end of the foot. ... George Raymond Wagner, or Gorgeous George (March 24, 1915 - December 26, 1963) was a professional wrestler. ... Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced /leh-nerd skin-nerd/) is a U.S. Southern rock band, described by All Music Guides Stephen Thomas Erlewine as the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and a hard rock swagger. ... Free Bird is an anthemic song by American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. ... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: With God As Our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (popular) The Bonnie Blue Flag (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until 29 May 1861) Richmond, Virginia (29 May 1861–2 April 1865) Danville, Virginia (from 3 April 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Government Republic...


When asked on camera where they were from, they replied "Badstreet, USA" -- often elaborating that this street they lived on was the toughest to survive in. How tough? so tough that the further down the street one got, the progressively tougher the street became; and, they lived on the last house on the right.


They wrestled in the Dallas-based World Class Championship Wrestling territory, where they had a legendary feud with the Von Erichs (David, Kevin, Kerry and Mike). World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... David Adkisson David Allen Adkisson (July 22, 1958 - February 10, 1984) was an American professional wrestler famous under the ring name David Von Erich (of the famous Von Erich Family). ... Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois) is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the famous Von Erich Family. ... Kerry Gene Adkisson (February 3, 1960 – February 18, 1993) was an American professional wrestler under the ring names Kerry Von Erich and The Texas Tornado (World Wrestling Federation or WWF) and part of the famous Von Erich family. ... Michael Brent Adkisson (March 2, 1964 – April 12, 1987) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Mike Von Erich. ...


They also performed in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)-affiliated Georgia Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling; the American Wrestling Association (the upper Mid- and Mountain-West); and the Oklahoma-based Universal Wrestling Federation. They had a very brief run in the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, but left when WWF officials wanted to split the team up. The Freebirds were last together when Hayes, Gordy and "Georgeous" Jimmy Garvin worked for the Global Wrestling Federation in 1994. The National Wrestling Alliance NWA is a group of independent professional wrestling promotions, in operation since 1948. ... Georgia Championship Wrestling was a program that aired in the 1980s on American cable televisions Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which, in its proper form, existed from 1988 to 2001. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) was a professional wrestling organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The name Universal Wrestling Federation may refer to: An American professional wrestling promotion, forerunner to the WCW. See Universal Wrestling Federation (United States). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Jimmy Garvin (born James Williams on September 25, 1952 in Tampa, Florida) is a former professional wrestler. ... Global Wrestling Federation was a professional wrestling promotion based in Dallas, Texas. ...


Freebird Rule

During the Freebirds' run in the NWA, they won its tag-team championship. While holding the title, promoters added a sub-gimmick to the team: the (unofficial) "Freebird Rule", which allowed any two of the three members of the team to defend the title on any given night. This "rule" has been re-used by a number of other companies when a three- (or more) man team captures a tag-team championship. Examples include Triple X in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling; the Jersey Triad in World Championship Wrestling; and, in World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment, both Demolition and the Spirit Squad. In rare cases, the rule has been applied to singles titles, such as when Three Count won the WCW Hardcore Championship, or Chris Jericho and Chyna co-held the WWE Intercontinental Championship. A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... Triple X, The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels and Primetime Elix Skipper, after their reunion in 2004. ... Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) is an American professional wrestling promotion founded by Jeff Jarrett and his father Jerry Jarrett in May 2002. ... The Jersey Triad The Jersey Triad was a triumvirate stable in World Championship Wrestling in 1999. ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which, in its proper form, existed from 1988 to 2001. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Demolition (Left to right: Ax, Smash, & Crush) Demolition was a former professional wrestling stable in World Wrestling Entertainment which consisted of Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), and later, Crush (Bryan Adams). ... Spirit Squad was a heel tag team who wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the RAW brand. ... Evan Karagias, Shannon Moore & Shane Helms. ... WCW Hardcore Championship. ... Christopher Keith Irvine (born on November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is a Canadian actor, radio host, rock musician and inactive professional wrestler. ... Joanie Laurer (born December 27, 1971 in Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA) is an American professional wrestler, most famously known as Chyna while in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE; then the World Wrestling Federation, WWF). ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship belt The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling title. ...


Members

  • Michael Hayes - the defiant leader and charismatic spokeperson of the group. Around the time of their UWF run (1986-1987), had nicknamed himself "P.S." ("Purely Sexy").
  • Terry Gordy - the big brute of the group, called "Bam Bam". The most successful of all Freebird members, in terms of his solo career.
  • Jimmy Garvin - a member in WCW, and an occasional ally in World Class and the AWA. Him and Hayes reunited in the AWF Warriors of Wrestling show as well, and hinted that more Freebirds would be joining as well, but AWF closed before that happened.
  • Badstreet - the masked member in WCW, and the group's light-heavyweight/cruiserweight. Originally appeared as "Fantasia", but WCW changed the name to Badstreet to avoid a legal confrontation with Disney.
  • Big Daddy Dink - the Freebird alias of manager Sir Oliver Humperdink; in keeping with the Freebirds' 'frustrated rock & roll band' gimmick, he was referred to as their "tour manager" in WCW (1990-91).
  • Little Richard Marley - WCW jobber Rocky King, who as "Little Richard Marley" served as a ringside pest to Freebird opponents in 1990.

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Jimmy Garvin teamed with Steven Dane while Hayes was hurt as a watered down version of the Freebirds


Ray Gordy and Dok Hendrix (Hayes) formed a one night Freebirds in tribute to Terry Gordy.


Famous Quotes

"My momma always told me, 'Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!'" - Hayes


"Heaven don't want us and Hell's afraid we'd take over" - Hayes


Championships/accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked them # 3 of the 100 best tag teams during the "PWI Years" in 2003 (Hayes & Gordy).
  • They won the 1981 PWI Tag Team of the Year Award (Hayes, Gordy & Roberts).

The NWA World Tag Team Championship is the premier tag team title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... The NWA National Tag Team Championship was a tag team title in the National Wrestling Alliance from 1980 until 1986. ... WWE United States Championship belt. ... The WCW World Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2001, when the promotion closed. ... The NWA United States Tag Team Championship. ... The NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship was first defended in the Tennessee Mid-America territory from 1974 to 1981. ... The WCWA Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... The WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship was a title in World Class Championship Wrestling from 1982 until 1988. ... The WCCW Television Championship was a secondary title in World Class Championship Wrestling that was primarily defended on their weekly television show. ... The UWF Heavyweight Title was the premier title in the Universal Wrestling Federation. ... The UWF Television Championship started out as the Mid-South Television Championship in 1984. ... The UWF Tag Team Championship was the tag team title in the Universal Wrestling Federation from 1986 until the promotion closed in 1987. ... The GWF Tag Team Championship was the tag team title in the Global Wrestling Federation in Texas. ... Hulk Hogan on the cover of the November 1994 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. ...

Offshoots

Blackbirds

The Blackbirds were formed in 1988 in World Class Championship Wrestling by Iceman Parsons. He had just teamed with Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts as the "Blackbird" in their feud with Michael Hayes. He teamed up with Perry "Action" Jackson and Harold T. Harris to form the Blackbirds. They also wrestled as The Blackbirds in the Global Wrestling Federation in 1992. 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... Iceman King Parsons Iceman Parsons (born King Parsons) was a professional wrestler that sometimes went by Iceman King Parsons. ... Terry Gordy (April 23, 1961 - July 16, 2001) was a professional wrestler who was most famous for being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds. ... Buddy Jack Roberts Dale Hey was a professional wrestler better known as Buddy Roberts. ... Michael Seitz (born March 29, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler. ... Global Wrestling Federation was a professional wrestling promotion based in Dallas, Texas. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Extreme Freebirds

The Extreme Freebirds were formed in NWA Wildside and the NAWA by the son of Terry Gordy, Ray Gordy. He teamed up with Tank and Iceberg in 2004 to form this group. NWA Wildside was an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in Cornelia, Georgia, with an office in Atlanta, Georgia, operating between September 1999 and April 2005. ... Terry Ray Gordy Jr. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other Appearances

The original three Freebirds briefly appear in action against Greg Gagne, Jimmy Snuka, and another wrestler during the opening sequence of Highlander (1986) (which occurs at an arena-based wrestling show in Madison Square Garden), as wrestlers in-action. Highlander is the first installment of the Highlander film series. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Professional Wrestling Online Museum - Ring Chronicle Hall of Fame Inductee - The Fabulous Freebirds (2319 words)
It was at this time that The Freebirds (who had not yet added Buddy Roberts to the team) started a bitter war with JYD...so bitter that it resulted in the Freebirds "blinding" JYD with an abrasive powder.
But could The Freebirds really be The Freebirds without a third man? Not as far as the Hayes and Gordy (as well as the fans) were concerned...but the longtime third Freebird, Buddy Jack Roberts, was retired.
The Fabulous Freebirds originated the idea of a 3-man team in wrestling, an idea that would be borrowed from them often in later years.
Wrestling Encyclopedia (1127 words)
The Fabulous Freebirds first emerged on the wrestling scene on November 24, 1979 when the young, brash duo of Michael “P.S.” Hayes and Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy defeated “Cowboy” Bill Watts and Col. Buck Robley for the NWA Mid-South Tag Team Titles.
Regardless, the Freebirds’ opponents never knew exactly who they would be wrestling; and while Gordy and Roberts were the most frequent combination, it really just depended on who they felt like putting in the ring on a given night.
The Freebirds had a brief reincarnation in the Global Wrestling Federation in 1994, with Gordy and Garvin capturing the GWF titles, but the glory days of the original trio were long gone.
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