Early Monday afternoon, the WWE finally put the questions and rumors to rest when they announced legendary group, The Fabulous Freebirds (consisting of Michael "P.S." Hayes, Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy, Buddy "Jack" Roberts and Jimmy Garvin), will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
One of the most famous factions of the '80s, the Freebirds are remembered for revolutionizing tag team wrestling. It is fitting that the group will be inducted in Dallas, as it was in World Class Championship Wrestling that The Freebirds' notoriety skyrocketed, during their infamous feud with The Von Erichs.
The feud that Dallas wrestling fans still wax poetic about began when Michael Hayes turned on Kerry Von Erich during a championship steel cage match against Ric Flair on Christmas Day at Reunion Arena. Freebird Hayes was selected by fans to be the guest referee of the title match with his partner Terry Gordy keeping watch of the steel cage door on the outside. When good guy Kerry Von Erich refused to pin Ric Flair after unwanted interference from Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy slammed the steel cage door into Von Erich's head and a decade long rivalry was born. The flamboyant and rowdy style of The Freebirds was a perfect counterpoint to The Von Erichs' clean-cut, hometown heroes.
In addition to being one of the most hated tag teams in wrestling history, The Freebirds were also innovators. They were the first team to record and use their own entrance music, attempting to combine the worlds of '80s rock 'n' roll with professional wrestling. The Freebird Rule, which allows any two members of a three-man team to defend their tag team championship, is also still used by tag team champions The New Day.
The Fabulous Freebirds join a class that currently includes Sting and The Godfather. Sadly the only surviving members of the group are leader Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin. Gordy passed away in 2001 from a heart attack; Buddy Roberts in 2012 from pneumonia. Hayes is still involved with the WWE, currently working as a road agent. Badstreet USA will be running through Dallas one more time.
Wrestlemania hits Dallas April 3, 2016. Tickets and more at wwe.com.
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