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The Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts)

 

Michael Hayes
Real Name - Michael Seitz
Birthdate - 3/29/59
6'2" 235 lbs. - Pensacola, FL
Athletic Background - n/a
Teacher(s) - Mike Boyette
Aliases - Lord Michael Hayes, Dok Hendrix

Terry Gordy
    
Real Name - Terry Ray Gordy
Lifespan - 4/27/1961 - 7/16/2001
6'4" 285 lbs. - Chattanooga, TN
Teacher(s) - J.D. Kyle, Captain Hook; Mongolian Stomper
Aliases - Terry Mecca, Mr. Wrestling, Terry Meeker, The Executioner

Buddy Jack Roberts
Real Name - Dale Hey
Lifespan - 5/16/1945 - 11/29/2012
5'9" 210 lbs. - Dell City, OK
Athletic Background - n/a
Teacher(s) - n/a
Aliases - Buddy Smith, The Rebel, Dale Roberts, Dale Valentine, Buddy Roberts


Professional Background (together) - Mid South(`79-`80), Georgia(`80-`82), WCCW(`82-`85), AWA(`85), UWF(`85-`86), JCP/WCW(`86), WCCW(`86-`88)

Peak Years - `80-`86


Finisher(s) - 
- Spike Piledriver
- DDT

Favorites -
- Bulldog (Hayes & Roberts)
- Lariat (Gordy & Roberts)
- Turnbuckle Smash (all)
- Punch (all)

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set4/7/5
 Science0/2/2 
 Aerial2/2/0 
 Power5/9/5 
 Strikes6/10/6


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment10/7/7
 Selling7/8/7 
 Bumping5/6/7 
 Carrying5/9/6 
 Heat10/7/8 
 Legacy5/6/3 

  
Place in History - One of the great stables of all-time, the Freebirds were great innovators and even better heels. They are the best known three-man unit that ever came down the pike. The leader was the flamboyant and charismatic Michael Hayes, whose big mouth made him a tremendous heel. Then was the big and gifted Terry Gordy, who got the job done in the ring and added muscle to the stable. The Birds were finalized by the journeyman worker, Buddy Roberts, whose experience in the excellent Hollywood Blonds tag team and natural heel mannerisms made him a great third leg. The Freebirds tore through the Southern territories. First in the Mid-South, where Hayes's feud with the Junkyard Dog was one of the region's most heated and best drawing, while Gordy & Roberts established themselves as one of the best tag teams in the land. Then they "conned" their way into Georgia, where they practically stole the Georgia Tag titles upon their debut. Then they went to war with the Von Erichs in World Class, where they probably hit their peak as a team. Finally they settled back into Mid-South (then the UWF), where they continued to set an example of why they were such a hot commodity. After the UWF died, the Birds were never the same. Roberts left wrestling and Jimmy Garvin was his replacement in Atlanta, but they were more a slowing down version that lacked the push and ability they once collectively had. Aside from some weird happenings on the indies, the Freebirds did little past that last WCW run, but for anyone who remembers their glory days they stand out as one the best teams of all-time.
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