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Fabulous Freebirds to enter WWE Hall of Fame

The Fabulous Freebirds

WWE announced Monday that the Fabulous Freebirds, the quartet of Michael Hayes (Michael Seitz), Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts (Dale Hey) and Jimmy Garvin (James Williams), will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at the Saturday, April 2nd ceremony at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX, during Wrestlemania weekend.

Like with Sting and The Godfather, these names had been released and reported on a month ago.

Dallas is makes sense since the Freebirds real heyday came from 1983-1985 based in the city while feuding with the Von Erich brothers, Kevin, Kerry, David and Mike.

While Garvin never worked as a Freebird during the heyday, he often teamed with them. Later, Hayes & Garvin, as a version of The Freebirds, were U.S. tag team champions in WCW. 

Hayes, who has had a long career in WWE creative, had been pushing for Garvin to be inducted with the other three. It also makes sense since Gordy and Roberts have both passed away. Gordy suffered a stroke due to an overdose on a flight to Japan and his career was never the same. He passed away at just 40 years old. Roberts died in 2012 at the age of 65 from pneumonia after battling throat cancer for years.

Hayes & Gordy started The Freebirds in smaller Southern territories as best friends. In 1979, while working for Mid South Wrestling, owner Bill Watts added Roberts to the group, feeling Hayes was more of a manager and saw Gordy & Roberts as the traditional tag team. They went to Georgia and became national stars with many breakups and makeups over the years. 

However, it was Hayes & Gordy costing Kerry Von Erich the NWA title in a match with Ric Flair on December 25, 1982, that ushered in the boom period of World Class Championship Wrestling. The team broke up when Gordy became a regular for All Japan Pro Wrestling, and various incarnations of the group formed. Gordy would team with Hayes and Roberts between tours, and sometimes one or another member of the group would turn and feud with the other as they tried to keep things fresh as World Class died out.

The group had a very brief run together in WWF with the idea of making them into musical stars after Hayes had recorded "Badstreet USA." It ended up being a very short run as they were fired which led to Gordy signing with All Japan where he teamed with Stan Hansen for a while, eventually forming oe of the greatest tag teams ever in Japan with Steve "Dr. Death" Williams.