Over the weekend I got to watch Michael “P.S.” Hayes step up the microphone and sing a song about his fallen Fabulous Freebirds teammate, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy. The song is called “Freebird Road” and you can see video below and on the WWE YouTube channel.
“I wanted to introduce a whole new generation to somebody they may never have heard of,” Hayes says in the prelude to the song. The tribute coincides with the 11th anniversary of Gordy’s untimely death at the age of 40.
The Freebirds were well known for tearing it up in Georgia and Dallas. Their feud with the Von Erichs is legendary. I remember catching World Class Championship Wrestling from the Sportatorium in Dallas on Channel 25 in Boston in the 1980s. World Class wrestling was so different than what the WWF offered on Championship Wrestling each week.
Gordy was a tremendous performer in the squared circle. With the Freebirds and later in a tag team with Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, Gordy set a high bar for in-ring work as a big man.
I don’t know how many of you remember this, but the Freebirds had a very brief stint in the WWF in 1984, managed Dave Wolff, of all people, who was Cyndi Lauper’s boyfriend. At the time, Lauper was heavily involved with the Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Connection movement that eventually led to the first WrestleMania.
Gordy later had a forgettable WWF match with the Undertaker in 1996, with Gordy under a mask as the Executioner. By that point, the wrestling lifestyle had taken its toll on Gordy and his ability had waned.
Hayes’ video focuses on better days, showing plenty of clips of the Freebirds in their prime, with Hayes clearly still very sad about the passing of Gordy and the lost days of the Freebirds.