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Real Names - Michael Seitz, Terry Ray Gordy, Dale Hey
Birthdate - 3/29/59, 4/27/61, n/a
Hayes - 6'2" 235 lbs. - Pensacola, FL
Gordy - 6'4" 285 lbs. - Chattanooga, TN
Roberts - 5'9" 210 lbs. - Dell City, OK

Aliases - Hayes (Dok Hendrix); Roberts (Buddy Smith, The Rebel, Dale Roberts, Dale Valentine); Gordy (Executioner)

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - (as a unit): Mid South(`79-`80), Georgia(`80-`82), WCCW(`82-`85), AWA(`85), UWF(`85-`86), JCP/WCW(`86), WCCW(`86-`88)

Groups - none

Peak Years - `80-`86

Career Highlights -
- The Freebirds burst onto the scene by blinding the Junkyard Dog
- In their first day in Georgia, they con their way into a tag match and win the titles
- Debut in WCCW and win the six-man tag belts and then turn on the Von Erichs starting the company's biggest feud
- Return to the Mid-South (now the UWF) and quickly become the premier heels in the company
- They return to the WCCW and have one last strong run against the Von Erichs

Finisher(s) -
- Spike Piledriver
- DDT

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

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4/7/5
science - 0/2/2
aerial - 2/2/0
power - 5/9/5
strikes - 6/8/6

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 10/7/7
selling - 7/8/7
bumping - 5/6/7
carrying - 5/8/6
heat - 10/7/8
legacy - 5/6/3

Serious Injuries - Knee (Gordy)

Place in History - One of the great stables of all-time, the Freedbirds 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 flamboyent 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 the sport 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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