Terry Gordy’s nephew Richard Slinger recently appeared on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast to talk about the Fabulous Freebirds going into the WWE Hall of Fame. Here are the highlights.
On Michael Hayes:
“Michael has the ability to evolve and adapt. The man has got a great mind. He’s always been able to talk and do interviews and he is great with a microphone. If you ever go back and look at some of those old videos and you hear of the Freebird rule of him, Buddy and Terry and it was their first big promo on Georgia Championship Wrestling and when he is referring to Terry he says that this is not a drug store cowboy or an urban cowboy it is a space cowboy. Some of the things that he could come up with were just mind blowing.”
On his memories of the group:
“There are so many. One of the things that stands out to me is whenever they were doing video taped interviews at Georgia Championship Wrestling I got to go into the back where the producers were and all the monitors were at CNN. Terry and Michael were working an angle where they were splitting up from each other and from there they went on to a big match in Augusta (Georgia) and as a young kid, I got to travel with Terry in his van. Sometimes Terry would just live in his van down by the beach and it had a sink and a couch in the back and just me and him traveling through Georgia was amazing. So, I remember seeing Michael after the match in Augusta and here I thought that they were getting into it and I thought it was kind of heart-breaking that those two split up and Michael comes up to me and says ‘Hey Richard, how’s the family?’ I remember I was shaken because I wasn’t completely 100% smartened up to the business yet. ”