Thursday, November 29, 2012

Freebird Buddy 'Jack' Roberts Passes!

Another tough loss for the old-school wrestling fan.  Buddy "Jack" Roberts has passed away at the age of 65.  Roberts had been battling throat cancer for some time.

Roberts was best known as one-third of the greatest three-man tag team ever -- The Fabulous Freebirds.  Roberts was the veteran mentor to young wrestlers Michael "P.S. Hayes and Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy.  Their battles with the Von Erich Family are still talked about in Dallas, TX and the rest of the wrestling world.  Prior to becoming a Freebird, Roberts was one half of the original Hollywood Blonds with Jerry Brown (There would later be a Hollywood Blonds team with Stunning Steve Austin and Brian Pillman).  Roberts and Brown would be a championship team led by Sir Oliver Humperdink among others.

Hayes and the "Undercover Freebird," Jim Garvin are the only remaining official Freebirds remaining.  Gordy passed away at the age of 40 in 2001.  Ironically, Brad Armstrong, who passed away earlier this month, was in a later edition of the Freebirds as the masked wrestler Badstreet.

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