Richard Slinger Discusses Memories of His Uncle Terry Gordy and The Fabulous Freebirds

March 5, 2016 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling recently interviewed All Japan Pro Wrestling talent Richard Slinger, who is also the nephew of Fabulous Freebird Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy. Gordy is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. Below are some highlights.

Slinger on growing up around Uncle Terry Gordy and The Freebirds: “It was nothing more then elation. I was somewhat smartened up but not really and I was still a huge fan at that point and stayed glued to it. When I went to the matches I didn’t cheer and I wouldn’t do anything but study them and that helped me in my future as a wrestler. Those guys, Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts and my Uncle Terry (Gordy) had such a phenomenal presence. They were the first ones to walk out to entrance music and whenever the “organ’ version, not the “piano” version of “Freebird” blasted and echoed through the arena people would stand on their chairs to watch them. Buddy had the jacket, my Uncle had the vest and the chaps and Michael had the robe. They matched but they each had individual characters to them.”

Slinger on his memories of The Fabulous Freebirds: “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.”

Slinger on Michael Hayes still having an impact on WWE creatively in 2016: “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 mid blowing.”