The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “PS” Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Jimmy Garvin, & Terry Gordy) will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Jimmy Garvin spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News regarding the Hall of Fame induction. Here are the highlights.
On his status as a Freebird:
“I was always, from the time the Freebirds came together — of course, I was in another territory — but Michael and I always stayed close and our thoughts and beliefs of the business was so alike. I was born a Freebird, Michael was, too, and so was Terry and obviously Buddy. We just happened to finally get together. It’s one of those things, too, that it was just a matter of time before that happened. A lot of times in the years before they referred to me as the undercover Freebird before I was an official Freebird when I was doing the ‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin character. Of course, when I was doing ‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin and the Freebirds were doing their stuff in Dallas, I was a Freebird then. It just that I was busy doing ‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin, but who I was really? I was a Freebird but I had this character that I knew would do well, which it did, so I’ve always been a Freebird. I was born on Sept. 25, 1952, a Freebird. We were all too alike to not be together. And being a Freebird at the time was a dangerous occupation as well with all of things going on.”
On if he was surprised to learn that group would be inducted this year:
“No, I was really quite surprised. Michael has mentioned something about it. We didn’t really talk too much about it because it was in Atlanta a few years back. People would say “Atlanta feels like the place” but Dallas is a great place, too, because of what we accomplished and what we did in Dallas.”