HOF Roundup: The Fabulous Freebirds

The final installment of the 2016 WWE HOF roundup is on the Fabulous Freebirds, perhaps the most overdue induction but now finally Michael Hayes can shut up about it after all this time. The Freebirds were the first great faction of the modern era and helped usher in changes we take for granted today, things like musical entrance themes and a three man unit holding the tag titles. Their story covers more than a decade and includes Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, and (later) Jimmy Garvin as the base members. I’m not including the “associate” members like Iceman Parsons and Badstreet here, especially since the latter was involved way past the expiration date of the Birds. Continue reading HOF Roundup: The Fabulous Freebirds

HOF Roundup: Stan Hansen

Back to the WWE 2016 HOF Roundup for the legendary Stan Hansen. A lot of guys have done Texas cowboy gimmicks but none of them are quite on the level of Hansen. Much of his best work was in Japan but he had many solid runs in the United States over the years in WWWF in the 1970s and early 80s, the AWA where he was champion n 1985/86 (beating Section 309 HOFer Rick Martel for the title), Georgia Championship Wrestling, and even in WCW in 1990 where he had a U.S. title reign. I am no Hansen scholar but have enjoyed him at just about every turn. Continue reading HOF Roundup: Stan Hansen

HOF Roundup: Big Bossman

Now up in the 2016 WWF HOF series is the Big Bossman aka Ray Traylor and a host of various names on the same theme in WCW. It is always surprising to me when someone who was not a top guy is inducted posthumously, but the Bossman was near the top of the card for a period of time. Also, I know many places list him as “Big Boss Man” but to me “Bossman” has always sounded better as one word. Continue reading HOF Roundup: Big Bossman