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- Charles Laffere
EVEN MORE FREEBIRDS?!?
“Guess who just got back today?
You know the chick that used to dance a lot
“The Boys are Back in Town,” by Thin Lizzy, from “Jailbreak” and later covered by Michael “P.S.” Hayes.
Hot? Steaming? I know it’s hot here in Texas, when we have a “cool” front that lowers temperatures below 90, near Arctic conditions for the Lone Star State in August. But when Vince e-mailed us with our monthly reminder saying that temps under 115 are bearable for this time of year in Arizona-well, that shoots down my screed on sweltering weather and its accompanying complaints.
I am Charles Laffere, and this is yet another installment in my UWF reminiscences here at Kayfabe Memories. When we last met, the Freebirds had met with some hard times in Tulsa, OK, as Terry Gordy dropped the UWF World Heavyweight Title by forfeit to the One Man Gang when Gordy was injured in an auto accident. On that same night (November 9, 1986), Buddy Roberts lost the promotion’s World Television Title to Savannah Jack. Not a good night for the Freebirds.
Something that I overlooked last time, in terms of chronological order, was the Freebirds’ involvement in the UWF/Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tournament. Bill Watts loved the tournament format. Watts also coveted coverage from wrestling magazines and newssheets such as Dave Meltzer’s. The UWF was getting a lot of publicity from Bill Apter’s newsstand wrestling magazines. At that time, Apter’s publications were probably the most widespread source of pro wrestling coverage in the pre-Internet, “sports entertainment” era.
The UWF/PWI Tournament began on October 31, 1986. All of the Freebirds, with the exclusion of Terry Gordy, were entered in the sixteen-man tournament. I would guess that Gordy wasn’t involved because he was still the holder of the company’s World title.More...