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 - Charles Laffere

Oh, look out you Rock 'n rollers
Turn and face the strain
Pretty soon you're gonna get a little older
Time may change me
But I can't trace time
I said that time might change me
But I can't trace time.” 

David Bowie, “Changes.” 

David Bowie would make a terrific heel manager. He did pose as a boxer on the cover of “Let’s Dance.” Of course, he dressed in drag on “Hunky Dory,” as some type of androgynous canine man on “Diamond Dogs,” and in a clown outfit for “Scary Monsters,” so what does that matter? Regardless, the icy demeanor, the different colored eyes, and his chameleon nature could ensure heel heat. Heck, I can hear fans booing now, and that’s only partially due to the quality of the albums he’s released lately. I’m pretty sure Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts spent some time listening to El Hombre que Vendio el Mundo during their road trips.

Hello, and welcome back to the UWF corner of Kayfabe Memories. My name is Charles Laffere, and this month we will be examining the Freebirds’ role in the promotion’s unplanned period of transition in the late spring and summer of 1987. As we mentioned last time, even in the pre-Internet “inside information” days it was clear that the UWF was undergoing major changes during this period, none of which benefited the company. The April Superdome Superblast show, while very entertaining, drew less than 5,000 people to the Superdome, a disappointing number compared to previous crowds of 20, 000 or more. Terry Gordy continued to chase the UWF title, wrestling the One Man Gang to a draw in Fort Worth on April 18. However, the title scene would change drastically the next night in Muskogee, OK, as Big Bubba Rogers downed the Gang in a huge upset to win the UWF Heavyweight Title. The Gang left the promotion and headed to the WWF after the loss.

It was now evident that the UWF was losing a lot of its major talent. The Gang, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Ted DiBiase all jumped to the WWF and deprived Bill Watts of three proven main-eventers. Paul Boesch ended his alliance with Watts and entered into a working agreement with Vince McMahon and the WWF, costing the UWF the widespread exposure that Houston Wrestling provided.  More...

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