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 Posted: Thu Jan 13th, 2022 03:36 pm
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A tweeter/emailer to Jim Cornette's podcast posed the following:


Terry Gordy as NWA champion. The 'Freebirds' (Hayes & Roberts) run interference kind of like The 4 Horseman did for Ric Flair.


Would that have worked?

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I could see it, but I don’t know where he fits in the timeline if you think about who held the belt in the 80s and who he would have feuded with. Dusty and Wahoo could have been good feuds possibly.



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No way. The talent is not the issue but the reliability of all three. None of them ever forged a bond with any promoter who might want to put Gordy up for discussion, and the Alliance wouldn't want to deal with Hayes in control of the Freebird narrative. That era was all about a small circle of men with real power and they wanted to mete out the next level of money and success as they saw fit, and the Birds would have never fit that criteria collectively or individually.

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Nope. Reliability the main issue for a start.

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Cornette shot the idea down basically saying the NWA champions role was the make the local challenger's look like a million bucks. He didn't say that was Gordy's 'weakness' but didn't think it was a strength either.

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Gordy also didn’t have the promo skills to go into a new territory and instantly connect with the fan base and put over what he needed to. Using Hayes in that role when Gordy was the champion would’ve been really weird and just not something they would’ve done.



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If Gordy could cut a good promo it might have worked, but it would be such a weird look for the champ to need a mouthpiece for all his interviews. Even when the Horsemen had JJ, they could all cut their own promos.



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I can't picture Gordy going out drawing huge crowds as World Champ in the big NWA cities.

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Would Gordy have been a worse choice than Garvin or Rich though?



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cookie32723 wrote: Would Gordy have been a worse choice than Garvin or Rich though?No, but in this scenario I am assuming Gordy would be an NWA Champion that traveled and defended all around the world, not like the 4-day reign of Rich or the one-defense-then-rest mode like Garvin.
If you sub him in for Rich or Garvin, he works just fine, as would a few dozen other wrestlers.



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khawk wrote: cookie32723 wrote: Would Gordy have been a worse choice than Garvin or Rich though?No, but in this scenario I am assuming Gordy would be an NWA Champion that traveled and defended all around the world, not like the 4-day reign of Rich or the one-defense-then-rest mode like Garvin.
If you sub him in for Rich or Garvin, he works just fine, as would a few dozen other wrestlers.
This - Gordy could have been used, if needed, to get over a territory by being a short-term NWA Champ.  Like, when Eddie Graham died, if the NWA wanted to pop Florida, they would have let Gordy get the belt for two weeks or so, and defend it from Miami to Jacksonville in all of the buildings, hit Georgia, Southeast, and World Class for TV in all three places.  Then give it back to Flair or Harley.  Problem is, when Gordy really hits his stride is after they jumped to the WWF and during this stage, nobody was coming back from the WWF into a prominent position.  If you recall, the Birds had to do a lot of work to get back into where they were able to make good money.  They didn't go straight to World Class or Mid South, they went to the AWA, Memphis, and Florida first.



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I can't see many promoters booking the champ and paying 10% off the gate PLUS putting the other two guys on the card for however many dates you have Gordy and being somewhat limited in how you use them. The risks outweigh the rewards.



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If you're talking a touring NWA champion, then no. Gordy lacked the ability to change his role and work as either a face or a heel, dpending upon what the territory needed the NWA champ to be. Gordy was a monster heel, and that was about the range of his ability.



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I thought Gordy had some cool promos in 1984, when he was super-pissed about Killer Khan joining Devastation, Inc. I also liked when he busted through the window, during a promo from "Badstreet", to hype the May 1984 "Parade of Champions". His regular promos were rather ordinary, though.

When the 'Birds would sometimes be faces, I thought it worked for Hayes, but never for Gordy or Roberts.



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I was just watching the August ‘84 MSG show last night with the Freebirds as faces. Monsoon kept calling him Terry Grody. But anyway, I think Gordy could have absolutely worked as a face battling monster heels. He had experience doing this in World Class and later the UWF. Reliability of course is a huge issue as mostly everyone has said.

One thing I realize in hindsight is how awesome Gordy was. For some reason, I never recognized it back then, maybe because he was part of a tag-team. Watts booking him as champion opened my eyes a bit. Looking back, there are two guys in wrestling I appreciate a lot more now for what they were doing than I did then - Gordy and Bobby Eaton.



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