Terry Gordy

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Terry Gordy
Terry Gordy.jpg
Birth name Terry Ray Gordy
Born (1961-04-23)April 23, 1961
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died July 16, 2001(2001-07-16) (aged 40)
Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, United States
Cause of death Myocardial infarction
Children 3; including Ray Gordy
Family Richard Slinger (nephew)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) The Executioner
Terry Gordy
Terry Mecca
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Billed weight 298 lb (135 kg)
Billed from "Badstreet U.S.A."
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Trained by Archie Gouldie
Debut 1975
Retired 1998

Terry Ray Gordy (April 23, 1961 – July 16, 2001) was an American professional wrestler. Gordy is best known for his appearances in the United States with promotions such as World Class Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling and the Universal Wrestling Federation as a member of The Fabulous Freebirds, as well as his appearances in Japan with All Japan Pro Wrestling as one-half of The Miracle Violence Connection.

Championships held by Gordy over the course of his career include the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, AJPW World Tag Team Championship, WCW World Tag Team Championship, NWA World Tag Team Championship, UWF Heavyweight Championship and SMW Heavyweight Championship.

He has been posthumously inducted into the Wrestling Observer, Professional Wrestling, and WWE Hall of Fame.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1975–1982)[edit]

Gordy started wrestling in 1975 at the age of 14 as Terry Mecca for the International Wrestling Association. In early 1979, he began wrestling under his real name and formed the Fabulous Freebirds with Michael Hayes.[1] Buddy Roberts was later added to the group.

Memphis CWA Wrestling (1979 & 1984)[edit]

The Freebirds came to Memphis the first time in 1979 and feuded mainly with Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee. They returned in 1984 feuding with Lawler & Austin Idol and later with Lawler & Phil Hickerson.

Universal Wrestling Federation (1980–1986)[edit]

In 1986, when the Freebirds were in the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), Gordy won the UWF Heavyweight title and held it for six months, before losing it via forfeit to The One Man Gang, after an angle the same night in which Gordy was injured by "Dr. Death" Steve Williams.[1] During this time, Gordy and the Freebirds had an ongoing feud with the UWF fan favorite Hacksaw Jim Duggan, in which Duggan and Gordy frequently squared off, usually ending in a disqualification because of outside interference.[1]

World Class Championship Wrestling (1982–1988)[edit]

In 1982, the Freebirds went to World Class Championship Wrestling and had a heated and memorable feud with the Von Erichs (David, Kevin, Kerry and Mike) where they traded the six man title back and forth a few times over the years.[1] Gordy was also at one time one half of the WCCW American Tag Team champions.

All Japan Pro Wrestling (1983–1994)[edit]

After leaving JCP, Gordy teamed with Steve Williams as The Miracle Violence Connection in All Japan Pro Wrestling.[2] During his time there, he also held the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.[2]

World Wrestling Federation (1984)[edit]

The Freebirds spent a very brief time in the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, but left after management suggested splitting them up.[3]

Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling (1987, 1989, 1992)[edit]

The Freebirds spent some time in the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions where they split to feud briefly, but later reunited.[4]

In 1989, Gordy helped Hayes to reform the Freebirds, with Jimmy Garvin, in Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), which became World Championship Wrestling in 1991.[1][5] Later he alongside of Dr. Death Steve Williams defeated the Steiners to become World Tag Team Champions.[6]

Gordy and Williams returned to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1992 and won the WCW World Tag Team titles.[2][6] They also won the NWA World Tag Team titles in a tournament at the Great American Bash card in Albany, Georgia, one week later, and unified the titles.[2] Their feud with Rick and Scott Steiner; in Japan, this was hyped as a feud between the best foreign teams of the two top Japanese promotions (the Steiners were competing for rival New Japan Pro Wrestling at the time).[2] Despite advances by New Japan, Gordy and Williams, out of loyalty to the AJPW founder and promoter, Giant Baba, refused to compete for the promotion (which had business ties with WCW at the time), leading to Gordy's departure from WCW before Halloween Havoc and Williams' departure after Starrcade.[2]

In 1993 Gordy, while traveling from the United States to Japan for a tour, took an overdose of pain medication and slipped into a coma, ultimately suffering permanent brain damage.[7] He returned to action later that year, but never received a shot at the Triple Crown again. In 1994, Gordy had a small reunion with Hayes and Garvin as the Freebirds in the Global Wrestling Federation where he and Garvin won the GWF Tag Team titles.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1996)[edit]

In 1996, Gordy showed up in Extreme Championship Wrestling to challenge Raven for the ECW World Heavyweight title, as the "internationally recognized #1 contender". He had been working for the International Wrestling Association of Japan promotion in Japan, wrestling deathmatches. He lost, but went on to team up with Tommy Dreamer and later to reunite with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams to wrestle The Eliminators. He also wrestled Bam Bam Bigelow in what was billed as the first ever "Battle Of The Bam Bams". Gordy lost the match because of outside interference from The Eliminators.

World Wrestling Federation (1996–1997)[edit]

Gordy had a brief run in the WWF as "The Executioner" in 1996 and 1997. He teamed up with Mankind, both managed by Paul Bearer, and feuded with The Undertaker. The Executioner came to the ring under a mask and carrying a plastic axe.[8] He made his TV debut at the In Your House pay-per-view, Buried Alive, where he interfered in The Undertaker's Buried Alive match with Mankind, hitting him with a shovel and burying him with the help of several other wrestlers.[8] However, at In Your House 12: It's Time, The Undertaker defeated The Executioner in an Armageddon Rules match, and Gordy left the promotion shortly afterwards.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gordy left behind 2 young daughters Amber and Miranda Gordy and a son Ray Gordy. Gordy's son, Ray Gordy, wrestled for WWE as brand as "Jesse" and "Slam Master J" before being released in 2010. His nephew is Richard Acelinger, who competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling as Richard Slinger.

Death[edit]

Gordy died of a heart attack caused by a blood clot on July 16, 2001. He was 40.

In 2014, he was posthumously inducted into the Southern Wrestling Hall of Fame. A year later, he was also posthumously inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum.

On April 2, 2016, Gordy was posthumously inducted by his son into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of The Fabulous Freebirds.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

1Won while WCW was still affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance and prior to the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Championships being briefly unified.
2The Freebirds' 5th reign carried over after the title's name was changed to the WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship since they were the champions at the time the title was renamed.

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Terry Gordy (ten lashes) Brad Armstrong (title) Knoxville, Tennessee SMW Halloween Scream 1995 October 20, 1995

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "Top 20: 7 The Fabulous Freebirds". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. pp. 46–52. ISBN 978-1-5502-2683-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Greg Oliver and Steve Johnson (2005). "The National Era (Mid-1980s to present): The Miracle Violence Combination". The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams. ECW Press. pp. 284–285. ISBN 978-1-5502-2683-6. 
  3. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 1: WWF 1963 - 1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1492825972. 
  4. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 3:Jim Crockett and the NWA World Title 1983-1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 149480347X. 
  5. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343. 
  6. ^ a b c Solie's Title Histories: WCW
  7. ^ Foley, Mick (1999). Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. ReganBooks. ISBN 0-06-039299-1.
  8. ^ a b Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 2: WWF 1990 - 1999. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ASIN B00RWUNSRS. 
  9. ^ "It's Time". Pro Wrestling History. December 15, 1996. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Solie's Title Histories: AJPW - ALL JAPAN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
  11. ^ Solie's Title Histories: AJPW - ALL JAPAN PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
  12. ^ Solie's Title Histories: GEORGIA CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING (NWA)
  13. ^ Solie's Title Histories: GWF - GLOBAL WRESTLING FEDERATION
  14. ^ Oliver, Greg (2014-11-26). "Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2015 announced". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  15. ^ "The Internet Wrestling Database - PWI Ratings for Terry Gordon". Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  16. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years". Wrestling Information Archive. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  17. ^ Solie's Title Histories: NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE
  18. ^ Solie's Title Histories: NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE
  19. ^ Solie's Title Histories: SMW

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