Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fabulous Freebird Buddy "Jack" Roberts passes away

(Dale Hey)
May 16th, 1945 - November 29th, 2012)

Buddy "Jack" Roberts
(real name Dale Hey)
one-third of the legendary Fabulous Freebirds,
has passed away.
He was 65 years old.

Roberts first made an impact
on wrestling in the 1970s,
working his way through the territories
as one-half of a tag team called
"The Hollywood Blonds"
with Jerry Brown.
The duo racked up championships
across the United States
before parting ways late
in the decade.

As the 1980s began,
so did The Fabulous Freebirds.

The technically sound Roberts joined forces
with the charismatic
Michael “P.S.” Hayes
and the hard-hitting
Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy,
and Southern wrestling
was never the same.
The trio ran roughshod
all over the South
before landing in Dallas
and World Class Championship Wrestling.

On Christmas night of 1982,
The Freebirds made history —
not only for becoming the first
WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions,
but also more notoriously
for turning against Kerry Von Erich,
setting off a rivalry that is remembered
as one of the greatest in history.
The battles between The Freebirds
and The Von Erich family
are legendary
for their sheer brutality
and the passion they inspired
in Texans.

In the midst of the Freebirds–Von Erichs war,
Roberts developed a rivalry
with Iceman King Parsons.
It began when Roberts cut off Iceman’s signature braids,
ultimately culminating
with a Hair vs. Hair Match
at Reunion Arena in June 1983.
Leading into the bout,
Roberts taunted Parsons with a Nair-like substance
he called “Freebird Hair Cream,”
claiming he would take the rest of Parsons’ hair
with it.
Roberts used nefarious tactics to win the match,
only for the official to restart the bout,
during which Parsons smeared the cream
over his cranium.
The Freebird writhed around the mat,
clutching what was left of his once-luxurious blond hair,
to the fans’ delight.

Over the next few weeks,
fans giggled as Buddy Roberts
appeared on television wearing a blond wig
held in place by boxing headgear,
claiming his hair had grown back immediately.

After stints in WWE, AWA
and Cowboy Bill Watts’ UWF,
Roberts returned to WCCW,
this time as the manager for the animalistic
Samoan Swat Team.

Buddy Roberts left the industry
shortly after WCCW’s closing
in the late 1980s.

Roberts retired from professional wrestling
in 1990.

In the years since he left the ring,
Roberts survived a battle
with throat cancer.
Following his survival
from throat cancer,
he said:
"Don't smoke.  
I think the reason this happened to me
is because I was smoking too much.
I recommend to anyone who smokes 
to quit now.
It is hard but it is worth it."

Buddy Roberts
will always be remembered
as a tenacious competitor.



All of us here at Wrestling News
would like to express and send out
our most sincere condolences
to the family and the friends
of the late, great
Buddy "Jack" Roberts.


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