Thursday, November 29, 2012

R.I.P. "Freebird" Buddy Roberts

RIP Buddy RobertsAnother loss of a wrestling legend to report today as legendary member of the "Fabulous Freebirds" Buddy "Jack" Roberts (real name Dale Hey) has passed away at 65.  Roberts death leaves Michael Hayes as the lone original Freebird, as Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy also passed away back in 2001.

When the Fabulous Freebirds trio formed in the early 1980's, the formula of Hayes being the entertainment, Gordy being the big man, and Roberts being the solid in-ring veteran quickly saw the group gain fame in every area they hit.  Prior to forming the Freebirds, Roberts had been working  multiple territories in the 70s and had much success a member of the "Hollywood Blonds" tag team. Of course The Freebirds will best be remembered for lighting the Texas territory on fire in the early 80s with their feud with the Von Erichs in World Class Championship Wrestling. During this time Roberts also sparked a singles feud with "Iceman" King Parsons that stands out as one of the most memorable feuds in the promotion's history that saw Roberts lose his hair, which brought much joy to Texas fans who enjoyed seeing Roberts trying to hide his bald head in the weeks that followed.

In between their multiple runs in World Class, the Freebirds also had memorable runs in the AWA, UWF (where Roberts held their Television Championship,) and even a very short stint in the WWF in 1984.  In the later 80's, the Freebirds split in different directions, and even feuded in World Class in 1988 where Roberts replaced Hayes with "Iceman" King Parsons in the group since Hayes had befriended the Von Erichs at the time.  Shortly after, Roberts managed a young "Samoan Swat Team" who went on to become the "Headshrinkers" in WWF, and who "Fatu" of the team later became Rikishi.  Buddy Roberts retired in 1990 and battled and beat throat cancer in later years.  Robers made appearances in many autograph conventions over the years, and was seen on WWE programming in the past couple of years joining hosts Hayes and Kevin Von Erich on WWE Classics on Demand's World Class Championship Wrestling programming. 
Buddy "Jack" Roberts was a legend that was part of one of the most innovative, rebellious, and hell raising groups in wrestling history both inside and outside the ring.  The Freebirds will always be at the top of any list that mentions the top groups or even tag teams in wrestling history.  Hopefully in his passing WWE will finally move forward with the LONG overdue induction of the Fabulous Freebirds into the WWF Hall of Fame this year.
Here's a classic match from AWA Superclash featuring Buddy Roberts taking on WWE Hall of Famer Mil Mascaras: 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday: Wrestling DVD and Merchandise Deals

Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Thanksgiving brings back a lot of Wrestling memories. A couple years back we posted a "Remember When" about The Survivor Series Thanksgiving Tradition.

After spending Thanksgiving with family, a lot of shoppers choose to take advantage of the "Black Friday" sales. It's late afternoon now here, so most of the early bird chaos has subsided. Perhaps you took advantage of some of these deals.

May we offer another suggestion? Black Friday deals are often found online, and next Monday comes the newer online shopping "holiday" of Cyber Monday.

At any time during the year, if you are looking for some good deals on Wrestling merchandise, take a look at the PWR DVD Store, stocked with wrestling DVDs and Blu-Ray.

For more general online deals ( we know our audience is shopping for more than just Wrestling merch), I don't really think you can beat the Black Friday deals ( great prices on just about everything, free shipping offers, sometimes no sales tax), whether you are looking for TVs, video game systems, tablets, laptops, Kindles, iPads, everything offered by Amazon:

That's a link to their general Black Friday deals. So far this shopping season I took advantage of the following deals:

I got the Kindle Fire HD. Also picked up the newest generation of the iPod touch ( Amazon doesn't allow us to link to that directly, but once you get on their site you can search for just about everything), and a few toys.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

R.I.P. Brad Armstrong

R.I.P. Brad ArmstrongSad news to report today as is reporting that Brad Armstrong of the famous Armstrong family has passed away at the age of 51.  Brad was probably best known in wrestling for his time in the NWA during it's boom period in the 80's.  Brad leaves behind his father, WWE Hall of Famer "Bullet" Bob Armstrong, and brothers Scott Armstrong who is a current WWE referee, Steve Armstrong who competed in WWE as "Leif Cassidy," and current WWE agent "Road Dogg" Jessie James.

Though Brad competed mainly in the mid card in the Crocket NWA, he was considered a great wrestler and probably the most athletic of all his brothers.  Brad had a long run in the NWA even into the WCW years where he had reign as cruiserweight champion.  Brad also competed under a mask in WCW both as "Badstreet" as a member of the Freebirds, and as "Arachnaman" in 1991.  Armstrong also stayed with WCW throughout the Nitro years and had many great matches during the time. 

In 2006 Brad was hired by WWE to be an agent and part time wrestler in their version of ECW and appeared on TV as an announcer during that period.  Brad's last big spotlight was when he took part in inducing his father Bullet Bob into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. 

Our condolences to the Armstrong family.  In honor of his career, here is a great match from Slamboree '96 as Brad Armstrong takes on Dean Malenko for the WCW Cruiserweight Title:

Dean Malenko vs Brad Armstrong-WCW Cruiserweight...