Once upon a time, Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy and Buddy “Jack” Roberts united to form an odd (for the time) three-man group known as the Fabulous Freebirds. When the team captured tag team gold, the Freebirds were allowed to use any combination of their three members to defend the titles. So while Roberts and Gordy may have actually won the belts, Hayes could substitute for either man at any time in title defenses.
Far cooler than you.
Now, 16 years since the last teaming of the team, the “Freebird Rule” has become a staple of title defenses when the champion(s) are members of a stable. Well known usage of the rule have included were Demolition (Ax, Smash, Crush) and the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mikey, Nicky, Mitch) in WWE, as well as the Jersey Triad (DDP, Kanyon, Bam Bam Bigelow) in WCW or the 3 Live Kru (Ron Killings, BG James, Konnan) in TNA.
Today, the Freebirds rule gets tossed around rather haphazardly. It has gotten to the point where the Freebird Rule is no longer an assumed rule snuck into, but rather a given when a stable or group wins a title.
And I think it needs to stop…at least for now.
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