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Terry 'Bam Bam' Gordy
(1961 - 2001)

Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy was found dead by his girlfriend in his home on the moning of July 16th. Gordy was 40 years old. The official cause of death is being listed as a heart attack.

'If I Leave Here Tomorrow, Will You Still Remember Me?'
by Paul Bearer

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, there are so many stories that I could tell that could accompany this photograph. But I feel that this is not the time, nor the place. Let me just say that the wrestling world lost one of its greatest talents on the morning of July 16. I just feel sorry for so many of you reading this that never had the opportunity to see "Freebird" Terry Gordy in action. He was poetry in motion. In my estimation, without a doubt "Bam-Bam" was the best big man ever to step into the squared circle. He was the one of the finest human beings to walk across this green earth. I am proud to be able to call him my friend. To Terry I dedicate my column this week. So long my brother! (Posted: July 17, 2001 - wwf.com)

'Dave Meltzer Comments'
Wrestling Observer

Gordy was one of the best 280 pound workers ever in the business. He was on the verge of being one of the all-time greats before a drug overdose left him in a coma in 1993 and he was never the same. He was only 32 at the time of that overdose and had already been a headliner around the world for 16 years. (Posted: July 17, 2001 - wrestlingobserver.com)

'Jim Ross Comments'
The Ross Report

I am very saddened about the untimely death of Terry Gordy this week. I am also thankful I had the opportunity to see "Bam Bam" recently in Birmingham, Ala., and reminisce about old times, especially the Bill Watts Mid-South years. Terry was as talented as any 300-pounder I ever saw and was the best teenager I ever saw in the business. I trust that Terry is in a better place now. (Posted: July 20, 2001 - wwf.com)

'Remembering Terry Gordy'
by Inlewd.com

Terry Gordy broke into pro-wrestling when he was 16 yeard old. Many may remember him from his World Class Championship Wrestling days. He was one of the original member of "The Fabulous Freebirds" along with Michael "P.S." Hayes and Buddy "Jack" Roberts. The Freebirds to this day are still credited with changing the face of pro-wrestling.

"Badstreet USA" was a song recorded by Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts. A video was also shot in which Gordy and Roberts appeared alongside a number of other pro wrestling personalities, including Jimmy Garvin and Garvin's valet Precious. It was the first time the pro-wrestling industry and the Rock 'n' Roll world seemed to clash.

Badstreet, Atlanta, Ga.

The baddest street in the whole USA

Badstreet, nasty and hot

The further down the block you went the badder it got

We live in the last house on the right, badstreet baby, anytime!

The Freebirds are no doubt the pro-wrestling act which began the flashy, rock 'n' roll like attitude! The Freebirds biggest feud was with the Von Erich family in World Class Championship Wrestling. Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy also competed in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States during his career.

In the 90's, Terry Gordy teamed with Steve "Dr. Death" Williams. As a duo, this tag team dominated the pro-wrestling scene in Japan as well as a successful run in World Championship Wrestling. The duo won the All Japan World tag team titles on March 6, 1990 beating Stan Hansen and Genichiro Tenryu; December 7, 1990 also winning the Real World Tag League Tournament; July 6, 1991 defeating Dan Spivey and Stan Hansen; December 6, 1991 alwo winning the Real World Tag League Tournament for a second time; and a last time on Januray 30, 1993 by defeating Mitushara Mitsawa and Toshiaki Kawada. Gordy and Williams held the WCW World Tag team titlse on one occassion, winning the belts July 5, 1992 defeating Rick and Scott Steiner in Atlanta, Ga. They also won the NWA World Tag team titles on July 12, 1992 defeating Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes in Albany, Ga.

In his career Gordy worked for World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, World Class Championship Wrestling, Bill watt's Universal Wrestling Federation as well as numerous other companies. His last major North American stint came in 1998-99 when he made some WWFE appearances as "The Executioner" teaming with Mankind during the infamous Mankind versus Undertaker feud. Gordy also had a match with Mankind which came out of that feud, held in West Palm Beach, Fl. on PPV (In Your House: It's Time).

I was in attendance that night and witnessed one of Gordy's final pro wrestling matches. Gordy wasn't the greatest wrestler on the show on that night, he wasn't the most flashy, he wasn't the fastest, and he didn't stand out as having done anything earth shattering. He was never that way through his entire career. He had the fortune to team with "The Freebirds" and be put in to a storyline where being himself was all that mattered. Gordy was a thick stumpy tough Texas bastard!

He came to the ring for a fight, a brawl, and a chance to prove the Gordy name meant, HARDCORE. He was all of these things before a lot of them became marketable. When you went to see Gordy wrestle he gave you his heart, and his soul. Even when he didn't need too, the guy still showed up and gave 100 percent and made damn sure that most of the fans in attendance saw a solid performance. His style was one which shouldn't have made you OOH and AWE, it wasn't supposed too.

But, I must argue, Terry Gordy deserves to have his name up their on the marquee with all the so-called 'greats' of this game. Hogan, Flair, Steamboat, Race, Bockwinkle, Sammartino, or who ever you have in your mind right now and are considering to be the greatest. Those guys didn't hold a candle to Terry Gordy in my opinion. He was unique to his craft, he was different from the start and to the end!

Terry Gordy was a real legit tough man in a sport that made no attempts to recognize that was what it took to be the best, until it was too late for Gordy to be presented and packed as a national TV act. If pro-wrestling was where it is at now, a decade ago, Gordy would be the one fans would be chanting for, "GORDY, GORDY, GORDY!".

Paul Heyman might be screaming, "SPIKE! SPIKE! IRON SPIKE!" instead of "GORE! GORE! GORE!". Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy without a doubt was as good as, if not better than, half of the pro-wrestlers today! Gordy may never be the most marketable celebrity in the history of pro-wrestling due to some circumstances outside of his control, but in my heart Terry will get the status of being ONE OF ALL TIME GREATS IN THIS INDUSTRY. And to me Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy represents everything that is good about pro wrestling! He will be missed, and I will remember him, forever.

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