World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has gone old school on one of their brightest tag team prospects of the current division. The New Day are set to induct the Fabulous Freebirds into the Hall of Fame, class of 2016. The current WWE Tag Team champions will present Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy and Jimmy Garvin as members of the Hall’s Class of 2016 at the sold-out American Airlines Center.
This is a controversial move by WWE considering that the Fabulous Freebirds wore confederate flags on their way to the ring. Having black wrestlers induct the controversial faction into the Hall of Fame is the company’s way of justifying their stand on racism.
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The Fabulous Freebirds is one of the revolutionary names in the history of wrestling. The team of Hayes, Roberts, Gordy and Garvin created a “Freebird” rule which paved a way for tag teams of the current era with multiple members in it. The New Day are the brightest example of the rule and the company has tried to play its anti-racism stand on this particular card.
“You talk about smooth tag team wrestling and people that wrestled like a family, the Freebirds were one of the first wrestling families that were able to take over,” Kofi Kingston said to WWE.com.
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Rumors suggested that WWE previously considered Kevin Von Erich to induct the popular faction into the Hall of Fame. However, the company decided against it and seems like they have changed their plans to bring in the New Day, as reported by UPROXX.
The possible reason for the act seems to be very simple; the company wants to apply the old school method of PR to justify the Freebirds. They want the world to believe that even the black people are good with them. Hence, the induction of the faction into its Hall of Fame seems justified.
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