Ace Crusher

Michael Hayes (wrestler)

Michael Seitz (born March 29 1959) is a retired American professional wrestler. Seitz is best known for leading the Fabulous Freebirds under the ring name Michael "P.S." ("Purely Sexy") Hayes and for his role as the announcer Dok Hendrix in World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He is currently with the company as its head creative writer for the SmackDown brand.

Career

Early career

Hayes started wrestling in 1977 in the Tennessee regional promotions. In 1979, he formed a tag team with Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy called The Fabulous Freebirds. Hayes became Michael "P.S." Hayes, and they strutted their way to many tag team titles along with Buddy "Jack" Roberts. Hayes also started moonwalking in the ring like Michael Jackson used to do in concert.

The Freebirds spent 1980 through 1982 in the NWA's Georgia Championship Wrestling area, where they won the National Tag Team Titles a few times, split and feuded, then mended fences.

World Class Championship Wrestling

In 1982, they left for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), where they had one of their most famous feuds. During Christmas night in 1982, Hayes was chosen by the fans to be the special guest referee during the Ric Flair and Kerry Von Erich NWA World Heavyweight Championship match in a steel cage. Hayes at one point decked Flair and knocked him out so Von Erich could get the pin and the title. Von Erich refused to pin him after the dirty deed which ultimately led to Terry Gordy slamming the cage door on Kerry Von Erich's head. As this later cost him the title, it triggered the legendary feud between The Fabulous Freebirds and The Von Erichs and ended a good respectful friendship between both groups. The Freebird-Von Erich feud ended for good in 1994 during a memorial card in tribute to Kerry Von Erich.

Hayes was always the leader of the group with his exceptional mic skills and he recorded the team's new theme song, Badstreet USA, in 1984. The video to the song features all three of the Fabulous Freebirds as well as Jim Garvin, who was often considered the fourth Freebird. They had used the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Free Bird" up to that point and would on occasion in the future.

In 1984, The Freebirds had a brief stint in the WWF but left when management wanted to split them up. The Freebirds then spent a few months in the AWA in 1985, feuding with The Road Warriors over the AWA World Tag Team Titles. They interfered in the match that the Warriors finally lost the titles in and went back to Texas. They also spent several months in the Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986 and early 1987 with Sunshine as their manager. They feuded with "The Fantastics" (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) and with Dr. Death" Steve Williams.

In 1986, Hayes appeared in the opening credits of Highlander alongside the Fabulous Freebirds, working his Purely Sexy gimmick on the turnbuckle while writhing free of his ring robe.

Their final run in WCCW was in 1988 and Roberts and Gordy left the group forcing Hayes to team with the Von Erichs against them and Iceman Parsons.

National Wrestling Alliance

In 1989, Hayes went back to Jim Crockett Promotions, where he wrestled as a face. He turned on U.S. Champ Lex Luger during a match with Hiro Matsuda's "Yamasaki Corporation" and joined them. The stable included Ric Flair, Barry & Kendall Windham, and Butch Reed. Hayes feuded with Luger and won the U.S. Title from him after Terry Gordy surprised everybody and interfered in the match. Hayes soon lost the title back to Luger and the Freebirds entered the tournament to crown new NWA World Tag Team Champions.

At Clash of the Champions 7, on June 14 1989, Jimmy Garvin showed up as the newest Freebird and he and Hayes won the tournament. They immediately feuded with "The Midnight Express", Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane. Gordy left in late 1989 and Hayes and Garvin feuded with Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson (The Rock 'n' Roll Express).

World Championship Wrestling

In 1991, Jim Crockett Promotions became World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the Freebirds feuded with "The Young Pistols" (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers). They soon added another Freebird, Badstreet. He helped them win the U.S. Tag Team Titles and they all won the Six-Man Titles. They also had two managers briefly, Big Daddy Dink and Diamond Dallas Page. Once Badstreet departed from the group in late 1991, the Freebirds were left with no real direction. The Freebirds turned face, and Garvin's wife Precious became their off-screen manager. Although they won the U.S. Tag Titles again, The Freebirds disbanded by late 1992.

Hayes then turned heel again and started managing Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton, who were still members of the Dangerous Alliance. He became a member of sorts and even helped Paul E. Dangerously in his feud with Madusa. In 1993, Hayes became a fan favorite again and feuded with Paul Orndorff over the TV Title and then briefly teamed with Johnny B. Badd and also did some commentating before leaving WCW in 1994. He went to the Global Wrestling Federation and reunited with Garvin and Gordy as the Freebirds.

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

In 1995, Hayes retired from active competition due to an injury. He became Dok Hendrix, WWF Action Zone co-host with Todd Pettengill. A common misconception is that Hayes invented the Stone Cold Stunner for Steve Austin, who rose to stardom upon adopting the move in 1996. The Stunner (originally called the Ace Crusher) was invented by WWE road agent/Director of Talent Relations Johnny Ace. However, Hayes did teach Austin how to perform the move with someone else to demonstrate, as Austin detailed in his book, The Stone Cold Truth.

Hayes returned to active competition in 1999 for Power Pro Wrestling, where he won the promotion's title. He soon came back to WWF TV as the manager for The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff Hardy). He was fired by them in August and became a backstage road agent for the WWF. Hayes became a color commentator on Sunday Night HEAT alongside Michael Cole and Kevin Kelly from 2000 to 2001; although, he was mostly used on the international broadcasts of that show. At WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1 2001, he competed in the gimmick Battle Royal.

In 2002, Hayes hit the wrestling headlines after an incident took place during a UK tour which was dubbed the "plane ride from hell." Among other things, Hayes' hair was cut by drunken wrestlers and then glued on the wall of an arena the WWF was performing at the next day. Incidents that took place on that flight also resulted in Curt Hennig being fired.

Hayes received some attention when it became known that, prior to the November 13, 2003 episode of SmackDown! he had canvassed for John Cena (then a face) to attack his tag team partner Chris Benoit (also a face) after they had won their match. Hayes believed that adding an "edge" to Cena's character could recreate the popularity of Stone Cold Steve Austin. After the live crowd reacted badly to the storyline, it was cut from the SmackDown! broadcast.

At Armageddon 2004, held in Hayes' hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, he dressed as Santa Claus and lost to Kurt Angle in the "Angle Invitational." Angle applied the ankle lock to Hayes who tapped out immediately. Although many mistakenly identified Santa Claus as Vito LoGrasso, Vito was not employed with WWE at that time. During the December 5, 2005 episode of Raw, he became involved in verbal sparring with Edge in which Hayes attacked Edge's lack of main event experience and the details of his love life (with regard to Matt Hardy and Lita). Hayes was later attacked by Edge.

In October 2006, Hayes became the head creative writer for the SmackDown! brand after Alex Greenfield's departure from the company. He can be seen on the second season of WWE 24/7 series Legends of Wrestling. On the December 7, 2007 edition of SmackDown!, Hayes made another one-time appearance, as a guest of MVP's VIP Lounge. Hayes' appearance was to promote the new Triumph and Tragedy of WCCW DVD and reinforce its anti-drug message. However, Hayes ended up being attacked by MVP before being saved by Rey Mysterio.

On April 23 2008, Hayes was suspended for 60 days without pay by WWE due to "inappropriate behavior" for making "illicit remarks" in an incident with WWE wrestler, Mark Henry.

Personal life

Hayes married his second wife Sasha Lomax on October 15, 2004. He has one daughter.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

*NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Terry Gordy
*NWA National Tag Team Championship (4 times) - with Terry Gordy (3, First) and Otis Sistrunk (1)
*NWA United National Championship (1 time)

*Mid-South Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Terry Gordy

*NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Terry Gordy

  • Power Pro Wrestling

*PPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

*NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
*NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time) - with Jimmy Garvin
*WCW United States Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Jimmy Garvin
*WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jimmy Garvin and Badstreet
*WCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Jimmy Garvin

*NWA American Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Terry Gordy
*NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (6 times) - with Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts (5, First) and Kerry Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich (1) (Last)
*WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts (First)2
*WCWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Steve Cox

1Hayes' reigns with the Mid-Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship and the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship occurred after Ted Turner purchased the promotion and renamed it World Championship Wrestlling. The reigns also occurred prior to the titles being renamed as WCW championships.
2During The Freebirds 5th reign, WCCW withdrew from the NWA and was renamed World Class Wrestling Association. Their fifth reign carried over as reign after the title's name was changed to the WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship because they were the champions at the time of the name change.

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