Michael Hayes: A Wrestling Icon’s Career Retrospective

Michael Hayes, born Michael Seitz on March 29, 1959, in Pensacola, Florida, is a name that resonates with wrestling fans around the world. His journey in professional wrestling began in 1977 when he started wrestling in the Tennessee regional promotions. Hayes quickly made a name for himself and by 1978, he was wrestling overseas in Germany for the Catch Wrestling Association.

Hayes’s career took a significant turn in 1979 when, wrestling for Mid South Wrestling at the suggestion of Bill Watts, he formed a tag team with Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy. The duo, along with Buddy “Jack” Roberts, became known as The Fabulous Freebirds, a group that would go on to become one of the most iconic factions in wrestling history. Hayes, under the ring name Michael “P.S.” (“Purely Sexy”) Hayes, brought a unique charisma to the ring, complete with moonwalking like Michael Jackson, and the Freebirds strutted their way to numerous tag team titles.

Throughout his career, Hayes was known for his flamboyant personality and his ability to engage audiences, whether as a wrestler or in other roles within the industry. After a serious back injury in WCW, Hayes retired from active competition but remained a significant figure in the wrestling world. He transitioned to a role as Dok Hendrix, co-hosting WWF Action Zone with Todd Pettengill and interviewing wrestlers, including the memorable interview with Steve Austin at King of the Ring 1996 where Austin first uttered the iconic “Austin 3:16” phrase.

Hayes’s influence extended beyond the ring as he took on various backstage roles. In 1999, he returned to active competition briefly for Power Pro Wrestling, where he won the promotion’s title, and also managed The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) in WWF. However, his tenure as their manager was short-lived, and he soon transitioned to a backstage road agent and color commentator for the WWF.

In October 2006, Hayes became the head creative writer for the SmackDown brand, showcasing his creative prowess behind the scenes. His contributions to the industry have been recognized with multiple accolades, including induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016 as part of The Fabulous Freebirds.

Today, Michael Hayes is employed with WWE as Vice President, Creative Writing & Booking, and serves as a senior producer. His career has spanned over two decades, and his impact on the industry is undeniable. From his in-ring performances to his creative contributions, Hayes has left an indelible mark on professional wrestling, and his legacy continues to influence the sport and entertainment to this day.

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