If Miranda Gordy’s name sounds familiar, it should. The professional who has been wrestling for the past year and a half is the daughter of the late Terry Gordy of the Fabulous Freebirds.
Terry made his presence known in the ring with his surly disposition and his never-say-die attitude. He, along with Michael Hayes, and Buddy Roberts made a name for themselves when they feuded with the legendary Von Erich brothers in Texas. Now, Miranda is following in her father’s footsteps by taking up the family business.
Miranda stands out with her long blonde hair and her stunning bright red colored tights, but it’s her mean streak that will not let you forget her. Though she has a well-known last name, it doesn’t mean that she has been handed a golden ticket. Miranda has had to work just as hard as everyone else who wants to make a name in the wrestling business. Most second-generation wrestlers are judged before they ever step into the ring.
“It’s a blessing and a curse,” Gordy said. “The blessing is that it gets me in the door a little faster and helps me get booked. However, I feel that the promoters are expecting a high-level performance from me even though I haven’t been wrestling long.”
During most of Miranda’s life, her interests have focused more on animals and studying Psychology. Wrestling was always something her father had done until her friend; Randy Wayne talked her into going to some matches. Once she was there, she realized how much fun it was. Convincing Miranda to return was not hard after she experienced the rush that wrestling gave her.
Managing Randy became a regular gig for Miranda and the two friends worked together often. It was not uncommon to see them at Dallas Championship Wrestling, Texoma Pro, and Heroes of Wrestling, which were all located in North Texas. Helping Randy as his manger got Miranda out of the house and it was a way to make a little extra money.
“I was given a spot where I got to punch somebody,” Gordy said. “After I had that experience, I wanted to do it all.”
Desiring to further her pursuit of the thrill that pro wrestling brought her, Miranda started training and committed to it for a full year before she had her first match. She knew that if she was going to use her last name of Gordy, the path ahead might not be an easy one. Despite that concern, she put in the work that ensured a strong wrestling skillset.
Miranda’s enthusiasm and determination for the sport have already had her wrestling in places like Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, throughout the Midwest, and it even took her to Japan. In Japan, her father was very reputable and his legacy there still lingers. It was a great honor for Miranda, because not every wrestler gets that opportunity to go to the “Land of the Rising Sun,” and she knows it. In August of 2020, she scored a win over Jazz and captured the Women’s SWE Fury Title. The Texas based promotion has been growing in popularity since its inception. Jazz who is a legendary wrestler in her own right was a significant win for Miss Gordy.
The young lady who calls Badstreet U.S.A. her home address, just like her father and his counterparts did, is fortunate to have many experienced coaches. Many in the business have invested a lot of time in training her. People like Ember Moon, Night Davis, Tom Howard, and her boyfriend Kraig Kessman, who wrestles under the name Niles Plonk, are her mentors and teachers.
“I think they have all brought something very different to the table for me, because of the different styles that they have,” Gordy said. “It also helps to know when to utilize all of the different styles and I’m learning how to do that.”
In the world of professional wrestling, you have to have a heel and you have to have a baby face. Everyone seems to know the fan favorite based on the crowd’s reaction; however, some fans like to get behind the antagonist and Miranda is no exception.
It’s been years since Terry Gordy’s passing, but every time Miranda goes to wrestle she is reminded of her father’s sweet memory from the people who knew him. Telling stories and sharing memories of the big man known as “Bam Bam,” happens frequently.
“Every single show someone brings up my Dad, and I just love hearing all the stories people pass on to me about him,” Gordy said. “Even though the Von Erich fans hated the Freebirds, people still have fond recollections of my Dad and they were impacted by him.”
As Miranda is growing into her style and getting more comfortable with each match that she has, it is hard not to see her mature into a wrestler who can captivate the audience. The wrestling style she is perfecting may resemble her father’s in-ring performance a little, but her feistiness and attitude prove that she is Terry Gordy’s daughter.
For those who grew up watching her father wrestle, there are moments you can see glimpses of Terry when you watch Miranda work inside the ring. The similarities in the ring of the father and daughter are chilling at times. It serves as a nice tribute to a man who earned the respect of many, even though he was known as a bad guy during most of his career.
“I believe my Dad would be proud of me. I started at the bottom and I have been trying to do things the right way so I can work my way to the top,” Gordy said. “I have had a lot of success in my short career and I’m sure he is smiling down at me, but I think he would encourage me to be a doctor or something else that wouldn’t take such a toll on my body.”