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Encyclopedia > The Midnight Express (professional wrestling)
The Midnight Express
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Members Dennis Condrey
Randy Rose
Norvell Austin
Bobby Eaton
Stan Lane
Bob Holly
Bart Gunn
Rikki Nelson
Jim Cornette
Paul E. Dangerously
Name(s) The Original Midnight Express
The New Midnight Express
Debuted 1981
Disbanded Semi-Active
Promotions AWA
ECW
NWA
WWF
WCCW

The Midnight Express is a professional wrestling tag team that has had various members and achieved most of its success in the 1980s. Dennis Condrey is a professional wrestler, best known as being one half of the tag team Midnight Express. ... Randy Rose is a professional wrestler better known as Ravishing Randy Rose. ... Bobby Eaton Bobby Eaton (born Robert Lee Eaton), is a professional wrestler, famous for his days as one half of the Midnight Express. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Mike Plotcheck aka Bart Gunn is a professional wrestler. ... James (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ...

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History

Origins

The Midnight Express was originally formed in 1983 as a six-man tag team with Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose and Norvell Austin in Alabama's Southeast Championship Wrestling. The group's gimmick was the so called "Freebird Rule," which allowed any two members of the team to wrestle their matches on any given night. Thus, their opponents who had only (kayfabe) signed to face "The Midnight Express," did not know which combination they would get. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Dennis Condrey is a professional wrestler, best known as being one half of the tag team Midnight Express. ... Randy Rose is a professional wrestler better known as Ravishing Randy Rose. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... The Continental Championship Wrestling promotion, based out of Knoxville and managed by Ron Fuller, Southeastern Championship Wrestling was a chief NWA territory during the 1970’s and early 1980’s while operating out of Tennessee and Alabama. ... In professional wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestlers personality, behavior, attire and/or other distinguishing traits while performing. ... The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ...


Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton

In 1983 Bobby Eaton joined the Mid-South territory under booker Bill Watts. Being good at spotting young talent, Jim Cornette recruited him to team up with Dennis Condrey. Condrey was a former rival of Bobby Eaton so they were familiar with each others styles and with the addition of cornerman Jim Cornette they became a tight knit unit. The Express had up until then been a stable but once Eaton and Condrey joined together the Midnight Express wrestled exclusively as a 2 man team until end of the Midnight Express legacy. Eaton was nicknamed “Beautiful” Bobby to compliment “Loverboy” Dennis, a nickname that Eaton still uses to this very day. The Express’ first target was the Mid-South champions Magnum T.A. and Mr. Wrestling II, the highlight of the feud had to be Eaton and Condrey tarring and feathering Magnum TA. The Express got their first gold when Mr. Wrestling II turned on Magnum TA allowing Eaton and Condrey to walk away with the titles. Bobby Eaton Bobby Eaton (born Robert Lee Eaton), is a professional wrestler, famous for his days as one half of the Midnight Express. ... Bill Watts, (born May 5, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), is a former American professional wrestler and promoter. ... James (Jim) Cornette (born September 17, 1961) is an American professional wrestling manager, commentator, promoter, and booker. ... Terry Wayne Allen (born June 11, 1959) was a professional wrestler who became famous under the name of Magnum T.A. // Terry Allen started wrestling in 1977 for Florida Championship Wrestling and the Pacific Northwest territory. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The duo had just won the gold when they ran into the Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) and kicked off their legendary feud that would run well into the 90ties. The two Expresses had a series of matches that were so unlike how tag-team wrestling was usually presented by in the Mid-South gathering a lot of attention both locally and nationally. They feuded throughout 1984 in the Mid-South territory before the Midnight Express was ready to move on. The Midnight Express had a short stay in World Class Championship Wrestling where they feuded mainly with The Fantastics but when opportunities in WCCW looked to go nowhere the Midnight Express made a big change. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reuben Cain (born July 19, 1958) is a professional wrestler best known by his ring name of Robert Gibson. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton The Fantastics The Fantastics are a professional wrestling tag team comprised of Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers. ...


In 1985 Eaton, Condrey and Cornette signed with Jim Crockett Promotions and thus got exposed on a national level through JCP’s deal with SuperStation TBS. Jim Crockett Promotions was the name of a professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. ... TBS also stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System, a Japanese television network. ...


Shortly after joining the territory the Midnight Express reignited their feud with the Rock & Roll Express from whom they won the NWA World Tag Team titles in February of 1986 and lost the titles back to the Rock & Roll Express 6 months later. Besides feuding with the Rock & Roll Express Eaton & Condrey also had a long running feuds with The New Breed & The Road Warriors including a high profile Scaffold Match at Starrcade 1986 which the Midnight Express lost. The Mid Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was created in 1975, and was the version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship recognized by Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling (later World Championship Wrestling) until 1991. ... The New Breed was a professional wrestling tag team, formed in 1986, consisting of Chris Champion and Sean Royal. ... The Legion Of Doom The Road Warriors with Paul Ellering. ... Many types of matches can be found in professional wrestling. ... Starrcade was the primary supercard of the NWA and World Championship Wrestling from 1983-2000. ...


Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane

In the early parts of 1987 Dennis Condrey left JCP from one day to the next, he literally abandoned the team when they were scheduled to appear at an event in Los Angeles as he changed his plane ticket to go somewhere else so he could drop out of sight. No specific reason has ever been given by Dennis Condrey only speculations from people around him. Enter a man that Eaton is very familiar with and a man who’s no stranger to tag-teaming, Stan Lane formerly of the Fabulous Ones. Lane and Eaton knew each other well from working against each other in the past and this showed as the new version of the Midnight Express gelled from the beginning. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Fabulous Ones was a professional wrestling Tag team consisting of Stan Lane and Steve Keirn that was active between 1982 and 1987 with brief reunions during the1990s. ...


In May of 1987 the combination of Eaton and Lane proved to be a golden one as they won the NWA United States Tag Team titles (A title they would win three times during their time together). A year later the team was cheered on to victory as the Midnight Express won the NWA World Tag Team Titles from Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (See also: Brain Busters) on September 10, 1988. This feat meant that they were the first tag-team to ever hold both the NWA World tag team and NWA United States tag team titles, a feat only the Steiner Brothers would go on to duplicate in 1991. The Midnight Express’ run with the titles only lasted a little over a month and a half before the Road Warriors took the gold from them in a brutal match up that saw the Road Warriors turn heel (bad guys) and the Midnight Express turn face (good guys). The WCW United States Tag Team Championship formally the NWA United States Tag Team Championship was a secondary tag team title in Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Tully Blanchard (born January 22, 1954) is a second generation American professional wrestler, best known as one of the Four Horsemen. ... The Brain Busters with Bobby Heenan The Brain Busters were a professional wrestling tag team in the 1980s. ...


Now the fan favorites the Midnight Express soon had to contend with a blast from the past: The Midnight Express. Only this Midnight Express was billed as The Original Midnight Express as it consisted of Dennis Condrey and Randy Rose who had teamed up before Condrey and Eaton became a team. The duo was led by long time Jim Cornette nemesis Paul E. Dangerously in the hopes of proving that the originals were better than the new version. The shock of seeing the Original Midnight Express gave Dangerously’s team the initial advantage in the feud but once again Dennis Condrey left, being replaced by Jack Victory to cut the feud short. Randy Rose is a professional wrestler better known as Ravishing Randy Rose. ... Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... Ken Rinehurst aka Jack Victory is a professional wrestler/manager for ECW, NWA & 3PW. Profile Height: 6 ft 4 in (1. ...


Due to various booking issues Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express left the promotion for a short while, around the time that Ted Turner bought out Jim Crockett and began promoting the federation as the National Wrestling Alliance / World Championship Wrestling. When the booking issues started to clear up Cornette and the Midnight Express returned to the federation and a very strong tag-team division. One of those teams was The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas & Johnny Ace) , who admitted that the Midnight Express was one of their favorite teams and asked if Cornette would be their manager as well. Cornette agreed but the Midnight Express were not happy about it at all. After arguing, Jim Cornette stopped accompanying the Express to the ring, choosing to only manage the Dudes. At the Clash of Champions IX the two teams met with Jim Cornette in a neutral corner, forced to choose between the teams. The Express started out very aggressive, especially for a team that was supposed to be fan favorites and when the night was over the Midnight Express had once again established themselves as heels with Jim Cornette in their corner, Cornette had never stopped siding with the Express. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which existed from 1988 to 2001. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Johnny Ace (June 9, 1929 – December 25, 1954), born John Marshall Alexander, Jr. ... The Clash of the Champions was started in 1988 by the NWAs Jim Crockett Promotions as a free PPV type broadcast in an effort to gain more viewers. ...


After their heel turn the Midnight Express started feuding with Flyin’ Brian and ”Z-Man” Tom Zenk over the recently re-activated United States Tag Team titles, winning the gold from the young team at Capital Combat in May 1990. The Midnight Express would lose the titles to The Steiner Brothers 3 months later. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Thomas (Tom) Erwin Zenk (Born: November 30, 1958) is a former American professional wrestler, also known by Tom Zenk and his nickname Z-Man. ... The Steiner Brothers is the tag team of real-life brothers Scott Steiner & Rick Steiner. ...


After appearing at Halloween Havoc 1990 the Midnight Express split up when Jim Cornette and Stan Lane left the federation. For the first time in 7 years there was no Midnight Express, it was the end of an era in tag-team wrestling. Halloween Havoc was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Championship Wrestling from 1989 through 2000. ...


Randy Rose and Dennis Condrey

In late 1988, Condrey and Rose came to the NWA with manager Paul E. Dangerously and called themselves the "Original Midnight Express", "Ravishing Randy" and "Loverboy Dennis". They worked for the American Wrestling Association where Condrey/Rose won the AWA World Tag Team Championship, eventually heading to the NWA to feud with Eaton/Lane/Cornette. Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag Team Championship was the tag team title for the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991. ...


The New Midnight Express

The Midnight Express name was resurrected by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1990s when they put a combination of Bob Holly (as Bombastic Bob) and Bart Gunn (as Bodacious Bart) together as The New Midnight Express with Cornette as their manager -- all as part of the "NWA invasion" angle They came in as NWA World Tag Team Champions but did not achieve much success (nor did the angle). World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... In professional wrestling, an angle is a fictional storyline. ...


The Midnight Express today

In 2003, Bobby Eaton started working for NWA-Mid-Atlantic as the Midnight Express with Ricky Nelson, This Midnight Express version was very short lived as he started a tour with Dennis Condrey (and sometimes Lane and Cornette) as the Midnight Express and they are still wrestling together on select Independent wrestling cards all over the United States.


In January 2005, Eaton and Condrey were briefly managed by Terri Runnels in SCW when they wrestled The Fantastics for the vacant tag team titles (they lost). As of 2006, Eaton is still competing on the independent wrestling circuit. He worked two shows in April and one in July for the United Wrestling Association in Knoxville. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee Coordinates: Cities in Tennessee Tennessee Government  - Mayor Bill Haslam (R) Area  - City 254. ...


In Wrestling

Eaton and Lane had for a time what many considered the best finishing move in all of wrestling. The "Veg-O-Matic" consisted of Lane bear-hugging an opponent while Eaton ascended to the top rope. When Eaton was in position, Lane would lower the opponent to a horizontal position a few feet above the mat with Eaton then jumping from the top rope and leg droping the suspended opponent across the neck. When performed correctly it was the (kayfabe) most devastating maneuver of its time in tag-team matches, compared only to the Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) Doomsday Device. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sean Waltman performs a leg drop on Shark Boy A Leg drop or Legdrop refers to an attack used in professional wrestling in which an attacking wrestler will jump and land his leg across a fallen opponents chest, throat or face. ... This article is about the professional wrestling team, for otheruses see Road warrior The Road Warriors were a professional wrestling tag team famously comprised of Michael Hawk Hegstrand and Joseph Animal Laurinaitis, though other members were added later. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... This article is about the professional wrestler, for other uses see Road warrior Michael Hegstrand (September 12, 1957 – October 19, 2003) was an American professional wrestler. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Cornette was known for giving very original names to the Midnights' moves. Besides the aforementioned "Veg-O-Matic", Cornette coined the names "Flapjack" (now a common tag-team maneuver), "Double Goozle" (a combination school boy/clothesline), "Rocket Launcher" and "Divorce Court" (for an armbar takedown). This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Championships and accomplishments

  • Austin and Condrey
  • Condrey and Rose
  • Southeastern Championship Wrestling
  • Condrey and Eaton
  • All-Star Wrestling (Virginia)
  • ASW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Mid-South Wrestling
  • Eaton and Lane
  • Gunn and Holly


Pro Wrestling Illustrated It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Non notable wrestling promotion, no third party sources, fails WP:CORP If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ... The CWA World Tag Team Championship was a major professional wrestling tag team title defended in the Continental Wrestling Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The American Wrestling Association (AWA) World Tag Team Championship was the tag team title for the American Wrestling Association from 1960 until the promotion folded in 1991. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: Non notable wrestling promotion, no third party sources, fails WP:CORP If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ... The AWA Southern Tag Team Championship was a professional wrestling tag team title in the Tennessee area from the 1940s through the late 1980s. ... The NWA Southeast Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in the National Wrestling Alliances Alabama territory known as Southeast Championship Wrestling. ... The Universal Wrestling Federation was a regional professional wrestling federation founded by Leroy McGuirk, and later owned by Bill Watts. ... The UWF Tag Team Championship was the tag team title in the Universal Wrestling Federation from 1986 until the promotion closed in 1987. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... The WCWA Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The Mid Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was created in 1975, and was the version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship recognized by Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling (later World Championship Wrestling) until 1991. ... The Mid Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was created in 1975, and was the version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship recognized by Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling (later World Championship Wrestling) until 1991. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The Mid Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was created in 1975, and was the version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship recognized by Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling (later World Championship Wrestling) until 1991. ... The Mid Atlantic version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship was created in 1975, and was the version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship recognized by Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling (later World Championship Wrestling) until 1991. ... The WCW United States Tag Team Championship formally the NWA United States Tag Team Championship was a secondary tag team title in Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The NWA World Tag Team Championship The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Tag Team Championship is the premier tag team title in the NWA. There have been several versions of this title, but the title recognized by the NWA is the version that was recently defended primarily in Total Nonstop... NWA World Tag Team Championship List of NWA World Tag Team Championship reigns by length National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Jim Crockett Promotions Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) Categories: | | ... Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is a professional wrestling magazine. ...

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) ranked the Midnight Express two times in the best tag teams during the "PWI Years".
  • 21 Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton
  • 32 Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane

Wrestling Observer Newsletter The PWI Tag Team of the Year Award, given yearly since 1972 by professional wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated, recognizes the best tag team of the year as voted by readers of the magazine. ... Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. ...

  • 1987 Tag Team of the Year (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)
  • 1988 Feud of the Year (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane Vs Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers)
  • 1988 Tag Team of the Year (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)

Trivia

The Midnight Expresses' intro song was a revamped rendition of the song "Chase" by composer Giorgio Moroder for the 1978 Midnight Express film. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Midnight Express is a 1978 film, based on Billy Hayes book of the same name adapted into screenplay by Oliver Stone. ...


Trent Acid and Johnny Kashmere frequently use "Chase" by composer Giorgio Moroder as their team music as a tribute to Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane, and Jim Cornette after Eaton and Lane granted them permission to use the music at a ROH show. [1] Michael Verde is better known as Trent Acid. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


External links

  • Official Midnight Express Tribute Site

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The Midnight Express - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (733 words)
The Midnight Express is a professional wrestling tag team that has had various members and achieved most of its success in the 1980's.
The Midnight Express was originally formed in 1981 as a six-man tag team with Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose and Norvell Austin in Alabama's Southeast Championship Wrestling.
The Midnight Express name was resurrected by both the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the late 1990s as a way to try to put over unpopular wrestlers.
Rock 'n' Roll Express - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (780 words)
The Rock 'n' Roll Express was a professional wrestling tag team comprised of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson that was extremely popular in the 1980's.
The Rock 'n' Roll Express was formed by Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson in 1983 in Memphis.
The gimmick of the Rock 'N Roll Express was a couple of high flying wrestlers who loved hair metal music, as it was a popular genre of music at the time.
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