Bobby Eaton, a stalwart of the wrestling world throughout the eighties and nineties has tragically passed away at the age of 62.
‘Beautiful’ Bobby is probably best known for his run as one half of the legendary Midnight Express tag team alongside both ‘Lover Boy’ Dennis Condrey and ‘Sweet’ Stan Lane, with the team being managed by legendary ‘Louisville Lip’ Jim Cornette.
The news of Eaton’s passing was announced by his sister on social media, Debbie Eaton Lewis sent out the following message:
“I never wanted to have to post this ,but my Little Brother Beautiful Bobby Eaton passed away last night .When i find out all the details i will post them . Bobby was the kindest ,loving person you would ever meet . I loved him so much and going to miss him . Please say a prayer for my Niece Taryn she found him . And she just lost her Mom a little over a Month ago .”
“There will never be another…” always gets said, but this is absolutely true; “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton was literally one of a kind.
— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) August 5, 2021
The National Wrestling Alliance is Saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary 'Beautiful' Bobby Eaton.
We send our love to his friends and family.
— NWA (@nwa) August 5, 2021
RIP Bobby Eaton. A friend, and an absolute master of the craft of professional wrestling. A man whom I hope will get the recognition that he undeniably deserves. It was my pleasure to know, watch and learn from you. Our industry is a better place because of you. Godspeed sir. 😔 pic.twitter.com/6VdcgBDcdt
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 5, 2021
RIP to one half of the midnight express and one of to he greatest workers of all time “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, condolences to his friends and family pic.twitter.com/0eEFVCN7yk
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) August 5, 2021
Bobby Eaton is one of the best to ever step in a ring. I wish I could’ve had the chance to work with him. To listen to him more. To learn from him. To let him know how much we all appreciate him and the sacrifices he gave us. RIP Bobby. One of the good ones.
— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) August 5, 2021
Bobby Eaton began his wrestling career, wrestling for both NWA Mid-America before moving onto the Continental Wrestling Association based out of Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1983 Bobby Eaton joined Mid South Wrestling where he immediately joined a new iteration of The Midnight Express managed by Jom Cornette. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby and ‘Lover Boy’ Dennis captured the Mid South Tag Team Championship and it was here that The Midnights began their legendary rivalry with The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express.
Two years after joining Mid South, Eaton, Condrey, and Cornette signed with Jim Crockett Promotions where they continued their feud with The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express. Early in 1986, The Midnight Express captured their first NWA World Tag Team Championship – the first of three reigns of Bobby Eaton’s career and his only one with Condrey.
After Condrey left the promotion Bobby Eaton was joined by ‘Sweet’ Stan Lane as The Midnights continued to achieve success in the tag team division. During this run, Eaton and Lane went up against a team calling themselves ‘The Original Midnight Express’ comprised of Condrey and Randy Rose under the leadership of Paul E. Dangerously. In 1990 The Midnight Express came to an end with Eaton remaining the sole member in what now had become World Championship Wrestling.
During his time in WCW Eaton joined Dangerously in the Dangerous Alliance where he won another tag team title with Arn Anderson. Although Bobby Eaton never hit his previous heights he remained with World Championship Wrestling until the year 2000.
All at TJR Wrestling send their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton at this sad time.