‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton who is best known for competing as one half of the legendary Midnight Express tag team has passed away at the age of 62.
The tragic news was broke by Eaton’s sister on Facebook, where she 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 .”
Eaton made his wrestling debut at the age of 17 in 1976 in the NWA Mid-America territory. It was there that Bobby Eaton teamed with Lanny Poffo – the brother of Macho Man Randy Savage – and won his first championship the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title. Eaton went on to hold that title six times before moving onto the Continental Wrestling Association in Tennessee.
Further tag team success followed in Tennessee for Eaton when he teamed with Sweet Brown Sugar who is better known as Koko B. Ware. The men won tag team gold before splitting up with Eaton briefly joining Jimmy Hart’s First Family stable.
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 moved wholesale to Jim Crockett Promotions where they continued their feud with Rock ‘N’ Roll. In February 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.
Many stars of the wrestling business have taken time to pay tribute to Eaton on social media.
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
This is the hardest post to make . Anymore it’s almost daily I hear the passing of a friend a brother in the ring . I just got word one of Wrestling’s best ever in the ring and out . Beautiful Bobby Eaton has passed away . We all love Bobby! #RIPBobbyEatonpic.twitter.com/mWDlbayBDi
— Bobby Fulton (@TheBobbyFulton) August 5, 2021
Bobby Eaton visited the ROH locker room a few times when I first started. Each time, he worried the newer generation wouldn't know him. Each time, myself, The Briscoes, Kaz, Daniels, and just about everyone else were THRILLED to see him. What a nice man.
Alabama Jam, forever.
— Ian Riccaboni (@IanRiccaboni) August 5, 2021