Ricky Morton of The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express has discussed the differences he sees in today’s locker rooms compared to those back in the day, and how his partner Robert Gibson has a clever trick for clearing out unwanted visitors to the sacred space.
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express are five-time NWA World Tag Team Champions, in a career that has spanned six different decades. The team was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017 by their long-time rival Jim Cornette.
Speaking to fellow WWE Hall Of Famers Gerald Brisco and JBL on ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw’ Ricky Morton shared the ways he sees wrestling locker rooms have changed over the years.
“That’s a good thing you brought up there, is the dressing room. The dressing room used to be the most sacred place in the world. This is where the boys could be them, and you know that just like I do. That’s where you come in and dress, you’ve got your own place and if you sit there naked, it don’t matter. If you sit there doing anything it don’t matter, you know I’ve seen that, because that was our place.”
Morton then went on to talk about long-time partner Robert Gibson. Ricky Morton noted that Gibson had a special talent for clearing a locker room of unwanted guests:
“Nowadays the dressing room…holy sh*t. I come in, and you got to know something about my partner Robert Gibson, the difference between me and Robert is I walk up and put it in, he puts it in and walks up.”
“So I’m in this dressing room and there’s guys sitting there and I say ‘man, who’s this girl there?’, ‘Oh, it’s my girlfriend’, ‘your girlfriend? Why do you have her in the dressing room for?’. They kinda bow up at you. ‘Oh alright’, so I tell Robert, ‘take your clothes off and walk around’, you understand me, hanging it out around his knees. They run their girlfriends out quick.”
Morton then finished by mentioning another change he has seen in the wrestling business – wrestlers rehearsing their matches:
“I can’t believe our business has changed over the years. You know, nobody was allowed in a dressing room, nobody knew finishes, and that’s a good thing I liked too because the guys need to learn this too, is to go out and have a match without rehearsing it.”
During their chat Ricky Morton also discussed the modern tag team scene, saying that he sees The Young Bucks as the perfect team for this era.