Stone Cold Steve Austin has thrown his support behind a tag team joining the WWE Hall Of Fame, the legendary Midnight Express.
The Midnight Express originally began in Tennessee with Randy Rose, Dennis Condrey, and Norvell Austin as its members. In 1983, the first of the better-known Midnight Express teams then took shape with Bobby Eaton joining Dennis Condrey as a two-man team. They also added a manager, the incomparable Jim Cornette. This was the team that began the legendary feud with The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express that lasted decades.
The Midnights famously competed in the ‘Skywalkers Match’ at Starrcade 1986. This was a scaffold match where Condrey and Eaton faced the Road Warriors – Hawk and Animal. The Road Warriors won the match before chasing Cornette up the scaffold. Cornette’s ensuing fall caused him serious knee damage.
In 1987 Condrey left and Stan Lane was then brought in as Eaton’s new partner. This iteration of The Midnight Express is the only one to win NWA championship gold. Together Eaton and Lane captured the NWA US Tag Titles three times. Their biggest win came when they defeated Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson to win the NWA World Tag Team Championships. This occurred in September 1988 with Blanchard and Anderson on their way to WWE.
Despite the team and manager Jim Cornette’s status as one of the all-time great professional wrestling teams. The Midnights have not yet been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. Something one Hall Of Famer thinks needs to be put right.
Stone Cold Steve Austin who entered the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2009 took to social media to throw his weight behind an induction for The Midnight Express.
“Watching a quick classic match on YouTube. Midnight Express w Jim Cornette vs Rock and Roll Express. 4-28-90 Cornette w the ref distraction in the first clip. Killer punches from Bobby and Ricky.
Referee Nick Patrick with the leap frog in the second clip. Midnights should be in HOF. Two of the greatest tag teams of all time. Freebirds w the interference…#prowrestling at its best.”
The two other teams mentioned in Austin’s post are themselves WWE Hall Of Famers. The Fabulous Freebirds of Michael P.S. Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, and Jimmy Garvin were inducted in 2016. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express was then inducted by Jim Cornette in 2017.
So far the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2021 has four inductees announced for it. Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff,Kane, and The Great Khali will be inducted on April 6th. Reports have suggested there is a ‘one of a kind’ star due to be part of that class as well.