If you were a fan of wrestling in the 80s and 90s you no doubt knew of The Midnight Express. Led by fiery manager Jim Cornette the team had many members over the years but one man was a foremost constant on the team. His name was “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton.
In 1983 Eaton Joined “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey in their version of The Midnight Express in the Mid-South Territory. Later they moved onto the national stage in Jim Crockett Promotions and were featured on Ted Turner’s flagship station TBS. Later Condrey departed to be replaced by “Sweet” Stan Lane. Both versions of the team played a huge role in Crockett’s war with Vince McMahon’s WWF (now known as WWE).
Later Eaton would come to East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling where he would reunite with Cornette and Lane, who along with Dr. Tom Pritchard were known as the Heavenly Bodies. Eaton’s career continued until a few years ago when he finally wrestled his final match.
Now Eaton will be returning to Knoxville for a special event in his honor, an event he has no idea that is taking place. You see Bobby Eaton is a rarity in our day as he does not use social media or the internet in general. Knoxville is a fitting spot for this as one of Eaton’s greatest matches took place at the Knoxville Civic Colosseum at a Clash of the Champions in 1991 as he faced “Nature Boy” Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Title.
Matt Sigmon, who cut is wrestling teeth in the East Tennessee independent circuit but now wrestles on an international stage has organized Bobby Eaton: A Night Of Appreciation to be held this Saturday (December 14th) at the D-1 Sports Complex in Knoxville.
Many wrestling legends and current stars will be in attendance to help wrestling fans from throughout the land celebrate Bobby. Wrestling legends Dennis Condrey, Barbarian, Dr Tom Prichard, Les Thatcher, and Bobby Fulton will be there. Current talent The Heat Seekers (Sigmon and his partner Elliot Morie), The Tate Twins (who recently had a tryout with the WWE), Chase Owens (New Japan), Crazzy Steve (Impact), Jax Dane (a former NWA World Champion) will also be in action. The event has drawn the attention of wrestling superstars as The Rock, Goldberg, Jim Ross, and Jim Cornette have been hyping the event on social media and on their various podcasts.
The event will be broadcast on a pay per view basis on Fite TV. 100% of the ticket sales & FiteTV PPV buys go directly to Bobby as a thank you for his contributions to wrestling.
The event starts at 8 PM Saturday