Who was Bobby Eaton?
Robert Lee Eaton (aka Bobby Eaton), August 14, 1958 – August 4, 2021, was an American professional wrestler. He is most famous for his work in tag teams, especially as one-half of The Midnight Express. Under the management of Jim Cornette, he originally teamed with Dennis Condrey and, later on, with Stan Lane. He also worked with a number of other tag team partners, including Arn Anderson, Koko B. Ware, Steve Keirn, and Lord Steven Regal.
‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton dies at 62
“Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, part of the legendary pro wrestling tag team Midnight Express, died at the age of 62.
His sister, Debbie Eaton Lewis, confirmed his death in a Facebook post.
Eaton wrestled through multiple territories in the National Wrestling Alliance in the ‘70s and ‘80s before gaining nationwide exposure with World Championship Wrestling. He teamed with multiple partners, including Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane, to form the Midnight Express over the years.
The group was “managed” by wrestling legends Jim Cornette and Paul “Paul E. Dangerously” Heyman in different stints.
Eaton won multiple tag team and singles championships during his career, wrestling through the 2010s with several promotions.
Donna Eaton, his wife, died June 26 at the age of 57. He was widely regarded as one of the real-life nice guys in the business, and several current and former superstars expressed their condolences on social media.
“If you’ve studied pro wrestling with any true attention, you’ve studied Bobby Eaton. And understand just how special he was in the ring,” said WWE superstar Adam “Edge” Copeland on Twitter. “Every time I encountered him outside of it, he was an even better person.”
Bobby Eaton Biography, Wiki
Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, Bobby Eaton was a fan of professional wrestling, especially the NWA Mid-America professional wrestling promotion. This promotion was operated by Nick Gulas, who staged wrestling shows in the Alabama and Tennessee region.
Bobby Eaton’s first involvement in the sport came at the age of 13 while attending Chapman Middle School when he helped set up wrestling rings in his hometown. He later trained under Tojo Yamamoto to become a professional wrestler.
Over the course of his career, which lasted from 1976 to 2015, Bobby Eaton wrestled for extended periods of time for various wrestling promotions: Mid-America Wrestling, Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-South Wrestling, World Class Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, World Championship Wrestling, and Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
Bobby Eaton also made brief guest appearances for Extreme Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and a considerable number of independent wrestling promotions over the years. He held a large number of championships, including the NWA/WCW World Tag Team Championship on three occasions. Eaton was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2019.
In September 2006, it was reported that Bobby Eaton was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. Eaton later released a statement saying that he did not have a heart attack, but was instead diagnosed with high blood pressure with “a hint of” diabetes. Since then, he has suffered from several health issues, especially cardiac problems which have seen him hospitalized on several occasions. In June 2013, Eaton underwent successful surgery to have a pacemaker inserted.
On August 4, 2021, just over a month after his wife’s death, Eaton died at age 62, ten days shy of his 63rd birthday. He had been hospitalized in July after suffering a fall.
|Birth name||Robert Lee Eaton|
|Born||August 14, 1958|
Huntsville, Alabama, United States
|Died||August 4, 2021 (aged 62)|
|Ring name(s)||Beautiful Bobby|
The Earl of Eaton
Earl Robert Eaton
|Billed height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Billed weight||233 lb (106 kg)|
|Billed from||Huntsville, Alabama|
“The Dark Side”
|Trained by||Tojo Yamamoto|
Bobby Eaton Championships And Awards
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- NWA Georgia Television Championship (one time)
- International Wrestling Cartel
- IWC Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dennis Condrey)
- Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling
- NWA United States Tag Team Championship (three times) (with Stan Lane)
- NWA (Mid-Atlantic version)/WCW World Tag Team Championship (three times) (with Dennis Condrey (one), Stan Lane (one) and Arn Anderson (one))
- WCW World Television Championship (one time)
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Rikki Nelson)
- Continental Wrestling Association
- AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (four times) (with Sweet Brown Sugar (two) and Duke Myers (two))
- CWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (eleven times)
- NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship (six times) (with Lanny Poffo (one), George Gulas (three), Mexican Angel (one) and Great Togo (one))
- NWA Mid-America Television Championship (one time)
- NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (four times) (with George Gulas and Jerry Barber (one), George Gulas and Arvil Hutto (one), George Gulos and The Mexican Angel (one), and Secret Weapon and Tojo Yamamoto (one))
- Mid-South Wrestling Association
- Mid-South Tag Team Championship (two times) (with Dennis Condrey)
- NWA Bluegrass
- NWA Bluegrass Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dennis Condrey)
- NWA Rocky Top
- NWA Rocky Top Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dennis Condrey)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- He was ranked #27 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1992.
- He was ranked #91 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003.
- PWI Tag Team of the Year (1987) (with Stan Lane)
- Smoky Mountain Wrestling
- SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship (one time)
- World Class Championship Wrestling
- NWA American Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dennis Condrey)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) (with Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane as the Midnight Express)
- Most Underrated Wrestler (1985, 1986, 1990, 1993)
- Tag Team of the Year (1986) (with Dennis Condrey)
- Tag Team of the Year (1987, 1988) (with Stan Lane)
- Worst Worked Match of the Year (1991) (with P.N. News vs. Terrance Taylor and Steve Austin in a Scaffold match at The Great American Bash)
Tweets on Bobby Eaton’s Death
Who was Bobby Eaton?
Bobby Eaton was an American professional wrestler.
What is the birth name of Bobby Eaton?
Robert Lee Eaton.
When did Bobby Eaton retire from wrestling?
Bobby Eaton retired from wrestling in 2015.
At what age did Bobby Eaton die?
Bobby Eaton passed away on 4th August 2021 at the age of 62.