Wrestling / The Midnight Express
The Midnight Express
were a Professional Wrestling Tag Team
from the 1980s. It started in Alabama when "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey started teaming with "Ravishing" Randy Rose. After feuding with Norvel Austin and various partners, Austin turned heel
and joined with Condrey and Rose. They spent some time in Memphis before returning to SECW. The team split in 1983.
Condrey and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton formed the second version after Eaton was traded from Memphis to Mid-South. It was here where they started their epic feud with The Rock 'n' Roll Express
. The MX had a brief run in World Class before jumping to the National Wrestling Alliance
in Charlotte in 1985. They feuded with the RNRs and The Road Warriors
until Condrey surprised a lot of people in 1987 by leaving without really giving notice. This led to "Sweet" Stan Lane, formerly of The Fabulous Ones
, replacing Condrey after Jim Crockett brought him in after closing down Florida.
Meanwhile, Condrey and Rose had reformed their team in the AWA
with manager Paul E. Dangerously
. They surprised everyone by jumping to the NWA to feud with Eaton and Lane and manager Jim Cornette
. Cornette's team ultimately won the feud, sending Condrey and Rose away. The MX left after 1990, with Lane eventually going with Cornette to set up SMW
Even through the 2000s, Condrey/Rose/Eaton/Lane can still be found together in various combinations to compete at legends shows and on the indy circuit.
Among their in-ring achievements: They were 2x NWA (Mid-Atlantic) World Tag Team Champions
(1x Condrey/Eaton, 1x Eaton/Lane), 1x AWA World Tag Team Champions
(Condrey/Rose) and 3x NWA (Mid-Atlantic) United States Tag Team Champions
Not to be confused with Midnight Express
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"These tropes stay up past midnight":
- Ambiguously Gay: Suspected of Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane, if not for each other than for the sissy Cornette, whom fans didn't even think was "ambiguous" during the 80s.
- Arch-Enemy: The Rock N Roll Express, the Road Warriors, the Fantastics
- The Midnights vs. Midnights feud was the In-Universe beginning of the Cornette-Heyman feud.
- Badass Mustache: Rose
- Bash Brothers: Except for the managers, and even then Cornette had been forced to wrestle sometimes
- Beard of Evil: Condrey
- Corpsing: Stan Lane when Cornette would be talking up how good he was and trashing the Midnight Express's opponents
- Cower Power: Cornette would often ask Bobby Eaten to give him hugs when he got scared.
- Determinator: No matter how many times they were beaten and humiliated, the Midnight Express and Jim Cornette would not stop returning to hassle Mid-South's baby faces. This actually got fans coming back too, hoping this would be the time the no good Midnights were driven away for good. Sometimes they would be sent away for awhile (if only so new teams could shuffle around) but after a few months or a year, they'd be back again.
- Enemy Mine: While normally they and the Road Warriors were intense enemies, they joined forces with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams to defeat the Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) and the Samoan Swat Team (Samu and Fatu [Rikishi]) in War Games at NWA The Great American Bash 89.
- Finishing Move: Double Goozle, Rocket Launcher, Veg-A-Matic, Flapjack, Gravedigger
- Hammy Herald: Cornette. As one example, from NWA WrestleWar 90:
JIM CORNETTE: "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Kings of the Ring, the Gangster of Love and the Sultan of Swing, Beautiful Bobby and Sweet Stan, the Midnight Express!"
- Paul E. filled the same role for Condrey and Rose in the AWA.
- A Handful for an Eye: They threw powder into the LOD's eyes during their scaffold match at Starrcade 86. It didn't help, as the LOD still won the match.
- Improbable Weapon User: Dennis Condrey would wrap Cornette’s belt around his fist. Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton once loaded Cornette's tennis racket carrying case with a brick to make its strikes more powerful.
- Parts Unknown: "The Dark Side"
- Power Stable: At one time, they were known as Midnight Express Inc., and included Wayne Farris (The Honky Tonk Man), Ron Starr, the Midnight Stallion (Archie "The Mongolian Stomper" Gouldie) and Rick Harris (Black Bart), along with Condrey, Rose and Austin.
- Condrey and Rose were in the Dangerous Alliance in the AWA.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Giorgio Moroder's "Chase" (the theme from Midnight Express)
- Red Baron: Eaton was "The Sultan of Swing," Lane was "The Gangster of Love."
- Ring Oldies: From the 1990s onward. They are the oldest International Wrestling Cartel Tag Team Champions in the promotion's history.
- Salt and Pepper: When Norvel Austin was part of the team.
- Training Montage: Subverted in the lead up to their Starrcade scaffold match against The Road Warriors. The Midnight Express were too scared to do anything with the scaffold, only hired muscle Big Bubba Rodgers was able to even walk across it.
- Wrestling Family:
- Bobby Eaton's son Dillon.
- Wayne Farris is, of course, Jerry Lawler's cousin.