L-R: Ricky, RobertRicky Morton
and Robert Gibson
are a Professional Wrestling Tag Team
as The Rock N Roll Express.
They started in Memphis in 1983 as a B Show
replacement team for The Fabulous Ones
. As luck would have it, the RNRs (name taken from their first initials
) would far surpass the Fabs
. They would go on to hold the NWA World Tag Team Titles 8 times (4x NWA Mid-Atlantic version
and 4x revived version that started in 1993
) and were THE
underdog pretty-boy babyface team of their era. Over time, they would split up and go in other directions before inevitably coming back together. They have competed for WCW
, All Japan Pro Wrestling
, the AWA
and many other promotions.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
The Rock N Roll Express are the Trope Namers for:
"The Trope N Roll Express":
- Arch-Enemy: JIM CORNETTE and pretty much anyone he managed (The Midnight Express, the Heavenly Bodies)
- Badasses Wear Bandanas: Around their legs.
- Carpet of Virility: Robert is a Type 1.
- Crowd Song: "ROCK N ROLL! ROCK N ROLL! ROCK N ROLL!"
- Cue the Flying Pigs: In SMW in March 1993, they actually chose former Four Horsemen nemesis ARN ANDERSON as their partner for a series of matches against the Heavenly Bodies (Bobby Eaton/Stan Lane/Tom Prichard). Even crazier, they won all three matches (March 19-21.)
- David Vs Goliath: Of course.
- Face: Their default role, and what they were best at doing. Anytime they weren't doing this wasn't as good.
- Finishing Move: Double Dropkick
- How Much More Can He Take: Announcer Bob Caudle asked this, though not in those exact words, during the RNRs-Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole and Arn Anderson) cage match at NWA Starrcade 86.
- Iconic Team: They likely inspired as many imitators as did The Road Warriors.
- Legacy Team: The Fantastics, the Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), the Hardys, etc.
- The New Adventures: Ricky had two teams called the New Rock N Roll Express, one with Davey Morton (Kid Kash) and one in Japan with Ricky Fuji.
- Power Stable:
- Pretty Boys: They were created as a B Show replacement team for the Fabs, with the difference being that the RNRs were aimed toward teen girls with a safe, Tiger Beat-style image, while the Fabs were marketed toward adult women as Playgirl-style sex symbols.
- Real Song Theme Tune:
- Ring Oldies: From the late 1990s forward.
- Squash Match: At JCW Legends & Icons, they beat the Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) in a mere 33 seconds!
- SQUEE: To the point of being ear-piercing. They pretty much introduced this into wrestling.
- Still Got It: As this clip of Ricky demonstrates.
- THEATRICS OF PAIN: Ricky is legendary for this. As George South said in their profile in the book The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Tag Teams:
"Ricky Morton was the first person I hit throwing a worked punch and people thought I was killing him. All the people at ringside were screaming. You wanted to tell them, 'Look, he's not really hurt. He's just really good at this.'"
- Wrestling Family:
- Ricky's father, long-time referee Paul Morton, passed away in 2010. His cousin Todd Morton has wrestled in Memphis for years as well as been a Jobber for WCW and WWE.
- Robert's brother Ricky Gibson passed away in 2006.