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As a kid growing up in 1980s Virginia there was only real wrestling on television with multiple shows, NWA. David Crockett's promotion became the mainstay for NWA world champion Ric Flair. As a result, the best talent in the country flocked to be part of the promtion. In this huge talent pull some of the best tag teams emerged:

Midnight Express
Fantastics
Road Warriors
Powers of Pain
and
Rock'N'Roll Express

It was Robert Gibson, a quite guy with a slow eye and Ricky Morton, the man that made mullets cool. They were of average size and average talents, but they captured the imagination of all the fans in Crockett Promotions. I met Ricky Morton this past Sunday at Hooters and watched a few PPV matches with him.

He was there promoting a match near my home in Tennessee, it will see him team with Robert Gibson and they will battle for the first time in 20 years the Midnight Express Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey, with Jim Cornette reprising his roll as their manager! To any old school fan this match was as big as Flair/Steamboat, Flair/Rhodes, Savage/Hogan; it was two bitter rivals that no matter the result would never end the feud. I can't wait to relive the feeling in two weeks!

Morton was nice. He had his three year old son there, whom was growing a mullet, just like dad. He talked about the old days and updated me on Magnum TA and a few other old school guys. Ricky talked about training Glen Jacobs and Mark Calloway in the Smoky Mountain promotion. It was interesting to hear him talk about them, he seemed proud, although he called Jacobs Undertaker, and Calloway Kane.

I made the comment to him about how I thought Shawn Michaels had stolen his act with the Midnight Rockers. He informed me that he had also trained Shawn, then gave him permission to use the Midnight Rockers gimmick. This surprised me, since I assumed Michaels had trained in Texas then made the jump to the AWA. Morton talked highly of Michaels and again seemed like a proud parent as he was wrestling Kane.

Other notes:

Sting is a jerk according to Morton. Sting is only a preacher and man of GOD if you have a $5,000 fee for him. He told a story that Sting no showed, a charity event, because the hotel that was booked for him did not meet his requirements.

Sheri Martel was there, and really looks the part of "Scary" now. She was wearing some outfit that made her look like a witch, but she seemed very nice. She commented to me, I can't be old enough to remember her, I replied that I remembered her from way back when she was in the AWA. Not sure if she was insulted by the "way back" comment because she stopped talking and went back to her table.

It was a fun night. Morton gave me his home phone number to contact him, since I manage a restaurant, for future promotional stuff. The only thing I did not like was how when I was a kid this guy was selling out arenas and now the business has thrown him away so much so that he is passing out flyer's in Hooters to promote a show.



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Ricky Morton still travels the indy circuit here in West Virginia too. I've met him on several occations and he's one of the most stand up guys in wrestling I've ever met. He'll also do almost anything to help the younger indy guys out.

Yes, it sort of sad it's been nearly 20 years ago these guys were on TV and they are still going. Then again, mabe it's the love or mabe they're just broke.

Whatever the reason Morton is a great person and I wish everbody could meet him at some point in life.



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Nothing against Morton (or anyone else who allegedly sold out arenas 20 years ago), but everyone has their time and then moves on. He had his fifteen minutes, and the wrestling industry outgrew 80's hair-rock jammers like Morton. It's a bit much to say he was left out in the cold. I see it more of a case that he's old, he can't draw in today's market where 15 year olds have never heard of Morton or Bobby Eaton, and he's had his time. It's sad, but that's all it is.



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Their time may be over but there are scores of people who remember those days. It is some of the modern ingrate wrestling fans who fail to realize that without the Mortons,Blanchards, etc there would be no midcard, just prelims and main eventers. And as far as today's market, there wouldn't be one without yesterday.



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It's pretty inaccurate to paint the modern fans as stupid, ignorant, or ungrateful - simply because they were born after a time during which some of us saw some really good wrestlers who aren't around now. I grew up watching the likes of the R'n'R Express, Blanchard (in my all-time top 3 favorites), and so on. I prefer them to today's wrestlers. There's always an argument that there were wrestlers who did more for the sport than Morton et al, and preceded them too.

The fact is, times change. And yes, there's some fan interest in paying $10 or $15 to see an indy card on which Ricky Morton is wrestling, but I can safely say it is very moderate (maybe a hundred fans attend just to see Morton - fans who would otherwise not attend). Is anyone really surprised that the old-time wrestlers like Morton are appearing at restaurants? It's the way of the business - same with most sports. It's not a bad thing at all, IMO. You just gotta find a way to change your perspective on these guys from the way you used to see them in their prime.

In a perfect world, Jake Roberts would be sober, in shape, and a booker/trainer for WWE. There's not much demand for these guys. And hey, if they were still in big demand and selling out arenas, they wouldn't be sitting next to you in a bar while watching a PPV. So like I said, it's not all bad. Just a little sad.

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The only sad part of the story is the guys then did not make the money of the guys now. It is the same old story in football, baseball, and basketball, times change and money gets better. The big difference in the athlete, back in the day there was not days off or major injuries, like today.

Are all the drugs used to create today's athletic physic any better than the drugs that kill yesterday's stars?

Ricky Morton is a great person. Any current fan I recommend you find 1980s wrestling tapes with the NWA and even the WWF to see what tag team wrestling is supposed to look like. It is a lost art that is disgraced by make shift champions (Hogan/Edge, HBK/Stone Cold, RVD/Kane) and by real partners (Dudleys, Hardeys, and E&C). Tag team wrestling is not just a spot fest, but a mind game.

Keep your opponent in your corner! Work a body part, work as a team. 1980s and before were about the team, not who could become the breakout star.





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