Bobby Eaton was an American professional wrestler know all about Bobby Eaton Family, Net Worth, Wife, Professional Career, Cause of Death
|Birthdate ( Age)||14 August 1958|
|Died||4 August 2021|
|Place of Birth||Huntsville, Alabama, United States|
|Parents||Name not Known|
|Profession||American professional wrestler|
|Net Worth||$1 million – $5 million|
Robert Lee Eaton 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 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.
Bobby Eaton Family
Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, 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. 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.
Bobby Eaton Wife
Eaton was married to Bill Dundee’s daughter Donna. When they first started dating, they had to keep the relationship secret from her father, as her father had forbidden her from dating the wrestlers he was booking. When Dundee found out she was dating Eaton, he relented because Eaton was such a nice guy. Eaton and Donna had three children: Dustin, Dylan, and Taryn; Dylan is a professional wrestler.
Bobby Eaton Net Worth
Bobby Eaton was an American professional wrestler who has an estimated Net Worth of $1 million – $5 million in 2021.
Bobby Eaton Professional Career
In May 1976, at the age of 17, Eaton made his debut in NWA Mid-America. He entered his first match, a loss to Bearcat Wright, as a last-minute substitute for Wright’s absent opponent.He quickly became a regular in Mid-America and continued to train with the more experienced wrestlers.
Before long, fans, as well as promoter Nick Gulas, noticed Eaton’s athleticism and showmanship. Gulas decided to “promote” Eaton up the ranks of NWA Mid-America, giving him matches later in the show, closer to the main event.
The angle that helped elevate Eaton’s name up the card in the promotion took place after the introduction of the tag team The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts). Eaton fought the Blonds with a variety of partners, including his old trainer Yamamoto and “Pistol” Pez Whatley. When the Blonds decided to move to a different wrestling promotion, the storyline maintained that Eaton was responsible for driving them out of NWA Mid-America.
When Nick Gulas’ wrestling promotion closed due to dwindling ticket sales, Eaton briefly wrestled for Georgia Championship Wrestling, even capturing the National Television Championship. Before long Eaton returned closer to home, working for promoter Jerry Jarrett’s Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), which was centered in Memphis, Tennessee.
During his early days in the promotion, Eaton faced Stan Lane several times in tag team competition. Eaton’s most successful partnership in the CWA, in terms of title wins, was with Sweet Brown Sugar, nicknamed “the New Wave”. The two wrestlers blended their athleticism and high flying abilities to form a very successful team. The New Wave held the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship three times (twice with manager Jimmy Hart in their corner).
When Eaton found himself without a job, he reached out to former manager Jim Cornette. Cornette had started his own wrestling federation, Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) and welcomed Eaton with open arms. Eaton joined up with “The Heavenly Bodies” (Stan Lane and Tom Prichard), and the three were booked as the top heels of the federation for a while. Eaton also won the federation’s version of the TV title, known as the SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship.
The Blue Bloods storyline represented the last serious push that Eaton was given by the WCW booking team. After the run with Regal and Taylor ended, Eaton wrestled mainly on WCW’s weekend show, Saturday Night, occasionally winning against wrestlers low in the rankings and losing to wrestlers above him.
In 2003, Eaton worked for NWA Mid-Atlantic, forming a new version of the Midnight Express with Ricky Nelson. This Midnight Express version was very short-lived, and Eaton instead began touring with Dennis Condrey (and sometimes Stan Lane) as the Midnight Express. This version of the Midnight Express performed together on select independent wrestling cards in the United States until 2012 when Eaton worked his last match.
Eaton made a one night only appearance for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on August 13, 2003, as a part of a Kid Kash storyline where Kash faced off against a series of 1980s wrestling stars such as Larry Zbyszko and Ricky Morton. Eaton lost to Kid Kash in his only TNA appearance to date. On October 23, 2015, Eaton wrestled his last match of his nearly 40-year career, losing to Ricky Morton, also ending the 30-plus year feud between The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and The Midnight Express.
After achieving success as a tag team, it was decided that Eaton and Sugar should split up and feud with each other. This storyline resulted in Eaton “forcing” Sugar out of the promotion after he won a “Losers Leaves Town” match against Sugar.
Bobby Eaton Cause of Death
On August 4, 2021, just over a month after his wife’s death, Eaton died in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee. He was found dead by his daughter Taryn, who had recently moved in with him to monitor his health.
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