I’d call it deserved. It is pretty rare to have someone be practically universally revered in wrestling. There are very few people who have almost nothing held against them and when you find someone who fits the description,, you know that they are something special. The wrestling world lost someone like that this week and now the world wants to say goodbye to him.
Beautiful Bobby Eaton passed away earlier this week at the age of 62. Eaton was most famous as a tag team wrestler, mainly for his time as part of the Midnight Express with Stan Lane and Dennis Condrey with Jim Cornette as their manager. He was also known as one of the kindest wrestlers in history as well as incredibly skilled in the ring. The wrestling world has since begun to pay tribute, including a statement by WWE.
The National Wrestling Alliance is Saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary 'Beautiful' Bobby Eaton.
We send our love to his friends and family.
— NWA (@nwa) August 5, 2021
“There will never be another…” always gets said, but this is absolutely true; “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton was literally one of a kind.
— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) August 5, 2021
Bobby Eaton is a man with a professional reputation you aspire to build & a personal reputation you hope those you care for have about you. A MASTER of our craft and one of the nicest men I’ve had the pleasure to meet. My condolences to his family, my gratitude for the memories
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) August 5, 2021
This is the hardest post to make . Anymore it’s almost daily I hear the passing of a friend a brother in the ring . I just got word one of Wrestling’s best ever in the ring and out . Beautiful Bobby Eaton has passed away . We all love Bobby! #RIPBobbyEaton pic.twitter.com/mWDlbayBDi
— Bobby Fulton (@TheBobbyFulton) August 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to Taryn, Dillon & Dustin and family of Bobby Eaton who has passed https://t.co/k9x6tbVLZm dear friend, partner, travel buddy, teacher, superbly skilled Pro who would make everyone who knew him feel happy inside, love you.x
— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 5, 2021
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and fans of Bobby Eaton. One of a kind talent whose skill in the ring made it look so real.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 5, 2021
Bobby was one of the good guys who taught me so much. Damnit man. ???#RIPBobbyEaton
— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) August 5, 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton – part of the legendary Midnight Express tag team. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/s7nxx3LIXh
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) August 5, 2021
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. Every time I encountered him outside of it, he was an even better person. #RIPBobbyEaton
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) August 5, 2021
So Sad And Sorry To Hear About My Close Friend And One Of The All Time Greats, Bobby Eaton! Beautiful Bobby And The Midnight Express Were One Of The Greatest Tag Teams In The History Of The Business! Rest In Peace! ?????? pic.twitter.com/DWTKeeL7wz
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 5, 2021
Eaton will be remembered because he was great. Check out some of his time in the ring:
Opinion: This is a rough one as Eaton really was one of the best in-ring talents of all time. What makes things feel all the more special is how revered he is for his personality. You don’t get to hear something like that about too many people, either in the wrestling business or elsewhere. Eaton was an amazing wrestler both in and out of the ring and it is sad to see him gone.
What did you think of Eaton? What was your favorite match of his career? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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