Original Midnight Express Shoot Interview

RF Video sat down with the original Midnight Express, Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey on 10/30/04. We ran through their entire career from beginning to today discussing all their matches and fueds from various territories.

Here are the topics that were discussed in the interview:

-How and where they got started in the wrestling business
-Who taught Bobby how to take bumps
-If they were big fans of wrestling growing up
-Where was the first territory they worked in
-When the first time was they met each other
-Bobby’s memories of teaming with Lanny Poffo
-Thoughts on Nick & George Kulas
-Working in Louisiana
-Thoughts on Jerry Lawler
-Working in Memphis
-Early memories of Jim Cornette
-Memories of handicap match when kids jumped into the ring
-Early memories of Andy Kaufman
-Jerry Jarrett as an promoter
-Working in Continental
-Memories of the original Midnight Express
-Formation of Jim Cornette, Dennis and Bobby as Midnight Express
-Thoughts on Bill Watts
-Story of fans going nuts at the show
-Story of Dennis being drug by a car with his arm stuck in the window
-Working in the Super Dome
-Craziest town they worked in
-Memories of matches with Magnum TA and Mr. Wrestling II
-If there was anything they didn’t want to do in the ring
-Gimmick matches they were involved in
-Things Watt’s fined Dennis and Bobby for
-Early memories of working with the Rock N’ Roll Express
-Opinion on young wrestlers watching their matches to learn
-Good road stories
-Story of a state troper pulling them over with beer in the car
-Memories of the last stampede in 1984
-Memories of the Junkyard Dog
-How JYD was outside of the ring
-What the road schedule was like
-Story about Dennis burning up Cornettes engine in his car
-Early memories of scaffold matches with Rock N Roll Express
-Memories of Jim Duggan
-Being paired with Hercules Hernandez
-What made them end up leaving
-Compare Bill Watts to Fritz von Erich
-Opinion on the Von Erichs
-Who they got along with the most
-Which Von Erich they thought was the best
-Story about the Von Erichs naked in a pond on the side of the road
-Story about Kerry reading a long highspot he had written on his hand in the ring
-Thoughts on Mike Von Erich
-Standout moment in the territory
-How they ended up in Mid-Atlantic
-First program with Ronnie Garvin
-Memories of Starrcade 85
-Thoughts of Dusty Rhodes as a booker
-Did they ever want to do promos or did they enjoy Cornette doing it for them
-What was the partying like in the NWA
-Did they ever notice political heat between Flair and Dusty
-Was there any tension between them and the Horsemen
-Did their psychology ever change from before with the Rock N Roll
-Matches with Rock N Roll that stick out
-Any good road stories during their NWA time
-What the locker room was like when Magnum was in his car accident
-Memories of working with the Road Warriors
-Memories of scaffold match with Road Warriors
-Working with Baby Doll
-What it was like taking a bump off the scaffolds
-Thoughts on Ray Traylor (Big Boss Man)
-Any plans to do a fued with Horsemen
-How they got a meeting with Vince McMahon
-Initial thoughts of Vince
-At what point they started to drift apart
-What Bobby and Cornette thought when Dennis quit
-What was Dusty’s reaction when they told him
-When Dennis left did he think he would ever return
-How Dennis ended up in AWA
-Initial impressions of Verne Gagne
-Initial impressions of Paul Heyman
-Comparing Cornette to Heyman as managers
-Thoughts on matches with Rockers
-Who approached Dennis to return to NWA
-Any standout moments in AWA
-Initial conversations like with Dusty and Ric Flair
-Who had a worst temper between Cornette & Heyman
-Thoughts on the angle where they bloodied up Cornette in TBS studio
-Working matches on TBS saturday nights
-Thoughts on blood in matches
-Favorite tag teams to work with
-Anyone they never wanted to work with that they had to
-Any heat towards who won the Crockett Cup
-Any serious injuries in the ring
-Story of Dennis knocking Ricky Steamboat out with a horseshoe
-Favorite angles of all time
-Thoughts of Steve Williams
-Thoughts of Jim Ross
-How did they develop their tag team skills
-Stories of Jim Cornette against flying in a plane
-Working for independent promotions
-Regrets in the business
-Memories of Jake Roberts
-Is there any tag team they wanted to work that they haven’t yet
-Memories of working with Andre the Giant
-Story about one of Andre’s legendary drinking habit
-What Hogan was like in Tennessee
-Thoughts on the lack of kayfabe in the business today
-How they would rate themselves as workers
-Thoughts on Ric Flair still being on top
-Favorite towns to work in
-Do they prefer working in smaller or bigger buildings
-If they worked in Japan
-Thoughts on Sting