Bobby Eaton was an American professional wrestler. Bobby Eaton was best known for his work in tag teams, particularly as half of The Midnight Express.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Bobby Eaton was born on August 14, 1958, in Huntsville, Alabama, United States and he was a naturalized American citizen and Christian by religion.
Similarly, his full name was Bobby Lee Eaton and his birth sign was Leo. He grew up watching professional wrestling, particularly the NWA Mid-America promotion. Moreover, he started wrestling at the young age of 13 when he helped set up wrestling rings in his hometown.
He later trained as a professional wrestler under Tojo Yamamoto. He has received a lot of family support to succeed in his career. However, there is no additional information available regarding his parents and siblings.
Eaton died on August 4, 2021, in the city of Mississippi, United States at the age of 63 due to natural causes. However, he will live on in people’s hearts forever as a result of his extraordinary efforts.
Talking about his educational background, he attended Chapman Middle School and Lee High School. Later, he might have skipped college as he started fighting at an early age to pursue his professional wrestling career. However, his additional academic credentials are unavailable.
Career and Professional Life
Regarding his career, he made his NWA Mid-America debut in May 1976, at the age of 17. Moreover, he quickly established himself as a regular in Mid-America and continued to train alongside more experienced wrestlers.
However, his athleticism and showmanship were quickly noticed by fans and promoter Nick Gulas. Gulas decided to promote him through the NWA Mid-America ranks by placing him in matches.
He and his partner Leapin Lanny Poffo won the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship in 1978, defeating Gypsy Joe and Leroy Rochester. It was his first championship, and he and Poffo held it for just over a month. Later, he co-founded “The Jet Set” with Nick Gulas’s son, George Gulas.
He and Gulas won the tag team title three times. When Nick Gulas’s wrestling promotion folded due to low ticket sales, Eaton briefly wrestled for Georgia Championship Wrestling, where he won the National Television Championship. He soon returned home, working for promoter Jerry Jarrett’s Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Furthermore, he became a member of the Midnight Express shortly after joining Mid-South Wrestling under promoter Bill Watts. Also, he formed a new tag team with former rival Dennis Condrey under the management of Jim Cornette.
The Express had previously been a group of wrestlers made up of Condrey, Randy Rose, and Norvell Austin. But with his addition to the group, the Midnight Express became a two-man team. In addition, he, Condrey, and Cornette signed with Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) in 1985 and received national exposure on JCP’s SuperStation TBS televised programs.
Eaton has not endorsed any brand till now. Also, he is not promoting anything till now and is not collaborating with any brands. No information is available regarding the other brands he has cooperated with or not. Moreover, in the coming days, we may see him being associated with some brands and supporting their products.
Awards and Nomination
In 2009, Eaton and the Midnight Express were inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He was a member of the tag team that won tag team of the year at the Wrestling Observer Awards in 1986, 1987, and 1988.
Eaton was an American professional wrestler who earned a considerable income from his work. His estimated net worth was around $400k and his annual salary was $20k and his source of income was mainly his wrestling profession. However, his monthly and weekly wages are unknown.
Eaton married Donna Dundee the daughter of Bill Dundee. They had to keep their relationship secret from her father when they first started dating because her father had forbidden her from dating the wrestlers he was booking. Later, he married Donna in 1981 and have four children: Jason born in 1982, Dustin born in 1984, Taryn born in 1986), and Dylan born in 1988. Donna died of breast cancer on June 26, 2021, at the age of 57.
Eaton has always been concerned with his professional life. However, he hasn’t been associated with any rumors or controversies that would hamper his professional career. Also, he avoided the media and avoided engaging in contentious behavior or situations that could have damaged his reputation.
Talking about his height he was 6 Feet tall and weighed 106kg. Similarly, his eyes color was grey and his hair color was brown and his shoe size was 13(US). However, his accurate body measurements were unknown.
Eaton was not active on social media. He liked to be present and keep his personal life private, hence he did not use any social networking sites. However, there are some of his fan-made profiles.