Huntsville Native and Wrestling Legend Dead at 62
On Aug. 4 we lost wrestling legend and Huntsville's very own, Bobby Eaton, at the age of 62. Bobby was mostly known as tag specialist in the wrestling world. Teaming with guys such as Arn Anderson, Koko B. Ware, Lord Steven Regal (now known as William Regal in WWE), and most famously in the 80s wrestling stable, The Midnight Express, alongside Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane managed by the legendary Jim Cornette.
Eaton was born and raised in Huntsville, AL where he found his love for pro wrestling as the wrestling promotion NWA Mid-America would host shows in Alabama and Tennessee. During his teen years, he would help set up wrestling rings in his hometown. Bobby would later start training with the legendary Togo Yamamoto to become a professional wrestler. He eventually debut in NWA Mid America at the age of 17 as he had to substitute for Bearcat Wright's opponent in May 1976 match. Despite losing that would not stop him as he didn't officially retire until 2015
NWA Mid-America Promoter Nick Gulas and well as the fans start to see something in Eaton as he started to get featured more. His athleticism and showmanship separated from the big men of late 70 and 80s.
Bobby would get his first taste of wrestling gold teaming the legendary "Macho Man" Randy Savage's brother, Leapin' Lanny Poffo, winning the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship in 1978. This was the first of many as he would win over 20 tag championships along some single titles as well.
But Bobby Eaton was more than a pro wrestling legend, he was a father, husband, and friend to all. On August 4, 2021