The Midnight Express/Jim Cornette Wing

One of wrestling all-time great tag teams The Midnight Express with manager Jim Cornette revolutionized tag team wrestling in the '80s. The origins of the team began in 1980 with the trio of Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose & Norvell Austin. A few years later in Mid-South Wrestling, a history-changing event would take place. Bobby Eaton joined Condrey and paired up young manager Jim Cornette.  This is where the legendary Midnight-Rock'n Roll Express feud started and would be rekindled many times in the NWA.

In 1987 Condrey suddenly left and was replaced by the veteran tag team wrestler Stan Lane formerly of The Fabulous Ones. Eaton & Lane had instant chemistry and created innovative double team maneuvers such as the flapjack and the veg-o-matic. While often heels, this combination of the Midnights were also successful as babyfaces beginning the turn by winning the NWA World Tag team title from the Four Horsemen's Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson and a brief but exciting feud with the "Original Midnights" of Condrey & Rose and their manager Paul E. Dangerously. Towards the end of 1989, The Midnights turned heel again and would continue to compete in the WCW version of the NWA until October of 1990 when Lane & Cornette left the company. In 1992 Cornette would form his own promotion Smokey Mountain Wrestling. In SMW he would unveil the spiritual successors to the Midnights, teaming Lane with Dr. Tom Pritchard as The Heavenly Bodies.

 

Dennis Condrey Vest & Bandana

Dennis Condrey Vest & Bandana

Dennis Condrey Ring Worn "Original Midnite Express" vest & bandana. Part of the Midnight Express/Jim Cornette wing.

1st version Cornette Express

1st version Cornette Express

1st version of the Jim Cornette Midnight Express. Signed by Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, and Dennis Condrey. Also signed by Stan Lane as this was a reunion show.

PWI Pinup November 1988

PWI Pinup November 1988

PWI Pin Up From The November 1988 Issue. This from my original store bought copy in 1988! Signed by Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane. Very rare "Sweet" Stan Lane signature. Also signed by Dennis Condrey as this was a reunion event.

Jim Cornette 2nd Version

Jim Cornette 2nd Version

2nd version of the Jim Cornette with Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane. Pictured with the U.S. Tag Title the team was synonymous with. Signed by Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane.

The Wrestler January 1989

The Wrestler January 1989

The Wrestler January 1989. "The World Title Gained! The Horsemen Destroyed! But the Midnight Express Must Still Prove Themselves!" Signed by Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, & Stan Lane.

Original Midnight Express

Original Midnight Express

The "Original" Midnight Express Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose with manager Paul E. Dangerously (Paul Heyman). Condrey's vest is the same one on display. Signed by Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose.

Insider Wrestling March 1989

Insider Wrestling March 1989

Inside Wrestling March 1989. "Collision Course! Wrestling Isn't Big Enough For Two Midnight Express Teams" Signed by Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane, Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose.

Jim Cornette Legends Action Figure

Jim Cornette Legends Action Figure

Jim Cornette "Legends" Action Figure by Figures Toy Co. Initial supply sold out on Jim Cornette's website. Signed by Jim Cornette

Midnight Express 25th Anniversary Scrapb

Midnight Express 25th Anniversary Scrapb

The Midnight Express 25th Anniversary Scrapbook. Filled with everything from match results, attendance, payoffs and more. This book has become a collector's item that goes hundreds of dollars. Signed inside by Jim Cornette.

Midnigh Express 35th Anniversary Photo

Midnigh Express 35th Anniversary Photo

While I don't plan to include many (if any more) photo ops on here, this was too good not to include. It also part of the display. This was from "The Gathering" convention in Charlotte, NC in 2019 and features all the Midnights in one photo.

Dr. Tom Pritchard

Dr. Tom Pritchard

Dr. Tom Pritchard one half of the "Heavenly Bodies" with the SMW tag team title.

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