Tributes Paid to Wrestler Bobby Eaton, of The Midnight Express, Dead at 62

Tributes are pouring in for wrestling legend Bobby Eaton who has passed away. He was 62 years old.

Eaton was best known as one half of The Midnight Express, originally with Dennis Condrey and later Stan Lane.

With an illustrious wrestling career spanning five decades, Eaton was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2009.

Eaton's sister, Debbie Eaton Lewis, confirmed her brother's death in an emotional Facebook post.

"I never wanted to have to post this, but my Little Brother Beautiful Bobby Eaton passed away last night. When I find out all the details, i will post them. Bobby was the kindest, loving person you would ever meet. I loved him so much and going to miss him," she wrote per Bleacher Report.

Eaton's cause of death has not yet been confirmed. The Sun reports that he was hospitalized in July after a fall.

Several figures from the wrestling world have paid tribute to the late grappler on social media.

"RIP Bobby Eaton. A friend, and an absolute master of the craft of professional wrestling," said AEW wrestler Frankie Kazarian. "A man whom I hope will get the recognition that he undeniably deserves. It was my pleasure to know, watch and learn from you. Our industry is a better place because of you. Godspeed sir."

RIP Bobby Eaton. A friend, and an absolute master of the craft of professional wrestling. A man whom I hope will get the recognition that he undeniably deserves. It was my pleasure to know, watch and learn from you. Our industry is a better place because of you. Godspeed sir. 😔 pic.twitter.com/6VdcgBDcdt

— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 5, 2021

While fraternal organization Cauliflower Alley Club tweeted: "I really hate doing these it's been a rough week, but we once again send out our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and the fans around the world as the legendary Beautiful Bobby Eaton has passed away at the age of 62. We thank you for the Memories. R.I.P. Bobby."

I really hate doing these it's been a rough week, but we once again send out our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and the fans around the world as the legendary Beautiful Bobby Eaton has passed away at the age of 62. We thank you for the Memories. R.I.P. Bobby. pic.twitter.com/QfmJuzSPN5

— CauliflowerAlleyClub (@CACReunion) August 5, 2021

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com described Eaton as "the man."

"Younger wrestlers and wrestling fans, seek these out. Bobby Eaton was the man. May he rest in peace," he tweeted.

Midnight Express vs. Fantastics US Tag Title, NWA TV in April 88

vs. Southern Boys, GAB 90

Vs. Windham & Flair

Eaton & Sabu vs. Arn & Funk in ECW

Younger wrestlers and wrestling fans, seek these out. Bobby Eaton was the man. May he rest in peace. ♡

— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) August 5, 2021

While podcaster David Bixenspan shared an anecdote about Eaton.

The possible GOAT wrestling story:

Bill Dundee's daughter confessed she was dating one of the other wrestlers. He starts yelling/screaming that he'll kill the guy & asks who is is.

"Bobby Eaton," she says.

*silence*

"Well," Bill responds, "You picked the right one."

RIP.

— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) August 5, 2021

Dax Harwood of The Revival fame said that "Bobby Eaton was literally one of a kind."

"Rest In Peace, Bobby. The wrestling Business did not deserve you, but I'm glad we got you," he said.

“There will never be another…” always gets said, but this is absolutely true; “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton was literally one of a kind.

Rest In Peace, Bobby. The wrestling Business did not deserve you, but I’m glad we got you.#RIPBobbyEaton
*clips on my Instagram* pic.twitter.com/XLoH3P22f1

— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) August 5, 2021

"RIP to one of the bests ever. Bobby Eaton," said Instagram account Wrestling Then and Now.

Bobby Eaton
Bobby Eaton, one half of The Midnight Express, has passed away. Instagram @ wrestlingthenandnow

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter added: "Very shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Bobby Eaton. Between the ropes he could do it all. Super nice guy as well."

Very shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Bobby Eaton. Between the ropes he could do it all. Super nice guy as well.

— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 5, 2021

Meanwhile, the National Wrestling Alliance tweeted: "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. His impact & legacy will always be remembered."

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.

His impact & legacy will always be remembered. #NWAFam pic.twitter.com/8jaqErv2bc

— NWA (@nwa) August 5, 2021