The WWE Hall of Fame will be welcoming in one of wrestling’s greatest tag teams this year when it inducts Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, collectively known as the Rock & Roll Express.
The Rock & Roll Express started teaming together in 1983 in the Memphis area battling duos such as The Galaxians, Koko Ware and Norvell Austin, and the team of Randy Savage and his brother Lanny Poffo. From there the duo headed to Louisiana and Bill Watt’s Mid-South Wrestling. There they matched up for the first time with the team who would go on to be their biggest rivals in the mat wars, The Midnight Express with their manager Jim Cornette.
After time spent there, Ricky and Robert took another step up in the wrestling game as they moved to Jim Crockett’s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, and instantly became mega stars, defeating Ivan and Nikita Koloff to win the NWA World Tag Team titles their first night in the promotion in 1985!
The team’s popularity continued to skyrocket, and in 1986 they were greeted and treated like rock stars at every arena in the south. Rock & Roll Express merchandise was everywhere, look alike contests were held in many places, you could join their fan club, and Ricky Morton even recorded and released a song. Their popularity was unrivaled for a while. Check out the video below to get a feel of just how popular they were.