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Ricky Morton Turned Down Singles Run To Save Robert Gibson’s Job

Robert Gibson n Ricky MortonIn an interview with The Ring, The Cage, and The Stage (via Wrestlezone), Ricky Morton revealed that he turned down a run with the NWA World Heavyweight title because he learned that the NWA planned to fire Robert Gibson. Here are highlights:

 

On turning down a solo title run: “I was the new Junior Heavyweight Champion. They wanted me to do a singles career. I started this business out with Robert and I had an opportunity to be the world champion. I beat Ric Flair and I gave it back to them.

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson

They were going to give Robert his notice and they were going to fire Robert. A lot of people don’t know this story. They called me in the office and I said I don’t want to be the World Champion. Me and Robert started this together and I’m going to finish it with him.

They said you should have turned heel on Robert why didn’t you do that? The only reason I turned heel in Robert is because Robert hurt his knee. He was out. I was not on the contract and I need a job.

Robert came back and we had a match and then we packed our bags and headed for Tennessee Mountains- Smoky Mountain Wrestling. We never stopped. He was out for a year with his knee tore up.”

Ricky Morton Rock n Roll Express

On his time before the Rock n Roll Express: “Robert was partners with his brother Ricky Gibson. They were together from Memphis area. Me, I had a singles run out in Oklahoma, and then I brought Eddie Gilbert in to be my partner. Before I went there I was seventeen in Memphis.

We went back there me and Eddie went back and Ken Lucas and me became partners. My first match was against Tojo Yamamoto.

Ken Lucas has trained me in the ring. He didn’t train me in a training we you didn’t have that. He trained me in the ring being his partner.

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton. Rock n Roll Express

I watched him, I studied him. You ask Ricky Morton would say Ken Lucas was the best baby face ever. That was before the times. That way I learned so much from Ken I learned how to sell.”

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Robert Gibson says Dusty Rhodes should never be upset with the Rock N’ Roll Express’ Success

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, Dusty RhodesThe Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling recently interviewed Rock N’ Roll Express member Robert Gibson. Gibson expressed dissatisfaction over a number of issues while discussing their days in the NWA, Jim Crockett Promotions. He singularly said that (Ric) Flair or Dusty Rhodes should never be upset with the Rock N’ Roll Express team.

 

Being a wrestling trainer and owning his own wrestling school: When they went to Florida they closed OVW, but a lot of the guys I had the chance to work with went up to WWE. (Jack) Swagger, Kofi Kingston, I just enjoy training. I’ve got a training center in Douglasville, Georgia and I love the business. The stuff we did you just don’t see it being done anymore. I used to do a flying head scissor, you just don’t see anybody doing that.

Now, I’ve got some good “boys” up here that are doing real good. After they get through throwing up for a couple of days they are ready to go.

Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Cup Winners Dusty Rhodes and Nikita
Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Cup Winners Dusty Rhodes and Nikita

Inspiration behind the look of the Rock N’ Roll Express:

Back then, when we first started we went and got some rock and roll magazines and we would see how the rock and rollers were dressing and we just made it our own.

They kept us so busy that we didn’t have time to think about what was going on. We were in different towns every night and flying every day and going nine months without a day off.

Did they feel underpaid while in Jim Crockett Promotions:

Jim Crockett Snr and Jim Crockett Jr
Jim Crockett Snr and Jim Crockett Jr

We should have made more then what we did. When we first went there they said the territory was down but I never saw a bad house while I was there. We seemed like we broke records everywhere we went.

Records that Crocket Promotions had for fifty years we broke the first week in. Raleigh, North Carolina our first night there it was $48,000 and it broke the record that Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan had, they had only $27,000 there.

When we had 48 Dusty Rhodes called a meeting and said that it was like Babe Ruth and that the record would never be broken, two weeks later back in the doors at the arena in Raleigh, North Carolina we didn’t only break that record we took it from 48 to $68,000. After that we had a gate that was up to $72,000.

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Before you knew it, Crocket was buying jet-planes. By the time we left it seemed like the territory just sort of faded away. I don’t think (Ric) Flair or Dusty Rhodes were ever upset with us or jealous of our success. I just remember after they bought out Verne Gagne, Dusty went to Baltimore and they left me and Ricky against The Barbarian and somebody else to main event in Charlotte.

They did something like $27,000 up there and we did something like $110,000 with nobody except us and underneath guys. Dusty then called us in the office and said “Boys, there are two things you don’t do in this territory and it’s sell out The Coliseum when I am not on the card. It was crazy, we were so just over.

Robert Gibson n Ricky Morton

Memories of teaming with Dusty Rhodes and helping training Cody Rhodes:

Dusty was fun to be around. He did a lot for the business. He is an icon everybody knows. My hats off to him. I remember when we had six man tag matches and when he would get in the ring and he’d say “Brother, tie one of those bandannas around me”.

You never stop learning in this business. Dusty told me before he passed that he appreciated what I did with helping train Cody. Cody was good then and he has gone on to be really good.

 

 

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Robert Gibson says Dusty Rhodes should never be upset or jealous of the Rock N’ Roll Express’ Success

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, Dusty RhodesThe Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling recently interviewed Rock N’ Roll Express member Robert Gibson. Gibson expressed dissatisfaction over a number of issues while discussing their days in the NWA, Jim Crockett Promotions. He singularly said that (Ric) Flair or Dusty Rhodes should never be upset with the Rock N’ Roll Express team.

 

Being a wrestling trainer and owning his own wrestling school: When they went to Florida they closed OVW, but a lot of the guys I had the chance to work with went up to WWE. (Jack) Swagger, Kofi Kingston, I just enjoy training. I’ve got a training center in Douglasville, Georgia and I love the business. The stuff we did you just don’t see it being done anymore. I used to do a flying head scissor, you just don’t see anybody doing that.

Now, I’ve got some good “boys” up here that are doing real good. After they get through throwing up for a couple of days they are ready to go.

Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Cup Winners Dusty Rhodes and Nikita
Jim Crockett Sr Memorial Cup Winners Dusty Rhodes and Nikita

Inspiration behind the look of the Rock N’ Roll Express:

Back then, when we first started we went and got some rock and roll magazines and we would see how the rock and rollers were dressing and we just made it our own.

They kept us so busy that we didn’t have time to think about what was going on. We were in different towns every night and flying every day and going nine months without a day off.

Did they feel underpaid while in Jim Crockett Promotions:

Jim Crockett Snr and Jim Crockett Jr
Jim Crockett Snr and Jim Crockett Jr

We should have made more then what we did. When we first went there they said the territory was down but I never saw a bad house while I was there. We seemed like we broke records everywhere we went.

Records that Crocket Promotions had for fifty years we broke the first week in. Raleigh, North Carolina our first night there it was $48,000 and it broke the record that Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan had, they had only $27,000 there.

When we had 48 Dusty Rhodes called a meeting and said that it was like Babe Ruth and that the record would never be broken, two weeks later back in the doors at the arena in Raleigh, North Carolina we didn’t only break that record we took it from 48 to $68,000. After that we had a gate that was up to $72,000.

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Before you knew it, Crocket was buying jet-planes. By the time we left it seemed like the territory just sort of faded away. I don’t think (Ric) Flair or Dusty Rhodes were ever upset with us or jealous of our success. I just remember after they bought out Verne Gagne, Dusty went to Baltimore and they left me and Ricky against The Barbarian and somebody else to main event in Charlotte.

They did something like $27,000 up there and we did something like $110,000 with nobody except us and underneath guys. Dusty then called us in the office and said “Boys, there are two things you don’t do in this territory and it’s sell out The Coliseum when I am not on the card. It was crazy, we were so just over.

Robert Gibson n Ricky Morton

Memories of teaming with Dusty Rhodes and helping training Cody Rhodes:

Dusty was fun to be around. He did a lot for the business. He is an icon everybody knows. My hats off to him. I remember when we had six man tag matches and when he would get in the ring and he’d say “Brother, tie one of those bandannas around me”.

You never stop learning in this business. Dusty told me before he passed that he appreciated what I did with helping train Cody. Cody was good then and he has gone on to be really good.

 

 

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Robert Gibson says they were being underpaid while in NWA, Jim Crocket Promotions

Rock N Roll Express Robert GibsonThe Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling recently interviewed Rock N’ Roll Express member Robert Gibson. Gibson emphatically says that they were underpaid compared to what they made for the NWA. Here are the highlights:

 

Inspiration behind the look of the Rock N’ Roll Express:

Back then, when Ricky Morton and I, (Robert Gibson) first started we went and got some rock and roll magazines and we would see how the rock and rollers were dressing and we just made it our own.

Robert Gibson n Ricky Morton

They kept us so busy that we didn’t have time to think about what was going on. We were in different towns every night and flying every day and going nine months without a day off.

Did they feel underpaid while in Jim Crocket Promotions:

We should have made more then what we did. When we first went there they said the territory was down but I never saw a bad house while I was there. We seemed like we broke records everywhere we went.

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton. Rock n Roll Express

Records that Crocket Promotions had for fifty years we broke the first week in. Raleigh, North Carolina our first night there it was $48,000 and it broke the record that Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan had, they had only $27,000 there.

When we had 48 Dusty Rhodes called a meeting and said that it was like Babe Ruth and that the record would never be broken, two weeks later back in the doors at the arena in Raleigh, North Carolina we didn’t only break that record we took it from 48 to $68,000. After that we had a gate that was up to $72,000.

Ricky Morton Rock n Roll Express

Before you knew it, Crocket was buying jet-planes. By the time we left it seemed like the territory just sort of faded away. I don’t think (Ric) Flair or Dusty Rhodes were ever upset with us.

I just remember after they bought out Verne Gagne, Dusty went to Baltimore and they left me and Ricky against The Barbarian and somebody else to main event in Charlotte.

Ricky Morton and Ricky Gibson and Jerry Lawler

They did something like $27,000 up there and we did something like $110,000 with nobody except us and underneath guys.

Dusty then called us in the office and said “Boys, there are two things you don’t do in this territory and it’s sell out The Coliseum when I am not on the card. It was crazy, we were so just over.

 

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Robert Gibson says he was being underpaid while in the NWA, Jim Crocket Promotions

Rock N Roll Express Robert GibsonThe Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling recently interviewed Rock N’ Roll Express member Robert Gibson. Gibson emphatically says that they were underpaid compared to what they made for the NWA. Here are the highlights:

 

Inspiration behind the look of the Rock N’ Roll Express:

Back then, when Ricky Morton and I, (Robert Gibson) first started we went and got some rock and roll magazines and we would see how the rock and rollers were dressing and we just made it our own.

Robert Gibson n Ricky Morton

They kept us so busy that we didn’t have time to think about what was going on. We were in different towns every night and flying every day and going nine months without a day off.

Did they feel underpaid while in Jim Crocket Promotions:

We should have made more then what we did. When we first went there they said the territory was down but I never saw a bad house while I was there. We seemed like we broke records everywhere we went.

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton. Rock n Roll Express

Records that Crocket Promotions had for fifty years we broke the first week in. Raleigh, North Carolina our first night there it was $48,000 and it broke the record that Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan had, they had only $27,000 there.

When we had 48 Dusty Rhodes called a meeting and said that it was like Babe Ruth and that the record would never be broken, two weeks later back in the doors at the arena in Raleigh, North Carolina we didn’t only break that record we took it from 48 to $68,000. After that we had a gate that was up to $72,000.

Ricky Morton Rock n Roll Express

Before you knew it, Crocket was buying jet-planes. By the time we left it seemed like the territory just sort of faded away. I don’t think (Ric) Flair or Dusty Rhodes were ever upset with us.

I just remember after they bought out Verne Gagne, Dusty went to Baltimore and they left me and Ricky against The Barbarian and somebody else to main event in Charlotte.

Ricky Morton and Ricky Gibson and Jerry Lawler

They did something like $27,000 up there and we did something like $110,000 with nobody except us and underneath guys.

Dusty then called us in the office and said “Boys, there are two things you don’t do in this territory and it’s sell out The Coliseum when I am not on the card. It was crazy, we were so just over.

 

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Ricky Morton says he told NWA Authorities, “I don’t want to be the World Champion”

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton. Rock n Roll ExpressIn an interview with The Ring, The Cage, and The Stage (via Wrestlezone), Ricky Morton revealed that he rejected the offer from the NWA authorities to be the NWA World Heavyweight title because of a specific condition tied to it.

 

Ricky Morton said he categorically told the NWA authorities that he preferred to sink with Robert Gibson than betray him following NWA title. Here are highlights:

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton and Jerry Lawler

On who came up with the team name: “it was between Jerry Lawler [and] Jimmy Hart really. There we are Ricky, Robert. It was the R and R express. Hart was there, and Dutch Mantell. Lawler put us together and Hart comes up and goes “why don’t you call it the Rock and Roll Express?” And it stuck it really did.”

On turning down the NWA World Heavyweight title run: “I was the new Junior Heavyweight Champion. They wanted me to do a singles career. I started this business out with Robert and I had an opportunity to be the world champion. I beat Ric Flair and I gave it back to them. They were going to give Robert his notice and they were going to fire Robert.

Rock N Roll Express Ricky Morton

A lot of people don’t know this story. They called me in the office and I said I don’t want to be the World Champion. So I turned down a run with the NWA World Heavyweight title because I learned that the NWA planned to fire Robert Gibson.

Me and Robert started this together and I’m going to finish it with him. They said you should have turned heel on Robert why didn’t you do that?

The only reason I turned heel in Robert is because Robert hurt his knee. He was out. I was not on the contract and I need a job.

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson Rock and Roll Express

Robert came back and we had a match and then we packed our bags and headed for Tennessee Mountains- Smoky Mountain Wrestling. We never stopped. He was out for a year with his knee tore up.”

On his time before the Rock n Roll Express: “Robert was partners with his brother Ricky Gibson. They were together from Memphis area.

Me, I had a singles run out in Oklahoma, and then I brought Eddie Gilbert in to be my partner. Before I went there I was seventeen in Memphis.

Rock n Roll Express

We went back there me and Eddie went back and Ken Lucas and me became partners. My first match was against Tojo Yamamoto.

Ken Lucas has trained me in the ring. He didn’t train me in a training we you didn’t have that. He trained me in the ring being his partner. I watched him, I studied him. You ask Ricky Morton would say Ken Lucas was the best baby face ever.

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson

That was before the times. That way I learned so much from Ken I learned how to sell.”

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Ricky Morton says Jerry Lawler & Jimmy Hart were instrumental in formation of the Rock-N-Roll Express team name

Rock N Roll Express Ricky MortonRock-N-Roll Never Dies examines the storied history of one of wrestling’s greatest tag teams the Rock-N-Roll Express, from their humble beginnings in the territory system through their height of popularity with Jim Crockett Promotions and even see them in action on the independent scene today.

 

In an interview with Wrestlezone, Ricky Morton revealed that he turned down a run with the NWA World Heavyweight title because he learned that the NWA planned to fire Robert Gibson. Here are highlights:

Ricky Morton Rock n Roll Express

On his time before the Rock n Roll Express: “Robert was partners with his brother Ricky Gibson. They were together from Memphis area. Me, I had a singles run out in Oklahoma, and then I brought Eddie Gilbert in to be my partner. Before I went there I was seventeen in Memphis.

We went back there me and Eddie went back and Ken Lucas and me became partners. My first match was against Tojo Yamamoto. Ken Lucas has trained me in the ring. He didn’t train me in a training we you didn’t have that.

Ricky Morton and Ricky Gibson and Jerry Lawler

He trained me in the ring being his partner. I watched him, I studied him. You ask Ricky Morton would say Ken Lucas was the best baby face ever. That was before the times. That way I learned so much from Ken I learned how to sell.”

On who came up with the team name: “it was between Jerry Lawler [and] Jimmy Hart really. There we are Ricky, Robert. It was the R and R express. Hart was there, and Dutch Mantell. Lawler put us together and Hart comes up and goes “why don’t you call it the Rock and Roll Express?” And it stuck it really did.”

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton

On his brief WWF run: “It was just that we were lost. The only reason we were there, we had a great run in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. We were on the independent circuit. In our business the boys take care of the boys. Me and Robert needed a job.

Jim Cornette got us a job. We signed a contract with the WWE. We sat at home and worked the independents for six months and got paid. That was just Jimmy Cornette taking care of us.

Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton. Rock n Roll Express

Nothing about WWE, nothing about running with it. They keep me on contract for this check every week. Back In our days we worked angles.”

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NWA NEWS: Ricky Morton says he turned down NWA World Heavyweight title because NWA planned to fire Robert Gibson

Ricky Morton and Robert GibsonIn an interview with The Ring, The Cage, and The Stage (via Wrestlezone), Ricky Morton revealed that he turned down a run with the NWA World Heavyweight title because he learned that the NWA planned to fire Robert Gibson. Here are highlights:

 

On turning down a solo title run: “I was the new Junior Heavyweight Champion. They wanted me to do a singles career. I started this business out with Robert and I had an opportunity to be the world champion. I beat Ric Flair and I gave it back to them. They were going to give Robert his notice and they were going to fire Robert.

Rock N Roll Express Ricky Morton

A lot of people don’t know this story. They called me in the office and I said I don’t want to be the World Champion.

Me and Robert started this together and I’m going to finish it with him. They said you should have turned heel on Robert why didn’t you do that?

The only reason I turned heel in Robert is because Robert hurt his knee. He was out. I was not on the contract and I need a job.

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson Rock and Roll Express

Robert came back and we had a match and then we packed our bags and headed for Tennessee Mountains- Smoky Mountain Wrestling. We never stopped. He was out for a year with his knee tore up.”

On his time before the Rock n Roll Express: “Robert was partners with his brother Ricky Gibson. They were together from Memphis area.

Me, I had a singles run out in Oklahoma, and then I brought Eddie Gilbert in to be my partner. Before I went there I was seventeen in Memphis.

Rock n Roll Express

We went back there me and Eddie went back and Ken Lucas and me became partners. My first match was against Tojo Yamamoto.

Ken Lucas has trained me in the ring. He didn’t train me in a training we you didn’t have that. He trained me in the ring being his partner. I watched him, I studied him. You ask Ricky Morton would say Ken Lucas was the best baby face ever.

Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson

That was before the times. That way I learned so much from Ken I learned how to sell.”

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Wrestling Legend Ricky Morton Hospitalized, Being Diagnosed With Disease

Ricky Morton hospitalizedFor fans of tag team wrestling, there are few legends bigger than The Rock n’ Roll Express. Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton practically wrote the book on tag team wrestling as a babyface, and even showed last year during their latest run as the NWA Tag Team Championships that they are among the best in the business.

 

Ricky Morton was busting out Suicide Dives & Canadian Destroyers at 63 years old, showing that if you don’t stop working, ring rust will never accumulate. However, Morton has run into some hard times with his health, as he has been diagnosed with Bell Palsy.

Ricky Morton Shares His Story

Ricky Morton WWE, WCW, NWA legend

“Few days ago, I woke up and got ready to go to the gym. I went downstairs and had me a cup of coffee and I noticed the coffee running out of my mouth,” Morton said. “It really scared me. I ran in the bathroom and I saw that my face looked disfigured.”

Morton said he wasn’t sure what was happening and decided to go to a local medical facility for help, adding he is doing fine now.

“I thought that I might be having a stroke but I went to the hospital,” Morton continued. “They told me it was brought on by stress and everything but I have a touch of Bell’s palsy. It looks like it’s starting to clear up a little bit. I can shut my eyes and start talking. I just wanted to tell the wrestling world out there, if you see me, don’t run off. I’m doing good. Physically wise, I’m great.”

Ricky Morton wrestling legend

Bell’s palsy is the same medical condition that has affected wrestling legend Jim Ross and recently and NXT UK star Piper Niven. About 1.5% of people are affected at some point in their life.

On The Road To Recovery

He urged fans that he is fine and will be making a full recovery, but it will still take time. It could often take up to two months for everything to be clear, but Ricky Morton will be fine in the end.

It’s unclear how many matches the legend has left in him, but he is proving to be one tough S.O.B. We here at wrestling news plus wish Ricky Morton a speedy recovery!

Ricky Morton wrestling legend

Morton and Robert Gibson were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. The team won the NWA World Tag Team Championship last October.

What are some of your favorite Ricky Morton moments? Let us know in the comment section down below.

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NWA Legend Ricky Morton Hospitalized, Being Diagnosed With Disease

Ricky Morton hospitalizedRicky Morton hospitalized, diagnosed with disease. For fans of tag team wrestling, there are few legends bigger than The Rock n’ Roll Express. Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton practically wrote the book on tag team wrestling as a babyface, and even showed last year during their latest run as the NWA Tag Team Championships that they are among the best in the business.

 

Ricky Morton was busting out Suicide Dives & Canadian Destroyers at 63 years old, showing that if you don’t stop working, ring rust will never accumulate. However, Morton has run into some hard times with his health, as he has been diagnosed with Bell Palsy.

Ricky Morton Shares His Story

Ricky Morton WWE, WCW, NWA legend

“Few days ago, I woke up and got ready to go to the gym. I went downstairs and had me a cup of coffee and I noticed the coffee running out of my mouth,” Morton said. “It really scared me. I ran in the bathroom and I saw that my face looked disfigured.”

Morton said he wasn’t sure what was happening and decided to go to a local medical facility for help, adding he is doing fine now.

“I thought that I might be having a stroke but I went to the hospital,” Morton continued. “They told me it was brought on by stress and everything but I have a touch of Bell’s palsy. It looks like it’s starting to clear up a little bit. I can shut my eyes and start talking. I just wanted to tell the wrestling world out there, if you see me, don’t run off. I’m doing good. Physically wise, I’m great.”

Ricky Morton wrestling legend

Bell’s palsy is the same medical condition that has affected wrestling legend Jim Ross and recently and NXT UK star Piper Niven. About 1.5% of people are affected at some point in their life.

On The Road To Recovery

He urged fans that he is fine and will be making a full recovery, but it will still take time. It could often take up to two months for everything to be clear, but Ricky Morton will be fine in the end.

It’s unclear how many matches the legend has left in him, but he is proving to be one tough S.O.B.

We here at wrestling news plus wish Ricky Morton a speedy recovery!

Ricky Morton wrestling legend

Morton and Robert Gibson were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. The team won the NWA World Tag Team Championship last October.

What are some of your favorite Ricky Morton moments? Let us know in the comment section down below.