According to the reputable pro wrestling website, Pwinsider.com, The Rock and Roll Express will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

While the team comprising Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson did not have the most prosperous runs in the then named World Wrestling Federation, the tandem is considered a revolutionary force in tag team wrestling and is still held in very high regard today.

Formed in 1983 in Memphis from the mind of head booker, Jerry Lawler, The Rock and Roll Express were an instant hit in the area.  Showcasing their love of Rock and Roll and high flying ability, Ricky and Robert were fan favorites and especially loved by the female demographic.  The Rock and Roll Express would become stars in Tennessee, but a move to the Mid-South territory would see them meet their greatest rivals, the Midnight Express.  The two teams would tear the house down in show after show, but before long both duos would travel work and begin work for Jim Crockett Promotions.

In the NWA, Morton and Gibson would achieve their greatest success.  Four times they would hold the NWA World Tag Team Championship.  They would have notable feuds with the Midnights, the Russians (Ivan Koloff, Nikita Koloff & Khrusher Khruschev), Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez and The Four Horsemen.  With the exception of the Road Warriors, the Rock and Roll Express were the most popular in the territory and one of the most successful. 

Following a run in the AWA, the Rock and Roll Express would return to the NWA, though they were used more in a mid-card role.  The two would feud with each other in 1991 in the now named World Championship Wrestling, but they would reunite for a healthy run in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, where they would be 10 time Tag Team Champions.  In the latter half of the 1990’s, they would compete for the USWA, WCW and were in the WWF as part of the Jim Cornette’s NWA stable. 

It has been reported that the WWE Performance Center has made watching tapes of the Rock and Roll Express required viewing, especially the selling of Ricky Morton as the “face in peril”. 

If this is true, we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Rocky Morton and Robert Gibson for earning this accolade.



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It was announced today on WWE.Com that Jim Cornette will be the inductor for the Rock and Roll Express’s WWE Hall of Fame induction.

On his podcast, Cornette stated that he would be honored to induct the tag team but he speculated that due to comments he has made about the world’s biggest wrestling promotion after he was fired over a decade ago that he would never be invited.  We think that he must be pleasantly surprised by this news.

Cornette was the long time manager of the Midnight Express, comprising “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, “Loverboy” Dennis Condrey and later “Sweet” Stan Lane, and it was team that feuded with the Rock and Roll Express for years and over differing promotions.  It is near impossible to think of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson without imagining Cornette holding a tennis racket berating the fan favorites. 

With Cornette appearing on WWE TV again, perhaps this could lead to an eventual induction for Cornette himself, who we feel is very deserving. 

He is currently ranked #23 by us on our Notinhalloffame.com WWE HOF list.

I think we can all agree that the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony just became a lot more interesting!

Wrestling fans that were not exposed to promotions outside the WWE may only remember the Rock and Roll Express as a lower card tag team in brief runs in the late 90’s.  Those however who saw Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson in the NWA during the 80’s saw their version of the Rock and Wrestling connection and one of the most copied tag teams of all time.