‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton has died at the age of 62 years old. The sad news was shared on Facebook by his sister Debbie:
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.
Eaton is regarded as one of the top workers of his era, whose style in the ring was far ahead of his time. He’s most well known as a member of one of the greatest tag teams of all time, The Midnight Express. Their feud with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express was one of the big draws of the 1980’s. He would go on to wrestle for WCW throughout the entire 1990’s, before moving on to the independent scene after WCW went out of business.
In addition to being part of multiple incarnations of The Midnight Express with Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane (along with Jim Cornette), Eaton teamed up with wrestlers like Koko B. Ware, Arn Anderson, and William Regal during his career. Eaton also frequently competed against Randy Savage during the early years of his career, in the late 1970’s.
The wrestling world has been mourning his death on social media:
The National Wrestling Alliance is Saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary 'Beautiful' Bobby Eaton.— NWA (@nwa) August 5, 2021
We send our love to his friends and family.
His impact & legacy will always be remembered. #NWAFam pic.twitter.com/8jaqErv2bc
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
Bobby Eaton is a man with a professional reputation you aspire to build & a personal reputation you hope those you care for have about you. A MASTER of our craft and one of the nicest men I’ve had the pleasure to meet. My condolences to his family, my gratitude for the memories— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) August 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to Taryn, Dillon & Dustin and family of Bobby Eaton who has passed https://t.co/k9x6tbVLZm dear friend, partner, travel buddy, teacher, superbly skilled Pro who would make everyone who knew him feel happy inside, love you.x— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 5, 2021
If you’ve studied pro wrestling with any true attention, you’ve studied Bobby Eaton. And understand just how special he was in the ring. Every time I encountered him outside of it, he was an even better person. #RIPBobbyEaton— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) August 5, 2021
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
“There will never be another…” always gets said, but this is absolutely true; “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton was literally one of a kind.— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) August 5, 2021
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
Woke up to the horrible news that Bobby Eaton has passed. Such a master of our craft; I’m in awe of you as much today as I was as a kid. As an even better man, I’m honored to have made your acquaintance along the way. My heart goes out to all he touched. Rest well, sir.— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) August 5, 2021
I am beyond saddened by last night's passing of Beautiful Bobby Eaton at the age of 62.— Gary Cappetta (@GaryCappetta) August 5, 2021
Everything you've heard is true - Bobby was kind, gentle caring and loyal. The sport has never known a more accomplished performer.
My deepest sympathy to his family. pic.twitter.com/o2MD4hNE4M
So sad this morning to hear of the passing of Beautiful Bobby Eaton. He was a wonderful person and I am so lucky I had a chance to know him and work with him. He was certainly one of the good guys I have met in this business. #RIPBobbyEaton pic.twitter.com/YUQTEhuT72— Charles Robinson (@WWERobinson) August 5, 2021
RIP to one half of the midnight express and one of to he greatest workers of all time “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, condolences to his friends and family pic.twitter.com/0eEFVCN7yk— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) August 5, 2021
Bobby Eaton was not only an amazing pro-wrestler, he was a kind man. I loved watching him in the ring and loved the times I got to sit and talk with him.— CORINO (@StevenCorino) August 5, 2021
Rest well Beautiful Bobby.
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and fans of Bobby Eaton. One of a kind talent whose skill in the ring made it look so real.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 5, 2021
RIP BEAUTIFUL BOBBY EATON— Matt Cardona (@TheMattCardona) August 5, 2021
Please join the Cageside Seats community in sending our condolences to the family and friends of Bobby Eaton. And make sure to share with us in the comments below some of your favorite memories of his incredible career in pro wrestling.