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Midnight Express vs Rock & Roll Express (NWA Wrestle War 02/25/90)

NWA WCW Wrestle War February 25 1990 Greensboro NC Midnight Express Rock & Roll Express Bobby Eaton Stan Lane Ricky Morton Robert Gibson MX vs Rock & Rolls 4.5*

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#1 Loss

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 10:50 PM

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 06:29 AM

The MOTY at this point. Just a fantastic match. There are so many things that were so good about this, from Cornette nearly getting into a fist fight with the referee, to the MX infighting after an accidental bump, to the way Morton was worked over as Face in Peril. Such a near-perfect combination of psychology and top-notch action. I've always really loved this match. Watching it again just elevated it even more for me. Worth more of a write-up than I'm giving it at the moment.

#3 PeteF3

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:37 PM

I don't think this was as good as Liger/Sano but it's a pretty fair 2nd place. Just an epic teasing beatdown of Ricky Morton even by his standards, with about 5 or 6 hope spots and great cut-offs. Great near-fall on Robert Gibson kicking out of a racket shot and a counter to the double flapjack for the pin. Cornette was absolutely brilliant throughout all of this, timing his interference perfectly, interacting with the cameraman, and little touches like quickly flipping the tennis racket around and using it as a backscratcher to avoid getting caught.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 03:26 PM

I watched this match to death about 10 years ago, to the point that I knew all of the spots by heart and was completely tired of it. When Cornette released the handhelds of the MX/RnR 1986 feud, I wanted to re-visit the 1990 matches to see Lane vs. Condrey and hopefully have a fresh perspective. This Yearbook finally gave me that opportunity. This is in the top 5 for 1990 from me. I'm 75% of the way through the Yearbook (being unemployed sucks but doesn't suck) and the only thing that really stands out as better than this is the 10/19/90 Misawa/Kawada/Kobashi vs. Jumbo/Taue/Fuchi 6 man. Everything you want from the MX vs. RnR "formula" match.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

If I was going to show a new fan the perfect evocation of the Midnights/R'n'R rivalry, I'd probably pick this match. Tight but not short, lots of great spots, classic face-in-peril segment by Morton, well-done Cornette shenanigans. This had it all. It didn't feel as BIG as the Flair-Luger main event, but I probably enjoyed it more.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

Amazing that after so many matches between these two at this point and time they can have a match so great and fresh. All of the Cornette stuff was amazing especially the moment when Nick Patrick untucked his shirt and was ready to throw down. The shot that Eaton especially was laying in was brutal. A great Ricky Morton beat down ensues which leads to a satisfying finish. An amazing match.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

Nothing more to add that hasn't already been said. This should be required viewing for every young tag team breaking into the business, because it's a damned near perfect tag team match.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

Fan has a "We've Herd enough" sign and gets paid a visit by Doug Dillinger. Gets to keep his sign though. Beginning stuff was a blast. Fun tag team wrestling. Cornette gets really worked up at one point against Nick Patrick and looks like they are ready to go. Cornette of course backs off when he realizes Patrick is fired up himself. Crowd was eating this up. Cornette was providing a lot of physical comedy. Midnights teased some issues. Excellent match.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:12 AM

This match can cure depression. I've never seen it before and I'm grinning from ear to ear. It's God Damned AWESOME.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:27 PM

What I think is so amazing about this match is its ability to seamlessly transition from comedy to dramatic wrestling. So many matches would have felt disjointed or directionless given this format, but that is why the Midnights and RnRs are the best of the all-time because of their deft execution of this format. This has to be one of the best face shine segments in the history of wrestling. It establishes the RnRs as clearly the best tag team, the Midnights bump & stooge in a way that keeps that million-watt smile on your face and it never feels like heel in peril. It is so good nobody has mentioned that cool spot where Morton climbs up on Eaton and delivers a fist drop onto Lane. That was a holy shit moment for me. They just jammed so many damn good spots in that opening segment. Next thing you know Bobby Eaton and Ricky Morton slug it out and end up tumbling outside and Lane delivers a wicked slam and we enter Ricky Morton's bread and butter. The Midnights have so many MOVEZ~! but they never get lost in just tossing them out and everything is filled with great heelish behavior: the tennis racket shots, the eye-rakes and cutoffs. Morton is in his element. Is this considered the best RnR/Midnights match? I have not seen them all, but I don't think I have seen a better one as even before the finish it feels amazing. The face in peril segment I believe is in excess of 10+ minutes, but it never once drags. The finish is great and I am happy the Rock N Rolls go over because in such a feel-good match it was the perfect touch to have the Rock N Rolls pick up the duke. Right now, my two favorite matches to watch are this one and Ricky Morton vs Flair Steel Cage GAB '86. Ricky Morton is a Godsend to wrestling.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

Excellent match here. This is a classic tag team match with two of the greatest teams in history. RnR dominates the beginning of the match as the Midnights struggle to come up with a game plan. The Midnights are able to get in control with a bodyslam on the outside to Morton and then spend the majority of the match working him over. There's some beautiful false hope tag attempts here and when Morton finally makes the tag the place comes unglued. This match is a real treat to watch.

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 10:45 PM

This was just so superb. I was ready to call it a night, but now I want to stay up and keep watching. I so love those Bobby Eaton short uppercuts.

#13 garretta

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 07:28 AM

If this wasn't the best Rock 'n' Roll/Lane version MX match, it has to be in the top three. So many spots we haven't seen before, and so many we have, each executed to perfection. Corny's on top of his game as well, both in belligerence and physical interference. I would have paid to see him go at it with Nick Patrick. This might have been the two teams' last high-profile match, so they decided to let it all hang out and end this part of the feud on the highest note possible.

 

Even JR and the Funker on commentary are at their best, with both men getting off lines about Corny and doing some first-rate back and forth about Corny's spot as Power Hour co-host and host of The Louisville Slugger (which everyone seems to forget Terry gave to him, so why try to make a program out of it? I guess the thought of Terry insulting Corny was worth a small bit of retconning.)

 

My number one tag match and number one NWA match for the month and year so far. Also a strong contender for Match of the Year overall (though I'm still partial to Garvin/Valentine).



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Posted 13 December 2015 - 01:08 AM

First off, nothing gets me STOKED like the Midnights strutting down the ramp in those robes to their post-disco synth theme.  As a side note, Coast to Coast AM used to use that song as bumper music, so frequently I would wake up in the middle of the night after falling asleep with the radio on to the sound of Beautiful Bobby about to give a right hand to some chump. 1990 was a really great year for WCW tag team wrestling, and this is the big one that starts the year off. This is also the swan song for MX vs R n' R proper. I always go back and forth between this and the MX vs Southern Boys match from the summer. I generally choose this one, but we'll see. Honestly, this is my favorite MX vs R'n'R match. I've seen a decent amount, but this was the first one that I saw, and I can't deny my nostalgia for it. I love seeing what can be done within a very traditional formula.  You've got Cornette throwing hands and flopping on the apron, Eaton delivering awesome right hands and high impact offense, Sweet Stan delivering some patented karate maneuvers, Morton taking one of the best beatings of his career (like someone else said, the hope spots are absolutely heart-wrenching, and Gibson showing tons of heart. To make a musical comparison, it's maybe like 80's King Crimson or something, adding a lot of depth and skill to a very pop oriented formula. Just a great, feel good match, and one of my all time favorites.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 11:07 PM

My goodness, I made a hateful post about this match to talk about another match between these two. Now, I hate myself. This was a damn good match.



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Posted 04 February 2017 - 08:32 PM

First things first.  I LOVE this match.  It is one of the definitive Southern tags I have ever seen and Cronette just adds to it in droves.

 

There was a comment about Kerry von Erich being that 30 year old who thinks he's still 18 and how sad it is in another thread.  I like how the RnRs are this close to being those guys in 1990.  The timeframe for their gimmick has clearly passed.  But they manage to make it work by being an incredible tag team.  Also, it's strange how all of these spots still seem cutting edge compared to most heavyweight wrestling you see considering they have been using them for years.  Easily my favorite match on the set so far.



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Posted 25 February 2017 - 12:38 PM

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Well, It hasn't been too long since I've seen this, but I was excited to fire this one up today. It's good timing hitting this on the countdown with the HOF approaching. Cornette is super entertaining in this. The ref stuff at the beginning, all his expressions, Stan Lane with some CPR... great stuff. There has been so much talked about here already, so not much to sum up. But, two of the greatest tags and one of the greatest managers off all time put on a clinic. I love the Eaton/Morton punch exchage that leads to them tumbling over the top where Morton eats a slam from Lane. Morton, per usual, great FIP. The chemistry of these two teams is legendary, and this match is one of the best examples why.





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