Rock 'N Roll Express Talk Shawn Michaels Using Their Gimmick, Ric Flair, If Tag Wrestling Is Dead
Robert: "You know, they were a little chip off of the Midnights [Midnight Express] and a little chip off the Rock n Rolls, they kind of put the names together, but everybody knew that we were the originals."
Ricky: "Marty and Shawn were good friends of ours. To me when they did it, I took it as a compliment. Shawn Michaels was with us in Louisiana when we were down there, he was just a young kid. Shawn learned a lot from Robert and I, he rode with us a lot. We took our time with him. They were a great tag team. Robert and I had great matches with them, we enjoyed working with them."
Ric Flair being greatest World Champion of all time:
Ricky: "You have different areas in this business and you have different companies and you meet a lot of world champions. You meet Hulk Hogan, and you meet all these guys, but it's my opinion that Ric Flair was the best World Heavyweight champion this business has ever had. Ric lived his gimmick, Ric was Ric, when he stepped in that ring and the people paid to see him, buddy, he made sure you got your money's worth. In the house shows, if wasn't going an hour time limit, he went fifty nine minutes in the match. He always gave people want they wanted, he still does. Let me tell you, I was with Ric the other night, and he is still Ric Flair. For me it was just a great pleasure to have the great opportunity, just to work with Ric."
The incredible popularity of the team in their Crockett Promotions days:
Robert: "I knew it was wild, when we went to a place called Carowinds in South Carolina, a big amusement park. We went there and they came up to us and said, 'guys, we really appreciate you being here, but you have got to leave. The whole park is at the exit, waiting for you to come out.'"
Ricky: "We were rock stars, and we didn't even know it. The business was different then. Every event we went to, we we broke attendance records. It wasn't just us, there were a lot of us involved. One of the great eras on this business was to be around at that time. It kept on and on and on, especially going into the small towns. Then, you had an "A" team and a "B" team. Robert and I were the head of the "B" team. But, we sold out everywhere we went. It was a moment in life that passed us by real quick."
The incredible run of single matches that Ricky had with Flair:
Ricky: "We had a pretty good, long, feud there. If you read his book, me and him went seventeen straight hour long matches, now that was Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday night, then we did two on Sundays. But seventeen of them straight in a row. Then when that was over we did six that were an hour and a half matches, until I met him in Charlotte. He did the gimmick in the cage and Ric broke my nose, he messed my face up. It was a great deal and we drew a lot of people and I had a great time working with him, too."
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