Ricky Morton was recently a guest on The Ring, The Cage, and The Stage. Morton discussed his solo career aspirations, his angle with Ric Flair, who came up with the name for his team with Robert Gibson and more. The show’s Cole Henry and Chandler Sorrells were kind enough to provide the full show, which is embedded above, in addition to transcribed highlights which you can see below:
Ricky Morton On Solo Star Aspirations:
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. 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 On Life 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. 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.
Ricky Morton On Who Came Up With The Team Name For He & Robert Gibson:
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.
Ricky Morton On 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 corvette 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. 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.
Ricky Morton On Solo Star Aspirations & The Rock N' Roll Express Name