But Honey, I’ve Never Cheated On You…Never!
Ricky Morton’s Wild Story
In the mid-’80's, the NWA office in Charlotte or Jim Crockett Promotions were in their peak period as they were regularly selling out major arenas all over the Carolinas and Virginia. The talent level in JCP was phenomenal at the time....with Ric Flair, Magnum TA, Nikita and Ivan Koloff, the Midnight Express, the Four Horsemen, Handsome Jimmy Valiant (or the Boogie Woogie Man as he was known at the time) all under one roof. But one of the hottest teams ever to hit the wrestling business was The Rock and Roll Express, which was one of the major reasons business was so good.
|Rock and Roll Express as |
NWA World Champions
During his time in the NWA, Ricky lived in Charlotte with his wife, Connie, and his three children. As with a lot of marriages in the wrestling business, Connie thought that Ricky may have strayed from his marital vows and maybe had cheated on her several times while he was away on wrestling trips. When Connie had confronted Ricky with her suspicions, Ricky had always denied the accusations and claimed innocence, saying that he loved her and would never, ever, have anything to do with another woman. Connie had her doubts about Ricky's faithfulness but Ricky swore on a stack of Bibles that he had never, NEVER...had any sexual relations outside their marriage. Connie wanted to believe her husband and even though she had doubts, she accepted that what he was telling her was the TRUTH.
Connie, of course, blamed all her marriage problems on the wrestling lifestyle. Ricky would leave and be gone for days and she had seen how wrestlers lived out on road. She had seen the women that hung around and she knew that wrestlers lived a life that didn't lend itself to normalcy. She wanted her Ricky back...the one before the Rock and Roll Express were born.
Along about this time, Tully Blanchard—a card-carrying member of The Four Horsemen—was undergoing a serious life change. Tully, it appeared, had seen the light. He became a BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN and was openly proselytizing to the world that everybody needed to accept Jesus as their personal savior. Also at this time, Connie was even considering undergoing a religious transformation herself and thus had become a regular viewer of the “700 Club” hosted by the Rev. Pat Robertson. The Charlotte, N.C., area had long been the home of what I called, THE GOD BUSINESS, as it headquartered such religious organizations as the PTL Club, which Jim and Tammy Baker had made famous, and the 700 Club.
|The Original 4 HorseMen...one of the greatest |
stables of ALL TIME!!!
Ole Anderson, Tully, JJ Dillon, Arn and Ric Flair
But Ricky had been resisting her efforts to fully convert him so she looked to Tully for help. She knew that Ricky looked up to Tully and respected and admired him, and if Tully could do it, maybe Ricky would see the light. Connie prayed every night that she could help save herself and Ricky.
For what it’s worth, The 700 Club to evangelists and religious figures was what WWE RAW is to wrestlers or Comedy Central is to comedians. If any evangelist was going to be taken seriously among the Christian Brotherhood and is going to make any money in the GOD BUSINESS, then an appearance on “The 700 Club” was a mandatory stop. Since wrestlers were such high-profile personalities, The 700 Club loved having wrestlers give their personal life stories. Pat Robertson has played host to wrestlers regularly over the years but Tully was probably the first one. Since that time, he has been followed by Ted Dibiase, Nikita Koloff, Sting, Lex Luger and even Jake the Snake Roberts tried the GOD BUSINESS for a time. Of course, every wrestler that appeared on the show always blamed the 'sinful wrestling business' as the Devil himself. Connie felt much the same way.
When the show came on, Ricky sat alongside his lovely wife, Connie, on their sofa as they awaited Tully's first appearance on the 700 Club with Pat Robertson.
As the show opened, Ricky told me, Connie was talking to him about their relationship and how she felt that this could be a major turning point in their lives. Connie told him that no matter what had happened in the past, all was forgiven and Ricky assured Connie, one more time, that there had been no cheating in their marriage. Connie said she believed him and they kissed and as they sat holding hands, all was right with the world, as Ricky told me.
Ricky then stopped talking and looked at me and said, "Dutchman, everything was all right with the world one minute and the next, my whole world came crashing down on my head."
TO BE CONTINUED....on the next installment
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TO BE CONTINUED....on the next installment
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|TALES FROM THE DIRT ROAD...|
WITH JOHNNY DEPP AS
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This is not an autobiography. I talk about everybody and everyone as they happen to fit into the story. Some of the people profiled in the book include the Undertaker, Jake the Snake, Stone Cold, Razon Ramone or as he was known then, Scott Hall, Sid Vicious, Iron Sheik, Vince Russo, Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Robert Fuller, John Bradshaw, Buddy Landell, Eddie Graham, Dusty Rhodes and on and on it goes. Here are some of the chapters titles in no random order:
Roaming North America with Crazy People...the JBL Story.
Bradshaw was at times legitimately crazy or if he wasn't, he damn sure had all the qualifications. Traveling with Bradshaw was like like rolling dice. You could win but you could damn sure lose. Read about a night in Vancouver after a WWF PPV where we could have very easily gone to jail. Plus his dislike of Jake the Snake.
WrestleMania 11...this chapter covers all the events and backstage craziness that accompanies such a big even such as a WrestleMania. It's an hilarious look behind the scenes and what goes on.
Concussions in the Early Days...Now They Tell Me!!!
Concussions are taken seriously now...but in the past, it was a part of the game. I'm going to send this chapter to Mick Foley. Recently, he revealed in an interview that he may have suffered permanent brain damage. Really, Mick? I love Mick but I could have told him that. Read about some scary times when I along with about every other wrestler were walking around in a daze and never knew how dangerous it could be.
Alcohol + A Bar + the Undertaker = a KnockOut Punch...one night in the life of the Dutchman and the Undertaker as both end up in a precarious situation.
MEETING SCOTT HALL FOR THE FIRST TIME ...and inventing a new type match, right on the spot.
NAKED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL GYM...a night that a wrestling show ended up getting wrestling barred from a town FOREVER. Following that night, according to the local yahoos, it was like they had been invaded by the Huns and had their crops ruined and their women raped. Wrestling was blocked for ever returning to the town again..and guess what? We never went back.
MY LOVELY EVENING WITH PYSCHO SID VICIOUS AND THE CHARMING IRON SHEIK AT AN AFTER HOURS CLUB DOWN SOUTH.
|DUTCH AND SUNNI|
The Last Sellout In Memphis...a first hand account of a match that sold out the Memhis Coliseum...for the LAST TIME. The match was a TEXAS DEATH match that involved Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell. We didn't know it then...but it was the LAST SELLOUT EVER in the old Mid South Coliseum for wrestling. It took us 26 falls and an hour and 15 minutes to do it but never before had fans been witness to such a match. It only happened once and has never been repeated.
Interesting chapter...again a true story.
Fighting Wrestling Fans in a 7-11 Parking Lot...fights with wrestling fans were more or less common happenings back in the day...or they were with me and wrestling had a certain protocol in dealing with it.
All those stories plus many more...in my new book...
TALES FROM A DIRT ROAD
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