Best of the Rest
The men on these pages aren't the only professional wrestlers who've spent time in the area. We tracked down a few more
Dennis Condrey, fifty-eight: One half of the original Midnight Express, Condrey owns a boarding stable in Colorado, but lives in Alabama. Earlier this year he signed on as a developmental trainer working with wrestling's rookies for WWE's NXT, which recently completed its first season on SyFy.
Jim Cornette, forty-eight: After a stint with TNA, the outspoken, tennis-racket-wielding Midnight Express manager now works as executive producer for Philadelphia-based ring of Honor's HDNET TV series. He's online at jimcornette.com.
"Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, fifty-one: Based in Alabama, Eaton, who often makes it back to his former home of Charlotte to visit family, still wrestles and makes public appearances, often alongside his cohorts in the Midnight Express
Ric Flair, sixty-one: Frequently sighted in SouthPark and Ballantyne, Flair (who retired from WWE) recently returned to the ring to spar with Hulk Hogan. He can also be seen and heard in north Carolina lottery and Coca-Cola 600 commercials. Fans can follow him on twitter @ricFlairnatrBoy.
"Sweet" Stan Lane, fifty-six: the Greensboro native best known for his flashy tag-team work with the Midnight Express lives in his hometown. He works as an announcer and producer for powerboat racing programs for various sports networks.
Dusty Rhodes, sixty-four: "the American Dream" works for Florida Championship Wrestling, a training ground for WWE hopefuls, and he continues to make public appearances. His son Cody wrestles for WWE.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, fifty-seven: He resides in the lake norman area and works as a producer for WWE's live events (WWE declined requests for an interview). His son, a dead ringer for his dad, has trained with George South and Harley race, wrestled overseas, and wrestles for Florida Championship Wrestling under the name richie Steamboat.