It seems as if Billy has only two options: to let the prison ultimately figuratively then literally kill him, or to somehow regain control of his life through whatever means available. With nearly two kilos of hashish blocks strapped to his torso, on October 6, , the young American college student, Billy Hayes, is arrested and sentenced to four years of imprisonment for trying to smuggle drugs.
As the new inmate struggles to finish up his time enduring unspeakable torments and abuse within the hellish purgatory, he is befriended by a few fellow convicts, however, with Ankara in grave need of a scapegoat, Hayes' sentence is overturned to another thirty years of incarceration. Under those circumstances, Billy's only hope is one last and fervent appeal. This, or to catch the "Midnight Express". On October 6, , American college student Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey.
The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than thirty years in prison. The prison environment is inhospitable in every sense, with a sadistic prison guard named Hamidou ruling the prison, he who relishes the mental and physical torture he inflicts on the prisoners for whatever reason. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his family, and the American government, or the "Midnight Express".
Sign In. The group's gimmick was the so-called " Freebird Rule "; which allowed any two members of the team to wrestle their matches on any given night, thus their opponents who had only kayfabe signed to face "The Midnight Express", didn't know which combination they would get. Being good at spotting young talent, Jim Cornette recruited him to team up with Dennis Condrey. Condrey was a former rival of Bobby Eaton so they were familiar with each other's styles and with the addition of cornerman Jim Cornette they became a tight knit unit.
Cornette including Eaton into the group led to dissension within the original 3 members, with first Rose and then Austin leaving the stable. The Express had up until then been a tight stable but once Eaton and Condrey joined together the Midnight Express wrestled exclusively as a 2-man team until end of the Midnight Express legacy.
The Express got their first gold when Mr. The two Expresses had a series of matches that were so unlike how tag-team wrestling was usually presented by in the Mid-South gathering a lot of attention both locally and nationally. They feuded throughout in the Mid-South territory before the Midnight Express was ready to move on. In the early parts of Dennis Condrey left JCP from one day to the next, he literally abandoned the team when they were scheduled to appear at an event in Los Angeles as he changed his plane ticket to go somewhere else so he could drop out of sight.
No specific reason has ever been given by Dennis Condrey only speculations from people around him. Dangerously" for what was said to be much better money and a lighter schedule. Lane and Eaton knew each other well from working against each other in the past and this showed as the new version of the Midnight Express gelled from the beginning.
Now the fan favorites the Midnight Express soon had to content with a blast from the past: The Midnight Express.
The duo was led by long time Jim Cornette nemesis Paul E. This team was The Rock 'n' Roll Express Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson , with whom they started a long-running series of matches that would run well into the s and span several wrestling promotions. The two Expresses had a series of matches which differed from the way tag team wrestling was presented at the time and drew attention both locally and nationally. Eaton and Condrey lost the titles back to the Rock 'n' Roll Express six months later.
Bubba Rogers worked a few dates to fulfill obligations, but Dusty Rhodes made the decision to pick Stan Lane who was a singles star in Florida at the time. Tom Prichard was thought about, but never officially suggested.
On May 16, the combination of Eaton and Lane won the NWA United States Tag team titles for the first time, a title they would win three times during their time together.
The Midnight Express's title run only lasted a little over a month-and-a-half before the Road Warriors who had recently turned heel on Sting took the gold from them in a brutal match. In , they went to Jim Crockett Promotions. Led by future Jim Cornette nemesis Paul E. Dangerously , Condrey and Rose set out to prove they were better than the new version. Condrey's and Rose's surprise appearance gave Dangerously's team the initial momentum in the feud, but the promising feud was cut short when Dennis Condrey left the promotion once more before a "loser leaves town" match at Chi-Town Rumble.
Rose teamed with Jack Victory and took the pin, leaving the promotion. When the issues were resolved, Cornette and the Midnight Express returned to the promotion. In the tournament to determine new World tag team champions, the Midnight Express advanced to the finals before losing to the Freebirds with some assistance from the Samoan Swat Team. Jim Cornette duped the Dudes into thinking he wanted to be their manager but then turned on them during their match against the Midnight Express at Clash of the Champions IX in New York.
After dispatching of a couple of no-name teams, the Express was challenged by the masked Dynamic Duo, billed from Gotham City , who pinned the Express and unmasked as Ace and Douglas. The feud soon lost steam and was forgotten soon after. The Express won the titles from the young team in early , but lost them to The Steiner Brothers Rick and Scott three months later. On October 29, , the Express showed up to the next round of TV tapings only to discover they were not on the card for any of the shows.
Since they were not told ahead of time, Eaton was unable to take the day off to spend time with his wife and children. Cornette, already frustrated over what he perceived as the burial of Lane and Eaton by WCW President Jim Herd , discovered the next day that the Express was booked for four matches at the October 30 taping session and they were to lose all of them.
After confronting Ole Anderson , the booker at the time, over the scheduling, Cornette was told to "go home" if he disagreed. Calling Anderson's bluff, Cornette walked out of the room and told Lane he was leaving for good.
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