First, here’s what Bob Holly recounts about The New Midnight Express in his book The Hardcore Truth.
Bob Holly: The WWF had something of an internal NWA faction and they were using the original Rock ’n’ Roll Express against them, so I guess management figured they’d bring in The Midnight Express. While The Rock ’n’ Roll Express was still running, The Midnight Express had stopped a long time ago so they just took a couple of guys who weren’t doing anything else, who turned out to be me and Bart Gunn, and called us The New Midnight Express.
Their entire management of us consisted of them giving us some video tapes of the original Express and saying “Be like Dennis and Bobby”. Nobody can. Those two formed one of the greatest tag teams of all time. Throwing Bart and me together and hoping we’d immediately develop what Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton took years to get was plain stupid. We had new tights with “M E” on them, Jim Cornette as our manager just like the original Express, and new names to go with the gimmick. I knew it wasn’t going to work.
Second, here’s what was said about LOD 2000 on Road Warriors: The Life and Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in Wrestling History.
Jim Ross: They hadn’t burn a bridge here to the level of you can’t go rebuild it and cross it again. The company has brought back all kinds of wrestlers that let under less than advantageous circumstances.
Animal: I think it was no secret why we left and I think they were trying to forget all that and put a different frame on that and a new twist. That’s why they put Sunny with us. It had to be WWE because it was the only way it was gonna get that reaction that we needed to be The Legion of Doom, The Road Warriors.
Jerry Lawler: It was just an attempt by these guys, which everybody has to try to do, to stay current. To reinvent themselves for the new, younger fanbase.
Animal: I had a friend of mine who airbrushes all the helmets for goalies in the NHL, so he did our shoulder pads that way for the LOD 2000 and did our masks and everybody liked them but Hawk didn’t like the mask. Marketing, they loved them. They made action figures with them and they sold like crazy and they were cool but he didn’t like them so he threw it out in the crowd one day and some fan got it somewhere around the country somewhere. But that’s just the way Mike was. He didn’t like it, he got rid of it.
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