In this pic from Gerweck.net, Ricky Morton defeated Chase Owens to win the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight title at a NWA Smoky Mountain event in Kingsport, TN over the weekend. This match had been promoted by Smoky Mountain as possibly Morton's last chance to win an NWA singles World title, and his victory widely reported by wrestling sites as "the teacher besting the student." I'll admit, the old school fan in me thought it was kind of cool to see Morton pull it off, not only because he's 57 years old, but after his pursuit of Ric Flair's NWA World Heavyweight Championship back in the mid-80s.
Then again, having said that, and with all due respect, let me also say enough already. I get the point in giving Ricky Morton his props. The guy is a legend, no matter how you look at it, but the guy is 57 years old. The Rock N Roll Express has gone from top of the charts to the classic rock stations to the state fair circuit, but now the gimmick has gone from nostalgia to self-parody at this point. It's like the joke from The Blues Brothers about Jake and Elwood "still wearing the same shit you had on three years ago." Now, multiply that by ten, and you see why it may not be working anymore, no matter who it's still real to, damnit.
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