Robert Gibson (wrestler)
Gibson in May 2013
|Birth name||Ruben Gibson|
|Born||July 19, 1958|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Robert Fuller Jr.|
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||224 lb (102 kg)|
|Trained by||Rick Gibson|
Robert Gibson (born Ruben Gibson, July 19, 1958) is an American professional wrestler. He is best known as one half of the tag team known as The Rock 'n' Roll Express, with Ricky Morton. He has competed in singles competition also, and has won various singles championships throughout his career.
In February, 2017, it was announced that the Rock 'n' Roll Express would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the class of 2017. On March 31, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, the duo accepted this honor. The ceremony was held the Friday night prior to Wrestlemania 33.
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1975-1983)
Gibson started wrestling as Robert Gibson in 1977. His first match was against Eddie Sullivan. He was trained by his brother Ricky Gibson and teamed with Ricky in the southern independents.
The Rock 'N Roll Express (1983-2002)
In 1983, he formed the Rock 'N Roll Express with Ricky Morton. They feuded with The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) in the USWA/CWA, and the feud carried over into the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)'s Jim Crockett Promotions in 1985. They won the NWA Tag Title four times while there and feuded with the Four Horsemen, Ivan and Nikita Koloff, and the team of Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez. Even though he and Morton were of similar build and wrestled a similar style, Gibson was always booked as the stronger and more powerful of the two.
Gibson was injured in 1990 and when he returned to World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1991, Morton turned on him to join The York Foundation. They feuded and Gibson teamed with Tom Zenk, but had no success and soon left WCW. He rejoined Morton in Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) and they feuded with the Heavenly Bodies led by Jim Cornette. Shortly before SMW's demise, Gibson turned heel and joined "Cornette's Army".
The team came back briefly First in the USWA, WWF in 1993 and then WCW in 1996. In 1998, they were part of the "NWA" angle in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) for a brief period. The Rock n' Roll express were awarded the NWA tag team championships before losing them to the Headbangers a month later.
In 1998 he went on his own to wrestle for Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Later career (2002-present)
He also appeared at one Wrestle Birmingham show in 2002 as "Robert Fuller Jr.", pretending to be the son of veteran wrestler Robert Fuller, a gimmick also used by other wrestlers.
In late 2003/2004, Robert along with Ricky Morton, joined the newly formed "Original" Big Time Wrestling, under the banner of the All World Wrestling League.
From 2007 to 2009, he worked for Ultimate Wrestling, a promotion in his home town of Pensacola, Florida, where he was one half of the first ever Ultimate Wrestling Tag-team Champions with Bobby Doll. In September 2010 he returned to Ultimate Wrestling.
In 2014, The Rock-n-Roll Express was still wrestling on the independent circuit.
In 2016, The Rock N' Roll Express made a special appearance as part of TNA's weekly televised program Impact Wrestling's Total Nonstop Deletion episode, where they took part in the Tag Team Apocalypto match along with other tag teams.
The Rock N Roll Express participated in the 2019 edition of the Jim Crockett Cup, but were defeated by The Briscoe Brothers in the first round. During the NWA television tapings on October 1, 2019, they won the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
The team made their New Japan Pro Wrestling debut during the Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2019 event, 3 events promoted by NJPW in the United States.
Gibson has acknowledged during a fund raising event at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf  that he is a hearing child of deaf parents. He knows sign language and often speaks with his hands in the ring before his matches.
On September 15, 2006, his brother, Ricky Gibson, died. Robert's mother and father are also deceased. The WWE acknowledged the legends death on WWE.com
Robert is engaged to Tami McMaster.
In 2016, Gibson opened a wrestling school in Douglasville, Georgia, which also doubles as an independent wrestling promotion called All Pro Championship Wrestling.
Championships and accomplishments
- Appalachian Mountain Wrestling
- AMW Tag Team Championship (1 time, current)
- All-Pro Championship Wrestling
- APCW Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Jason Gibson and Mike Youngblood (2)
- All-Pro Wrestling
- APW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- APW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- All-Star Wrestling
- ASW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ricky Morton
- Jim Crockett Promotions
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (4 times) – with Ricky Morton
- Korean Pro-Wrestling Association
- NWA Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- Mid-South Wrestling Association (Tennessee)
- MSWA Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Ricky Morton
- Mid-South Wrestling Association
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- NWA Mid-America / Continental Wrestling Association / Championship Wrestling Association
- AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Ricky Gibson (3), Bill Dundee (1), and Ricky Morton (1)
- CWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ricky Morton
- CWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ricky Morton
- NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Don Fargo
- NWA Southwest
- NWA Wildside
- New Age Championship Wrestling
- NACW Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling eXpress
- PWX Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Vince Kaplack
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Smoky Mountain Wrestling
- Southeastern Championship Wrestling
- Traditional Championship Wrestling
- Ultimate Championship Wrestling
- Ultimate Wrestling
- Ultimate Wrestling Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Bobby Doll
- United States Wrestling Association
- Viral Pro Wrestling
- VPW Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) - with Ricky Morton
- World Organization of Wrestling
- WOW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ricky Morton
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
1One of their reigns began in Memphis, Tennessee, though the records are unclear as to which promotion they were wrestling for. Another reign began with them being awarded the title, though it is not revealed where they were awarded nor which promotion they were wrestling for at the time.
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