Bobby Eaton was a guest on Bill Apter’s “Is Wrestling Fixed?” podcast recently, and the interview eventually expanded to include Eaton’s wife (and Bill Dundee’s daughter) Donna. She spoke about when Eaton went missing last year and revealed that The Rock reached out to her and Bobby after he was found safe.
In early August of 2016, Bobby, who was one half of The Midnight Express in WCW, apparently wandered off at the Atlanta airport without a cell phone on him. He was found less than 24 hours later, but that was a harrowing time for Donna and the rest of the Eaton family.
Donna began by saying: “I do want to thank everyone, Bill. When Bobby was missing, his blood sugar was down and he was a little confused. I want to thank everybody. Especially Dewey, who is The Rock. I want to thank him for being the first person, out of his busy schedule, to reach out to Bobby. I want him to know that my Mom always adored his Mom and thank you so much. It meant so much to me.”
Apter interjected: “A lot of people don’t know that “Dewey” was The Rock’s nickname when he was a child.”
“Right. That’s how I knew him," Donna continued. "As 'Dewey.' I remember him as a little boy. (The Rock’s family) used to stay at the Day's Inn and we would go over there. They’d go have dinner and I’d watch him and Jamie (Dundee). That meant the world to me because I know how busy he is. The fact that he was the first to reach out just touched my heart. My mother adores his mother. She is wonderful.”
Apter volunteered a compliment for the Rock. “He has not let the stardom and the money he has made go to his head. He’s still a down to earth guy.”
You can listen to the podcast at this link or in the player below.