The U.S. Express was a professional wrestling tag-team comprised of Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham in the World Wrestling Federation. Later on Barry Windham was replaced by Dan Spivey but finally disbanded in 1987.
Windham and Rotunda
Rotunda and Windham (real life brothers in law) had teamed off and on in the Florida territories before both were signed by the WWF in 1984. Once they joined the WWF they were given a patriotic gimmick along with the Bruce Springsteen classic "Born in the USA" as their entrance music. Captain Lou Albano also became their manager.
The U.S. Express made their WWF wrestling debut on October 30, 1984 when they defeated the “Enhancement Talent” team of Mohammad Saad & Bobby Bass. On January 21, 1985 the U.S. Express beat the team known as the North South Connection (Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch) for the WWF World Tag Team Championship. They would hold the titles for only two months before losing them to the "Evil Foreigner" team of Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik at Wrestlemania 1
The US Express became 2 times tag-team champions when they regained the titles from Volkoff and the Sheik on June 17, 1985 but their second reign would also last about two months before they lost the gold to The Dream Team. After the loss of the tag-team gold the US Express never captures the spotlight in the WWF and the team broke up near the end of 1985 when Barry Windham left the WWF to return to Florida. The team had their last match together under the WWF banner exactly one year to the day after they made their debut.
The last real appearance of the U.S. Express was not in the WWF but at the AWA WrestleRock In August 1986. The team was not billed as the US Express since the name was owned by the WWF. The brothers in law reunited to defeat the Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane and Steve Keirn) while Rotunda was on a brief break from the WWF between January and May 1986.
The American Express
Only days after Barry Windham left the WWF Mike Rotundo was linked up with Dan Spivey and they became the American Express, some referred to them as the U.S. Express II since the patriotic gimmick of the original U.S. Express was recycled with Spivey taking Barry Windham's place.
The team continued the U.S. Express’ feud with the Dream Team but once they were proven unsuccessful the two did not team from January to May, 1986 as Mike Rotundo briefly left the WWF. Once the American Express reunited they feuded with the Moondogs, The Hart Foundation and The Islanders whom the team faced in their last match together on February 9, 1987.
After Mike Rotunda left the WWF Dan Spivey was repackaged as "Golden Boy" Dan Spivey before he left the WWF as well.
Their original team music was "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen. However, Rick Derringer, who was working with the WWF at the time, created a new theme song for them, "Real American." After the team broke up in late 1985 the music was given to Hulk Hogan.