Ron Garvin


Ron Garvin
Roger Barnes
Ring name(s) Ron Garvin
Miss Atlanta Lively
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin
Mr. Knoxville
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Billed weight 231 lb (105 kg)[1]
Born March 30, 1945 (1945-03-30) (age 66)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Billed from Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Charlotte, North Carolina
Trained by Pat Girard[1]
Debut 1962[1]

Ron Garvin (born Roger Barnes on March 30, 1945) is a Canadian former professional wrestler and referee most known for his time in the National Wrestling Alliance.

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Professional wrestling career

Early career

Ron Garvin started wrestling in 1962. He formed a team with his "brother" Terry Garvin in the 1960s and early 1970s and they won a few regional tag team titles. They were managed by their other "brother," Jimmy Garvin (actually Ron's stepson in real life).[1]

Garvin made a name for himself as a singles wrestler in the Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee territories in the late 1970s after splitting with Terry and Jimmy. He wrestled in Angelo Poffo's International Championship Wrestling promotion where he was best known for his heated rivalries with Randy Savage and Pez Whatley. One of Garvin's best-known ICW moments was where he knocked Ox Baker's dentures out of his mouth, after which Garvin stomped on the dentures.[1]

National Wrestling Alliance

He held the NWA Georgia Television Title (also known as the National or World TV Title) 5 times, including a feud with then Legion of Doom member, Jake "The Snake" Roberts. At one point during the feud, Jake Roberts held the TV title and refused to give Garvin a rematch. Garvin had to kayfabe mortgage his house to come up with $10,000 to pay Roberts for a rematch. Garvin would go on to win the rematch and once again become the NWA World TV champion.[2]

Jim Crockett Promotions

He then went to the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions where he would achieve his greatest success. He became "The Man With the Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin and he feuded with Tully Blanchard and Black Bart before entering in a feud with NWA World Champion Ric Flair in 1987. On September 25, 1987, Garvin was able to defeat Flair for the title.[3] His feud with Flair once had Flair state that Garvin had "hands of stone," that eventually led to Garvin's first moniker in wrestling, "The Man With the Hands of Stone."

With the NWA holding its first pay-per-view event Starrcade the same day WWF was holding its Survivor Series, Crockett chose to face the strong WWF competition by having Flair win the title. That meant Flair had to lose the title first and whoever beat him, would only be an interim champion. Most wrestlers declined the offer, but Garvin, assuming that at 42 it may be his last chance to hold the major NWA title, accepted to fill the role.[1] Indeed, Garvin would hold the title for 2 months before losing it back to Flair at Starrcade.[3]

He briefly feuded with Jim Cornette's "Midnight Express" of Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton after Cornette threw fire in his face. Jimmy Garvin came to his rescue and they teamed for a while against them before Ron had a singles feud with Cornette's bodyguard, Big Bubba Rogers.[1]

Departure

At the Great American Bash, he became a villain by knocking Dusty Rhodes out with a punch to keep him from winning Barry Windham's U.S. Title. He was managed by Gary Hart but left after only a few months as a heel.[1]

He wrestled in the American Wrestling Association in late 1988 as a heel and feuded with Greg Gagne over the AWA International Television Championship. He also feuded with Carlos Colon over the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship on trips to Puerto Rico during this time.[4]

World Wrestling Federation

Garvin next went to the World Wrestling Federation wrestling as a fan favorite under the name "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin. He lost to Dino Bravo at WrestleMania V on April 2, 1989. He then went on to feud with Greg Valentine and they battled several times. The feud culminated with a retirement match, which Valentine won. Garvin was soon appointed as a kayfabe referee, but during matches, he would fight with the wrestlers who would not listen to his orders, such as Dino Bravo and the Brooklyn Brawler. Despite warnings by WWF president Jack Tunney, Garvin punched Valentine during his match against Jimmy Snuka, which led to him being banned from refereeing.[1]

At SummerSlam, Garvin served as special ring announcer for Valentine's match against Hercules. Garvin stated during his foe's introduction that Valentine was underweighing himself of 30 pounds, and had two left feet. When Valentine pinned Hercules with his feet on the ropes, Garvin announced Hercules as the winner. Valentine knocked him out of the ring, but Garvin came back and punched him out.[5] Irate at Garvin's antics, Valentine asked he be reinstated so he could get his hands on him. The two battled at the 1990 Royal Rumble in a Submission match, which Garvin won to end the feud. After that, Garvin was not involved in a major feud, and he left the WWF at the end of the year

Return to Independent Wrestling

He returned to the independents, mainly in The Carolinas, on a semi-retired basis and could still be found in 2005 as a wrestler or special referee in the Mid-Atlantic area. Garvin owns several used car dealerships in Gaston County, North Carolina.[1]

Post-wrestling career

Garvin is an accomplished pilot (as is his step son, Jimmy Garvin). He holds commercial and instrument ratings for single engine and multi engine aircraft.[6]

Personal information

Ron Garvin is not related to Terry Garvin but he is Jimmy Garvin's stepfather. Garvin owned Tennessee Mountain Wrestling in Knoxville, TN. Bob Orton, Jr. owns it now with Terry Landel and Tony Anthony.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments

  • National Championship Wrestling
  • NCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[18]
  • PWI ranked him # 142 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • Tennessee Mountain Wrestling
  • TMW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[25]
  • TMW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Tim Horner[26]

1This title was originally named the NWA Georgia Television Championship and was eventually renamed the NWA World Television Championship. However, in March 1985, World recognition is dropped by the NWA and the title reverts to the National title when Jim Crockett Promotions purchases Georgia Championship Wrestling and recognizes its Television title the World title.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Oliver, Greg (2003). "Roll Call: Ronnie Garvin". the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame - The Canadians. ECW Press. pp. 133–134. ISBN 1-55022-531-6. 
  2. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA National Television Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 144. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  3. ^ a b c Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "WCW United States Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  4. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "WWC Universal Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 323–324. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  5. ^ Brian Shields (4th Edition 2006). "Summer Slam 1989". Main event – WWE in the raging 80s. Pocket Books. pp. 189–192. ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6. 
  6. ^ Federal Aviation Administration
  7. ^ a b "OWOW profile". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/r/ronnie-garvin.html. 
  8. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "AWA International Television Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 30. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Florida Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 160–161. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  10. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA World Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 157. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "ICW Southeastern Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 207. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  13. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "WCW United States Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  14. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Georgia Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 142–143. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  15. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Macon Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 145. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  16. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA National Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 145. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  17. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA National Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  18. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2004). "NCW Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 214. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  19. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 194–196. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  20. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "United States Junior Heayvweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 181–182. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  21. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "AWA Southern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 185–189. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  22. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 180–181. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  23. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 181. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  24. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "NWA Tennessee Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 206–207. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  25. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "TMW Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 215–216. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  26. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). "TMW Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. pp. 216. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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