Ron Garvin

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Ron Garvin
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin.jpg
Ring name(s)Ron Garvin
Miss Atlanta Lively
Mr. Knoxville
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Billed weight231 lb (105 kg)[1]
Born(1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 68)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Billed fromMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Charlotte, North Carolina[2]
Trained byPat Patterson[1]
Debut1962[1]
 
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Ron Garvin
"Rugged" Ronnie Garvin.jpg
Ring name(s)Ron Garvin
Miss Atlanta Lively
Mr. Knoxville
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Billed weight231 lb (105 kg)[1]
Born(1945-03-30) March 30, 1945 (age 68)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Billed fromMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Charlotte, North Carolina[2]
Trained byPat Patterson[1]
Debut1962[1]

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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. Garvin wrestled in the Ron Fuller (Welch)-owned Knoxville promotion (Southeastern Championship Wrestling) where he (in)famously threw the championship belt off of the Gay Street Bridge. He later 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] Garvin is well known in the Southeast, he had feuds with such wrestlers as Andre the Giant, Bob Orton, Jr, and Tony Charles. During a time Garvin used a gimmick known as Mr. Knoxville he formed a tag team with Charles, but soon, Garvin turned on him, and started teaming with Orton, turning heel in the process.

National Wrestling Alliance[edit]

Georgia Championship Wrestling[edit]

He held the NWA Georgia Television Title (also known as the National 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 National TV champion.[3]

Jim Crockett Promotions[edit]

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. He also formed a tag team with Barry Windham and the duo won the NWA United States Tag Team Championship from Ivan Koloff and Kruscher Kruschev before losing the belts to Koloff and Dick Murdoch

In particular, Garvin feuded with Jim Cornette's "Midnight Express" team of Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton.[1] At Starrcade '85 he teamed with Jimmy Valiant to face Condrey and Eaton in an Atlanta Street Fight; for this match Garvin wrestled in drag as 'Miss Atlanta Lively'. Garvin also had a singles feud with Cornette's bodyguard, Big Bubba Rogers[1] to whom he lost a Street Fight at Starrcade '86.

In 1987 Windham and Garvin feuded with Cornette's Express (initially still Eaton and Condrey) over the United States tag titles. After Cornette threw fire in Garvin's face, his 'brother' Jimmy Garvin came to his rescue, turning both himself and his and valet Precious babyface in the process. The Garvin 'brothers' teamed for a while against the Express. In May 1987 Windham and Garvin reached the finals of a tournament for the vacant United States tag team titles but lost to the new Express lineup of Eaton and Stan Lane. The two teams continued to feud over the titles.

The Garvins next entered in a feud with NWA World Champion Ric Flair in 1987 over Flair's lust for Precious. One one occasion when Flair defeated Jimmy to win a date with Precious, he was instead ambushed by Ron Garvin once again in drag as Miss Atlanta Lively. During this feud, Flair once stated that Garvin had "hands of stone," This eventually led to Garvin's first moniker in wrestling, "The Man With the Hands of Stone."

The feud with Flair took a new twist on September 25, 1987, when Garvin was able to defeat Flair for the title.[4] 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.[4]

After the title loss, the Garvins entered into a feud with Kevin Sullivan and his Varsity Club. At the Great American Bash, the brothers teamed with the Road Warriors and Steve Williams and defeated Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Al Perez, Russian Assassin and Ivan Koloff in a Tower of Doom match. Later that night however, Ron Garvin became a heel by knocking Dusty Rhodes out with a punch to keep him from winning Windham's U.S. Title, thus reuniting the former US tag team champions as heels. Garvin was managed by Gary Hart but left after only a few months as a heel.[1]

AWA and WWC[edit]

Still as a heel, Garvin wrestled in the American Wrestling Association in late 1988 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.[5]

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

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 soon started portraying a 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.[6] 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 about to feud with Rick Martel. They cut promos on each other, but a match between the two never happened,(However there were house shows, in which Ronnie and Martel did wrestle against each other. One such match at that time was in Las Vegas Nevada in July 1990) and he left the WWF shortly thereafter.

Return to independent circuit[edit]

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. In 1993, Garvin wrestled at Archer Park in Prestonsburg, Kentucky during the annual 4 July carnival.

Post-wrestling career[edit]

Garvin owns several used car dealerships in Gaston County, North Carolina.[1] Garvin is an accomplished pilot (his stepson, Jimmy Garvin, became an airline pilot in his retirement from wrestling). He holds commercial and instrument ratings for single engine and multi engine aircraft.[7]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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[edit]

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  25. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 181. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  26. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "NWA Tennessee Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 206–207. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  27. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "TMW Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 215–216. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
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