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74. Ron Garvin

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Ron Garvin

A quick look at Ron Garvin would not make you think you are looking at a star.  He was not very big (by wrestling standards) and not the best interview.  However once he got in the ring, he was tough, capable and looked like he could take anyone apart.

Winning regional titles everywhere he went, Ron Garvin was always considered a contender for every championship.  Like many wrestlers of his era, Garvin became a true star into his 40’s, spending much of his time as a solid mid card face in the NWA.  Surprisingly, he became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, though that reign is best known for him getting booed out of the building in his title defense against Ric Flair at Starrcade 87.  Regardless, Garvin was a solid worker and could be an outside shot for enshrinement in the WWE Hall of Fame despite his limited run with Vince.


The Bullet Points:

Other Aliases:
Roger Barnes (Real Name)
“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin
Hands of Stone
Miss Atlanta Lively

Billed From:
U.S.A. (Charlotte, NC) Also Billed (and really) from Montreal, CAN

Key Championships Held:
AWA Television
NWA Florida Tag Team w/Ole Anderson
NWA Georgia Tag Team (2) w/Terry Garvin
NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight
NWA Mid America Tag Team (2) w/Terry Garvin
NWA National Heavyweight (Georgia)
NWA National Tag Team (Georgia) w/Jerry Oates
NWA National Television (Georgia)
NWA United States Tag Team w/Barry Windham
NWA World Television (Georgia) (2)
NWA World Heavyweight
NWA World Tag Team (Florida) w/Terry Garvin
WWC Universal Heavyweight (2)

Why He Will Get In:
He was a solid worker with some WWE exposure.

Why He Won’t Get In:
While working for Vince he was used mostly as a “jobber to the stars”

Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1.  Defeated Jake Roberts to retain the NWA Television Title at the NWA
“Night of Champions” (5/29/84)
2.  Along with Magnum T.A. went to the finals of the first Crockett Cup
losing to the Road Warriors (4/19/86)
3.  Beat Tully Blanchard in a Taped Fist Match (7/5/86)
4.  Won his lone NWA World Heavyweight Title defeating Ric Flair
5.  Defeated Greg Valentine in an I Quit Match which had to be
considered Garvin’s lone WWF highlight (1/21/90)

Should Ron Garvin be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 9.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 72.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 18.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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