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[Ronnie Garvin Gallery]
[Canadian Wrestlers Gallery]
Wrestler/Referee: "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin
Real Name: Roger Barnes
Birthday: 1945
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Marital Status: Married
Height & Weight: 5'10" - 230 lbs
Trained by: Pat Gerard
Debut: 1962
Previous Gimmicks: "One Man Gang"
"Hands of Stone"
Finishing Move: Figure Four Leglock
Favorite Moves: Garvin Stomp
Notable Feuds: Boris Malenko
Bob Orton
Angelo Poffo
Randy Savage
Dusty Rhodes
Road Warriors
Ox Baker
Ric Flair
Tully Blanchard
Jake Roberts
Black Bart
Greg Valentine

  • NWA (Florida) World Tag Team titles w/Terry Garvin (1967);
  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles w/Ole Anderson (1971);
  • (Tennessee) Southern Tag Team titles (2);
  • NWA Georgia Tag Team titles w/Terry Garvin (1974) (2);
  • NWA (Alabama/Tennessee) Southeastern Heavyweight title (3);
  • ICW (Lexington) Southern Heavyweight title;
  • NWA (Georgia) National/World Television title (1983-85) (5);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Tag Team titles w/Jerry Oates (1984);
  • NWA (Georgia) National Heavyweight title (1984-85);
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title (1986);
  • NWA United States Tag Team titles w/Barry Windham (1986-87)
  • NWA World Heavyweight title (1987);
  • AWA Television title (1988);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Universal Heavyweight title (1988);
  • WWC (World Wrestling Council) Universal Heavyweight title (1992);
  • PWF (North Carolina) Tag Team titles;
  • TMW (Tennessee Mountain Wrestling) Heavyweight title;
  • TMW (Tennessee Mountain Wrestling) Tag Team titles;
  • CCW (Canada) Heavyweight title;


  • In The Beginning:
  • 1945: Roger Barnes was born in Montreal and moved to Gaspe at the and of two..
  • Ronnie Garvin's family returned to Monrteal when he was twelve..
  • Ronnie Garvin became friends with Pat Patterson (Pierre Clermont) and Terry Garvin (Terry Joyal)..
  • Ronnie Garvin once dated Pat Patterson's sister, Annette..
  • Ronnie Garvin married Jimmy Williams' (aka Jimmy Garvin) mother, making him Jimmy's stepfather..
  • 1962: Ronnie Garvin (age 17) left Montreal and travelled to Boston where he debuted in Wrestling..

    Getting into the Business:
  • Ronnie Garvin was known as "Hands of Stone", a name which was given to him by Gordon Solie..
  • Ronnie Garvin teamed with Terry Garvin in the mid-60s and 70s and was particularly successful in the Southern US..
  • Ronnie & Terry Garvin were billed as brothers, however, the were not related in any way..
  • 1967: Ronnie & Terry Garvin won the Florida Tag Team titles..
  • 1971: Ronnie Garvin & Ole Anderson won the Florida Tag Team titles..
  • 1974: Ronnie & Terry Garvin won the Georgia Tag Team titles..
  • Ron Garvin was known as "One Man Gang", Les Thatcher is credited for that.. (not to be confused with the wrestler with that name)..
  • October 23, 1983--(Georgia) The Last Battle of Atlanta: The Great Kabuki defeated Ronnie Garvin..
  • June 8, 1985: Black Bart defeated Ronnie Garvin for the Georgia National Heavyweight title..

    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • April 19, 1986 - Crockett Cup: Ronnie Garvin & Magnum T.A. defeated Rick Steiner & Buzz Sawyer in the 1st Round..
  • ~~~Ronnie Garvin & Magnum TA beat Giant Baba & Tiger Mask | Road Warriors beat Ronnie Garvin & Magnum TA (Finals)..
  • April 28, 1986 - AWA/NWA: Tully Blanchard defeated Ronnie Garvin by DQ to retain the NWA National Heavyweight title..
  • July 5, 1986 - Great American Bash: Ronnie Garvin beat Tully Blanchard by Knockout in a Taped Fist match..
  • July 26, 1986 - Great American Bash: Tully Blanchard defeated Ronnie Garvin in a Taped Fist match..
  • November 28, 1986 - Starrcade: Big Bubba Rogers defeated Ronnie Garvin by knockout in a Louisville Street Fight..
  • September 25, 1987: Ronnie Garvin defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight title..
  • November 26, 1987 - Starrcade: Ric Flair defeated Ronnie Garvin in a Steel Cage to recapture the NWA World title..
  • June 8, 1988 - NWA Clash: Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin defeated The Varsity Club (Rick Steiner & Mike Rotunda)..
  • July 10, 1988 - Great American Bash: Ron Garvin participated in an innovative "Tower of Doom" match..
  • ~~~Steve Williams/Ron & Jim Garvin/Road Warriors beat Kevin Sullivan/Mike Rotundo/Ivan Koloff/Al Perez/Russian Assassin..

    American Wrestling Association:
  • 1988: Ronnie Garvin won the AWA Television title..
  • December 13, 1988 - AWA SuperClash III: Greg Gagne defeated Ronnie Garvin by COUNT OUT to win the AWA Television title..

    World Wrestling Federation:
  • December 12, 1988 - WWF TV: Ron Garvin defeated "Iron" Mike Sharpe after a Pile Driver..
  • December 30, 1988 - MSG: Greg Valentine defeated Ron Garvin by grabbing the tights for leverage..
  • January 15, 1989 - Royal Rumble: Ronnie Garvin entered at #5 but was eliminated by Andre The Giant..
  • April 2, 1989 - Wrestlemania V: Dino Bravo w/Frenchy Martin defeated "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin..
  • April 1989 - WWF Superstars: Ronnie Garvin defeated Greg Valentine (Valentine challenged Garvin to a "career match"..
  • Greg "The Hammer" Valentine defeated Ronnie Garvin in the "Career" match sending Garvin into "retirement"..
  • Ron Garvin became an official referee for the WWF and always favoured the faces, and was quick to DQ the heel!
  • ~~~Garvin once disqualified Dino Bravo in a squash match for not breaking a hold after the five-count..
  • ~~~Garvin eventually screwed Greg Valentine during a match with Jimmy Snuka and got suspended by Jack Tunney..
  • ~~~Garvin was forced to go on television and apologize to President Tunney, Dino Barvo, Greg Valentine & the fans..
  • ~~~Valentine was so irate that he begged for Ron Garvin to be re-instated as a wrestler! and it was granted!
  • August 28, 1989 - Summerslam: Greg "The Hammer" Valentine w/Jimmy Hart defeated Hercules..
  • ~~~Rugged Ronnie Garvin was the surprise guest ring announcer and announced Valentine with a series of insults!
  • ~~~Greg Valentine pinned Hercules with his feet on the ropes, so Ronnie Garvin announced Hercules as the winner!
  • Once re-instated, Ron Garvin began wearing a "Hammer Jammer" leg brace to counter the shin guard Valentine wore..
  • ~~~Valentine had been using it to make his figure four leglock more effective, but Garvin's brace blocked that effect!
  • November 23, 1989 - Survivor Series: Jim Duggan's 4X4's defeated The Macho King's Court..
  • ~~~4X4's: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan & "The Mighty" Hercules & Bret "The Hitman" Hart & "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin..
  • ~~~The King's Court: Randy "Macho King" Savage & Dino Bravo & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine & Earthquake..
  • January 21, 1990 - Royal Rumble: Ronnie Garvin defeated Greg Valentine in a Submissions match..
  • January 27, 1990 - SNME: Dino Bravo defeated "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin..

    Retirement:
  • 1990: Ronnie Garvin (at the age of 50) officially retired from Wrestling..
  • Ronnie Garvin is now a pilot, flying cargo across the United States..
  • February 12, 2005--Carolina Championship Wrestling: Dusty Rhodes b Tully Blanchard in a Bunkhouse match (Ron Garvin as referee)..
  • February 19, 2005--Tennessee Mountain Wrestling: Dirty White Boy beat Tom Pitner when special referee Ron Garvin KO'd Pitner..
  • May 28, 2005--GCW 1st Anniversary: Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard in a Cage with Ronnie Garvin as the special referee!
  • March 19, 2006--UAW & TMW: Ron Garvin is playing the role of owner of the group and Dirty White Boy plays commissioner..
  • April 21, 2006--Carolina Wrestling Association: Bobby Houston defeated Tracy Smothers with Ron Garvin as referee ...
  • May 6, 2006--NCWA: George South Sr. defeated Ivan Koloff by DQ with Ronnie Garvin as referee ..