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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.


World Wrestling Federation

Garvin next went to the World Wrestling Federation wrestling as a fan favorite under the name "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin. He feuded 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 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.

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. Irate at Garvin's antics, Valentine asked he be reinstated so he could get his hands on him. The two battled at the 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.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

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.

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