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#21 Rock Rims

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Posted 05 January 2015 - 06:53 PM

In spite of having another heart attack and stroke not long ago, Ron is doing pretty good. His spirits are up and he is regularly working his physical rehab with the help of his wife. Although we've been talking for over a year, we just started working on his book about six weeks ago. A publisher of wrestling books has already reached out to us with strong interest. He was a great, underrated worker who could always be counted on for a solid match. I first saw him when he was working as a heel in L.A., and he frustrated us fans of the baby faces, because we grudgingly had to admit that he was really good in the ring, and could wrestle as well as brawl.

 

Ron worked in several territories in North America and in Puerto Rico, and has some great stories to share about his career, being a Vietnam vet, and what it was like to stir up heat in the days of kayfabe, to the point where his life was sometimes put at risk.



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Posted 06 January 2015 - 10:09 AM

For those that might not know, Rockrims is one of the most knowledgable California Wrestling historians around and his contributions here will be very valuable in this area and many others.  

 

Rockrims has also put together an excellent Ron Starr dvd compilation that anyone wanting to really reasearch his candidacy here should take a look at.

 

Welcome and thanks.



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Posted 06 January 2015 - 10:15 AM

I think a Starr book would be interesting, if only because he worked so many territories, but is really an unknown name to a lot of the fanbase. Some of that is because the territories he worked were sort of the under the radar ones to modern US fans, PR and Portland and Maritimes. He played wildly different roles too so it'd be fairly interesting.



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Posted 06 January 2015 - 06:17 PM

Aside from Bobby Bass, not sure there is any wrestler on the planet I'd rather read a book from than Ron Starr.  And no I'm not kidding



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Posted 06 January 2015 - 07:46 PM

Bobby Bass is fun to talk to, I can only imagine how fun a book might be.

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 08:28 PM

Dylan would help him write it. Let's make it happen.



#27 Rock Rims

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 06:57 PM

Thanks Khawk.

 

I've been fortunate to have picked up a little more footage on Ron since we last communicated. It's helped to fill in the gaps of where he was at and the feuds he was working and given me more questions to ask him.

 

The things that have been consistent are that he always drew heat and knew how to help get a match and an angle over.



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:19 PM

You've got to ask him about the the crowds in the Maritimes. Might be the last territory where grandma would legitimately attack heels on the way to the ring.

#29 Rock Rims

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Posted 12 January 2015 - 11:05 AM

Will definitely do that Shining Wizard. Leo Burke was one of his favorite people to work with.



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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:32 AM

I would be interested to hear Ron Starr's thoughts about showing up in the Continental Wrestling Federation in 1989 right as it's closing down. He has this match with Cactus Jack that as far as I know is the last match of the last episode of CWF. He had kind of an interesting 1989 in general as he pops up on some Stampede TV listings but only for 2 weeks in May.

 

https://youtu.be/5eSQtYjQLPY



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Posted 04 June 2015 - 07:03 AM

Ron Starr calls Facebook "the Facepage" and gets points for that.



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 08:24 AM

I've been watching a lot of Ron Starr over the past 2 days and he's a really solid worker. I've seen him be the glue in matches with some pretty sub-par talents in Grand Prix and when he's matched up against anyone good like Invader, Fujinami or Leo Burke then you're going to be in for a really good match. I haven't really seen enough to where I could call one of the 100 GWE but he's really very good.

 

I think if you're a fan of a guy like Ron Garvin who isn't flashy but always works hard and makes everything look snug then Ron Starr is a guy you should check out.



#33 Rock Rims

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Posted 04 October 2016 - 10:21 PM

We're looking for Ron's autobiography "Bad to the Bone: 25 Years of Riots and Wrestling" to be released around the middle of December. He will discuss many of the territoires he worked (often more than once) across North America plus tours of Japan, China, South Africa and Guatemala and his runs in Puerto Rico.



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 04:15 AM

Sounds excellent!



#35 Rock Rims

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Posted 10 December 2016 - 11:47 AM

Ron's autobiography, "Bad to the Bone: 25 Years of Riots and Wrestling" was just released two days ago. Info on the book, including purchasing info, is available at this link: http://badtotheboner...iots-and_8.html

 

There are also autographed photos or Ron and a dvd compilation available at the site.






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