Former NWA champion Ronnie Garvin returning to Eastern Kentucky

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Former National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion Ronnie Garvin is coming back to the Mountains.

Garvin is set to be inducted into the Appalachian Mountain Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 6th at R.W. Combs Elementary in Happy.

The Montreal, Canada native spent several years competing in the Southeastern Championship Wrestling, International Championship Wrestling and Smoky Mountain Wrestling organizations before ultimately fighting against the world's best in the World Wrestling Federation.

"I've got great memories of wrestling all over East Tennessee and especially Kentucky," Garvin said in an exclusive interview for WYMT-TV. "Harlan, Hazard, Prestonsburg -- you name it, I forgot half of the towns -- the hard-working people spending their hard-dollar money coming to the wrestling matches. I remember the buildings being so full that you barely could make it to the ring."

"Well, I'm coming back to Hazard, and hopefully I'm going to see a lot of older wrestling fans, probably my age, even younger, but it will bring back some good memories and you might call it the 'New Sheriff in Town.' "

Garvin will also be presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander.

The wrestler who fought under names such as "Rugged Ronnie Garvin" and "Hands of Stone" won 10 heavyweight championships in his career across various divisions and in 1991 was ranked No. 126 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Top 500 Singles Wrestlers.

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