Speaking on a recent episode of “Under the Mat Radio,” former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ronnie Garvin talked about several professional wrestling topics. Garvin talked about thinking that the late WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes was “overrated,” and not going crazy after winning the World Championship. Here are the highlights:
Thinking Dusty Rhodes was “overrated”: “Dusty Rhodes was overrated. He was the booker most places he went, Florida, Carolinas,” said Garvin. “I didn’t like what he did a lot of times. A lot of politics, he put himself in places he shouldn’t have been, he didn’t draw the big money.
“When he was in the main event, he booked 30 men on the card and had more gimmick matches. Rock n’ Roll Express, those kids were so over. So over, that they would sell out and Dusty Rhodes would book them in small towns because he didn’t want them on the same card as him because he wanted the thunder.”
Not going crazy after winning the World Championship: “You know I’ve had a lot of title matches, I don’t want to diminish the World Title, it was great,” said Garvin. “But I guess with luck and staying healthy long enough, I got to the very top. To me, and I’m being honest, wrestling was a job, pure and simple. I didn’t go crazy because I was the world champion. I’ll tell you, the World Title is probably the most money I made in a short period of time.
“I was in wresting five years before Flair showed up. I don’t know the guy, I mean I know him (speaking as in working with him), but I never visited the guy, never had a meal with the guy, never traveled with him. I ran into him a few times in the dressing room and said hi and [bye], but know nothing about the guy. We had two different lives. He had the party life, which is fine and I don’t begrudge it. One thing about Flair, no matter how I hard I hit him he never complained.”