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Ron Starr (1950-2017)


Real Name - Robert Eugene Nutt

Birthdate - 4/3/1950 - 6/8/2017

5’11” 235 lbs. - Atlanta, GA


Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - n/a

Professional Background - n/a

AliasesBobby Starr, Mr. Wrestling, The Spoiler

Groups - Midnight Express Inc.

Peak Years - `77-`83


Finisher(s) - 

- Clawhold


Favorites -

- Bulldog

- DDT

- Kneelift

- Measured Elbow

- Chop



Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set6
 Science3
 Aerial2
 Power7
 Strikes7


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment6
 Selling6
 Bumping6
 Carrying6
 Heat6
 Legacy3


Place in History - There is a generation of journeyman wrestlers who traveled all over the world and had success and yet few modern fans have ever seen them or even heard of them.  Bobby Nutt was a kid from Georgia who grew up watching his local wrestling and after serving in Vietnam, he was initiated into the sport with Ann Gunkel’s All-South wrestling.  Starr spent his early years working the undercards in Florida and Georgia as well as for Central States and Tri-State.  He received his first notable break going to the Pacific Coast.  In San Francisco, Starr worked in top tag teams, won the 1979 Cow Palace battle royal and defeated Roddy Piper for the area’s top singles title.  In Portland, he and Adrian Adonis formed a successful tag team and he feuded Piper and Tim Brooks there.  In Los Angeles, he feuded with Chavo Guerrero over that area’s top singles title.  His exposure in LA allowed him to begin touring for New Japan, where he worked with their junior heavyweight ace Tatsumi Fujinami.  While Starr worked as both a babyface and a heel, yet he is best remembered as “Rotten” Ron Starr.  To modern eyes, Ron Starr looks like the stereotypical TV jobber since he initially seems so plain.  His mop of hair and handlebar mustache, his blue singlet spotted with white stars do not add much on top of his athletic, but unremarkable physique.  Make no doubt about it, Ron Starr was a fantastic wrestler who could play the nasty Southern bad guy,  the rugged scientific heel or the wild brawler in a bloodbaths.  While the territories dried up, Starr ventured to any that remained and always made an impact.  He was a great heel in Stampede and Grand Prix and used well there.  Starr also had opportunities in World Class, Jim Crockett Promotions and New Japan, however he was largely putting other people over.  He enjoyed something of a career renaissance going into Puerto Rico as “Rambo” Ron Starr.  He feuded with the Invaders while helping establish Chicky Starr and the Cuban Assassin on the island.  Decked out in fatigues and camouflage face paint, Starr was the ideal foil for Invader with his propensity for Southern style brawling.   After retiring from the business, Ron Starr managed to put together his memoirs into the aptly named book “Bad to the Bone.”

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