Thursday, December 8, 2016

BAD TO THE BONE: 25 YEARS OF RIOTS AND WRESTLING


As a young boy growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Ron Starr sat with wide-eyed wonder either in front of his family’s television set or in his seat at the historic Atlanta City Auditorium, as larger-than-life heroes and villains fought battles of good vs. evil in twenty-square foot wrestling rings. The battles and the colorful personalities that waged them captured his imagination – but more than that, they instilled in him a burning desire to become one of them, a master puppeteer who could manipulate the specatators’ emotions, whether his goal was to gain their love and support or to incite them to riot and attempt to tear him limb from limb.

“Bad to the Bone” is more than just the theme music that accompanied his entrance into the wrestling ring or the title of his autobiography, it is the perfect way to describe a man who is a decorated Viet Nam war veteran and a veteran of over three decades in the professional wrestling ring. Follow Ron Starr on his journey through the jungles of Viet Nam where he served two tours of duty and witnessed things no man should see, and through his career as a professional wrestler, where his ring wars took him back and forth across North America and overseas to Japan, China, South Africa and Puerto Rico. His story pulls back the curtain to reveal the exciting world of professional wrestling when it was still very “real” and when for Ron Starr inciting a riot was considered a badge of honor. With dozens of photos and a special foreword by pro wrestling hall of famer Mick Foley, Bad to the Bone: 25 Years of Wrestling and Riots is a page-turner you won’t want to miss.

This 246-page book which is set in a 7x10 format and includes a special "extras" section including a list of Ron's nearly four dozen title reigns is priced at just $22 plus shipping. You can order using paypal and the "buy it now' button on this page or you can contact the co-author at Rockrims@aol.com for other payment options. Please note that there are different shipping costs for items shipped within the U.S. and to Puerto Rico, versus shipping to Canada. Please use the correct "Add to Cart" buttons for each region. Please contact Rock Rims at Rockrims@aol.com for shipping rates outside of these areas.


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“If you enjoyed any of my wild matches that went all over the building over the years, you can give partial thanks to Ron Starr. He more or less taught me how, with a very physical on the job training program. Ron Starr might not be a household name, but he was respected, technically sound, and more than capable of holding his own with the wildest brawlers in the business. He helped teach me a unique craft, which I plied around the world, making a very good living doing what I loved.” – Mick Foley, WWE Hall of Famer and former WWE Champion

“Ron Starr was a ring general. You always knew you were going to have a good match with Ron. I remember and appreciate how he took care of me in a match when my elbow was dislocated. God Bless him!” – “Irish” Mickey Doyle – Former NWA Americas and United States Tag Team Wrestling Champion

“Ron Starr was a great tag team partner and most of all, a good friend after the ride is over. God Bless Ron – he is a good man.” – “No Class” Bobby Bass, Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling Legend

 “I will tell you this, if I didn’t become friends with Ron Starr when I was a teenager, there would be NO Michael Hayes – hence no Freebirds.” Michael P.S. Hayes, Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer, WWE Agent/Producer

 Book Contents include:
· Ron's experiences serving in Viet Nam
· Ron's in-ring encounters with legendary wrestling shooters Danny Hodge, Karl Gotch and Lou Thesz
· Road Trips with Andre the Giant
· Back stage confrontations with co-workers and ringside confrontations with wrestling fans
· Who punked out Wahoo McDaniel?
· Going the distance with the World Champ
· Ron's clashes with wrestling promoters including a call to blackball him from the N.W.A.
· The night Mr. Wrestling died
· Ribs, ribs, and more ribs
· Fallen friends
· The night that Brody died - the tragedy, controversy and aftermath
· Stories from Ron's travels working in the Georgia, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Texas, Portland, San Francisco, Florida, Los Angeles, Calgary, Maritimes, Kansas City, West Virginia, Gulf Coast, Southeastern, New Japan and Puerto Rico territories and more!


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DVD comes in a plain sleeve with no artwork to keep the cost down. Only $6 plus shipping or only $5 and shipped free when bundled with the book and items are sent to the same address.

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PHOTOS

And not available until now are signed wrestling photographs of Ron Starr. It's been nearly 20 years since he retired as an active wrestler and so this is a rare opportunity to get an autographed photo of this wrestling legend. There are several photos to choose from, including some never before published!
(Photos will not have a watermark on them. In the event that an ordered photo is out of stock, purchaser will have the option of substituting another photo, being given a refund or waiting until the chosen photo is in stock and can be shipped.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 8X10 PHOTOS ARE NOT LONGER AVAILABLE, EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR AS PART OF A PACKAGE. PLEASE DO NOT ORDER. THE PAGE WILL BE CHANGED SOON TO REMOVE THAT OPTION. THE 5X7 SIZED PHOTOS ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN THE BLACK AND WHITE PROMO PHOTO, AND THE 4X6 VERSIONS OF ALL THE PHOTOS HERE ARE STILL AVAILABLE. THANK YOU.

4X6 PHOTO OF RON STARR IN DES MOINES
(COPYRIGHT ROCK RIMS)

4X6 PHOTO OF RON STARR W/ UNITED STATES TITLE
(PHOTO BY ROD HIGASHINO)


4X6 PHOTO OF RON STARR WITH THE SAMOANS IN OAKLAND, CA
(PHOTO BY ROD HIGASHINO)


4X6 PHOTO OF RON STARR W/AMERICA'S TITLE IN SAN JOSE, CA
(PHOTO BY ROD HIGASHINO)


4X6 PHOTO OF SPOILER STARR W/AMERICA'S TITLE
(PHOTO BY ROD HIGASHINO)


4X6 PHOTO OF RON STARR IN JAPAN 1980
W/TAKAHASHI, HOGAN AND ORNDORFF


4X6 PROMO PHOTO OF RON STARR


PRICES FOR AUTOGRAPHED 4X6 PHOTOS ARE $6 PLUS SHIPPING. PLEASE SELECT THE PHOTO YOU WISH TO ORDER BELOW AND CLICK "ADD TO CART."
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