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 Posted: Fri Aug 5th, 2016 10:45 pm
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Garvin was asked if it really was his fault.  He said he couldn't comment on that.  The saying was something   he came up with as they had to come up with their own material.

He referred to his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech as the night he almost died.  He thanked everyone for their kindness and great response to the induction.

He first got into the business when Joe Scarpa offered to help him break in.  His father was a police officer and died when he was 12 and he knew he had to provide for his family.  He talked about working his way up from the bottom and traveling to the Mobile territory.

He became close with The Briscos and loved working for Eddie Graham.  He worked for Nick Gulas and traveled the world and went to Australia, Japan and Africa.

He met Michael Hayes at Tommy Rich's birthday party.  He joked he ddoesn't remember a lot of the 70s and 80s but was told he had a lot of fun.  Ernie Ladd was the one who told him he needed to come up with a gimmick and that's where the Gorgeous name came from.  The valet inspiration came from Gorgeous George's valets.  He said when he met Hayes, he knew what a gimmick was.
He did the deal in Florida and met David Von Erich and was invited to do the deal in Texas.  He said before Sunsbine he had another valet but had to dismiss her or else his wife was going to murder him.  He brought Sunshine, his cousin in but she needed a break from the lifestyle.
He finally told his wife she needed to come on the road and she cursed him out but did it outnof love for him. They recently celebrated 46 years together.
After the Texas run, he was invited to WWF by Vince McMahon but felt he was a Southern, NWA type guy and that he would be set up to fail there so he turned it down and went to AWA.  He pointed out how they used Dusty and Michael Hayes as his reasoning.
 The AWA schedule wasn't too bad.  He said working with Rick Martel was special and magical.  He was thinking the other night that he wrestled Pat O'Conner, Buddy Rogers and got beat up by Danny Hodge.  Rogers put him in a headlock and said, "Listen kid and I'm going to tell you what to do" and it was magical.

Someone offered to fly him to a town and he fell in love with aviation and got hid pilot's license.  When he was 26, he decided he would retire when he was 40 and fly and play golf.  He retired on his 40th birthday and was paid for another year on his WCW deal and began teaching flying.  He graduated to flying freight.  He is a captain now for Warren Buffet's private airline.  He said he is blessed.
Garvin was asked about winning the AWA World Tag Team championships from The Road Warriors.  When he and Steve Regal were told, Garvin was shocked.

Garvin said he was lucky to meet and work with so many amazing people but it was all the fans who were important.

Garvin was asked about working with David Von Erich.  He came in as Gary Hart left as booker and he worked with Ken Mantel.  He said Mantel cared about his talent and was real good.   He said the Texas area was one of the best experiences of his life and ran down all the great talents.

Garvin was asked about The Masked Avenger angle in World Class with Chris Adams.  He said his memory is faded on that but it wasn't his idea.

Garvin was asked about the WWE World Class DVD.  He has seen it and doesn't have an opinion on it.  He said the tragedies were very raw and real to him.  He talked of camping with The Samoans and Kerry Von Erich.    The guys had a real close bond from that territory.  
Garvin told a story about the Triple Cage Tower of Doom.  Garvin called it shaky and shady.  He said sometimes if you are too hot a story, they sometimes throw water on you.  The idea was for Precious to be at the top and for he and Kevin Sullivan to fight their way to her.  Instead, the entire territory was in the cage.  He said that was the difference between good bookers and bad bookers.

The Jimmy Jam Garvin name was either from Michael Hayes or his second ex-wife.

He was asked the story on coming back to work one match in 1994 against Johnny B. Badd.  Michael Hayes was hurt and they needed someone fill in and he was the only one who could do it and he was happy to do it.

Wahoo McDaniel was a great guy and a tough individual.
On the way the business is exposed, he would prefer fans knowing what the business is to riots and being stabbed.  He was shot at on a highway.  He is happy people are smart now because he has been in riots.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 9th, 2016 12:11 am
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Regarding the Joe Scarpa thing, Garvin didn't mention it here apparently, but either at his HOF speech or on Chris Jericho's podcast, Jimmy explained that his uncle owned the apartment building in Tampa where many of the wrestlers lived. So as a kid he'd go there and hang by the pool to meet and talk to those guys. It's what led to him ultimately getting broken into the business while still a teenager.

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I have said it before but Jimmy Garvin should be applauded. He is one of the very few wrestlers who retired on their own terms with no regrets and no "issues". He had a great career. He got a new career after wrestling. No wrestling in bingo halls or doing anything to make a buck. And he has a marriage that lasted!!!! he should go into the Hall of Fame for those reasons alone.lol

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I agree. Great run in WCCW. Had the AWA run then JCP. Did the WCW Freebirds and retired. Had a good career it seems post wrestling as a normal functioning member of society. Very very few wrestlers have done that.

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 Posted: Tue Aug 23rd, 2016 06:33 am
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watched him in world class as a kid. Recently saw some 1982 gcw and he was a young midcard face. Good stuff



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