As a wrestling fan it is always hard to say goodbye to your favorite wrestler from either when you were growing up or in some tragic cases while your still growing up. This aspect of being a wrestling fan is the hardest part of the job, but no matter how many times we get hit down we just keep coming back for more. That is one of the reasons why wrestling fans are the greatest fans in the world and I am not just saying that.
Now I will say that before I did some research about him I didn't have a clue about who Ron Wright was or where he wrestled. But it didn't take long for me to find out why Ron Wright was a Kingsport wrestling legend and why he will be missed by so many. If you went to a wrestling event in Kingsport during the 60's and 70's then the name Ron Wright, but if you didn't then keep reading and you will find out a thing or two about a territory legend.
Ron was such a good heel that in many respect he could get heat from the crowd just by standing up out of his chair and that would be enough to get people mad. Wright was said to be an incredible talker many have said that he was so good that you would be shocked to see the heat he could get just by talking. Below is a little story about Ron Wright from his career:
"Wright began his wrestling career in the early 1950s at the Kingsport Boy's Club, then began working for a local boxing and independent wrestling promoter who ran events out of the Kingsport Civic Auditorium. Wright initially worked as a referee, but his first big in-ring break came in 1961 when he faced his friend Whitey Caldwell in a television match. During the match, Wright threw Caldwell out of the ring so hard it broke his shoulder and sidelined him for a year. James said that's how the feud started between Wright and Caldwell.In the 60s and 70s, no one drew more heat in the ring than Wright; he was the quintessential East Tennessee redneck heel. Matches were held weekly in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City, with Wright teaming up with his brother Don and others, including Tiny York and Fred White."
A perfect comparison that could be made for people to better understand how important or how big a star that Ron Wright was is he was to Kingsport what Mr. Wrestling II was to Atlanta or what Jackie Fargo was to Memphis & what Johnny Weaver was to the Carolinas. Ron set box office records in Tennessee that may never be broken again by anyone and I guess you could say that Ron was hated, but also loved and respected at the same time. Near the end of his career Ron actually managed the Mongolian Stomper & Dirty White Boy just to name a couple. Former Southern States Wrestling Promoter Beau James said that it was Wright's health that made him stop making appearances; one of the last appearances Ron did was for the Brad Armstrong Memorial Event in 2014. After nearly 65 years in the wrestling business Ron passed away a few days due to a lengthy battle with an undisclosed illness. Though Ron may not have been known the world over he was known enough and respected even more in the great state of Tennessee and will surely missed by all those who knew and loved him.
RIP Ron Wright
Gone But Never Forgotten
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.