Tough as nails and “Rotten” in all the right ways, Ron Starr was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1950. A Vietnam veteran, Starr saw wrestling as a way to adjust back into normal life after returning from combat and soon discovered he happened to be pretty good at it, deciding to stay at it for a 25-year career. Primarily working in the territorial days of the sport, Starr was never a WWE superstar, but he didn’t have to be, instead finding success in a large number of regional NWA promotions in addition to tours of Japan, China, and South Africa. Starr’s peak as a performer was his two reigns as NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, a precursor to the cruiserweight divisions seen today. If that’s not enough to cement his legacy, it might also help to know he was an integral influence on a young Mick Foley , having served as the future Hardcore Legend’s first ever opponent. Starr passed away at the age of 67 after a series of strokes and heart attacks.
When Shawn Michaels felt pain in the ring, we felt pain. No one sold agony, heartache or triumph like The Heartbreak Kid. Michaels was the most athletic, inspired and daring storyteller in the business; raising the bar for the entire industry with each match. We don't have to look much farther than the descriptors "The Showstopper," "The Headliner" and "Mr. WrestleMania" to know that HBK was someone who has performed above and beyond. As the WWE's first ever Grand Slam Champion, Michaels competed in more PWI Match of the Years (11!) than anyone in history while also birthing the Ladder Match, Hell in a Cell and Degeneration X. The emotion one felt while watching a Shawn Michaels match was unlike anything else. There was one man Ric Flair himself wanted to end his career in the WWE with - HBK.