Ricky Steamboat
Professional wrestler
Ricky Steamboat
Richard Henry Blood, better known by his ring name Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, is a retired American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE working as a road agent. He was one of the few wrestlers who stayed a babyface throughout his career. He is best known for his work with the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
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Cageside Seats Greatest Matches Tournament Second Round Schedule
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
We've made it through the first round in the Cageside Seats Greatest Matches Tournament (CSSGMT), a month long process that saw a field of 64 become a field of 32. The fat has been trimmed and now it starts to get serious. But there's still a bit of fat remaining, so we need to trim that with round two. Here's the schedule for the Round of 32, which starts tomorrow: Mon., Oct. 22: (1) "Undertaker v Mankind, King of the Ring 1998" vs. (9) "Shawn Michaels v Triple H, SummerSlam 2002" Tues., Oct. 23: (4) "Shawn Michaels v Triple H v Chris Benoit, WrestleMania 20" vs. (5) "Eddie Guerrero v Dean Malenko, ECW TV 1995" Wed., Oct. 24: (1) "Bret Hart v Stone Cold Steve Austin, WrestleMania 13" vs. (8) "Stone Cold Steve Austin v Triple H, No Way Out 2001" Thurs., Oct. 25: (2) "CM Punk v John Cena, Money in the Bank 2011" vs. (10) "Two Man Power Trip v Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit, Raw 2001" Fri., Oct. 26: (3) "Royal Rumble 1992" vs. (6) "CM Punk v Daniel Bryan, Over the L ...
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Cageside Seats Tournament Finals: Why you should vote for "Macho Man" Randy Savage
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament has reached its finals after a long two month road to the end that featured a lot of bumps in the road for some elite talent of the industry. Except for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the two men who will battle it out starting tomorrow (Aug. 27, 2012) and ending Wednesday night at midnight CT. Geno has been stumping for Austin while I've been campaigning for Savage. I've written three pieces on the career of "Macho Man" explaining why he is undoubtedly the greatest wrestler of all-time. In the first piece, I discussed his pre-WWE days where he was invented the Reality TV era and the New World Order (nWo) invasion years and years before they actually came to fruition. In part two, his historic WWE run was highlighted including his WrestleMania III match with Ricky Steamboat, heralded as the greatest match in the promotion's history and one of the greatest matches in the sport period. We also touched ...
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VIDEO: Honky Tonk Man on: Warrior, IC Title, More...
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Honky talks about the decision for him to win the Intercontinental championship:The old cliché, the right place at the right time. I wasn’t scheduled for the match that night against Ricky Steamboat. One of the guys who was scheduled had went AWOL or MIA and wasn’t there. They threw me in the mix and it happened. Whether he imagined that he would hold the title for such a long time: I never thought it was ever going to be as big as it was. I knew if I had the opportunity, if I had the chance to get in the position to not be in the mid card or under card and be on top of the card. Because I had been around for about 12 or 14 years, I had perfected my class. Honky talks about dropping the title to The Ultimate Warrior at Summer Slam 1988:I thought it was best for all three parties. I t was good for the company because they needed someone to take (Hulk) Hogan’s spot because he was going to Hollywood. They were going to push this kid all the way to the top and they did. It was good for th ...
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Updates on the Health of Ricky Steamboat & Harley Race
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
Ricky The Dragon Steamboat is said to be feeling better right now after some recent health issues, including bleeding in his brain. Steamboat had been experiencing dizziness from the bleeding, but he is doing better now. He also still trains young talent in WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling, but can no longer work with them physically. He teaches them verbally and teaches them ring psychology. However, it's being said that the legendary Harley Race has been having trouble getting around lately, including at a recent appearance he made at the Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion last week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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VIDEO: George Steele turns face on Saturday Night's Main Event
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
On this day April 16, 1937 William James Meyers better known to wrestling fans as George The Animal” Steele was born. His wrestling career lasted from 1967 to 1989 with sporadic appearances in the 1990s and 2000s. He was scouted by then WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino and began working in Pittsburgh in 1967 on the popular Studio Wrestling airing on Channel 11 under a mask using the name ”The Student”. It was there that he dropped the mask and adopted the name ”George Steele”.   Working with Sammartino, he was invited to work full time in WWF coming in as the nephew of commentator Ray Steele. By this time his gimmick was fully established He was a crazy heel who was known for tearing apart turnbuckles and using the stuffing as a weapon as well as sticking his green tongue out (an effect accomplished by chewing green Clorets breath mints).    In the mid80's, Steele made the successful transition from crazy heel to beloved fan favourite. The turn came about on an edition of Saturday ...
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The Wrestling Genius: Submission One in the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling
Wrestle Heat - about 5 years
Last week I tasked you my faithful readers to send me your Mount Rushmore of wrestling. You guys and gals did not disappoint. I got a ton of responses, some really good ones, and by really good I mean ones that agreed with me. I got some really way out there submissions, like Jake the Snake Roberts and someone said John Cena. Cena? Really? Really? Come on man, are you serious bro? There got that out of my system, but seriously to the person who said John Cena, I fear for your sanity. I also got some interesting but out there submissions. I really liked and I’m sorry I can’t remember who sent it to me and I can’t find it but someone made a great case for Vince McMahon. While I can’t argue Vince’s credentials and how much he changed wrestling I want to keep this strictly about full time wrestlers. Mount Rushmore has only presidents so my Mount Rushmore of wrestling will only have wrestlers. However if you twisted my arm on it here’s my non-wrestler Mount Rushmore: Vince McMahon: Wrestl ...
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Intensity Franky the Mobster's calling card - CANOE
Google News - over 5 years
"Growing up, I loved watching guys who were larger than life like Ricky Steamboat and looked like super heroes," remembered Franky, or Marc-Andre Boulanger in real life. "I especially enjoyed the monster guys like Sid Vicious and Warlord
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Wrestling: The 50 Greatest Tag Teams of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood: A good tag team in the Mid-Atlantic area. Held the world tag team titles and were involved in a vicious feud with Sgt. Slaugter and Don Kernoodle. Kane and Big Show: They are dominant and can battle with the best of
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Heels and Babyfaces: How the Landscape of Pro Wrestling Is Changing. - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage. Steve Austin vs. Mr. McMahon. These are perhaps the most well known mainstream rivalries in the professional wrestling landscape. There were few rivalries in the past decades that had a face vs. face or heel vs. heel
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WWE: William Regal and the 10 Most Underrated Superstars of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Ricky Steamboat is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. When he was actively competing, he was nearly as popular as Hulk Hogan himself. Many people know Steamboat and realize that he is great, but not many give him enough credit
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WWE News: 50 Matches We'd Love To See Booked Again - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Chris Jericho and Ricky Steamboat's rivalry in 2008 showed that Ricky Steamboat can still wrestle, despite career-ending back problems. In fact, Jericho felt that Steamboat was a better worker than 80 percent of the WWE roster, and he may have been
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// The 411 Wrestling Top 5: Top Intercontinental Champions - 411mania.com
Google News - over 5 years
I watched his great matches culminating with the greatest match in professional wrestling history against Ricky Steamboat at Wrestlemania III. Savage only had one reign but is one of the greatest wrestlers ever and to me is the greatest IC Champion the
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WWE Tag Team Wrestling: 15 Teams the WWE Needs To Revamp the Division - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Ricky/Richie Steamboat, Jr. and Tyler Black/Seth Rollins The team of Tyler Black and Ricky Steamboat Jr. is one of my favorite tag teams currently and I would love to see them called up to the main roster. It is also the one team on this list I can see
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WWE 12 video game roster announced at SummerSlam Axxess - Cageside Seats (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Legends: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Arn Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, Road Warrior Hawk, Road Warrior Animal, Vader, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, Axe and Smash of Demolition, Edge. Anyone missing that you really wanted to see?
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Turbo-charged art - Corvallis Gazette Times
Google News - over 5 years
(Jesse Skoubo/The Entertainer) CORVALLIS — The recent illustrations of Betty Turbo (aka Corvallis artist Agnes Barton-Sabo) star pro-wrestlers such as Ricky Steamboat and Macho Man Randy Savage. They also feature cupcakes, tarts and popsicles
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ricky Steamboat
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 59
    Steamboat worked as an NXT trainer and in the talent relations department with Triple H until the developmental release of his son, Richie Steamboat, in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He later moved on to being an Ambassador. Steamboat is of mixed ancestry, having been born to an English father and a Japanese mother. In 1978, while wrestling, Steamboat dabbled in bodybuilding, along with fellow wrestler Tony Atlas. He would win the Mr. North Carolina competition that year. Steamboat has a son, Richard Jr. (born July 7, 1987) by his second wife Bonnie, as well as a younger brother, Victor. Both are also retired professional wrestlers. 1 During this time, the title was almost exclusively defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. However, on occasion, the title was defended in other promotions through arrangements made with Mid-Atlantic. 2 Steamboat won the title after Ted Turner purchased Mid-Atlantic Championship wrestling from Jim Crockett and renamed it World Championship Wrestling.
  • 2012
    Age 58
    On December 17, 2012, during the WWE Raw, Ricky Steamboat appeared alongside Jim Ross and Gene Okerlund to announce the winner of the Slammy Award for Match of the Year.
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  • 2011
    Age 57
    On October 19, 2011 it was announced that Ricky Steamboat was going to be featured in the WWE '12 video game.
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  • 2010
    Age 56
    On June 28, 2010, he returned to WWE Raw to promote his new DVD only to be attacked and injured by The Nexus.
    More Details Hide Details On WWE's website the following day, it was announced that in storyline, Steamboat suffered injuries from the attack. However, on July 1 WWE's website announced that the prior night, Steamboat felt legitimate pain in his neck and shoulders and as a result, was now legitimately hospitalized. This caused WWE to take down any storyline information related to that attack.
  • 2009
    Age 55
    On August 15, 2009, Steamboat wrestled for the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico where he teamed with his son Richie Steamboat to defeat Hiram Tua and Orlando Colón (nephew of Carlos Colón and cousin of Carlito and Eddie Colón).
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    In his first match in nearly 15 years, Steamboat returned to the ring alongside Piper and Snuka to take on Jericho at WrestleMania XXV on April 5, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details While both Snuka and Piper were swiftly eliminated, Steamboat held his own against Jericho, performing his legendary diving crossbody and even a plancha, although Jericho would eventually go onto win the match. On the April 6 episode of Raw, Steamboat competed in a 10-man tag team match with John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, and CM Punk defeating Edge, Big Show, Matt Hardy, Kane, and his WrestleMania XXV opponent, Chris Jericho. Steamboat's in-ring performance was so exceptional that the crowd began chanting "You've still got it!". Following the match, Cena, Hardy, Mysterio, and Punk left the ring and allowed Steamboat to take one final bow to the crowd. On the April 20 episode of Raw, Steamboat made a surprise appearance to thank Jericho. Jericho said Steamboat came only because he could not leave the spotlight, then challenged Steamboat to a match at Backlash, which Steamboat accepted. At Backlash, Steamboat lost after submitting to the Walls of Jericho.
    He appeared on the February 23 edition of Raw, after being named one of the members of the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame class.
    More Details Hide Details However, Steamboat was attacked by Chris Jericho, who began to feud with the Hall of Famers. On the March 16 episode of Raw, he united with fellow Hall of Famers, now-babyface, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, and Jimmy Snuka attacked Jericho.
    In the WWF/E, Steamboat was a one-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 54
    He made another appearance on WWE television during Ric Flair's farewell on the March 31, 2008 edition of Raw.
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  • 2007
    Age 53
    On April 1, 2007, he made an appearance at WrestleMania 23 while various other legends were having a small dance party in the background.
    More Details Hide Details He also briefly appeared at the Vengeance: Night of Champions pay-per-view, being recognized as a former Intercontinental Champion.
    He also refereed another title match in July 2007 between John Cena and Randy Orton in Anaheim, California.
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  • 2006
    Age 52
    In 2006 at the Raw SummerSlam Tour in Sydney, Australia, he was a referee for a match between Cena and Edge for the WWE Championship.
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    In early 2006, Ricky Steamboat told WWE management that he would like to come out of retirement at WrestleMania 22 and work a match with Ric Flair, but the idea was nixed.
    More Details Hide Details Ricky Steamboat has been the special referee in main event matches between John Cena, Triple H, and/or Edge at WWE house shows.
  • 2005
    Age 51
    In early 2005, Steamboat returned to WWE as a road agent and was introduced as a WWE Legend on the "Homecoming" edition of Raw in October 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 50
    Steamboat's last ROH appearance was at Final Battle 2004 where he and Foley finally made peace.
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    The latter part of 2004 saw Steamboat feud with Mick Foley over which style of wrestling was superior, pure wrestling or hardcore wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details The two of them had many confrontations and managed teams to face one another, but never had a match against each other.
    In 2004, he engaged in a series of confrontations with CM Punk over Punk's arrogance in matches Steamboat refereed and then became CM Punk's inspiration to become the better person Steamboat knew he could be.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 40
    In September 1994, Steamboat was fired by WCW President Eric Bischoff via Federal Express package (while injured), thus ending a nearly two decade relationship with the Crockett/Turner wrestling organization.
    More Details Hide Details After an eight-year retirement, Steamboat played an important role in the genesis of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he was the referee of the first Gauntlet for the Gold for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He was also the referee for the four-way double-elimination match to crown the first holder of the TNA X Division Championship. He has also made appearances for Ring of Honor where he refereed the first defense of the ROH Pure Wrestling Championship.
    Heading into 1994, Steamboat engaged in one last feud over the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with longtime rival Ric Flair, which culminated in a match in the main event of Spring Stampede where the title was briefly held up due to both men's shoulders being pinned at the same time.
    More Details Hide Details On the May 14 edition of Saturday Night, Flair defeated Steamboat to reclaim possession of the title. Their final singles match was on Main Event in July which ended on a disqualification when Steve Austin interfered. Steamboat and Flair's last encounter was in a tag team match on the July 31 edition of Main Event where Steamboat teamed with Sting against Ric Flair and Steve Austin. He then feuded with US Champion "Stunning" Steve Austin and earned a US title shot at Bash at the Beach but lost. On the August 24 edition of Clash of the Champions, he got a rematch against Austin where Steamboat hurt his back, but managed to pin Austin for the United States Heavyweight Championship. However, he had to give up the belt due to the injury at Fall Brawl; he was replaced by "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 39
    In September 1993, at Fall Brawl, Steamboat's TV title reign was ended when he lost to Lord Steven Regal.
    More Details Hide Details At Starrcade, the two fought in a rematch for the title which resulted in a time-limit draw.
  • 1992
    Age 38
    On the September 2, 1992 edition of Clash of the Champions, Steamboat defeated "Stunning" Steve Austin to win his first Television Championship under the WCW banner.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the title to Scott Steiner at a television taping on September 29. He however, won both his first NWA World Tag Team Championship (unrecognized by NWA) and his second WCW World Tag Team Title with Shane Douglas (NWA and WCW titles were unified) on the November 18 edition of Clash of the Champions by defeating Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes. On the March 27, 1993 edition of Power Hour, they lost the NWA and WCW titles to the Hollywood Blonds (Brian Pillman and Steve Austin). On the August 18 edition of Clash of the Champions, he defeated Paul Orndorff to win his second and final WCW World Television Championship.
    They lost the titles to Arn Anderson and his new partner Bobby Eaton at a live event in January 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Steamboat began feuding with the Dangerous Alliance at this point, facing them in a critically acclaimed WarGames match at WrestleWar, which received a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer. He unsuccessfully challenged Dangerous Alliance member and United States Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude for the title at SuperBrawl II. Their rivalry culminated in a non-title Iron Man Challenge at Beach Blast, which Steamboat won.
  • 1991
    Age 37
    The Dragon was undefeated on television during his 1991 run and lost only one match, a house show bout against Skinner.
    More Details Hide Details The day after his dark match loss, Steamboat gave his notice to WWF management and then quit the company shortly thereafter. He had been booked for the Survivor Series, teaming with Jim Neidhart (who would be replaced by Sgt. Slaughter due to injury), Jim Duggan, and Kerry Von Erich against Col. Mustafa, Skinner, The Berzerker, and Big Bully Busick (who would be replaced by Hercules after Busick left the WWF), but he left before the event and was replaced by Tito Santana. It is rumored that Steamboat was booked to be squashed by The Undertaker on Superstars to build Undertaker for his impending WWF World Heavyweight Championship match against Hulk Hogan, and that Steamboat chose to quit the WWF rather than lose to Undertaker. Undertaker instead squashed Kerry Von Erich on Wrestling Challenge weeks prior to Survivor Series. During his time in the WWF, Steamboat asked Pat Patterson to work as a heel. Steamboat proposed to fight as a masked heel until somebody would remove his mask, but Patterson said he was a consummate babyface.
    In 1991, Steamboat would return to the World Wrestling Federation.
    More Details Hide Details Billed simply as The Dragon, a series of vignettes began airing in February 1991 that featured him breathing fire. Despite his previous success in the WWF as a one-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Steamboat was mainly treated as a brand-new wrestler, save for the announcers occasionally making reference to his WrestleMania III match and former title reign. Steamboat's first match came on a Superstars taping on March 11 in Pensacola, FL when he defeated Jeff Sword. His first televised match was on the March 30 edition of Superstars when he defeated the Brooklyn Brawler with his signature diving crossbody. On subsequent episodes of Superstars and Wrestling Challenge, Steamboat would go on to win numerous squash matches. He would also be victorious on televised Madison Square Garden events, defeating the likes of Haku, Demolition Smash, Paul Roma, Col. Mustafa, Pat Tanaka, and The Warlord.
  • 1990
    Age 36
    In September and October 1990, he toured with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he faced high-profile stars like Hiroshi Hase and The Great Muta and teamed up with the likes of Owen Hart, Pegasus Kid, Riki Choshu, Shinya Hashimoto, and Miguel Perez, Jr..
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    After leaving the NWA, Steamboat underwent surgery on his injured foot. Fully recovered, he returned to the ring in February 1990 for the North American Wrestling Association, where he feuded with Robert Fuller over the NAWA Heavyweight Championship, until leaving the promotion in October 1990.
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  • 1989
    Age 35
    Due to a contract dispute this would be Steamboat's last match of note in WCW in 1989.
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    Steamboat made his comeback to wrestling in January 1989 and returned to the NWA (specifically, NWA affiliate World Championship Wrestling) on the January 21, 1989 edition of World Championship Wrestling (it would later become the name of the promotion) as a surprise tag team partner of "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert against NWA World Champion, Ric Flair and Barry Windham in a tag team match that saw Steamboat pin Flair.
    More Details Hide Details This earned him a shot at the title at Chi-Town Rumble where Steamboat defeated Flair in the main event for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He was also the last NWA World Champion to defend the belt in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) in a match against Tiger Mask II. After Steamboat retained the NWA title against Flair in a controversial ending on the April 2 edition of Clash of the Champions, Flair and Steamboat would then face each other in their final rematch at WrestleWar in May, where Steamboat dropped the title to Flair. All three of Steamboat's matches with Flair were given 5-star ratings from Wrestling Observer Newsletter publisher Dave Meltzer. After losing the title, Steamboat remained the number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, a fact that irked fellow babyface U.S. Champion Lex Luger. This dispute culminated in Luger attacking Steamboat on the June 14 edition of Clash of the Champions, thus turning heel. Luger stood over the fallen Steamboat and arrogantly said, "There lays your number one contender!" Steamboat then demanded a no disqualification match against Luger at The Great American Bash for the title, but just before the bell Luger demanded the clause be dropped or there would not be a match. Steamboat lost the match by disqualification after hitting Luger with a chair.
  • 1988
    Age 34
    WWF management was still bitter over his impromptu sabbatical from his first WWF run, however, and he was not pushed or given any meaningful feuds. (Steamboat himself has implied in interviews that he was being punished for one-upping the Hogan-Andre main event at WrestleMania III.) After defeating Rick Rude by disqualification at 1988 Royal Rumble, Steamboat was entered into the tournament for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania IV in March 1988.
    More Details Hide Details On WWF television prior to the match, Steamboat appeared in a vignette where he stated that he hoped Randy Savage would win his first round match, thus setting up a rematch of last year's WrestleMania match and "one more classic confrontation". However, Steamboat would lose to his first round opponent Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. Although television segments were shot immediately after WrestleMania IV that made it appear that Steamboat would be facing Valentine in a series of matches, Steamboat left the WWF shortly thereafter.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    Steamboat came back in time for the Survivor Series in November 1987.
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    On the January 3, 1987 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Steamboat returned from his injury and prevented Savage from attacking George Steele like he had done to Steamboat six weeks prior.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania III, Steamboat defeated Savage for the Intercontinental Championship. The highly influential match was considered an instant classic by both fans and critics and was named 1987's Match of the Year by both Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer. Several weeks after winning the Intercontinental Championship, Steamboat asked WWF owner Vince McMahon for some time off to be with his wife Bonnie, who was expecting the birth of their first son, Richard, Jr. This did not sit well with WWF management as he had been groomed to become a long-term champion. The decision was made by WWF management to punish Steamboat by having him drop the title to The Honky Tonk Man on the June 13 edition of Superstars; his son was born a month later.
  • 1986
    Age 32
    On the November 22, 1986 edition of Superstars, Steamboat got a shot at the Intercontinental Championship against Macho Man Randy Savage.
    More Details Hide Details Steamboat lost the match by countout but after the match, Savage continued to assault him and injured Steamboat's larynx (kayfabe) with the ring bell, beginning an angle between the two.
    On the January 4, 1986 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, his intense feud with Muraco ended after he and the JYD beat Muraco and Fuji in a tag team match.
    More Details Hide Details In the opening round at WWF The Wrestling Classic, Steamboat faced Davey Boy Smith in a rare match pitting two fan favorites against each other. The match moved back and forth until Smith landed in the ropes trying to attack Steamboat, but Steamboat sidestepped and Smith injured his groin and was unable to continue, so Steamboat was awarded the match by forfeit. He then faced off against Randy Savage in the quarterfinals. The referee was distracted by Miss Elizabeth as Savage took advantage and pulled out brass knuckles from his tights and hit Steamboat before pinning him to win the match. After a victory over Hercules Hernandez at the Los Angeles portion of WrestleMania 2, Steamboat began his next feud with Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Their feud began when Roberts attacked him before their match on the May 3 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, which did not occur due to Roberts assaulting Steamboat. Roberts was initially reluctant to deliver the DDT on the concrete floor due to his fear that Steamboat would not be able to stop his head from hitting the floor, which, on this particular occasion, was not covered with protective mats. Vince McMahon and booker George Scott were adamant that the spot take place outside the ring. Only after assurances by Steamboat that he would protect himself did Roberts agree to it. Unfortunately, Roberts' fears came true and Steamboat was legitimately knocked out when his forehead hit the concrete.
  • 1985
    Age 31
    He appeared at the inaugural WrestleMania where he defeated Matt Borne in the second match on the card. On the September 14, 1985 edition of Championship Wrestling, Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji, but after his victory he was attacked by Fuji's charge Don Muraco, pitting Steamboat in a feud against Muraco and Fuji.
    More Details Hide Details During a televised episode of WWF Championship Wrestling, Steamboat and Muraco were scheduled for a match that never officially started after Muraco jumped Steamboat before the bell. Following the beat down, Muraco and Fuji then used Steamboat's Karate black belt to hang him outside the ring from the top rop before Steamboat was finally saved by Tito Santana and the Junkyard Dog (JYD). On the November 2 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, he defeated Fuji in a Kung Fu Challenge.
    In 1985, Steamboat was offered a contract by Vince McMahon and he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after his debut, Steamboat was given the gimmick of a babyface nicknamed "The Dragon"; Steamboat's jacket-and-trunks attire was replaced by a keikogi and long tights. Steamboat's mother is Japanese American, hence his Asian features which were crucial for his "Dragon" gimmick. Steamboat kept the nickname and gimmick for the remainder of his career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 23
    In 1977, Steamboat entered the National Wrestling Alliance-sanctioned Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) (which ran under the concurrent brand names "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" and "Wide World Wrestling"—later "World Wide Wrestling"—as well as airing syndicated TV programs under those respective names), where he would remain for the next eight years of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Steamboat, who had been brought in by JCP booker George Scott on the recommendation of Wahoo McDaniel, was initially billed as a babyface protege of Wahoo, and barely spoke above whispers in interviews. Matching him with his brash young counterpart, Ric Flair, was a natural fit. Steamboat stepped up to the plate during an interview on the syndicated Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling when Flair, the then-Mid-Atlantic television champion, began goading the youngster. Steamboat knocked Flair out with a backhand chop to set up a match between the two. Steamboat's star making performance came when he pinned Flair after a double thrust off the top rope to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship at WRAL studios in Raleigh, North Carolina. Over the next eight years in JCP, Steamboat captured the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship three times and the NWA World Tag Team Championship six times (once with Paul Jones and five times with Jay Youngblood). He also held the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship singles crown twice and wore the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship straps four times (three times with Paul Jones, once with Jay Youngblood). He also won the Television title (which by that point had been renamed NWA World Television Championship) a second time.
  • 1976
    Age 22
    Blood debuted in 1976 as a babyface in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) under his real name Rick Blood.
    More Details Hide Details He went from the AWA to Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF). Before his debut at CWF, Eddie Graham gave him the ring name Ricky Steamboat based on his resemblance to Hawaiian wrestler Sammy Steamboat. According to Steamboat, Graham thought Rick Blood was a good name for a heel, not for a face.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 17
    Blood went to high school in New York, and graduated in 1971 from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida where he was on the school wrestling team.
    More Details Hide Details He was a two-time New York State wrestling qualifier and a Florida state champion.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on February 28, 1953.
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