In 1991, Steamboat would return to the World Wrestling Federation after signing a two-year contract. - WCW WrestleWar '92 (May 17) = Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham & Sting won a "War Games" Match over Arn Anderson, Larry Zbysko, Steve Austin, Rick Rude & Bobby Eaton. However, on occasion, the title was defended in other promotions through arrangements made with Mid-Atlantic. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat is a WWE Hall of Fame Legend who was one of the most technically gifted competitors of all-time, competing in some of the most iconic matches in pro wrestling history.

Raw 2011 in 2010, and has since appeared in WWE All Stars, WWE '12, WWE 2K14, WWE 2K16 (two versions; one DLC), WWE 2K17 and WWE 2K18 as an unlockable character and in WWE 2K19 as DLC in the game's Ric Flair-themed "Wooooo!" Vince McMahon and booker George Scott were adamant that the spot take place outside the ring. This dispute culminated in Luger attacking Steamboat on the June 14 Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory, thus turning heel. He made his WWE video game debut in WWE SmackDown vs. We’d look at each other in the locker room, and he’d say, ‘Ok, see you in the ring…’. [1] On April 1, 2007, he made an appearance at WrestleMania 23 while various other legends were having a small dance party in the background. Originally from Chicago, he has called London home since 2008. JP Zarka is a teacher, singer/songwriter, producer, executive producer of The Pro Wrestling Stories Podcast, former co-host of The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo podcast, and editor-in-chief of ProWrestlingStories.com.

I knew when we did them; they were special.”. In JCP and WCW, he was a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion,[6] a four-time United States Heavyweight Champion,[7] a four-time World Television Champion,[8][9] a twelve-time World Tag Team Champion (eight-time under the WCW banner,[10][11] one-time (though unofficial) under the NWA banner[12] and three-time under the Mid-Atlantic banner)[13] and a two-time Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion. [Photo: Pro Wrestling Illustrated, via WWE.com]The beauty of the trilogy was that Flair and Steamboat were able to tell a different story for each of their matches. [13] He also won the Television title (which by that point had been renamed NWA World Television Championship) a second time.

It was just an ongoing thing where I’d look across the ring at Ric, he would look at me, and here we go. On June 16, 2010 Steamboat teamed with Richie again this time defeating the Dudebusters, Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft at WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling's Father's Day Salute soon after that Steamboat retired again. Monday night, we’d be in Greenville, and the next night we’d be in Columbia, which is only 90 miles away. I wanted it to be spontaneous. [8], Over the next eight years in JCP, Steamboat captured the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship three times[7] and the NWA World Tag Team Championship six times (once with Paul Jones and five times with Jay Youngblood). [11][48] They lost the titles to Arn Anderson and his new partner Bobby Eaton at a live event in January 1992. Teaming with Kerry Von Erich and Davey Boy Smith against the Warlord, Hercules, and Paul Roma, Steamboat got the victory for his team by pinning Roma.

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.
Steamboat knocked Flair out with a backhand chop to set up a match between the two. And while fans look fondly on his wrestling career, most aren't familiar with his personal life outside of the squared circle.

He was the ultimate good guy who became a star after his classic bout with “Macho Man” Randy Savage two years before at WrestleMania III. Ricky Steamboat has two available attires in WWE All Stars, both from his WWE stint in the late 1980's where he became "The Dragon". In WWE All Stars, Steamboat is a selectable character classed as an Acrobat. Blood has been married five times. I was trailing a little bit, and George Scott was the booker at the time. Who could blow up who?

In 1978, while wrestling, Blood dabbled in bodybuilding, along with fellow wrestler Tony Atlas. 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. But the good news is the match was so good, and the crowd was absolutely amazing that the information George provided was forgotten. You had Flair, one of the most iconic figures in professional wrestling history, the poster boy of the NWA (and WCW later on) whose promos and heartfelt passion for the world title was always evident. 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. [51], On the September 2, 1992 Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary, Steamboat defeated "Stunning" Steve Austin to win his first Television Championship under the WCW banner.

[9][56] In September 1993, at Fall Brawl, Steamboat's TV title reign was ended when he lost to Lord Steven Regal. [34][35][36] 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. From February through to May 7th, 1989, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat clashed over the coveted NWA title. 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.[61].
[1] He has also made appearances for Ring of Honor where he refereed the first defense of the ROH Pure Wrestling Championship. As the default attire, Steamboat wears red karate pants, red headband, with black dragon-symbol boots and karate headband. He then feuded with US Champion "Stunning" Steve Austin and earned a US title shot at Bash at the Beach but lost. 1989 was a special year that saw Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat put on a trilogy of matches for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

When the promoter came to us and said we were going to Broadway – we were going the hour – most of the time, we wouldn’t even talk about the match. That does affect your perception and magnitude of everything that night. [9][52] He lost the title to Scott Steiner at a television taping on September 29. 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 the WRAL-TV studios in Raleigh, North Carolina. This article is about Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

However, he lost the match after submitting to the Walls of Jericho. [1] He also refereed another title match in July 2007 between John Cena and Randy Orton in Anaheim, California. [1] 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. Roberts later described the sound as like a watermelon bursting.

1989 was a special year that saw Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat put on a trilogy of matches for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.. You had Flair, one of the most iconic figures in professional wrestling history, the poster boy of the NWA (and WCW later on) whose promos and heartfelt passion for the world title was always evident.

They were the third or fourth match on the card each night.