Forgotten Legends54: Ricky Steamboat
The Dragon as he was popularly known has had given us a lot of wonderful matches in WWF but only had one I/C run in his entire WWF career. Rumor had it that Vince was looking for him to take the place of Hart in the late 80's shifting from Hogan but Steamboat had other priorities like his family and hence was pushed down due to Vince's disappointment.
Starting out as a babyface in AWA, he quickly jumped to CWF and GCW before settling in NWA as Ricky Steamboat where he spent 8 years building himself up. Being a quiet laconic character who would speak little, he was completely in contrast against a heel Ric Flair who would WOOOO every chance he got. He broke through into the main event scene after he pinned flair for NWA mid-atlantic TV championship going on to win US, World Tag, Mid-atlantic Tag, Mid-atlantic heavyweight championships multiple times putting on wonderful matches with Flair. He was one of the most entertaining wrestlers in and out during his run their but left due to creative differences to WWF (I assume it was a heel turn he refused to do).
He started big in WWF feuding with Mr Fuji, Muraco and had even a Kung Fu challenge with Fuji. Ironically, neither were Chinese, should have been a Karate Challenge. He then went on to feud with Jake the snake Roberts that made both of them huge and he even brought out a Komodo Dragon to counter Damien.
He then had a wonderful feud with Randy Savage giving us one of the best matches ever between the two which went on to win the match of the year where he won the I/C title post which the event of him developing differences with Mcmahon happened when he wanted some time off while he was busy making plans to push The Dragon seriously. He was pushed down because of it and he quit when he was put against Greg Valentine for a feud which was lower mid card by then.
He went back home, NWA and gave us four wonderful matches with Ric Flair which were both 5 stars and one of them being Match of the year, again and a NWA world heavyweight title run. A contract dispute that followed put an end to his run as NWA/WCW morphing had already began by the time.
He came to WWF as The Dragon and had a undefeated streak on TV but he chose to quit again when he was booked to be squashed by a rookie Undertaker to promote him against Hogan going to WCW where he was again a part of 5 star match winning the tag, US titles and drawing for the World Heavyweight title with Flair and was fired by Fed Ex by Eric Bischoff when under injury eventually retiring after 20 years, four 5 star matches, two match of the year and 26 titles as a legend, forgotten now.
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