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Old 09-16-2012, 01:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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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Old 09-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The match that won over Hogan-Andre in the same PPV.

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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 had 4 5* matches and 1 6* match vs Flair between 2/20/89 and mid-May 89. He seems like a true victim of politics and never reached his potential despite being one of the GOAT.
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The series with Flair was epic. That was the best fued in my opinion.
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The series with Flair was epic. That was the best fued in my opinion.
definitely also the height of Flair's career. And one of the best feuds of all time.
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He had 4 5* matches and 1 6* match vs Flair between 2/20/89 and mid-May 89. He seems like a true victim of politics and never reached his potential despite being one of the GOAT.
A six star match?
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Steamboat is top 10 all time. Hell, he looked like a top 10 in WWE guy when he came back in his mid 50's.
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So glad you created this thread. I don't think he's really forgotten but any recognition for The Dragon is deserved. He's one of the Top 10 greatest in-ring performers of all time. It doesn't get much better than Ricky Steamboat performing in the ring for me.
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I wouldn't call Ricky Steamboat a forgotten legend and rather an unappreciated or underrated legend who only seems to get credit for his matches with Randy Savage and Ric Flair when he had so many great matches throughout his career. I can recall matches with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Jake Roberts, Don Muraco, Lex Luger and The Great Muta as well as tag team matches alongside Dustin Rhodes and Shane Douglas against the likes of The Enforcers and The Hollywood Blondes all being great.

One thing that Ricky Steamboat did brilliantly his whole career was manage to play a babyface that never grew stale or saw the fans turn on him at any point which i can only think of Sting in being the other person to do this. When i think of the ultimate babyface character i always think of Ricky Steamboat as he was impossible to dislike or not cheer on against whoever he was facing that night.

It is a shame he never reached the top in WWE as he did in NWA/WCW but in all honesty that was of his own doing as he was being groomed to be in a role similar to that of Randy Savage once he won the Intercontinental title but wanted time off soon after WrestleMania 3 when Vince McMahon had plans for him to be a very long term Intercontinental champion. In the long term had Ricky Steamboat stayed in WWE through the late 80's and early 90's i think he would have been in the spot Bret Hart eventually got in 1992 as Ricky Steamboat was just as good in the ring, just as popular, an even better babyface but would have been established already.
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