Ricky Steamboat Talks Ric Flair’s Influence On His Career, The Wrestlers Of Today & His Favorite Matches


WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat recently sat down with NBC Elmira to discuss numerous wrestling topics including; wrestling legend, Ric Flair’s influence on his career & comparing how this generation of wrestlers are different from his generation’s.

Here are the highlights:

Favorite Matches In Steamboat’s Career:

“I’ve got two matches and I’ve had over 6,000. ‘Macho Man’ Savage WrestleMania III and then, of course, when I beat Flair for the World Championship.”

Ric Flair’s Influence On His Career:

“Ric and I go way back, we go back to the late 70s. We ran our [matches] on and off – through the mid 90s, about seventeen years. That was a guy, who was two years ahead of me in the business, but went to bat for me in the Carolinas for Crockett Promotions – Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling at the time and pointed it out that he’d like to do something with me and from that point on it made me a main event guy and the rest is history.”

Comparing How This Generation Of Wrestlers Learn Compared To His Generation:

“When I started in the business, getting in the ring, most nights I’d look across at a 15-20 year veteran and every night, he would take me to school. Right now at our training grounds, we’ve got great instructors, but most times when these guys are looking across the ring, they’re looking across the ring at someone with the same knowledge. Whether it be three months, or a year or two of knowledge. Guys like myself and Arn Anderson, we’re always trying to pass knowledge along. It’s a key factor to being able to keep the business going.”

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