Ricky Steamboat On His Wrestlemania 3 Match Against Randy Savage, His Rivalry With Ric Flair & More

Ricky Steamboat On His Wrestlemania 3 Match Against Randy Savage, His Rivalry With Ric Flair & More

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was recently a guest on VOC Nation. During the interview, he talked about his rivalry with Ric Flair, his match against Randy Savage at Wrestlemania III, and the concern he has for wrestlers using a more modern style. Here are the highlights:

On Being Concerned For Wrestlers Doing Today’s High Spots:

This generation has taken all of that high flying to different levels…these guys are falling out of the sky; as we know it does take a toll on their bodies. I honestly think that we’re getting away from the basic structure of wrestling and it causes wrestlers’ careers to come up short because of injuries.

On Advice To Younger Talents:

Most times than not, the guys and girls come up short (in telling a story). They understand what I’m trying to say (but they don’t put it into practice); you just don’t put moves and holds in your match for the sake of filling in time. You need to be able to connect the dots. Fans watching need to be able to connect the dots in your match and (follow) the story that you’re trying to tell.

On His Wrestlemania III Match Against Randy Savage:

I go back and watch myself do those little segments and I cringe. I say to myself ‘damn Ricky you’re terrible when it came to that speech therapy stuff.’ Get me in the ring and it’s a different story. With big shows and pay per views, most of the main event guys would get to have tune-up matches prior to the big shows (in house shows). Unfortunately, Randy and I didn’t have that opportunity. I got with Randy and (told him) that we need to collaborate…we wanted to go out there and have the match of the night. We had 21 false finishes in a match that went less than 17 minutes. When we finished the last step in writing it all down, we thought we were going to go out there and have one heck of a match.

On His Rivalry With Ric Flair:

We went back and forth in different companies spanning 17 years. We wrestled each other hundreds of times, especially back in the mid-Atlantic. We even had a month of 90-minute matches…I tell that to some of the young kids today and they can’t believe it.

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Credit: VOC Nation. H/T Wrestlezone.


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