Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat initially retired from in-ring competitors again in 2010 after he teamed together with his son, Richie, in a tag match in Florida Championship Wrestling. However, after turning down a suggestion to participate within the Ric Flair’s Last Match occasion with “The Nature Boy,” The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and FTR, Steamboat has now agreed to wrestle one final match for the Big Time Wrestling promotion on Nov. 27 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The former NWA World Heavyweight Champion will crew with FTR to face AEW’s Jay Lethal (in his “Black Machismo” persona), Brock Anderson and a thriller third accomplice.
Steamboat spoke with Wrestling Inc. this week forward of the match and defined why he selected to return again for one final match — “It was very difficult. And before I could give a final, this past month or so, I’ve been… Glenn Jacobs, that name ring any bells? Yeah. And Tom Pritchard, they have a wrestling school outside of Knoxville… So for the past month or so, I’ve been venturing down to that school once or twice a week just to get some back. But I learned more so on my limitations… Like you said, it was 12 years ago the last time I was in the ring. But at that time I was one of the trainers, coaches for WWE. So I was pretty active at the school, getting in the ring with the young guys and being more hands-on. I learned this past month that I’ve acquired new limitations and then some of the things that I thought that I could do well, I capitalized on those when I was practicing.
“I stored saying to myself, ‘Ricky, do not be silly. Don’t be silly. Don’t let ego get in the best way.’ So [I’m] nonetheless capable of sprinkle a few of that mud, Steamboat mud, and hopefully the followers in Raleigh will get pleasure from reminiscing, going again,” he continued. “But you requested why. I used to be pondering that the longer I wait, the much less probability I’ll have. I’ll be 70 in February and Mother Nature does creep up on you and the older you get, it creeps up on you quicker. And Raleigh’s Dorton Arena holds a particular place in my coronary heart. I’ve been world wide, wrestled in Japan, the Madison Square Gardens, Philadelphia Spectrums, and the record of locations that I’ve wrestled and headlined goes on and on, however good previous Raleigh, North Carolina, Dorton Arena. And I’ve acquired a particular cause: I stepped into the ring with the world champion for the primary time and it was Harley Race. And he was old style, robust man. He was an old-timer robust, introduced up within the ’60s, this man. And in order that was the primary time I ever stepped within the ring with the world champion.”
Steamboat then gave a second reason for his coming, explaining the historical connection he has to Raleigh — “And then the second cause: again within the day, the principle occasions had 60 minute closing dates. And it was the very first time I wrestled anyone to a 60-minute time restrict, to a draw. And I did it with the world champ. So Raleigh holds a really pricey and shut wrestling reminiscence out of all of the locations that I’ve been. You may go together with me and Savage on the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, at WrestleMania III. But that match, it wasn’t filmed, it wasn’t televised, it was simply what you name a daily home present match. But what an evening it was for me to be within the ring with the champion after which go 60 minutes and maintain my very own with him. So for that very cause, and a giant because of all of the followers in Raleigh which have come out through the years to help Mid-Atlantic. Jim Crockett was the promoter and I used to be there from ’77 to ’85. So eight years of being in a single territory again within the day was a fairly good stretch.”