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Ricky Steamboat on his rivalry with Ric Flair, today’s product, WrestleMania 3

Thanks to VOC Nation for sending us the following: 

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was a guest on VOC Nation’s In the Room with Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Brady Hicks.  Ricky talked about putting together his Wrestlemania 3 match, the evolution of the product, and more.  Here are highlights from the Dragon:

On high spots in today’s product: “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 his Wrestlemania 3 match with 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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