VIDEO Title History NWA Mid Atlantic Television title defeating Ric Flair (June 15, 1977); NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/ Paul Jones defeating Ric Flair and Greg Valentine (August 22, 1977); NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair (October 21, 1977); PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Rookie of the Year (1977); NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Paul Jones defeating Ken Patera and Masked Superstar [Tournament] (April 23, 1978); NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/ Paul Jones defeating Ric Flair and John Studd (August 5, 1978); NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/ Paul Jones defeating Ric Flair and John Studd (November 5, 1978); NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair (December 18, 1978); PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Tag Team of the Year w/ Paul Jones (1978); NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/ Paul Jones defeating Ken Patera and John Studd (1979); NWA Mid Atlantic Television title defeating Paul Jones (June 10, 1979); NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Jay Youngblood defeating Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke (October 24, 1979); NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Jay Youngblood defeating Greg Valentine and Ray Stevens (May 10, 1980); NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating The Iron Sheik (November 1, 1980); NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Ivan Koloff (October 10, 1981); NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles w/ Jay Youngblood defeating Jim Nelson and Don Kernodle (August 22, 1982); NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Jay Youngblood defeating Don Kernodle and Sgt. Slaughter (March 12, 1983); NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Jay Youngblood defeating Jack and Jerry Brisco (October 3, 1983); NWA (Mid Atlantic) World Tag Team titles w/ Jay Youngblood defeating Jack and Jerry Brisco (November 24, 1983); NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States Heavyweight title defeating Dick Slater (April 21, 1984); WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Randy “Macho Man” Savage (March 29, 1987); PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Match of the Year vs. Randy Savage at WrestleMania III (1987); NWA World Heavyweight title defeating “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (Febuary 20, 1989); PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Match of the Year vs. Ric Flair at WrestleWar (1989); WCW World Tag Team titles w/ Dustin Rhodes defeating Larry Zbyszko and Arn Anderson (November 19, 1991); WCW World Television title defeating Steve Austin (September 2, 1992); WCW World Tag Team titles w/ Shane Douglas defeating Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham (November 18, 1992); WCW World Television title defeating “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (August 18, 1993); WCW United States Heavyweight title defeating “Stunning” Steve Austin (August 24, 1994); PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Editor’s Award (1995); Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee (1996); Career Highlights In The Beginning: February 15, 1976: Rick Steamboat wrestled his first match for Verne Gagne’s promotion in Minneapolis, Minnesota. March 13, 1976: Scott Irwin vs. Rick Steamboat ended in a draw in Davenport, Iowa. NWA: Mid-Atlantic: 1976: Richard Blood got his first big exposure in the NWA: Mid Atlantic territory out of North Carolina. Richard Blood was originally billed as “Sam Steamboat Jr.” due to his resemblence to wrestler Sam Steamboat. Richard Blood is legitimately part-Japanese, but they were saying that he was from Honolulu, Hawaii. June 25, 1977: Ricky Steamboat scored an upset win over Rookie Of The Year and Mid Atlantic TV Champion Ric Flair. ~~~And so began one of the greatest feuds in the history and would last over a decade.. August 22, 1977: Rick Steamboat and Paul Jones defeated Ric Flair and Greg Valentine for the Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles. October 15, 1977: Baron von Raschke defeated Rick Steamboat for the NWA Mid Atlantic TV title after a four month reign. November 1, 1977: Rick Steamboat defeated his nemesis Ric Flair for the prestigious United States Heavyweight title. ~~~Blackjack Mulligan eventually defeated Steamboat for the US title. April 23, 1978: Rick Steamboat and Paul Jones won the NWA World Tag Team titles winning a 10-team tournament. ~~~March 1978: Steamboat/Jones was forced to vacate the Mid Atlantic Tag titles due to winning the World Tag titles. Paul Jones eventually turned violently on Steamboat, and the two former partners engaged in a series of grudge matches. December 18, 1978: Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair for the United States Heavyweight title. April 1, 1979: Ric Flair defeated Ricky Steamboat to regain the United States Heavyweight title. October 23, 1979: Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood teamed to win the NWA World Tag Team titles. 1980: Ricky Steamboat defeated Hussein Arab for the NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title. April 16, 1981: Ivan Koloff defeated Ricky Steamboat for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title. Ricky Steamboat and Dino Bravo teamed up to win the NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles. The Sheepherders defeated Ricky Steamboat and Dino Bravo for the NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles. 1981: Ricky Steamboat defeated Ivan Koloff to regain his NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title. August 22, 1982: Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood won the Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles in Toronto. March 12, 1983: Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood defeated Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle for the NWA World Tag Team titles. December 25, 1983: Ricky Steamboat announced that he was going to retire from the sport of wrestling, vacating the Tag titles. World Wrestling Federation: 1985: Ricky Steamboat resurfaced in the WWF billed as Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. March 31, 1985 – WrestleMania: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Matt Bourne. May 10, 1985 – SNME: Ricky Steamboat and Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham beat George Steele and Nikolai Volkoff and Iron Sheik. Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka occasionally teamed as the South Pacific Connection. September 14, 1985 WWF Championship Wrestling: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji. October 31, 1985 – SNMW: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Mr. Fuji. November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Ricky Steamboat defeated Davey Boy Smith to advance into the 2nd round of the tournament. ~~~Second Round: Randy Savage defeated Ricky Steamboat after hitting him with a foreign object. Ricky Steamboat had a violent, intense feud with fellow Hawaiian “Magnificent” Don Muraco (and manager Mr. Fuji). December 19, 1985 – SNME: Ricky Steamboat and Junk Yard Dog defeated “Magnificent” Don Muraco and Mr. Fuji. April 7, 1986 – WrestleMania II: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Hercules Hernandez. May 1, 1986 – SNME: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Jake “The Snake” Roberts wrestled to a no contest. ~~~Jake Roberts attacked Ricky Steamboat before the match and executing the DDT on the concrete floor. Ricky Steamboat was out of action for several months selling the head injury sustained by the assault. August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: Ricky Steamboat defeated Jake Roberts in a ‘Snake Pit’ match. August 29, 1986 – Sam Muschnick Tournament: Ricky Steamboat defeated Jim Brunzell in the 1st Round. ~~~Steamboat beat Billy Jack Haynes(2nd) | Steamboat beat Hercules (3rd) | Harley Race beat Steamboat (Finals). September 13, 1986 – SNME: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Ricky Steamboat was put out of action when Randy Savage attacked him and crushed his larynx with the ring bell! December 14, 1986 – SNME: Ricky Steamboat returned when he showed up at ringside during a Randy Savage match. February 21, 1987 – SNME: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated The Iron Sheik. March 29, 1987 – Wrestlemania III: Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage to win the Intercontinental title in a classic match. ~~~This match won PWI Match of the Year, and is highly regarded as one of the greatest matches in wrestling history. April 28, 1987 – SNME: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Hercules Hernandez by Disqualification. June 2, 1987 – TV Taping: Honky Tonk Man defeated Ricky Steamboat for the WWF Intercontinental title. November 16, 1987 – Legend’s Battle Royal: Ted DiBiase defeated Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. November 26, 1987 – Survivor Series: Randy Savage’s Team defeated Honky Tonk Man’s Team in a Survivor Series match. ~~~Savage’s Team = Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Brutus Beefcake. ~~~Honky’s Team = Honky Tonk Man, King Harley Race, Hercules, Outlaw Ron Bass and Danny Davis. ~~~Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat and Jake Roberts were the surviving members of their team. January 24, 1988 – Royal Rumble: Ricky Steamboat defeated Rick Rude by Disqualification. March 28, 1988 – WrestleMania IV: Greg Valentine defeated Ricky Steamboat in the 1st Round of the WWF Title Tournament. Shortly after, Ricky Steamboat disappeared from the World Wrestling Federation to spend more time with his family. National Wrestling Alliance: Early 1989: Ricky Steamboat went to the NWA as Eddie Gilbert’s mystery partner in a match against Ric Flair and Barry Windham. February 15, 1989 – Clash of the Champions V: Ricky Steamboat defeated Bob Bradley. February 20, 1989 – Chi-Town Rumble: Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World title! April 2, 1989 – Clash VI: Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair in a Three Falls match to retain the NWA World title! May 7, 1989 – WrestleWar: Ric Flair defeated Ricky Steamboat to recapture the NWA World title! June 14, 1989 – Clash of the Champions VII: Ricky Steamboat defeated Terry Funk by Disqualification. July 23, 1989 – Great American Bash: Lex Luger defeated Ricky Steamboat. Ricky Steamboat took another hiatus from wrestling, before returning to the World Wrestling Federation. World Wrestling Federation: March 1991: Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat returned to the WWF as a mid-card wrestler, with an exaggerated “Dragon” gimmick. August 26, 1991 – SummerSlam: Ricky Steamboat and Texas Tornado and British Bulldog beat Power and Glory and The Warlord. September 7, 1991 – King of the Ring: Ricky Steamboat wrestled Ted DiBiase to a 15 minute draw. Not long after, Ricky Steamboat left the WWF for good, deciding to return to WCW. World Championship Wrestling – Return to WCW: November 19, 1991 – Clash XVII: Dustin Rhodes and Ricky Steamboat beat Arn Anderson and Larry Zbysko to win the Tag Team titles. December 29, 1991 – Starrcade: Ricky Steamboat and Todd Champion defeated Buddy Lee Parker and Cactus Jack in a Lethal Lottery. ~~~Ricky Steamboat competed in the Two Ring BattleBowl Battle Royal main event. January 21, 1992 – Clash XVIII: Ricky Steamboat and Sting defeated Dangerous Alliance (Steve Austin and Rick Rude). February 29, 1992 – SuperBrawl: Rick Rude defeated Ricky Steamboat to retain the United States title. May 17, 1992 – WrestleWar: Sting’s Team defeated The Dangerous Alliance in a WAR GAMES CAGE MATCH. ~~~Sting’s Team = Sting and Nikita Koloff and Ricky Steamboat and Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes. ~~~The Dangerous Alliance = Rick Rude and Arn Anderson and Larry Zbysko and Bobby Eaton and Steve Austin. June 16, 1992 – Clash XIX: Ricky Steamboat and Nikita Koloff defeated Dean and Joe Malenko. June 20, 1992 – Beach Blast: Ricky Steamboat defeated Rick Rude in an Iron Man match. July 12, 1992 – Great American Bash: Ricky Steamboat and Nikita Koloff defeated Jushin Liger and Brian Pillman. ~~~2nd Round Tag Team Tournament: Steve Williams and Terry Gordy beat Ricky Steamboat and Nikita Koloff. September 2, 1992 – Clash XX: Ricky Steamboat defeated “Stunning” Steve Austin to win the Television title. September 29, 1992: Scott Steiner defeated Ricky Steamboat to win the Television title. October 25, 1992 – Halloween Havoc: Ricky Steamboat defeated Flyin’ Brian Pillman. World Championship Wrestling – Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas: Ricky Steamboat formed a tag team with a young Shane Douglas. November 18, 1992 – Clash XXI: Steamboat and Douglas beat Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham to win the Tag Team titles. January 13, 1993 – Clash XXII: Steamboat and Douglas defeated The Hollywood Blondes (Austin and Pillman) by DQ to retain. March 2, 1993: The Hollywood Blondes (Austin and Pillman) defeated Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas for the Tag titles. May 23, 1993 – Slamboree: Brian Pillman and Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat and Tom Zenk in a Steel Cage match. World Championship Wrestling – Ricky Steamboat: August 18, 1993 – Clash XXIV: Ricky Steamboat defeated Paul Orndorff to win his 2nd Television title. September 19, 1993 – Fall Brawl: Steven Regal defeated Ricky Steamboat to win the Television title. October 24, 1993 – Halloween Havoc: Paul Orndorff defeated Ricky Steamboat by Count Out. November 20, 1993 – BattleBowl: Paul Orndroff and The Shockmaster defeated Ricky Steamboat and Steven Regal (Lethal Lottery). December 27, 1993 – Starrcade: Ricky Steamboat vs Lord Steven Regal ended in a Draw. April 16, 1994 – Spring Stampede: Ricky Steamboat vs Ric Flair (World Champion) ended in a NO CONTEST. July 17, 1994 – Bash at the Beach: Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat. August 18, 1994 – Clash XXVIII: Ricky Steamboat defeated Steve Austin to win the United States title. September 18, 1994 – Fall Brawl: Ricky Steamboat was forced to forfiet the U.S. title to Steve Austin due to a severe back injury. ~~~The injury was bad enough to force him to again retire from wrestling, this time for good. Keeping Busy: Ricky Steamboat is retired in Charlotte, North Carolina and currently owns and runs a gym. NWA: Total Nonstop Action: Ring of Honor: March 13, 2004 – ROH: AJ Styles defeated C.M. Punk (guest referee Ricky Steamboat) to retain the Pure Wrestling title! April 23, 2004 – ROH: Ricky Steamboat referees a match between C.M. Punk vs American Dragon. May 22, 2004 – ROH: Ricky Steamboat continues his feud with C.M. Punk, but got laid out by the Second City Saints. July 17, 2004 – ROH: Ricky Steamboat and C.M. Punk have their “Final Confrontation” with a brief brawl. ~~~Ricky Steamboat verbally confronted C.M. Punk and challenged him to “Become the Man he knows he can be”. ~~~Generation Next hit the ring and attacked Ricky Steamboat and C.M. Punk valiantly came to Steamboat’s rescue! July 24, 2004 – ROH: The Second City Saints (CM Punk and Ace Steel) beat Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer in a “Chicago Street Fight”. ~~~This “Weapons of Destruction” match included tables, ladders, chairs, barbed wire, and this resulted in LOTS of blood. ~~~After the match, Generation Next came out and attacked the bloody Second City Saints until Ricky Steamboat made the save! ~~~CM Punk cut a promo praising Ricky Steamboat’s love of the business, and being an inspiration. September 18, 2004 – Championship Wrestling: Tony Givens and Robbie Cassidy b Super Destroyer and Josh Cody w/ ref Steamboat. October 2, 2004 – ROH: Generation Next defeated Team Steamboat (CM Punk and Ace Steel and John Walters and Jimmy Jacobs). October 15, 2004 – ROH: Mick Foley and Ricky Steamboat got into a verbal confrontation over Hardcore vs Traditional style. ~~~Later that night, Team Steamboat (CM Punk and Ace Steel and Jimmy Jacobs) beat Generation Next (Shelley/Aries/Evans). October 16, 2004 – ROH: Mick Foley and Ricky Steamboat cut promos on eachother, continuing to build up their confrontation. ~~~This led to: Team Steamboat (Nigel McGuinness and Chad Collyer) defeated Team Foley (Dan Maff and BJ Whitmer). World Wrestling Entertainment: November 22, 2004 – RAW: Ricky Steamboat was seen backstage, and is said to be in line for a position as a WWE Agent. Late November 2004: Ricky Steamboat worked as a Road Agent on a trial basis and is expected to be brought on full time. December 26, 2004 – ROH: Ricky Steamboat and Mick Foley had their FINAL CONFRONTATION as Steamboat was WWE-bound. March 19, 2005 – Live Event: The Coach interviewed Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat in the ring and of course got beat up! October 3, 2005 – WWE Homecoming: Ricky Steamboat participated in a Legends Ceremony which included roughly 24 Legends. January 13, 2006 – SmackDown: Ricky Steamboat appeared on-screen, wishing Batista luck and a speedy recovery. February 5, 2006 – Live Event (SD! crew): Kurt Angle defeated Mark Henry with Ricky Steamboat as guest referee IN JAPAN. January 21, 2006 – Live Event (RAW crew) in Bristol, Connecticut: The Coach Interviewed Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. January 22, 2006 – Live Event in Asheville, North Carolina: The Coach Interviewed Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. March 2007: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat reached a deal with his ex-wife to own the rights to his wrestling name. April 1, 2007 – WrestleMania 23: Mike “IRS” Rotundo made a brief cameo during a backstage dance party started by Cryme Tyme. June 24, 2007 – Vengeance (Night of Champions): Ricky Steamboat made an appearance as a former Intercontinental Champion. World Wrestling Entertainment – The Hall of Fame: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat has a son who began wrestling in 2009 – his name is Richie Steamboat. February 23, 2009 – RAW: The company announced that Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat would be inducted into the Hall of Fame! ~~~Michael Cole interviewed Ricky Steamboat live until Chris Jericho confronted him and disrespectfully attacked him on stage! March 16, 2009 – RAW: Chris Jericho was confronted in the ring by Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, and Ricky Steamboat! March 23, 2009 – RAW: Chris Jericho brutally assaulted Ric Flair, bloodying him, and smashing his prized gold wrist watch. April 4, 2009 – WWE Hall of Fame: Ricky Steamboat was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his friend Ric Flair. April 5, 2009 – WrestleMania 25: Chris Jericho defeated Legends (Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat and Roddy Piper w/ Ric Flair). ~~~Jericho beat Snuka.. Jericho beat Piper.. Jericho beat Steamboat (who looked great).. Jericho then beat the crap out of Flair! ~~~Chris Jericho challenged Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke to come into the ring and fight – Rourke knocked Jericho out cold! ~~~LATER THAT NIGHT: The entire WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was introduced to the live crowd as a tribute. April 6, 2009 – RAW: J.Hardy and Punk and Mysterio and Steamboat and Cena defeated Edge and Big Show and Jericho and M.Hardy and Kane. April 26, 2009 – WWE Backlash: Chris Jericho defeated Ricky Steamboat by Submission with the Walls of Jericho. June 6, 2009 – WWE SuperShow: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Sheamus O’Shaunessy in Pensacola, Florida. June 13, 2009 – WWE SuperShow: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Drew McIntyre in Binghamton, New York. July 3, 2009 – WWE Live Event: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat defeated Drew McIntyre in San Diego, California. August 15, 2009 – World Wrestling Council: Ricky Steamboat and Ricky Steamboat Jr. defeated Hiram Túa and Orlando Colón. March 29, 2010 – RAW: Christian defeated Ted DiBiase Jr. in a Legends Lumberjack match. ~~~Lumberjacks: “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, IRS (Mike Rotundo), Arn Anderson, Pat Patterson, Tony Garea. ~~~Lumberjacks: Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nick Bockwinkel, Sgt. Slaughter, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and Jerry “The King” Lawler. June 7, 2010: Ricky Steamboat was assigned to FCW (developmental) for a brief stint as trainer to the future stars of the WWE. June 28, 2010 – RAW: Jerry Lawler and some other legends honored Ricky Steamboat and hyped the release of his new DVD. ~~~The other legends in the ring consisted of Arn Anderson and Dean Malenko and Mike “IRS” Rotunda and Michael P.S. Hayes . ~~~The Nexus showed up and attacked Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat” and physically destroyed him with all their finishers. ~~~Ricky Steamboat suffered a legit sprained neck during the RAW segment with Nexus beating down the WWE legends in the ring. July 1, 2010: Ricky Steamboat, 57, suffered a reported brain aneurysm in Tampa, Florida, and spent time in the intensive care unit. ~~~The aneurysm is not believed to be related to the angle on Monday, but WWE has decided to downplay the attack on television. Dave Meltzer wrote (On July 3, 2010): The latest update on Ricky Steamboat is that doctors after an angiogram have determined his issues that caused bleeding on the brain were a capillary burst, and not a brain aneurysm as originally diagnosed. That is significantly better. His condition has improved today but he is still expected to be hospitalized for several more days. His son noted that his father is a fighter and is battling back. Needless to say that is great news, that his condition is improving. He will need to be hospitalized until a second angiogram that is scheduled in four or five days, to monitor the bleeding. Mike Aldren wrote (On July 5, 2010): Ricky Steamboat’s health has improved to the point he is expected to return home to North Carolina later this week for a month of rest. Doctors in Tampa now believe that 57-year-old Steamboat suffered a ruptured blood vessel, which caused bleeding on his brain, and not technically an aneurysm as originally diagnosed. “The WWE has been completely supportive in their efforts to be sure Rick has the very best doctors,” said a family member adding that the company will release more information on his condition in due course. WWE reported on Thursday, just hours after Steamboat was admitted to hospital, that his ailment was “most likely not related to his performance on Monday night.” The company has since removed videos of last week’s angle from it’s website and YouTube channel. Mike Aldren wrote (On October 23, 2010): Ricky Steamboat was back in Tampa this past week following his hospitalization in June. He was initially diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, later confirmed as a capillary burst or bleeding on the brain. Steamboat is said to be in high spirits and was looking forward to resuming his work with WWE, likely a role in developmental. Cauliflower Alley Club: April 2012 – CAC Reunion: Ricky Steamboat was presented with the Lou Thesz Award.