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Bruce Prichard Explains Why Ricky Steamboat Didn’t Last As A Producer In WWE

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• Old School WWF Veteran Celebrates His Birthday

Old School WWF Tag Team Veteran B. Brian Blair celebrates his 61st birthday today.

Most Golden Era fans will remember him as a member of the Tag Team ‘The Killer Bees’ alongside his tag team partner “Jumpin'” Jim Brunzell.

They teamed up in the World Wrestling Federation from 1985 till 1988, before they were split up unannounced and both Brian & Jim were used as ‘Jobbers To The Stars’ from that point onwards.

The team later reunited in Herb Abrams’ as “Masked Confusion”, though still using their Killer Bees gimmick, only with a different name due to the WWF holding the trademark.


• Bruce Prichard Explains Why Ricky Steamboat Didn’t Last As A Producer In WWE

During a recent edition of Something To Wrestle podcast, Old School WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard explained why WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat didn’t last as a producer in WWE.

Below is what Prichard said:

“Well, I’ll probably get a lot of hate mail for this. Ricky Steamboat [was] probably one of the most beautiful, smooth workers in the business. I could watch Ricky Steamboat matches all day long. I think he was effortless in the way that Ricky worked a match.

What I think the issue was, while Ricky could go out and perform, Ricky couldn’t always articulate how and/or why he did the things he did. It was just second nature for Steamboat to go out and have a match.

Ricky could get inside of a ring, and he was at home. Ricky didn’t have to think about anything that he did in the ring, it just came naturally. And Ricky Steamboat had a connection with the audience that he could take them on a ride, and bring them on his journey inside the ring so that they felt they were in there with him.

However, for Rick to articulate that and tell someone else how to do that? I think that’s where the breakdown was, and maybe why Rick didn’t last as long. Because you’d think it was a natural. You’d think one of the greatest workers in the business could easily tell you why.

Ray Stevens is another perfect example of that. Ray Stevens, you ask any old-timer who was the greatest worker and every one of them would probably tell you Ray Stevens. Just, natural. Just would get in the ring, knew exactly what to do and would tell the house down and steal the show on any card he was on all the way up until the time he retired.

But Ray, same thing. Ray couldn’t tell somebody else how to do that. Ray couldn’t explain to him, ‘Hey Ray. Why did you do that spot there?’ ‘I don’t know. It felt good right then. It was the right thing to do.’‘Well okay, why was it the right thing to do?’ ‘Hey man, I just felt it.’

And I think Rick Steamboat was the same way. Because Ricky was effortless, and Rick didn’t put — didn’t have to. He did, but he didn’t have to put that much thought into what he did, because he was just so f*cking good at it.”

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