WWE News

WWF Veteran On Why He Didn’t See Ricky Steamboat As A Top Guy

Ricky Steamboat Article Pic 1 WrestleFeed App

On a recent edition of his weekly podcast, WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard talked about Ricky Steamboat and his two major runs in the World Wrestling Federation (1985-1988 & 1991).

Bruce, who also worked on WWF TV as Brother Love during the late 80s and early 90s, used to be a member of the WWF/WWE creative team for decades, which is why his co-host Conrad Thompson asked him if The Dragon had the potential to be a top guy in the promotion.

Here’s what Prichard replied:

“No. I don’t think Ricky had the verbal skills to be the top guy. I think he was a little too, I loved Ricky’s work, oh my god, Ricky’s work was fabulous, but I just don’t know that, to the masses, he could really captivate.

He definitely had a charisma to him, he was awesome, unbelievable athlete and talent. But I’m not sure that people believed what he was saying. I’m not sure Ricky believed what he was saying.

Ricky just knew he could go out there and do whatever the hell you want him to do, because he was that good. But I think the verbal skills are what would have prevented Ricky from ever being the top guy.”

WWF/NWA Legend Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat wrestled his official retirement match on November 27th 2022 in the main event of the ‘BTW Return Of The Dragon’ indy wrestling pay-per-view, when he teamed with FTR to defeat the team of Nick Aldis, Jay Lethal & Brock Anderson.

However, his last major televised match took place on April 26th 2009 at the WWE Backlash 2009 PPV, where he lost to Chris Jericho via submission.

WATCH: Stacy Keibler Exposed:

To Top