[Ricky Steamboat Gallery]
Wrestler: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Real Name: Richard Blood
Birthday: February 28, 1953
Honolulu, HI
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Marital Status: Married to Bonnie
Son: Richard
Height & Weight: 5'10" - 235 lbs
Trained by: Verne Gagne
Iron Sheik
Debut: 1976 (Mid Atlantic region)
Previous Gimmicks: Dick Blood (AWA)
Sam Steamboat Jr
The Dragon
Finishing Move: Flying Bodypress
Favorite Moves: Dragon Armdrag
Leaping Judo Chop
Knife Edge Chop
The BodySlam
Notable Feuds: Ric Flair
Randy Savage
Jake Roberts
Steve Austin
CM Punk
Second City Saints
Generation Next
Mick Foley

  • NWA United States title (October 22, 1977);
  • PWI Rookie of the Year (1977);
  • NWA Tag Team titles w/Paul Jones defeating Masked Superstar & Ken Patera (April 23, 1978);
  • PWI Tag Team of the Year w/Paul Jones (1978);
  • NWA United States title (December 18, 1978);
  • NWA Tag Team titles w/Jay Youngblood defeating Baron von Raschke & Paul Jones (October 22, 1979);
  • NWA Tag Team titles w/Jay Youngblood defeating Ray Stevens & Greg Valentine (May 10, 1980);
  • NWA Tag Team titles w/Jay Youngblood defeating Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle (March 12, 1983);
  • NWA Tag Team titles w/Jay Youngblood defeating The Brisco Brothers (October 3, 1983);
  • NWA Tag Team titles w/Jay Youngblood defeating The Brisco Brothers (November 24, 1983 - Starcade);
  • NWA United States title defeating Dick Slater (April 21, 1984);
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Randy "Macho Man" Savage (March 29, 1987 - Wrestlemania III);
  • PWI Match of the Year vs Randy Savage (1987);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair (February 20, 1989);
  • PWI Match of the Year vs Ric Flair (1989);
  • NWA/WCW Tag Team titles w/Dustin Rhodes defeating Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko (November 19, 1991 - CotC);
  • NWA/WCW Television title defeating Steve Austin (September 2, 1992 - Clash of the Champions);
  • NWA/WCW Tag Team titles w/Shane Douglas defeating Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes (November 18, 1992 - CotC);
  • WCW Television title defeating Paul Orndorff (August 18, 1993);
  • WCW United States title defeating Steve Austin (August 24, 1994 - Clash of the Champions);
  • PWI Editors Award (1995);
  • Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee (1996);

  • NWA: Mid-Atlantic
  • 1976: Richard Blood began his career 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 & Paul Jones defeated Ric Flair & 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 & 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 & 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 & Dino Bravo teamed up to win the NWA Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles..
  • The Sheepherders defeated Ricky Steamboat & 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 & Jay Youngblood won the Mid Atlantic Tag Team titles in Toronto..
  • March 12, 1983: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated Sgt. Slaughter & 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 & Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham beat George Steele & Nikolai Volkoff & 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 & Junk Yard Dog defeated "Magnificent" Don Muraco & 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 & Brutus Beefcake..
  • ~~~Honky's Team = Honky Tonk Man, King Harley Race, Hercules, Outlaw Ron Bass & 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 dissappeared 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 & 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 exagerated "Dragon" gimmick..
  • August 26, 1991 - Summerslam: Ricky Steamboat & Texas Tornado & British Bulldog beat Power & Glory & 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 & Ricky Steamboat beat Arn Anderson & Larry Zbysko to win the Tag Team titles..
  • December 29, 1991 - Starrcade: Ricky Steamboat & Todd Champion defeated Buddy Lee Parker & 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 & Sting defeated Dangerous Alliance (Steve Austin & 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 & Nikita Koloff & Ricky Steamboat & Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes..
  • ~~~The Dangerous Alliance = Rick Rude & Arn Anderson & Larry Zbysko & Bobby Eaton & Steve Austin..
  • June 16, 1992 - Clash XIX: Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff defeated Dean & 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 & Nikita Koloff defeated Jushin Liger & Brian Pillman..
  • ~~~2nd Round Tag Team Tournament: Steve Williams & Terry Gordy beat Ricky Steamboat & 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 - Helloween Havoc: Ricky Steamboat defeated Flyin' Brian Pillman..

    World Championship Wrestling - Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas
  • Ricky Steamboat formed a tag team with a young Shane Douglas..
  • November 18, 1992 - Clash XXI: Steamboat & Douglas beat Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham to win the Tag Team titles..
  • January 13, 1993 - Clash XXII: Steamboat & Douglas defeated The Hollywood Blondes (Austin & Pillman) by DQ to retain..
  • March 2, 1993: The Hollywood Blondes (Austin & Pillman) defeated Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas for the Tag titles..
  • May 23, 1993 - Slamboree: Brian Pillman & Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat & 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 - Helloween Havoc: Paul Orndorff defeated Ricky Steamboat by Count Out..
  • November 20, 1993 - BattleBowl: Paul Orndroff & The Shockmaster defeated Ricky Steamboat & 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
  • 2002: Ricky Steamboat signed on to make an appearance at the first NWA-TNA pay per view in Huntsville, Alabama..
  • June 19, 2002 - NWA: TNA Debut: Ricky Steamboat refereed a match between Ken Shamrock & Malice for the NWA World title..
  • July 31, 2002 - NWA: TNA: Ricky Steamboat returned to TNA as the On-air Commissioner..
  • January 24, 2003 - Live Action Wrestling: Jeff Jarrett defeated B.G. James to retain with Ricky Steamboat as the referee..

    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 & Ace Steel) beat Dan Maff & 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 & Robbie Cassidy b Super Destroyer & Josh Cody w/ref Steamboat..
  • October 2, 2004 - ROH: Generation Next defeated Team Steamboat (CM Punk & Ace Steel & John Walters & Jimmy Jacobs)..
  • October 15, 2004 - ROH: Mick Foley and Ricky Steamboat got into a verbal confrontration over Hardcore vs Traditional style..
  • ~~~Later that night, Team Steamboat (CM Punk & Ace Steel & 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 & Chad Collyer) defeated Team Foley (Dan Maff & 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 & Mick Foley had their FINAL CONTRONTATION 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..