It was rumored that Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat would wrestle Ric Flair at the Starrcast V event on July 31st. However, Steamboat has since denied any involvement with the match. Although Steamboat hasn’t said anything about his former rival, a recent report might suggest he was approached to wrestle the match but decided to turn it down due to money reasons.
Fightful’s Sean Sapp has reported behind his paywall that Steamboat was asked to wrestle at Starrcast V but that his asking price was “extremely high.” That obviously changed their plans for Ric Flair’s final match.
Steamboat’s asking price was ‘extremely high’ from what we understand, though he had interest in doing the match. Those that we spoke to said that Steamboat did meet and discuss the possibility of the match and was open to competing, but terms could not be met.
Flair and Steamboat wrestled each other three consecutive times over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1989. Steamboat was Flair’s last major opponent before the arrival of Hulk Hogan in WCW. Flair accompanied Steamboat, Roddy Piper, and Jimmy Steamboat to the ring for their handicap match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25.
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