WWE Superstars might become legends or Hall of Famers, but they will all wrestle their final match on television. This is true for anyone, and it’s unavoidable. The most they can hope for is a good showing on their way out.
Ricky Steamboat, who had a storied career in the WWE spanning over three decades, retired from in-ring competition in 1994 but has remained active in the industry as a trainer and mentor to younger wrestlers. His final televised match against Jericho took place in 2008 at the WWE’s Night of Champions event.
While speaking to Bill Apter, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat expressed how grateful he was to face Chris Jericho in that career landmark match.
“You know, I had a really good showing nine or ten years ago, or maybe, no, that was 12 years ago, with Jericho. I had a good showing, and god bless him; he took care of me, too. That was the really last Steamboat (match) that, you know, that people saw. I felt at the time; I was about 70% of the young guy. I can carry my water, carry my weight. That’s the way I want it.”
Ricky Steamboat recently rejected an offer to wrestle at Ric Flair’s last match. He didn’t want The Nature Boy to die in the ring, despite their years-long rivalry. It seems that Steamboat is very happy in his retirement.
We’ll have to see if Ricky Steamboat ever comes out of retirement. At this point, we know he would reject a Royal Rumble offer, because he said so himself. Only time will tell what’s next for him, or anyone else, in pro wrestling’s ever-changing landscape.
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