-Great opening video to the DVD. Awesome footage from throughout Steamboat's career.
-Steamboat was born in West Point, New York. That was interesting. His father was in the Army and his mom was Japanese. Said he got to see the world when he was young.
-He also has two brothers. He played a lot of sports too and wrestling was one of them.
-His favorites growing up were Jack Brisco, Don Muraco, Eddie Graham, and Boris Malenko. MURACO! Love the old footage. He had no pro wrestling aspirations and wanted to be a cop or firefighter.
-His girlfriend knew Vern Gagne's daughter and he went through Vern Gagne's camp. Said there were 16 at the start and only 4 left after a week. He lost 40 pounds in the training too! WOW!
-His real name is Richard Blood and they named him Ricky Steamboat as Sam's Steamboat's nephew.
-Ole Anderson called Jim Crockett and that's how he entered into the Mid-Atlantic territory.
-June of '77 is when he started wrestling Flair for the first time. Flair wanted to work with him and that was his first big exposure.
-Flair vs. Stamboat: Awesome old time match footage. Flair rubs his face into the floor and that was what started it.
-This was really good. Flair was really over and since Steamboat was knew he became an instant main eventer. Steamboat learned a lot from him.
-AWESOME old footage. Flair and Steamboat apparently had one hour matches all the time. The matches were hot tickets in that area. The women loved Steamboat and the guys did too.
-Steamboat was really in shape for that era. Steamboat was Mr. North Carolina 1978, lol.
-Ricky didn't have the Flair ego drive which was why he didn't become one of the all time best.
-He got interested in tag team wrestling and wanted to work with Jay Youngblood. That looks like a really good team going by the footage.
-SGT. SLAUGHTER AND DON KERNODLE! WOW! Slaughter doing a splash off the top of a cage was amazing to see.
-They had 30 cage matches in a row. That must've been a nightmare scenario.
-The Brisco Brothers against Steamboat and Youngblood looked like a really good feud. After that they split up and Steamboat came to the WWF.
-LOVE the old WWF logo. Everyone wanted to be characters there. The old gimmicks were great.
-They made him into The Dragon character. Love the old martial arts segment footage.
-Jericho had a Steamboat doll, lol. Edge had the Dragon T-shirt. Steamboat is why Jericho joined wrestling. Kofi and Christian also were inspired by him.
-Steamboat could do everything which is why he was really good. The Arm Drag seen today was started by Steamboat. Jack Brisco used it before him.
-Lots of wrestlers talking about how they liked his in-ring style.
-Regal first saw him fight Don Muraco. Those were really good. I'm a Muraco mark so I like that. Muraco could go and seemed like a good fit to work with Steamboat.
-Jake Roberts! Every single guy I like is on this DVD. Jake DDT'd him on the floor and he legit got hurt. His eyes turned black and he cut his hair. Steamboat's revenge angle was well executed. These two had an excellent feud.
-RANDY MACHO MAN SAVAGE! This was one of the greatest feuds of all time. THE THROAT ANGLE! Macho Man with the bell is one of the best moments ever.
-They had Steamboat to regain his voice through speech therapy. This was really good. It set up one of the best matches ever.
-WrestleMania III was their plan to steal the show. That was one of the greatest matches ever. That's still my second favorite match ever behind Taker/HBK I at Mania 25.
-Mania Party and everyone was congratulating them instead of Hogan. They didn't have too many rematches so Steamboat asked for time off since his kid was being born. That's how Honky won the title.
-Steamboat returned to WCW in 1989. The booker smartly booked him against Flair again.
-The Flair/Steamboat matches on TV were some of the best matches ever. They both went at each other full blast in those matches.
-Flair was for materialism and Steamboat was for family and wholesomeness. Perfect opposites.
-Lots of great talk about how awesome their matches against each other were.
-Steamboat celebrating his first World Title. Steamboat says his favorite match was their second match at the Clash of Champions in New Orleans.
-WrestleWar was the final battle. Flair won the title back. Steamboat didn't like how they did an angle with Flair after the match. This led to him leaving.
-He returned to WWF in 1991. He had a dragon costume and breathed fire. The visual of it was good but Ricky hated the taste.
-He mainly wrestled Haku and didn't move up the cards after 10 months he decided to leave.
-At this point he went back to WCW at the end of 1991. He started off as Dustin Rhodes' mystery partner. They won the tag titles that night. He liked working with Dustin.
-Then he worked with Shane Douglas who asked him for help. He ended up passing the torch to the younger talent. William Regal really putting him over.
-Steamboat then feuded with Rick Rude. Those matches were good.
-Steamboat saw that Steve Austin was a top talent before WCW management could. Austin's first really big matches were against Steamboat. His last match was against Steamboat and landed funny on his butt. He had been in the business for 20 years so he retired after that happened.
-He then opened up a health club which he ran for 5 years and his wife Bonnie seperated. After 2000 until 2004 his son started racing and had to stop for the money.
-In 2004 he was called by WWE to work backstage with the talent and he got the job. He is a producer now. He's the one who works on the matches.
-He got a call about being in the Hall of Fame and he's tearing up. You can tell it means a lot to him.
-He was 56 years old at Mania 25 and hadn't had a match in 15 years. Steamboat could still go. Jericho/Steamboat was one of the highlights of that show.
-He had on one match at Backlash. Jericho liked the Mania match and his RAW match better though.
-His son is a professional wrestler now too. He is working at FCW now in the WWE wrestling camp.
-He misses being in the ring. He is also one of the only guys to wrestle as a face his entire career. He is the Rocky of wrestling because of that.
-His first car was a '57 Chevy. His dad worked it over and had to drive it home in reverse. He sold it a week later.
-Mike Graham wrestled him in high school.
-Funny how Steamboat forgot his name when he first got the ring name change.
-Good guy interview from Ricky in 1982. He's too much of a good guy for my taste in these.
-Ricky on Tuesday Night Titans in 1985. Ricky talking about wrestlers doing cheating moves and that's why he uses karate in his matches. Pictures shown of Ricky at his gym.
-Steve Lombardi talks about Ricky's first WWF match. He was Ricky's first WWF opponent.
-The Body Shop with Jesse Ventura. Jesse asks him about him about his name and then makes fun of it. Jesse gets on his case for using illegal kung fu moves in his matches. Ricky says he doesn't cheat. Jesse doesn't buy that he doesn't break the rules.
-Mean Gene with Ricky at a martial arts temple where training is done. Ricky does the three tests. This is like something you would see on Mortal Kombat.
-Chris Jericho meets Ricky in Winnipeg in 1987. Funny picture of him meeting with Ricky.
-Tuesday Night Titans with Ricky Steamboat. Ricky brings out his crocodile pet Jaws. Talks about Jaws most of the interview.
-Mean Gene with a Superstar update. Ricky at a hospital for handicapped children talking about not being able to talk. Steamboat has all the kids tell the camera "I love you."
-Ricky interview talking about winning the Intercontinental Championship and Ricky is going to become a father. Says Savage will not take this away from him.
-Jim Ross with Ricky. Talks about Ric Flair and says he doesn't plan on losing the world title to him.
-William Regal talking about watching Flair and Steamboat. He did Hindu squats during the match and did 1,200 and couldn't walk for 2 weeks.
-Ricky with Jim Ross and Teddy Long. Talks about Steve Austin and says his comments aren't going to work. Says he knows how to hold onto this belt.
-Ricky's Hall of Fame induction speech.
-Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat vs. Jack and Gerry Brisco:
Special referee is Angelo Mosca. This is from Starrcade '83. Starts off with chain wrestling. Lots of technical wrestling in this match. Steamboat and Youngblood working over Gerry's arm. Briscos in control. Excellent wrestling in this match. Comeback by Steamboat and Youngblood. Bodyslam and Gorilla press drop double team move wins it for the faces. Briscos attack them and Mosca after the match. Faces make a comeback and Steamboat and Youngblood are awarded the titles.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair:
This is from Boogie Jam 1984. Matt Striker and Ricky call the action. Starts off with chain wrestling. Mat wrestling from Ricky for awhile. Chain wrestling again. More mat wrestling. More chain wrestling. This is really good. Boston Crab by Steamboat. Dropkicks by Ricky. Test of strength. Ricky now working over the legs of Flair. Flair in control. Flair working over Ricky's ribs. Sleeper Hold by Ricky. Abdominal Stretch by Flair. Sleeper Hold by Flair. Flair in control. Figure Four by Flair. Chain wrestling again. Back and forth action. Flair thrown off the top turnbuckle. Splash by Ricky off the top rope but the bell sounds before the pin. 60 minute time limit draw. AMAZING match.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. "Cowboy" Bob Orton:
Orton has on the arm cast. Fast paced action that ends with a arm drag by Ricky. Ricky working over Orton's arm. Fast paced back and forth again. Ricky really working over the arm. Great comeback by Orton who uses a flying headscissors. Orton throws a soda into Ricky's face. Orton in control. Brief comeback by Ricky but Orton takes back control. Chops by Ricky. Flying crossbody by Ricky. Ricky skins the cat. Orton gets the knees up in a splash attempt. Orton uses the cast as a weapon and gets disqualified. Orton goes after Ricky post-match bu Ricky fights him off with karate.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Don Muraco:
This is a lumberjack match. For some reason there is a rampway which is weird. Ricky ambushes Don at the start. Fast paced action from Ricky. Muraco in control. Heel lumberjacks attack Ricky as opposed to how they helped Muraco earlier. Comeback by Ricky. Atomic Drop by Muraco. Muraco back in control. Banzai Thumb by Muraco. Ricky attacks Fuji on the floor. Comeback by Ricky and Muraco tries to escape but gets caught. Ricky nails Orton off the apron and then rams Muraco into Orton and rolls up Muraco to win the match. Everyone fighting after the match.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Jake Roberts:
Starts with Jake blocked Ricky's martial arts moves. Jake working over Ricky's arm. Story is Jake keeps blocking Ricky's martial arts moves. Comeback by Ricky and Jake dodges it out to the floor. Series of martial arts moves by Ricky. Series of martial arts moves and Jake goes out to the floor but this time Ricky follows him out. Jake works over Ricky's arm on the floor. Jake in control working over Ricky's arm. Comeback by Ricky. Ricky beating up Jake on the floor. Top rope chop by Ricky. Jake, Ricky, and the ref down now. Short clothesline by Jake. Roll up from behind wins it for Ricky. Sneal attack suplex and DDT by Jake after the match. Jake gets Damian out and Ted Arcidi and Dick Slater make the save.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage:
Not going to review this one since I've reviewed it three times already, lol.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair:
Two out of three falls is the stipulation for this. Nice chain wrestling at the start. Mat wrestling from both men. Fast paced back and forth that end swith an arm drag and a headlock takedown by Ricky. Chop warfare. Ricky back to the attack on the mat. More back and forth which Ricky wins after a back drop and a dropkick. Fast paced action. Ricky in control with technical wrestling. Series of pin attempts by Ricky. Flair flops on the floor. Both men trading punches and chops. Flair gets the knees up when Ricky goes for a big splash. Double arm suplex by Flair. Series of pin attempts by Flair. Test of strength. Both men trading punches and chops. Ricky misses a dropkick. Spinning toe hold reverse into an inside cradle by Ricky which is then reversed by Flair. Flair wins the first fall. Fast paced action. Top rope chop by Ricky. Back Suplex by Flair. Ricky working over Flair's leg with elbows. Figure Four Leglock by Ricky. Boston Crab by Ricky. More technical wrestling. Ricky whipped into the barricade. Flair in control. Abdominal stretch by Flair. Oklahoma bakc body roll by Flair which looks almost impossible to get out of. Superplex by Ricky. Double arm chickenwing by Ricky wins fall two. Down to the third and final fall. Both men trading blows again. Figure Four Leglock by Flair. Chop and punch war. Both men trade the advantage. Figure Four Leglock by Flair. High crossbody off the top rope by Flair. Flying body press by Ricky. Reverse neckbreaker by Ricky. Sleeper Hold by Flair. Enzuguiri by Ricky. Chop warfare. Suplex by Flair. Flair slammed off the top to the mat. Double arm chickenwing by Flair falls back. Both men's shoulders are down but the ref doesn't see Flair's foot under the bottom rope. AMAZING match.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Lex Luger:
Ricky comes out with a Komodo dragon. Lex doesn't want a No DQ match. Ricky agrees. Starts off with a very fast pace. Dropkicks by Ricky. Backdrop by Ricky. Ricky in control. Lots of chops by Ricky. Atomic Drop by Ricky. Lex in control. Brawl on the floor. Gorilla press slam by Lex. Chops by Ricky. Powerslam by Lex. Crossbody by Ricky. Both men trading the advantage. Lex slammed off the top turnbuckle. Comeback by Ricky. Top rope chop by Ricky. Lex grabs a steel chair. Slingshot suplex by Ricky. Ricky uses the chair and gets DQ. Post match Ricky continues to go after him with the chair and chases him to the back.
-Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes vs. Larry Zbyszko and Arn Anderson:
Ricky is Dustin's mystery partner when Barry Windham can't wrestle after having hand surgery. Ricky starts off as a house of fire. Everyone in and the champions soon are being dominated. Faces in control of Larry. Arn finally tagged in. Bionic Elbows by Dustin. Heels have to regroup again. Nice bait and ambush by the Enforcers. Enforcers in control of Ricky. Abdominal Stretch by Larry. Nice teamwork from The Enforcers. Bear Hug by Arn. Boston Crab by Zbyszko. Atomic Drop by Ricky and he and Arn's heads crack. Big boots by Ricky. Hot tag to Dustin. Dustin on fire. Flying crossbody by Ricky wins it.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude:
This is from Beach Blast 1992 and is a 30-minute Iron Man match. Rude calls the fans beach loving bozos and shows them what a real sexy man looks like. Ricky comes out with his family. Stomachbuster by Ricky. Ricky in control early. Rude's ribs appear to be hurt. Bear Hug by Ricky. Bow and Arrow by Ricky. Boston Crab by Ricky. Ricky still working over the ribs. Front Suplex by Ricky. Knees to the face by Rude wins the first fall for Rude. Rude Awakening by Rude wins a second fall for Rude. Backbreaker by Rude. Knee off the top rope by Rude gets him DQ'd and Rude loses a fall via DQ. Inside cradle by Rude wins Rude a fall so Rude is up 3-1. Rude in control. Camel Clutch by Rude. Electric Chair Drop by Ricky. Rude gets the knees up when Ricky goes for a splash. Reverse chinlock by Rude. Piledriver by Rude. Tombstone Piledriver by Ricky wins him a fall. Now it's 3-2 Rude. Superplex by Ricky. Both men down. Pin reversal by Ricky ties it. Series of pin attempts. Fast paced action. Jawbreaker by Rude. Rude in control. Rude Awakening by Ricky. Suplex by Ricky. Back Suplex by Ricky. Sleeper Hold by Rude. Ricky counters the Sleeper Hold and pins Rude to take the lead 4-3. Rude going full throttle now. He tries six pin attempts in the last 28 seconds but doesn't get a pin. Ricky wins it 4-3.
-Ricky Steamboat vs. Steve Austin:
Paul E. Dangerously is locked in a cage. Starts off with chain wrestling. Back and forth action at the start. Belly to Belly throw off the middle rope by Austin. Austin in control. Backbreaker by Austin. Abdominal Stretch by Austin. Comeback by Ricky. Crossbody off the middle rope rolled through by Austin. Austin misses a dropkick. Slingshot Suplex by Ricky. Multiple reversals of a Tombstone ends with Ricky Tombstoning Austin. Ricky skins the cat. Ricky knocked out to the floor. Ricky crawls under the ring and comes out the other side. Flying crossbody by Ricky wins it.
-Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Steamboat:
Starts off with chain wrestling. Plancha by Ricky. Arm Drag by Ricky. Brief comeback by Jericho ends with an Arm Drag by Ricky. Ricky skins the cat but Jericho clotheslines him out to the floor. Springboard Dropkick by Jericho. Jericho in control. Superplex by Ricky. Comeback by Ricky. Dropkick by Jericho. Bulldog by Jericho. Electric Chair Drop countered into the Walls of Jericho by Jericho. Flying crossbody by Ricky. Codebreaker by Jericho. Walls of Jericho wins it for Jericho.
Overall I will recommend this DVD. One of the best ones they've come out with.