Steamboat addresses WWE purchasing WCW:
I definitely think it does not leave too many options for the guys. If you have another company out there, it at least gave you somewhat of a chance if things did not work out with one organization, you could try and go work for the other. I think that, there was certainly enough money backing WCW, I put some of the blame on the boys. Having people that were up in the office trying to run a wrestling company without that much of any kind of wrestling company background. As you know, first, second, and even third generation families, all usually ran most of the companies that were around in wrestling. Here we got people, they may be great business people but the wrestling business is a different kind of business, you know?
Steamboat speaks the injury he suffered in his last match in WCW:
I had my last match with Stone Cold and at the time he was wrestling as Steve Austin, just as Steve Austin in Roanoke, VA August of ’94. We were both standing on the top rope. He does a thing where he gives me a push off the top rope and is customary in our business, and which I have done a thousand times, like a lot of guys. You just fall straight back and land flat on your back. But this time, I don’t know, maybe there was some oil on the top rope or the turnbuckle. I’m guilty of it. I do put some baby oil just to enhance the body. My foot slips. As I’m falling back, instead of landing flat on my back I land in a sit up position. In other words, I land on my tail bone and I did a spinal compression on two discs.
Wrestlemania 3 is held at The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The event boasts 93,173 attendees. Almost one million fans watch the event at 160 closed circuit locations in North America. The event features Randy Savage vs Ricky Steamboat and Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant.
The inaugural King of the Ring tournament is held. Tito Santana, The Iron Sheik, Ricky Steamboat, Don Muraco and Paul Orndoff try to capture the crown. Muraco defeated Iron Sheik in the final round to claim the crown. Muraco comments.
It’s always an honor to be the first. The tournament that year was at the Patriots’ old stadium outdoors, so it was a big show and very cool.
Steamboat (Richard Henry Blood) is born in West Point, New york despite being billed from Honolulu, Hawaii during his wrestling career. After graduating high school, he decides to pursue a career in the world of professional wrestling. He makes his professional debut in 1976 with the AWA after training under Verne Gagne and The Iron Sheik.