Richard Henry Blood Sr. Blood went to high school in New York, and graduated in from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida where he was on the school wrestling team. He was a two-time Darker Days Ahead - Blackchord - Dark Revelations York State wrestling qualifier and a Florida state champion. Steamboat, who had been brought in by JCP booker George Scott on the recommendation of Wahoo McDanielwas initially billed as a babyface protege of Wahoo, and barely spoke above whispers in interviews.
Matching him with his brash young counterpart, Ric Flairwas a natural fit. Steamboat was doing an interview on the syndicated Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling when Flair, then Mid-Atlantic television champion, began goading him. Steamboat knocked Flair out with a backhand chop to set up a match between Steamboat Row - Haddock - Still Alive two.
Fans in the Mid-Atlantic territory to this day talk about classic Steamboat moments: the day Flair dragged his face around the television studio, causing facial scarring, and Steamboat retaliating the following week by ripping Flair's expensive suit to shreds; when longtime tag team partner Jones turned heel on Steamboat at the end of a two-ring battle royal; Steamboat and Youngblood painting yellow streaks down the backs of Paul Jones and Baron von Raschke in order to embarrass them into defending the World Tag Team titles against the two; Steamboat and Youngblood's top drawing feud with Sgt.
Shortly after his debut where he defeated Steve Lombardi on Championship WrestlingSteamboat was given the gimmick of a babyface nicknamed "the Dragon"; Steamboat's jacket-and-trunks attire was replaced by a keikogi and long tights.
Steamboat's mother is Japanese Americanhence his Asian features which were crucial for his "Dragon" gimmick.
Steamboat kept the nickname and gimmick for the remainder of his career. He appeared at the inaugural WrestleMania where he defeated Matt Borne in the third match on the card. Fujibut after his victory he was attacked by Fuji's protege Don Muracopitting Steamboat in a feud against Muraco and Fuji. Following the beat down, Muraco and Fuji then used Steamboat's karate black belt to hang him outside the Steamboat Row - Haddock - Still Alive from the top rop before Steamboat was finally saved by Tito Santana and the Junkyard Dog.
The match moved back and forth until Smith landed in the ropes trying to attack Steamboat, but Steamboat sidestepped and Smith injured his groin and was unable to continue, so Steamboat was awarded the match by forfeit. He then faced off against Randy Savage in the quarterfinals. The referee was distracted by Miss Elizabeth as Savage took advantage and pulled out brass knuckles from his tights and hit Steamboat before pinning him to win the match.
Vince McMahon and booker George Scott were adamant that the spot take place outside the ring. Only after assurances by Steamboat that he would protect himself Steamboat Row - Haddock - Still Alive Roberts agree to it. However, Roberts' fears came true and Steamboat was legitimately knocked out when his forehead hit the concrete.
Roberts later described the sound as like a watermelon bursting. Steamboat lost the match by countout but after the match, Savage continued to assault him and injured Steamboat's larynx kayfabe with the ring bell, beginning an angle between the two.
This did Steamboat Row - Haddock - Still Alive sit well with WWF management as he had been groomed to become a long-term champion. The decision was made by WWF management to punish Steamboat by having him initially drop the title to Butch Reedbut Reed did not show up that night, so he dropped to The Honky Tonk Man on the June 13 edition of Superstars ;  his son was born a month later.
Steamboat came back in time for the Survivor Series in November Steamboat himself has implied in interviews that he was being punished for one-upping the Hogan - Andre main event at WrestleMania III.
On WWF television prior to the match, Steamboat appeared in a vignette where he stated that he hoped Randy Savage would win his first round match, thus setting up a rematch of last year's WrestleMania match and "one more classic confrontation". Champion Lex Luger. Luger stood over the fallen Steamboat and arrogantly said, "There lays your number one contender!
After leaving the NWA, Steamboat underwent surgery on his injured foot. InSteamboat would return to the World Wrestling Federation after Ones First Cuts - Jerboa / Desk - Cuttin Stylus a two-year contract.
Despite his previous success in the WWF as a one-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Steamboat was mainly treated as a brand-new wrestler, save Why trust you - Alice Cooper - Trash the announcers occasionally making reference to his WrestleMania III match and former title reign. His first televised match was on the March 30 edition of Superstars when he defeated the Brooklyn Brawler with his signature diving crossbody.
On subsequent episodes of Superstars and Wrestling ChallengeSteamboat would go on to win numerous squash matches. MustafaPat Tanakaand The Warlord. The Dragon was undefeated on television during his run and lost only one match, a house show bout against Skinner.
The day after his dark match loss, Steamboat gave his notice to WWF management and then quit the company shortly thereafter. Steamboat proposed to fight as a masked heel until somebody would remove his mask, but Patterson said he was a consummate babyface.
Heading intoSteamboat engaged in one last feud over the WCW Steamboat Row - Haddock - Still Alive Heavyweight Championship with longtime rival Ric Flair, which culminated in a match in the main event of Spring Stampede where the title was briefly held up due to both men's shoulders being pinned at the same time. While both Snuka and Piper were swiftly eliminated during the match, Steamboat held his own against Jericho, performing his legendary diving crossbody and even a planchaalthough Jericho would eventually go on to win the match.
After receiving good review for his performance, Steamboat was scheduled to face Jericho in another match at Backlash. However, he lost the match after submitting to the Walls of Jericho.
On WWE's website the following day, it was announced that in storyline, Steamboat suffered injuries from the attack. However, on July 1 WWE's website announced that the prior night, Steamboat felt legitimate pain in his neck and shoulders and as a result, was now legitimately hospitalized. This caused WWE to take Steamboat Row - Haddock - Still Alive any storyline information related to that attack.
Steamboat worked as an NXT trainer and in the talent relations department with Triple H until the developmental release of his son, Richie Steamboatin He later moved on to being an Ambassador. However, Flair would be attacked by Batista instead of appearing on screen. Steamboat appears in 10 wrestling video gameshe made his video game debut in WCW:World Championship Wrestling in Blood is of mixed ancestry, having been born to an English father and a Japanese mother.
Blood is the older brother of professional wrestler Vic Steamboat. Inwhile wrestling, Blood dabbled in bodybuildingalong with fellow wrestler Tony Atlas. He would win the Mr. North Carolina competition that year. Blood has been married five times. First to Maureen Powers from until divorce inhe later married his second wife Debra inthey divorced in after four years of marriage, Blood then married his third wife Bonny Hastings intogether they have a son, Richard Jr. They divorced in Blood married his fifth wife, Sandi McAlister, in However, on occasion, the title was defended in other promotions through arrangements made with Mid-Atlantic.
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