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Ric Flair on who is the greatest babyface in pro wrestling history

While many people will say that Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin is probably the biggest babyface pro wrestling has ever seen, Ric Flair has a different idea about it.

Flair along with his daughter Charlotte recently appeared on the WWE Network’s Photo Shoot series where both the stars were shown some old photos and they talked about it.

When Ric was shown a picture of himself and Ricky Steamboat, the Hall Of Famer claimed that Steamboat is the greatest babyface of all time:

“There will be arguments about this, [but] not many that can stand. [Steamboat is] the greatest babyface of all time, I don’t think anyone had better matches in the history of the business than Steamboat and I had. [His] physique, second to none. Legitimately tough, and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet in your life.”

Apart from this, Ric also said that Dusty Rhodes was the most creative-minded person in pro wrestling and Roddy Piper was the greatest bad guy.


  • Yespage

    Steve Austin best babyface? Austin in WWE was never a Babyface. He was at best a heel babyface. He was the anti-babyface, while still being “the good guy”. And credit could be given to him for pulling that off.

    Love Steamboat a lot, but Hogan is sadly the best “babyface”, despite not being that great a wrestler. Daniel Bryan is probably second just due to the ridiculous, almost despotic following he has.

  • Soulshroude

    Still, no one can discount Hacksaw as the #1 face of all time.

  • Soulshroude

    This is another “duh” moment… babyface moments, trolling counts for sh*t.

  • MT McGee

    Bayley is his daughter, they both lick walls.

  • Charlie Bronson

    I interpreted this question as greatest pure baby face. A guy so pure and nice, that there is nothing you could ever do as a promoter that could make this guy a heel. The only guy who fits the bill is Steamboat. Not saying he is the best wrestler ever or anything of that stuff. He is simply the best baby face ever.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I used to love watching the Hart foundation. They all had such diverse and yet great skills.

  • David Keller

    Ah. Best matches is such a subjective issue. Ric is probably right about what were his best matches but I do like your list of matches too. I think the best match I ever saw was The British Bulldogs vs. The Hart Foundation at Cobo Hall in Detroit (not recorded).

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Not saying just matches. In my opinion, story telling and chemistry also makes matches as well. Not saying anything bad about what these two did together. But I personally thought that flair and Sting had better matches/chemistry, than himself and Steamboat.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    “I don’t think anyone had better matches in the history of the business than Steamboat and I had.” Was referring to this part.

  • Soulshroude

    Hacksaw “JIM” DUGGAN!

  • Soulshroude

    Steamboat, Angle, EDDIE, HACKSAW, and DUSTY. My top 5 and NOT in that order. My opinion for #1 goes to HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN!!

  • CC

    Of course you disagree because that is how YOU see it. I could disagree with you if I believe some other matches were better.
    The days of Flair/Steamboat were legendary for a reason, but it was a different era. Wrestling was different. The 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000’s all have differing styles. Yes, since the 90’s the variation has lessened, and you could watch a match today and match from the late 90’s and they would have a lot more similarities than watching a 90’s one and comparing it to the 70’s or 80’s.

    And to be honest, if you were in matches with Steamboat and your name was Ric Flair, would you not claim they were the best matches ever?

  • David Keller

    Your comment makes no sense. The article talks about who Ric Flair thinks is the greatest babyface wrestler of all time; Ric does toss in who he thinks was the most creative and greatest bad guy of all time too. You reply with specific matches which is not even in the same context as the article.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Disagree, respectfully. Austin V Hart, Angle V Benoit, Eddie V Angle/Benoit, HBK V Taker, DDP V Savage. But I’m not really a fan of back then. My love starts around 95/96.