WWE Hall of Famer Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat recently spoke with The Post and Courier. You can check out some highlights here:
On WWE not allowing him to turn heel:
“Pat [Patterson] simply told me that it would probably ruin my career… I just wanted to experience what it felt like on the other side of the fence. As we all know, the heels have the most fun out there in the ring.”
On the benefits from being a heel:
“When you are a face for a long time and you turn heel, your stock value immediately goes up, especially if you’re able to pull it off in the ring and on the mic. Then you ride that horse as long as you can. When it starts to falter, and when attendance drops, then you can turn back babyface. And your stock value goes up again.
“For a year they’ll boo you, and for a year they’ll cheer you.”
(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)