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Ricky Steamboat on WWE Turning Down His Heel Proposal, The Benefits of Being a Heel

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.)

  • D2K

    Steamboat was the whitest of white-meat babyfaces of all time. It would have been next to impossible AFTER the fact to make him a heel. Now, if Steamboat had started out as a heel I think he could have worked well as a heel later on. However he would have needed a mouthpiece like you said. Sort of how The Great Muta had Gary Hart while in the NWA do all his talking.

    Even as a face Steamboat’s mic skills were at best “adequate.”

  • pitfallharry219

    I don’t think he had the mic skills to be a good heel. It might’ve worked with a good manager like Heenan or Fuji, you know back when great managers were still a thing.