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Overview (4)

Born in West Point, New York, USA
Birth NameRichard Henry Blood
Nicknames The Dragon
Ricky
Dick
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Blood was born on February 28, 1953 in West Point, New York, USA as Richard Henry Blood. He is known for his work on WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975), WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972) and WWF Championship Wrestling (1972). He has been married to Claudia Sobieski since August 21, 2004. He was previously married to Bonnie Blood, Debra and Maureen Muriel Powers.

Spouse (4)

Claudia Sobieski (21 August 2004 - present)
Bonnie Blood (18 May 1985 - 15 January 2003) (divorced) (1 child)
Debra (14 June 1981 - 15 April 1985) (divorced)
Maureen Muriel Powers (8 January 1977 - 16 June 1980) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Wrestling finishing move "The Flying Bodypress"
Ring entrance music: Alan Parson's "Sirius"

Trivia (25)

A professional wrestler who held the NWA World heavyweight championship, WWE Intercontinental championship, 'NWA' World tag team championship (Jim Crockett Promotions/WCW version), WCW World tag team championship, 'NWA' U.S. championship (JCP/WCW version), World television championship (JCP/WCW version), Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship, and Mid-Atlantic tag team championship.
Defeated Randy Savage at WrestleMania III (1987) in what many consider the greatest WrestleMania match of all time.
Former WCW Tag Team Champion
Professional wrestler
1977 Inside Wrestling Rookie of the Year.
Received the 1995 PWI Editor's Award.
Although billed as being from "Honolulu, Hawaii," was actually born and raised in upstate New York. He also lived in Florida as a teenager.
His series of matches with Ric Flair (with the first taking place in 1977 and the last taking place in 1994) is generally looked at as one of wrestling's finest artistic achievements.
Received the 1995 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Editor's Award.
Trained by former AWA World champion Verne Gagne.
Was given the name "Ricky Steamboat" by wrestling promoter Eddie Graham due to his strong resemblance to wrestling legend Sammy Steamboat. Sammy even endorsed the name change and allowed them to bill the "Ricky Steamboat" character as his nephew. Ricky and Sammy remained friends until Sammy's death.
Worked as a regular for Jim Crockett Promotions (a member of the worldwide sanctioning body called the National Wrestling Alliance) from 1976 to 1985.
In 1989, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat had three legendary wrestling matches versus "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. These three matches are widely considered to be the three greatest professional wrestling matches of the 20th century.
His matches with Ric Flair have always been classic ones, as one of their matches in 1978 was voted third runner up, one of their matches in 1984 was voted third runner up, and two of their matches from 1989 were voted second runner up and match of the year in Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine.
Notable Title Wins Include: NWA US Championship (2); NWA Tag Team Championship(6); WWF Intercontinental Championship; NWA World Heavyweight Championship; WCW Tag Team Championship (2); WCW Television Championship (2); WCW US Championship
Has remained good friends with Ric Flair, despite their completely different lifestyles (Steamboat was/is considered and devoted family man, while Flair, on the other hand, was/is a bit of a "swinger").
In NWA TNA, Steamboat arrived on the scene in an on air executive role.
Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002. (charter class)
Former Intercontinental Champion.
After he won the Intercontinental Championship, he asked Vince McMahon for some time off to be with his wife who was expecting the birth of their son Richard Blood Jr. This did not sit well with WWF management and shortly after he was forced to drop the belt to the Honkytonk Man aka Wayne Farris. Still bitter, the WWE did not push him or give him any meaningful matches upon his return. He left for WCW shortly after.
WWE Hall of Famer.
Now works for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a road agent. [2005]
Retired from the ring due to injuries. Now trains professional wrestlers, coaches amateur wrestlers, and manages the auto racing career of son Richie. [September 2003]
Appearing as a Referee and figurehead with Ring of Honor where he ended a feud with wrestler CM Punk since March and starting a new feud with Punk against Generation Next, a group of up and comers. [July 2004]
Of English and Japanese descent.

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