Conrad Thompson was “disappointed” that Ricky Steamboat made a public statement regarding Ric Flair’s Last Match.
On May 16th, Ric Flair took to social media and announced that he would be returning to action for one last match at the age of 73. In a nod to his past, the bout will take place under the banner of Jim Crockett Promotions as part of Starrcast on July 31st.
A report from Fightful Select noted that none other than Flair’s long-time in-ring rival Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was approached to be part of the match, which is rumored to feature FTR teaming with Flair against the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and a mystery partner. However, speaking at a Highspots Superstore signing, Ricky Steamboat revealed that he decided to decline the offer after he was approached and that he would not be the mystery partner in question.
The man behind Starrcast Conrad Thompson recently spoke with Nick Hausman on The WrestlingInc Daily, and when he asked how he felt about Steamboat making it publicly known that he’d declined to participate in the match, Thompson said:
“There’s no way for me to have that conversation with you and not be negative, or hurtful or rude and I am not going to comment on it because I think a lot of Mr. Steamboat and hold him in high regard. I know what really happened and he knows what really happened and I am disappointed that he put a statement out before we had an opportunity to put a bow on things. But, that’s not the whole story and what the whole story is, is nobody’s business I suppose.”
“I appreciate his body of work very much and I am always going to be a fan of his, but I am not going to get into a, ‘he said, she said,’ mudslinging situation when it is someone that I know, like, and trust, and respect a great deal.”
Conrad Thompson continued, clarifying that while he was disappointed about the public statement, he wasn’t upset about the fact that Ricky Steamboat wasn’t participating in the match. He made sure to add that he wanted to provide context and that Steamboat was never announced to be part of the event.
“I do want to say though, I am not upset about the Ricky Steamboat thing. I know that sometimes, I said something the other day on Jeff Jarrett’s podcast, and boy it just got click baited everywhere. Just want to add the proper context here, lots of conversations have happened about, ‘what if,’ and we got everyone that we asked about it, everyone said, ‘yep, I am in.’
“So, we have had conversations, but ultimately that’s not the match you’re going to see, but I have never said what the match was going to be. So, when people are saying, ‘what’s the match now?’ Well, what was it ever? There’s a lot of hypotheticals, we could say hypothetically right now next year’s WrestleMania is The Rock vs. Roman, everyone has said that hypothetically, but when has WWE announced that? When has Rock said that? It’s all just conjecture at this point.”
Ric Flair’s Last Match isn’t the only blockbuster event taking place over Starrcast weekend as Inside the Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh will be hosting 30 Years with Bret Hart, a panel to celebrate 30 years since Bret Hart’s iconic match with Davy Boy Smith at SummerSlam 1992.