WWE Hall Of Famer Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat has revealed that son Richie Steamboat, a former NXT rising star, is now a stay at home Dad after a back injury curtailed his promising career
Former WWE starlet Richie Steamboat a family man following in-ring retirement
From the moment he appeared as a toddler alongside his Father Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat at WrestleMania IV, it seemed that Richie Steamboat was destined for a big future in the ring. After training with the legendary Harley Race, Steamboat Junior would make his in-ring debut in 2008 and went on to wrestle in Japan and across Europe before penning a contract with WWE in 2009.
Steamboat was assigned to developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, where he fell to defeat against Heath Slater on debut. He would go on to win the FCW Tag Team Championship alongside partner Seth Rollins in March 2011, a six week run ended by the team of Calvin Raines and Big E Langston.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native would become the final FCW Heavyweight Champion on July 20, 2012 when he defeated future Ascension member Rick Victor to life the gold.
FCW was rebranded as NXT soon thereafter and Steamboat would make his final in-ring appearance on the November 21, 2012 episode of NXT, defeating Kassius Ohno, Surgery for a back injury would follow and ultimately his life would follow a different path after his 2013 release from WWE.
In a recent interview with Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Bill Apter, the former WWE Intercontinental Champion explained that whilst his son was forced to step away from the ring, the move did mean that the former NXT Superstar has been able to be at home more to help raise his four children:
“He’s a stay-at-home dad. His wife, Anna, went through law school and worked at a firm, and then started her own firm, which financially enabled Richie to be a stay-at-home Dad because they’ve got four kids. I think it’s good to have a parent at home,”.
The WWE Hall Of Famer would also explain the circumstances that led to a serious injury that ultimately ended the career of Richie Steamboat:
“He was practicing a moonsault and really doing well with it. I mean nailing it every time. That night, the match was at FCW, and he came to me and said, ‘Dad, do you think I should try the moonsault?’ And I said, ‘I have been watching you all day today, and you’ve been nailing it.’ So lo-and-behold, he tried the moonsault, but he over-rotated, and he ended up hurting four disks in his back, not one but four. So that’s what ended it,”
H/T: Sportskeeda for the above transcription