WWE Hall Of Famer Turned Down Job Offer From AEW

Ric Flair and Rick Steamboat

WWE legend Ricky Steamboat has revealed that he turned down the chance to join AEW.

Steamboat appeared on a special House of the Dragon episode of Dynamite in August 2022, and Tony Khan later admitted that he would love to have him involved on a regular basis.

Interestingly, it appears that the AEW boss attempted to make it happen.

Speaking during a virtual signing with Captain’s Corner, Steamboat said that he had been approached by AEW about coming aboard. However, he said that he turned down the opportunity as he no longer wants to spend his life on the road.

“Believe it or not, I was already asked to come aboard in a capacity of [a road agent]. Not anymore [when asked if he’s no longer interested in that kind of role]. No reflection on them, great company and everything, and don’t get me wrong, the pay would have been great. But I’m at a point in time in my life where I’m trying to get off the road. [I’ve had] 40-something years of being on the road,”

Ricky Steamboat Regarded As One Of WWE’s Greatest Ever Superstars

Ricky Steamboat began his career back in 1976 and went on to compete in Championship Wrestling From Florida and Jim Crockett Promotions before landing in the WWF. During this first run with the WWF, Steamboat took on Randy Savage at WrestleMania III in what is remembered as one of the best WrestleMania matches in history.

A stint in WCW followed along with a legendary trilogy of matches with Ric Flair.

Steamboat ended his full-time career in 1994 but enjoyed an Indian summer with WWE in 2009. The legend was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in the same year, before coming out of retirement in November 2022, teaming with FTR to defeat Brock Anderson, Jay Lethal, and Nick Aldis.

H/t to Fightful