WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat has had one of the best professional wrestling careers of all time when he was still in his prime and as his days of regularly competing inside of a squared circle was coming to an end, but he recently came out of retirement during a Big Time Wrestling Event when he competed in a 6-Man Tag Team Match and the WWE Hall of Famer could potentially appear in this year’s 30-Man Royal Rumble Match or even on the 30th Anniversary show of WWE RAW later this month.
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat spoke to Bill Apter of SportsKeeda on the subject and revealed that it’s just too big of a stage for him and he felt like the last time the fans saw him as a young WWE talent when he could still carry his weight was with professional wrestling legend Chris Jericho at the 2009 WWE Backlash Event, so he will not be at the 2023 WWE Royal Rumble Event because it’s just not in his heart anymore.
This is what Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat said:
“Thanks, but no thanks. Yeah, I think it’s too big of a stage for me. I had a really good showing 9 or 10 years ago…12 years ago with [Chris’ Jericho [at WWE Backlash in 2009]. God bless him. He took care of me. That was really the last Steamboat that people saw….I felt that was the last time that people saw 70% of the young guy. I could carry my weight, and that’s the way I want it. No, Triple H could say, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ No, to be honest with you, Bill, it’s just not in the heart anymore.”
You can check out Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s comments in the video below. H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.