Ricky Steamboat, aka Ricky “The Dragon Steamboat,” is a retired professional wrestler who has won several championship titles during his reign in American Wrestling Association(AWA), World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and Jim Crockett Promotion (JCP). Most known for his signature moves such as dividing crossbody, sunset flip, and the inside cradle, WWE included Steamboat in the Hall Of Fame in 2009. He officially retired from wrestling in 2010.
Where Was Ricky Steamboat Born? Age And Height
Ricky Steamboat was born Richard Henry Blood Sr on Feb 28, 1951, in New York, the USA, to his Japanese mother and English father. His younger brother Vic Steamboat is also a retired professional wrestler.
Steamboat went to the high school of New York and graduated in 1971. Later on, he enrolled at the Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida. He joined the school wrestling team at college, and Ricky won New York wrestling qualifiers two times and a Florida State Champion.
As of 2021, the retired wrestler is 68-year-old and stands tall at 5 feet 8 inches or 178cm.
Personal Life: Wife And Son
The 68-year-old has been married five times. His first wife was Mauren Powers-the former couple was together from 1977 to 1980. In 1981, Henry married Debra Blood but divorced after only four years in 1985.
Then, he tied the knot to Bonny Hastings in 1985; the duo shares a son named Richard Blood Jr. Richard, aka Richie Steamboat, is also a retired professional wrestler like his father; however, it was a shortlived career. He made his debut in 2008 and exited only after six years in 2013.
The pair was together for more than 15 years until their separation in 2003. After that, the former WWF Champion walked down the aisle for the fourth time with Claudia Sobieski in 2012. This marriage also did not last long, and they separated in 2017.
As of 2021, he is with his fifth spouse Sandi McAlister- the duo got married in 2017.
How Much Is Ricky Steamboat’s Net Worth?
The former JCP champion is worth $1 million as of September 2021, with an estimated average salary of $40-$50k annually. His major source of income is through his professional wrestling career and brand endorsements.
Similarly, Ricky is involved in business, stocks and trading markets, and real estate development. He also owns his clothing brands which are his secondary income sources.
Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat
Everyone who is a fan of Steamboat is familiar with his professional rivalry with Ric Flair, another legendary retired wrestler. Ricky The Dragon Steamboat and The Nature Boy ‘Ric Flair’ are arch-rivals. The rivals’ fight in a cage match for the World Championship Wrestling title, rated as one of the best matches in WCW history.
Their rivalry, however, was only limited to the ring, Both of them on multiple occasions have confessed to being each other’s well-wishers.
Career Highlights-Life After Retirement
Steamboat debuted as Baby Face in 1976 in AWA. He joined Championship Wrestling from 1976 to 1977. Later, he enrolled at Championship wrestling from 1976 until 1977. On CWF, he got his ring name Ricky Steamboat from Eddie Graham.
Later on, the former wrestler joined Jim Crockett Promotion, a wrestling federation from 1977 to 1985. He spent more than seven years in JCP.
WWF is the place that gave Ricky the deserving popularity; the place gave birth to a legend, The Dragon. Later on, he joined WCW in 1989. Steamboat returned to WWF in 1991. Again he rejoined WCW from 1991 to 1994, then announced his retirement.
- One-time NWA heavyweight Champion.
- Four-times United States Champion
- Four-times World Television Champion
- Twelve-times World Tag Team Champion
- One-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion
- In 2009, WWE included him in the Hall Of Fame.
As per the sources, the retired wrestling champ currently owns a health club in Cornelius, N.C., called Ricky Steamboat’s Lake Norman Health Club.