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Ricky Steamboat DVD Review

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Ricky Steamboat DVD Review
© 2010 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
WWE Home Video has just released a 3-disc DVD set for Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. Known for being one of the best in-ring technicians in history, this set features 12 of his matches.

Review and Recommendation

Format of the DVD: Disc one features a documentary and several special features. The following two discs each contain six matches.

The Documentary and Special Features: While most wrestlers seem to have a messed up life, Ricky was a guy that did all the rights things. Unfortunately, that doesn't lead to a riveting documentary. After watching this documentary, with the exception of a few tidbits, I don't feel like I know anything more about him than I learned in the 10-minute feature they did on him in the Greatest Superstars of the '80s DVD. There are 18 special features on the disc. It would have been nice for there to have been a select all feature on the DVD so you can watch them all with one click of the remote. The highlight of these is his Hall of Fame Induction speech. While that is nice to be on the DVD, it was released on DVD a year ago and I would rather have seen another match on the set in its place or the attacks that led to some of his greatest rivalries.

Match Selection: When one thinks of Ricky Steamboat, most immediately think of his match against Randy Savage and the '89 trilogy against Ric Flair. This DVD features only one match from that trilogy and it would have been nice to have them all on one DVD set. In addition, there is no reason for the Starrcade match to be on three DVD sets. With the way they hyped his feud with the tag team of Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernoodle on the documentary, I would have loved to have seen one of those matches instead.

Technological Issues: The WWE did something different on this set. If you are watching this DVD on a wide-screen TV, the non-HD matches (all but one on the set) feature an annoying pillar box with a funky design that makes it a little tough to visually focus on the matches.

Overall Recommendation: If you are a fan of Ricky Steamboat or great matches from the '80s and early '90s then you should buy this DVD. If not, I still recommend at least renting this DVD. It features two matches that every wrestling fan needs to see at least once.

Matches on This DVD Set

For matches that are available on other compilation DVDs, I will note the DVD it is also available on in parenthesis and italics.

Disc Two

  • Starrcade '83: w/Jay Youngblood vs. NWA Tag Team Champions Jack and Jerry Brisco (Starrcade: The Essential Collection, The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling)- Jay Youngblood and Jake Roberts are the only competitors on the disc that are not in the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • Boogie Jam '84: vs. NWA World Champion Ric Flair - The only commentary track for this match features Matt Striker and Ricky Steamboat. Please note that if you are expecting this match to be like their 1989 trilogy, you will be severely disappointed.
  • Capital Centre 7/85: vs. Bob Orton - This match took place while Bob Orton was recovering from his arm injury.
  • Maple Leaf Gardens 9/85: vs. Don Muraco - This is a lumberjack match.
  • Boston Garden 8/86: vs. Jake Roberts - This match took place prior to Ricky bringing his dragon to ringside.
  • WrestleMania III: vs. Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage (Macho Madness: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection, History of the Intercontinental Championship)- Every wrestling fan needs to see this match at least once. Sadly, their steel cage rematches took place at arenas that didn't televise their events so there is no footage from those matches. It also features an alternate commentary track.
Disc Three

  • Clash of Champions VI: vs. Ric Flair in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the NWA World Championship (The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection)- This is the middle match of their awesome televised trio of matches in 1989. This match was telecast at the same time as WrestleMania V.
  • Great American Bash '89: vs. US Champion Lex Luger - This bout took place at my favorite WCW PPV event and my second favorite PPV event next to WrestleMania III.
  • Clash of Champions XVII: w/Dustin Rhodes vs. WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyzsko - While Ricky is most known for his singles matches, he has also been a part of some great tag team matches. Anderson and Zbyzsko were a great team that time seems to have forgotten about. It's great to finally see them put on DVD.
  • Beach Blast '92: vs. Rick Rude in a 30-minute Iron Man Match - This was the first Iron Man Match in PPV history.
  • Clash of Champions XX: vs. TV Champion Steve Austin in a No DQ Match - This bout also features an alternate commentary track. If you are someone that wants to become a wrestler or wants to know what cues to look for in a match to make a move, you really should listen to these. As an example, during this match, Ricky explains what he looks for his opponent to do before he leaps off the top ropes for his cross body block.
  • Backlash '09: vs. Chris Jericho - It is amazing that Ricky barely showed any signs of ring rust despite not wrestling for almost 15 years.
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