Bruce Prichard Doesn't Think Ricky Steamboat Had The Tools To Be A Top Guy In WWE
Bruce Prichard believes Ricky Steamboat was lacking something in WWE
When considering the greatest WWE stars to have never won the WWE Title, Ricky Steamboat ranks right up there, but according to long-time WWE creative force Bruce Prichard, 'The Dragon' didn't have all the tools to be the company's top guy.
Asked whether Steamboat had everything required to be WWE's main man during a recent edition of his Something to Wrestle podcast, Prichard said:
"No. I don't think Ricky had the verbal skills to be the top guy. I think he was a little too... I loved Ricky's work — Oh my God, Ricky's work was fabulous, but I just don't know that, to the masses, he could really captivate. He definitely had a charisma to him, he was awesome — unbelievable athlete and talent. But I'm not sure that people believed what he was saying. I'm not sure Ricky believed what he was saying."
Continuing, Prichard added:
"Ricky just knew he could go out there and do whatever the hell you want him to do — because he was that good. But I think the verbal skills are what would have prevented Ricky from ever being the top guy."
Though he never won WWE's main prize, Steamboat did have a 76-day reign as NWA World Heavyweight Champion in 1989 as part of a classic feud with Ric Flair.
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