Conrad Thompson: Ricky Steamboat's Statement Isn't The Whole Story
Ricky Steamboat recently declined an invitation to wrestle Ric Flair’s last ever match
It was reported recently that the legendary Ricky Steamboat was set to come out of retirement to face old rival Ric Flair in a six-man for ‘The Nature Boy’s final match, before Steamboat ruled himself out.
Flair’s son-in-law and podcast network supremo Conrad Thompson has given his thoughts on Steamboat not signing on for the match, saying the following to Wrestling Inc. Daily’s Nick Hausman:
“There’s no way for me to have that conversation with you and not be negative, or hurtful or rude and I am not going to comment on it because I think a lot of Mr. Steamboat and hold him in high regard,” Thompson said. “I know what really happened and he knows what really happened and I am disappointed that he put a statement out before we had an opportunity to put a bow on things. But, that’s not the whole story and what the whole story is, is nobody’s business I suppose.”
Thompson admitted that he still respects ‘The Dragon’ though:
“I appreciate his body of work very much and I am always going to be a fan of his, but I am not going to get into a, ‘he said, she said,’ mudslinging situation when it is someone that I know, like, and trust, and respect a great deal.”
After Flair announced his intentions to have ‘one last match’, rumours suggested that ‘The Nature Boy’ could team with FTR against a team of Steamboat and The Rock ’n’ Roll Express, but Thompson stated that nothing was set in stone:
“I do want to say though, I am not upset about the Ricky Steamboat thing,” Conrad Thompson stated. “I know that sometimes, I said something the other day on Jeff Jarrett’s podcast, and boy it just got click baited everywhere. Just want to add the proper context here, lots of conversations have happened about, ‘what if,’ and we got everyone that we asked about it, everyone said, ‘yep, I am in.’
“So, we have had conversations, but ultimately that’s not the match you’re going to see, but I have never said what the match was going to be,” Conrad stressed. “So, when people are saying, ‘what’s the match now?’ Well, what was it ever? There’s a lot of hypotheticals, we could say hypothetically right now next year’s WrestleMania is The Rock vs. Roman, everyone has said that hypothetically, but when has WWE announced that? When has Rock said that? It’s all just conjecture at this point.”
H/T: Wrestling Inc.