In many ways, professional wrestling has become a family business.
The WWE has seen the McMahons (Jess, Vince Jr., Vince Sr., Linda, Stephanie and Shane), the DiBiases (Ted and Ted Jr.), the Rhodes (Dusty, Dustin and Cody), the Harts (Stu, Bret and Owen) and countless other families throughout its storied history.
Whether we like to acknowledge it or not, having a family member who’s had a lot of success in the business opens avenues that other less fortunate prospective wrestlers don’t get.
So, you probably shouldn’t be surprised that another second-generation star looks poised to hear to the WWE’s main roster in the near future.
A fan asked Jim Ross on Twitter today when Richie Steamboat will make his debut on the WWE main roster. Ross, who has been evaluating talents in FCW, wrote:
"When he's ready. He's getting closer."
We might all want to pay attention to Richie Steamboat because he’s a tremendous talent who is sure to make a splash in the WWE.
While I hinted at the influence his father, WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, may have had on his career, I did not mean to take away from Richie’s excellent in-ring skill set.
When a wrestling fan sees the name Steamboat, he automatically associates it with greatness. “The Dragon” is one of the very best pure wrestlers to ever step foot in a WWE ring, and as the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with Richie.
He’s only 24 years old, but he’s already one of the best prospects in WWE’s developmental system, thanks in large part to the training he received prior to heading to Florida Championship Wrestling. Richie spent four months training with Harley Race and another three months training in the Pro Wrestling Noah Dojo in early 2009.
Richie has the bloodline and the training to have a very successful career in the WWE, and as Jim Ross hints at, he could be inching closer toward a main roster call-up.
I can’t wait to see him on Raw or Smackdown because, like Cody Rhodes, he’s a can’t-miss second-generation superstar.
If he’s anywhere near as good as his father was, Richie is headed for a memorable career.