Why Ricky Steamboat Should Be on WWE Programming

Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2013

Why Ricky Steamboat Should Be on WWE Programming

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    Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat should be on WWE programming.

    The Hall of Famer appeared in Santino Marella’s corner during his match against Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. Despite Barrett’s victory over Santino, Steamboat’s presence was felt.

    Barrett almost attacked Steamboat while he checked on Santino. But Steamboat rose and was ready to fight. The Dragon still has it!

    He still has that charisma and talent to put others over. He can still generate that excitement to the WWE Universe.

    It seems like a good idea to bring Steamboat back on WWE television.

    How should the WWE use Steamboat?

The Manager Role

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    Steamboat can be an effective manager in a face role.

    He can offer guidance to many of the undercard wrestlers. After all, Steamboat was once in that situation in his WWE career. Steamboat made a living being in the WWE’s midcard division.

    Every diehard wrestling fan remembers his classic encounter with the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage at WrestleMania III.

    Steamboat can offer those wrestlers guidance and provide a new side to his clients' characters. For example, he could manage Kofi Kingston, or maybe even Santino.

    Regardless of whom Steamboat manages, that wrestler should be honored to have the Hall of Famer in his corner.

In-Ring Return

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    Steamboat could make a return to the ring for a short while.

    The WWE already planted a seed last week for a return, if they go that route. Barrett and Steamboat could provide an entertaining story for the WWE.

    Steamboat shouldn’t be questioned as to whether he still has it. He had two entertaining matches at WrestleMania XXV and Backlash with Chris Jericho. He nearly stole the show with his WrestleMania performance, teaming with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.

    Unfortunately, the quality of a possible Steamboat match should be questioned.

    Those matches with Jericho happened four years ago. Steamboat could suffer even more ring rust than he did in those matches. Plus, Jericho knew how to work with Steamboat. Who could say Barrett can do the same (no offense)?

    Even if the matches aren’t up to par, the simple nostalgia factor Steamboat provides will make an in-ring return something to remember.

Administrative Role

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    Steamboat could return as a general manager for either show.

    Raw could go back to a male administrative role on TV. Steamboat can bring his charisma to that role for a nice run. A face general manager may not always work, but Steamboat can get the job done.

    If he’s put in a general manager role, maybe he turns heel, a side rarely seen from Steamboat, if not ever.

    A heel role for Steamboat could not only revitalize himself, but also the WWE. It would be a shocker for old-school fans to see Steamboat in a new light.

    No matter if he were a face or heel, Steamboat as a general manager or performing any other administrative role would help the current crop of WWE wrestlers get over. 

Father-Son Tale

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    Ah, the father-son tale never gets old.

    Steamboat’s son, Richie Steamboat, is a standout in the NXT developmental league. He could be called up sometime this year.

    Wrestling has used the father-son angle before. WCW did it with Dusty Rhodes and his son Dustin, more familiar as Goldust. The WWE did a similar angle with Rhodes and his other son Cody.

    Putting the Steamboats on TV would not only bring the nostalgia factor but also generate interest in the younger Steamboat.

    Ricky Steamboat could manage Richie Steamboat. Can you picture it?

    They could also flip the story, with Richie going against his father. WWE fans would be intrigued with the father-vs.-son storyline

    If either side is done right, Ricky Steamboat can put his son over as a formidable threat much better than his son could from the gate.