Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat may not have reached the heights of Steve Austin or Sting, but he’s probably the purest babyface ever, one of the wrestlers to join the likes of Bruno Sammartino. never a heel, Like Mick Foley, Steamboat was basically a family man during his peak years, and unlike antagonist Ric Flair, Steamboat was not driven by fame or money, two popular tropes of the ’80s period. Instead, Steamboat’s motivation for wrestling stems from a spirit of competition, wanting to prove that he can be the better man in the square circle without resorting to cheap tactics over extreme aggression.
Often, elite babyfaces are the product of great heels, but in the case of Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes, both men played key roles in the legend of Ric Flair, and Flair’s feuds with both men are a major reason why he is arguably considered the greatest of all time. Goes- The Ring Artist of All Time. However, Steamboat could also stand on his own two feet, being involved in memorable matches with Randy Savage at WrestleMania III as well as Rick Roode in the WCW Beach Blast 1992 – an Iron Man match, no less. Even when his rivals brutalized him to gain a foothold in fights, Steamboat always took the high road and fans loved him for it.