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Ricky Steamboat: The Life Story of the Dragon (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039PGH9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat is one of the most legendary performers in the history of sports entertainment. The popular superstar made his name in the Carolina territory and went on to become a fan favorite in WCW and WWE. His battles with Ric Flair for the NWA Championship kept fans on the edge of their seats and his Intercontinental Championship match with “Macho Man” Randy Savage is considered by many the greatest match in WrestleMania annals. Now for the first time ever on DVD, fans can relive the career of Ricky Steamboat. This 3-DVD set has a biographical documentary feature on Steamboat’s life, as well as some of the biggest matches of his career .

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here it is May 21, 2010

Documentary Chapters:
Growing Up
The Dragon
WrestleMania III
World Champion
Fire Breathing Dragon
Hall of Fame

Special Features:
Ricky's First Car

Mike Graham Remembers Richard Blood

Ricky Forgets His Name

Having a Positive Attitude
World Wide Wrestling - February 16, 1982

Tuesday Night Titans - April 5, 1985

Steve Lombardi Remembers Ricky's First Match in the WWE

The Body Shop
All-Star Wrestling - June 22, 1985

Becoming the Dragon... The Three Moments of Truth

Chris Jericho Meets Ricky Steamboat For The First Time

Tuesday Night Titans - September 10, 1986

Update with Gene Okerlund
Superstars - January 31, 1987

Dragon in the Oven
Superstars - April 11, 1987

Return from Japan
World Championship Wrestling - March 18, 1989

William Regal Remembers Watching Ricky Steamboat & Ric Flair

World Television Champion
WCW Saturday Night - September 19, 1992

Ricky Steamboat's Induction into the WWE Hall of Fame - April 4, 2009


NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
Jack & Gerry Brisco vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Starrcade November 24, 1983

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs "Nature Boy" Ric Flair
Boogie Jam March 17, 1984
(Commentary by: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat & Matt Striker)

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Cowboy Bob Orton
Capital Centre July 20, 1985

Lumberjack Match
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Being A "Blood" To A Hall Of Fame Career August 4, 2010
Finally, one of the most highly requested DVD sets of all time, in regards to a wrestling legend, has finally been released in regards to without a doubt one of the greatest inring performers & a man who never had to work as a heel thoughout his career because of how loved he was by the fans...a rarety in wrestling for as long as he's been in the business. You'll hear from various people throughout the presentation such as the various legends (Ric Flair, Jack & Gerald Brisco, Iron Sheik, Harley Race, Tony Atlas, Steve Kern, Roddy Piper, Bob Orton Jr., Gene Okerland, Jim Cornette, Jim Crockett, Barry Windham, Magnum T.A., Sgt. Slaughter, Dean Malenko, Jake Roberts, James J. Dillion, Arn Anderson, Michael Hayes, Don Muraco, Bret Hart) & current WWE talent (Edge, Chris Jericho, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, William Regal, Dustin "Goldust" Rhodes) and even a few new faces that we haven't heard from before (NWA referee Tommy Young, NWA booker George Scott, George "The Animal" Steele, and his son Richie Steamboat).

The documentry stars with Steamboat talking about where he really grew up at & how his father's job caused him to move all around the world. His early amature wrestling days along with his first exposure to professional wrestling is discussed before going into the story of how he ended up going to Verne Gagne's camp. The story behind his name being changed to Steamboat, his travels through various NWA territories, how Ric Flair went to bat for him, and how him not fully dedicating himself to the business stopped him from being a top star. His famous tag team with Jay Youngblood was heavily discussed as far as them being friends in & out of the ring along with their feuds with Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle along with the Briscos leading to their Starrcade match.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of wrestling's great success stories June 29, 2010
By Matt
RICKY STEAMBOAT: THE LIFE STORY OF "THE DRAGON" is one of WWE's best DVD sets to date. The documentary was excellent, with Steamboat humbly recalling his ascent to the top of professional wrestling. There was some great stuff from his peers and today's stars as well as from his son, Ritchie, as well. My only gripe about the documentary was that it was too short. It's difficult to capture a lifetime in only one hour, but it was done about as well it could've been in that time.

There are hundreds of different matches that could have gone on this DVD set, but those which were included were excellent.

In a business full of tragic stories, Ricky Steamboat's story is one with a happy ending. He rose to the top of his game, stepped away on his own terms, and now helps build young WWE talent while watching his own son work his way through their developmental system.

If you're a wrestling fan, this is a must-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kayfabe or it would have been 5 stars! January 29, 2012
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I can't imagine not giving Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat 5 stars and I do enjoy this DVD set very much... his series of matches with Flair, Jake the Snake and Savage are the stuff of legend, and full of "story". So many other reviewers have documented the contents and its been out for some time... I'll just weigh in for what its worth with my biggest gripe or regret. Ricky and the host do audio commentary for a few matches and most notably the Wrestlemania III classic with Randy "Macho Man" Savage. However, they treat it Kayfabe ...and what this means to non-wrestling fans is they go over the match like its a real event instead of a pre worked out performance which of course it was. Ricky has talked about this on other "shoot" DVDs and in print and I was really looking forward to his discussing how Savage wanted everything planned to the most small detail and discussing the behind the scenes on the story and moves but instead the commentator took him down the road to "pretend" and so the audio commentary isn't only boring its ridiculous and insulting. For those who want to pretend they could easily just watch the match with the normal announcer commentary but its odd to have a "behind the scenes" audio commentary that continues that myth. Although Ricky has talked about that match on other places I was so looking forward to him discussing it while he (and we as viewers) watched it and I consider this a huge opportunity lost.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
didnt have the front cover on the boxes
Published 1 month ago by kelsey hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan
I enjoyed this video because have been a long time fan of Rick Steamboat. It goes into a lot of detail about his life and career in the wrestling business and how he rose to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gaff
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
This DVD is a must own in my book. Sure the documentary isn't as drama filled as some, but that is because Steamboat seemed to be a relatively drama free wrestler. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CapitalTTruth
5.0 out of 5 stars ricky steamboat: the life story of the dragon
I am very happy with my recent purchase of the ricky steamboat: the life story of the dragon dvd, I enjoyed watching the life story of one of the most popular wrestlers in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by anthony harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Ricky Steamboat
One of the greatest mat wrestlers of all-time,it talks more about his life also,a true true legend in the business.
I recommend you pick this up if your a fan.
Published 16 months ago by Kealey Crossan
5.0 out of 5 stars Behold the dragon!
I love the documentary learning about the career of the dragon and the matches are great! I recomend getting it if you like old wwrestling and long matches.
Published 21 months ago by Tyler Bowers
4.0 out of 5 stars The Steamboat Man!
The DVD arrived in a timely manner. Picture was clear and sound quality very good. However, there were only 2 discs of Ricky instead of 3. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WWE Classic
I got the DVD on time and as soon as I opened it I put it on. The condition of the product was great and I was able to add another gem to the collection.
Published 22 months ago by James Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service
Good service. I grew up watching Ricky The Dragon Steamboat. What a wrestler! What a Hall of Famer! Long live The Dragon!
Published on January 18, 2012 by Jason N. Cruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent bio but great matches,
One of the original high flyers, a great athlete and one of the true good guys in the wrestling business. He's Ricky Steamboat and this is his story in and out of the ring. Read more
Published on September 8, 2011 by Jonnathan Ritland
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