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WWE Releases Richie Steamboat From NXT

We can confirm that WWE has officially released Richie Steamboat from his developmental deal with the company.

Steamboat, who is the son of WWE Hall Of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, had been out of action for a while with a back injury.

WWE quietly released Steamboat at some point in the past week.

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  • RomBuster

    Well The Rom didn’t see that coming…

  • Mr. Honesty

    That’s nuts. I understand Steamboat has been injured, but how can you release Steamboat AND Chris Hero in the same year?

    • Adam-Michael

      Well as you said 1 was injured… and according to reports Hero’s attitude stunk backstage

  • pwnez

    Horrible. Richie had a ton of potential and he was one of the superstars I was looking foward to seeing. They should have released Bo Dallas since he sucks.

    • Quite Frankly

      Bo Dallas? He doesn’t suck! He is amazing on the mic! That physique! Very strong wrestler! Plus! He is the NXT Champion! (Insert Sarcasm)

      Haha but no really, no one is a Bo-liever anymore, well quite frankly I never was. He’s annoying and how they keep prolonging his championship reign..is getting annoying as well. The people on NXT who deserve that championship but they have it on a 2nd rate guy who’s getting stale.

      • A Realist

        So…..he’s annoying you?

        The heel is doing his job?

        • Mike

          The heel doing his job doesn’t matter. Wrestlers can legit annoy people. Mick Foley as Mankind in ’96 annoyed the hell out of me, and AJ Lee annoys the absolute sh#t out of me face or heel. It’s because I just don’t like them. Not everybody thinks with that smark mentality.

          • A Realist

            You do realize that a mark is someone who thinks that wrestling is legit shoot fighting, right?

            I’m pretty sure I can differentiate between what’s real and what’s not…..hence the handle.

          • Mike

            Yeah I know what a mark is. I’m only saying that I can legit not like someone whether they are a face or a heel. And most don’t think with the smark mindset. So why are you getting defensive for? Chill with the attitude ok dude….

          • A Realist

            Who’s getting worked up, son? Certainly not me. Just educating you.

          • Mike

            Whatever dude….

          • A Realist

            I figured as much.

            Great talk, son.

          • Aperture

            Oooo…Get em’.

          • A Realist


          • Aperture

            Yes. You had him. Don’t put me in this. I was on your side.

          • A Realist

            Okay, okay. Truce.

            I thought you were startin’ sh*t. No harm, no foul.

        • WrestlingNerd

          I think Mike was trying to say that there’s a difference between heel heat and legit heat. A heel is doing their job when people are willing to keep watching or pay money to see them get their ass kicked and will root against them. It’s much different when people just get tired of seeing them on TV and switch the channel when they’re on because they’re annoying to watch. That’s not the kind of heat that you want to generate. I’m not sure which category Bo Dallas falls into however because I’m unfamiliar with NXT.

          • A Realist

            See, Mike? See how much better constructed of a counterpoint this is?

          • Mike

            What I see here is me being cool to you, but you being condescending to me. Hey, it’s not my fault you didn’t understand my comments. I was very clear, especially the second time. Maybe you’re just a douche who needs to pick a fight on trivial BS.
            Yeah, I’ve seen you do it to other folks here before. Not very cool pal…and not manly either. Very catty in fact.

            You couldn’t even click reply under my name to tell me this? That’s pretty wimpy my friend. You could have messaged me, and directed me toward WrestlingNerd’s comment easily.
            And btw, I’m not your son, ok princess? I suggest you check that arrogance of yours ASAP, as it’s not healthy. That’s what’s real.
            Feel free to leave more condescending remarks. After all, you need something to make yourself feel great right?
            I’m glad I’m not like that.

          • A Realist

            I’m glad you’re not trying to be like me, either. Because you’d fail. And did you think I didn’t know that you’d see this? How is that wimpy? Come on, man. If you’re trying to be a billy badass, and puff out that chest, you have to come up with something harder than that, SON.

            No, what I see was someone trying to insult me with the lame, played out “smark” label, and that someone getting taken to task. So, my arrogance doesn’t need checked, boy…..

            YOU just need to learn to pick your battles better. Next time, don’t start something with someone clearly more intelligent than you.

      • Adam-Michael

        That is the point of him… he is a heel, he is obnoxious, arrogant, delusional and self-unaware… if you hate him then he is doing a great job

  • Adam-Michael

    I was unaware he was ever with WWE to begin with…..

    • Sigma ?

      Well you didn’t miss much. He is that boring and has no charisma.

      • Adam-Michael

        I am serious I watch NXT every week…. I don’t even know who this guy is

  • A Realist

    Wow. Great call, WWE. Sigh….

  • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

    Damn, that is one good picture. That is one of them pictures you’d use for whatsapp and everything

  • Forceton Banfodder

    Not surprised, he’s been in developmental hell for years now. And as good as he is, there’s no room on the main roster for a guy like him.

    However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s re-signed in a few years.

  • Forceton Banfodder

    What is wrong with the board today?

  • Bro88

    Well that sucks.

  • raVen

    so where is all the jesse Sorenson supporters bashin wwe for releasing this guy when he has a back injury????

    • LaParkaXV

      Did WWE promise to pay his medical bills then not pay the bills, bankrupting his mother? Did WWE promise him a job for life then fire him? You were close……

      • raVen

        did wwe keep him employeed thru his entire recovery? did they keep him on as the highest paid “agent” in the company?
        dig deeper

        • LaParkaXV

          So he was given a $20 weekly salary?….again so far off here not even funny.

          • raVen

            20 a week? you are a fool. stfu clown shoes

  • derrickc30

    Hes a bad combination of small and uncharismatic.and for all of you bo haters hes the most over heel on nxt.his charachter is slimy and douchey and over as heck.im a BO LIEVER

  • syn kara

    What is the point of giving years 1-2 years of NXT time and then not bringing them to Smackdown ? They’re replacing semi-established NXT guys to make room for new auditions ? That’s really going to slow down the pace of bringing new wrestlers to TV.

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      Training 101…NXT is used to train. Obviously, they didn’t feel he progressed enough to keep him/move him up. Why would you move someone up if he’s not made the right amount of progress needed?

      • Adam-Michael

        Or if he has been out most of his contract injured

  • Jeremy-County Roberts

    WWE always releases people right before the holiday. The Grinch is heartless.

  • Godzilla2J

    I didnt even know he was signed .

  • Matt Gallagher

    Breaking News: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat just knocked out HHH

  • GN-0015

    I heard quite a while ago that Richie’s career could be over due to some injury. I assume this is the same case as Brett DiBiase’s.

  • G.I.R.L.

    Well I guess the Steam from this Boat wasn’t very Rich (no, I am not proud of this comment; once in a life time).

  • Dexys

    Really want WWE to resign him in the future. This guy was amazing..