Ricky Steamboat Released From WWE As Part Of Budget Cuts

WWE Hall Of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat has reportedly been released from WWE as part of the company’s recent budget cuts.

Prior to his release, Steamboat had been working as a coach in NXT, as well as a Talent Relations assistant under at the WWE offices in Stamford, Connecticut.

This past May, Steamboat did some promotional work for the company in Malaysia, however he has been booked for several non-WWE wrestling conventions and interviews.

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    • CSSA

      Lame.

    • Dominick

      NOOOOOOO!!! That’s no way 2 treat the Hall of Famer. Hope he’s in WWE2K15

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      Get rid of a good coach that can actually make a difference but keep guys like Slater and Khali. Just brilliant, WWE!

      • http://www.sescoops.com Undertaker316
        • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

          To be honest, has anyone ever said like “Ricky Steamboat has really helped me” etc? Nobody knows the full story, he may of not been doing much. Just because he was a good wrestler, it doesn’t mean that he is a good teacher.

          • Cujo999

            Yup. Just because you were a great worker doesn’t mean that you are a good trainer. There may have also been some friction there after his son was released, as well.

        • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

          Sh-t I forgot this guy was going to be at raw. I’m going there, and I don’t want to have to sit through that.

        • Gotstodobetter

          I highly doubt they paid him millions or even paid him at all. That was pretty much free promotion just like they do with movies.

      • Jeremy-County Roberts

        hey, don’t hate on Slater. The poor guy is lost right now. He had it all. A band. Jobber TV time. And within 24 hours it was all gone.

      • Matt Gallagher

        Heath slater can work his ass off. Heath slater is one of the top 5 most entertaining on the whole roster

        • Bushwald Sexyface

          Well now I know who made this…

          • Matt Gallagher

            That really doesn’t mean anything.

        • Jamie

          LOL

          • Matt Gallagher

            Heath can work better than 90% of the roster

      • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

        Did the three-man ban really broke up? I honestly liked them since they were different :(

        • gdaddy1971

          WWE released Jinder and Drew, so Heath is the only one of the three left.

          • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

            That freaking sucks :(

      • Steve Williams

        I find Slater 10x more entertaining than Cena.

    • Tromaboy2002

      Cuts are going deep now, I think things are about to get interesting.

    • EdgeheadY2J

      And Khali still is in WWE…

      • BOOCH

        He appeals to the Indian fan demographic. He’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Unless he violates the wellness policy.

      • Gotstodobetter

        Yeah because Khali is actually bringing in money believe or not.

    • http://www.youtube.com/ac1dchr15t ac1d

      Best of luck in your future-r endeavors..

    • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

      All these comments about specific talent still being signed, i mean they appeal to a specific market that’s why. if they didnt, they’d be gone too

    • Tromaboy2002

      You know I’m thinking of all these cuts and a lot of people are blaming the network. What I’m wondering is this, did they blow through all the money that came from that artificial stock price bump in March. I mean the stock doubled then went back to where it’s always been and it was a quick turn around on that, could they have been that irresponsible?

    • B. T.

      PWINSIDER didn’t say he was let go. They said it looks like he might have been.

    • Scott Kinnard

      Really? Yet they keep a never was like Bill DeMott as their head trainer? A guy who couldn’t work and didn’t draw. But release on of the best to ever step foot in the ring? You couldn’t ask for a better person to work with the NXT kids than Ricky Steamboat. I’m surprised HHH didn’t fight harder to keep him. Why not release Michael Hayes who is part of the horrible writing team, gets drunk and makes racist comments and gives alcohol to Rosa Mendes who was dealing with an alcohol problem.

      • Tromaboy2002

        I’ve never understood holding on to Michael Hayes, whenever I hear him talk he’s always on the opposing side of good talent and solid angles. It seems like he’s just “one of the boys” and that’s the only reason he’s still there.

        • G.I.R.L.

          Yup. Pretty much how I feel.

      • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

        What “racist” comments did Michael Hayes made? I’m only aware of him saying “N!gga” to Mark Henry, which is not really racist according to my black friends since it’s use as a term of endearment.

        • Scott

          It is when a white person uses it. Come on dude

          • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

            I don’t say N1gga since it sounds funny when I’m trying to sound “cool”, but I don’t see white people say it in a racist way. It’s honestly somewhat racist that white people are not allowed to say it.

            N1gga and N1gg3r are different in today’s society, especially among the youth.

            • Scott

              It doesn’t matter that they’re different dude. It isn’t racist that white people cant use the word. The fact still remains they shouldn’t use the word. Its too close to sounding like the other word. The only reason the “youth” use it is because its thrown in their face with the music and neighborhoods they grow up in. Doesn’t make it right, but white people not being able to use it at all isn’t racist a bit

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              Are you from USA, or an European country? It’s a bit different depending on where you live.

              It’s just sad that White people have to constantly be kept on a leech like a freaking dog just so they don’t have “offend” people, even though other ethnic groups can say WHATEVER they want with no repercussions :(

            • Scott

              I’m from the US dude come on, is the word even used in other parts of the world? We aren’t being kept on a leash because we cant use one stupid word in the English language man.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              It’s not even just that word, but just in general. We can’t have affirmative action and A LOT other things compared to other minorities in the US. I just want fairness for everyone.

              Also, N1gga is used quite a bit in South American countries.

            • Scott

              Do we need affirmative action? We get benefits for being white straight up. We get benefits for how much our parents make, what neighborhood we live in, what grades we make in school and all that. If you were to get a 4.0 GPA be a HS football star and be in some club and a black student had the exact same thing and the school you applied to just fill their black “quota” for the semester, the likelihood that the black student would get into that school would probably drop exponentially man. In the words of Chris Rock “personally I don’t know what all you white people got to complain about, you’re white, SMILE:)”

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I just don’t see a lot of TRUE racism for minorities no more, so I don’t understand why we need these laws for them in TODAYS time.

              Let’s say I have a son, who is born in a non-racist home; My son is likely to ask “Why are there no White Colleges like Black Colleges?” or “Why do Whites get in trouble for saying racist things, but not others, Dad?”, so what should I honestly tell him?

            • Tookie

              Hellooooo. The reason you don’t see racism is because YOU’RE WHITE. Don’t feel bad, a lot of white ppl feel the same way. I’m black and i deal with some form of racism almost on a daily basis. Kim Kardashian didn’t think racism still existed either, until she married a black man and had a black baby. Now ask her if she still believes racism doesn’t exist that much.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              White people experience racism to as well.

            • JoeyRay78

              and that’s a racist comment in itself.

            • JoeyRay78

              and shut up about this bullshit if i want a nonsensical political debate i’d go to huffington post. THIS IS WRESTLING

            • Scott

              haha sorry about that, it happens on here sometimes haha

            • Scott

              That is a tad bit racist, the last part of course was a joke from a movie. But its the world we live in man. Its just what is in America just saying

            • Tookie

              Lol, thank you.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              The main point I’m trying to make is that there should be no laws that gives any racial group an advantage compared to others.

              You might live in the riches part of White America, but not EVERY White American is born with these “high” privileges that the media keeps trying to portray.

              I had to fight just as hard as other minorities in my area to get where I am at today and it’s offensive that you’re insinuating that a person can succeed just for being white, even though that’s not true.

            • Scott

              Hey man don’t throw me into that stereotype man because that’s exactly what you’re doing right now and you’re arguing about it right now. I didn’t say I was rich, my family has been through the same thing as many and made it out okay. I didn’t say a person can succeed for being white you completely misread what I said. I was giving a simple example right there. There are people all over struggling in all sorts of colors, races and ethnicities and maybe you did have to fight hard but I was just giving a basic example man

            • Tookie

              You’re a white guy in America. Exactly why is it that you need affirmative action again??

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I want equality and fairness for everyone :( Also, not every white person is born with privileges. You might not realize it, but you’re saying to me is actually racist.

            • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

              Nobody should use it, lol, end of.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              This is what I agree with, Mr. Pozessed!

            • Dean

              so what makes g@y as in stupid and g@y as in homosexual any different? Go down to the south and as them folks if n1gga and n1gger are any different from one another

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              G@y as in stupid is offensive to G@ys since it’s used as as something negative regarding that group. That’s like a person saying, “Stop acting so black, Keith!”, which would be offensive to blacks like with G@ys.

              It’s likely if I asked most black people down south regarding the difference, then they would react with violence towards me and not have an intelligent conversion regarding the issue, so I’m not interested in asking, unless it’s my black friends.

              Fat Joe, who is a Puerto Rican rapper, even said that N1gga and N1gg3r are different when the media got mad that a white female rapper said “N1gga” in her song, so it’s not just white people who knows that there’s a difference between the two.

            • Dean

              so basically what it comes down to is what region you’re in, still might as well make n1gga just as offensive to use as saying g@y whenever something is stupid. After all fair is fair right

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              When you put it that way, then I somewhat agree with you, but I still don’t like how it’s only whites, but not Latinos, Indians, Asians or whatever group that’s not black, that can’t say it without getting in trouble or being mad at.

              One day this country will change for the better for equality for ALL races, but it won’t with the current racist idiot in the White House, who makes George Bush look like a genius!!!!

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              Flap those t i t s

            • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

              Lol, we’d probably need some alien invasion for stupid humans to finally group together.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I hope I am not one of those people :(

              If I am, then I would love to be the leader since I feel I would ruled those peasant quite well, like Tyrone!

            • Scott

              Its only Hispanics and black people dude. Indians and Asians don’t use the word, never heard either one of them ever use it. Obama isn’t racist man, I thought you said yiu were the most honest man alive. WHats honest about that?

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I only considered Obama to be racist since he always plays the “race card”, which itself, is racist in today time due fewer ACTUAL racist things happening in America now, unless it’s just “racist” words. If things were still happening such as lynching, and the Jim Crow laws, THEN I would agree with the whole “race card”, but people abused it so much today.

              Also, I don’t really see Indians say it, but I do see a lot Filipinos say it quite it bit around my area.

              It also looks like you are giving a pass for Latinos to say N!gga, which makes it a double-standard.

            • Tookie

              You just played your hand with that comment……………………………

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              Do you agree that Latinos and other groups that are not white can say N?*gga? The liberal media sadly allows everyone, but whites to say it.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              What do you mean by that? Are you trying to say that I’m “racist” for really disliking Obama as a president? His current approval ratings are worse then George Bush, which is saying a lot!

              My comment is saying equality for ALL races, so how am I “playing my hand”?

            • David Coates

              Hello. I live in the south. My black, white, brown, Asian, etc. friends are pretty relaxed and we jokingly call each other names like n*gger, b*aner, cracker, sp*c, porchm*nkey, and so on. We say these things to each other because we know deep down we don’t mean hate and it is refreshing that those words have no power like they used to. Now, you don’t say words like that to a stranger but only in good company. Everyone is different and we all are struggling with one thing or another. One reality for one person isn’t the reality for everyone else.

              Oh. When I lived in California, gay friends I had used the term “gay” as a derogatory term as well. I was surprised. Some people just have thick skin.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              THANK YOU!!

            • Tookie

              Whether the word is appropriate or not is something that needs to be worked out in the African American community. It is NOT a free ticket for white ppl to say it because you hear black ppl use it amongst each other. There are white ppl that call each other “white trash or trailer trash” in a funny or negative way. But you won’t hear me, as a black man, say that to them because it’s not my place to do so. That’s something for white ppl to work out in their community.

            • Scott

              Amen dude. Thank you that’s what I was trying to say to him

        • G.I.R.L.

          Excuse me? It’s not a term of endearment; and he didn’t call him “gga” he called him “gger” which was/is used to classify people of african descent as inferior and less than human. It is degoratory and Hayes deserved his punishment.

          And your black friend doesn’t speak for or represent an entire group of people.

          • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

            I honestly thought hayes said it with an “er” one and the one ending with “a”.

            I see a lot of whites and Latinos around my area say “N1gga” and they say it to there black friends and to each other without racist content. Why can’t white people say it even though they are saying in a form of friendship and not ignorance?

            You’re likely not from America if you can’t tell the difference between the two.

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              Because you are ugly

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              So typical, Tyrone!

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              Just show us your t i t s

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              Please ask a person that actually has breast to show them to you, so you could pleasure yourself, Tyrone.

              Ask, Dr. Jackson, your therapist, to help you come out. I’m pulling for you!

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              Hurry up cracker, flap those t i t s

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I’m going to call the police since you called me “C Word”! I’m going to cry myself to sleep, racist idiot!

            • Hdhdhdbhe

              Dont say cracker bro. Not cool

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              Don’t worry about him; he just hates his life due to the way God created him.

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              Shut up cracker and show them t i t s

            • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

              You do know that cracker was the term used for the overseer who used to ‘crack the whip’ upon slaves. Not really offensive to anyone but black people if you think about it, since it is a word that references to a time when black people were enslaved. Racism is the topic of the ignorant.

            • Progressed_Now
          • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

            Lol, like there is a difference. Personally, I think if a word will offend you so bad then grow up, but if the majority of people still worry over petty things then they should just completely cut out the word. The word was created as a derogatory word for a black slave, no matter how it is ‘changed’ it will still refer to its original state of being a racial insult, people who use the word (yes, even black people) are ignorant af since they are pretty much holding onto a word that was used to enslave people (their people), the word shouldn’t be used, simple as.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I just don’t understand why black people would turned that “N Word” into something positive. I highly doubt Martin Luther King Scottie Pippen and other black leaders would accept that in today’s society.

        • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

          Your ugly a s s again? When you showing us your t i t s

          • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

            Shut up, Tyrone!

        • Scott Kinnard

          He was known to refer to Ranjin Singh as a ‘Sand N$gger’

          • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

            I did not know that! That does make him ignorant then.

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              No that makes you fat

            • Guest

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        • Bam Bam

          On the plane ride from He77 he was suppose to say some racist stuff to JBL which is weird cause they are both from the south. JBL from what I read was sleeping at the time and Hayes woke him up and said that to him then JBL punch him and laid him out then X-Pac cut off a piece of his hair and sold on on Ebay or something.

          • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

            Hayes said a racial slur about white people to JBL or Hayes said something racist about an other ethic group, which JBL got mad?

            • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

              the cracker jbl

            • Hp

              Aubrey is a a..s..s hole but dont call JBL a cracker

            • Bam Bam

              Yeah he called him a dumb redneck cracker or something I think Hayes also bump a cut where JBL got busted open in his match as well.

      • Dusty’s Discarded Polka Dots

        Racism rhymes with Playstation, coincidence?
        …Probably

        • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

          The reason why I game only on Nintendo and PC with some Xbox! Die Playstation, DIE!!!!!

    • lunchbox87

      Dont worry im sure Brok will take that money with a smile on his face

    • esnips

      Is it me or does it seem that little by little wwe is dying. I bet 20 years from now it will be in tna status. Especially when their special attractions are too old to wrestle and they have to rely on their actual talent.

      • Donny Octave

        Well, nothing lasts forever.

    • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

      Serious question, is there a reason why so many old people’s teeth turn a gold or yellowish color? Is there a way to prevent that?

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        Coffee, cigs, certain foods. Brushing 3+ times a day, flossing, mouthwash usually can help. I’ve also seen where people have bad genetics and it just happens and there isn’t anything they can do.

        • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

          I’m very serious, but thank you for that. I personally don’t drink coffee since I get very bad gas from it, which pisses of my classmates in College, and I feel even more bloated than I usually do.

          I’ll give this message to my Uncle Donnie, whose teeth looks awful!

          • Bushwald Sexyface

            I forgot to also mention dark sodas. Those can play a role in yellowing also. The Crest whitestrips work a charm from what I’ve heard to help with whitening so your Uncle may be interested in using those.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              Lastly, what about if there tongue has a white coating on it? I’m not sure if it’s plaque or something else. He has that has well, but I’m not sure what to buy for him.

            • Dropkick Murphy

              The white is bacteria and contributes to bad breath. A lot of times this is caused by a dry mouth. If he gets a mouthwash that treats dry mouth that should help. Also brushing his tongue lightly with a toothbrush and toothpaste will help. But brush lightly.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              Thank you!

            • Poppy’s Hammer

              Tongue scraper, most of the time its gunk he can’t get off with mouthwash.

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              I just ordered a nice one, thanks!

            • theguywholoveschickfight

              why do you peak in his mouth if it’s that gross?

            • The One, The Only, The Ellis!

              It’s hard not to look when he is talking to you.

            • theguywholoveschickfight

              lol !

    • Scott

      Well there are certainly better choices of people to release than this guy. I mean WWE just doesn’t seem to think release the guys on the main roster that you don’t use anymore start there.

    • Tazz

      It’s said to see a legend leave the company but it makes sense. He can still return once in a while

    • Dixie Carter

      Such a shame. Wonder how they can afford great talent like Brock Lesnar just 1 of the 2 guys who draw a dime in WWE.

      • Herald

        tell me Dixie how many members of the Aces & 8’s drew a dime when they were together

        • Dixie Carter

          A lot because they made good money, unlike you working in Trash Chicken for 3bucks an hour

          • http://youjizz.com/ Jomo

            Dixie, will you ever pose for playboy?

            • Dixie Carter

              Perhaps but make more sense just to release my own shoot. I get to keep all the money that way.

    • Herald

      damn Vince just go back to your 4 main ppv’s and Superstars every couple weeks i won’t mind one bit.

    • insomniacreviewer

      What a shame to release a legend like that :/

    • Sigma ?

      Steamboat deserved better. This is crap.

      • matthew

        I agree

    • Progressed_Now

      of all the useless reetards on the roster like Khali & Hornswoggle, they fire one of the best coaches they’ve ever had. I find it hard to believe that Triple H doesn’t have enough pull to veto a release like this.

      Vince can’t die fast enough if you ask me.

    • Dominic D. Walker

      I’m black and I think it’s offensive that other races use the word.

      • Progressed_Now

        you’re also an idiot because “the” word was nowhere used on this article.

        • Dominic D. Walker

          You’re an idiot if you stroll down the comment section you’ll see what I’m talking about.

          • Progressed_Now

            why would I wanna stroll down a bunch of bullshiit? you’re the idiot for making a “new comment” – which indicates you’re responding to the article instead of responding to the comment in question.

    • Yofiel Malachi Yacov

      He’ll be back, just lie Finley was fired then came back. This is just temporary.

    • brad

      Why would they ever want to release Steamboat, the guy is arguably one of the best workers in professional wrestling history.

    • Coach

      That’s just sad. You release a true living legend & a true fan favorite that’s never been a heel. Decisions like this & keepins some of the moronsthey kept will drive the company to bbankruptcy. #the network is killing you Vince.

    • brad

      The original Dragon !!!!!!!