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Get Well Soon, Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat

Iconic professional wrestling legend Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat is in intensive care after suffering a brain aneurysm on Wednesday night. Steamboat, whose real name is Richard Blood, made an appearance on WWE Monday Night Raw earlier this week and was submitted to something called 450-splash by Justin Gabriel and later complained of neck and shoulder pain. Doctors are monitoring his condition 24 hours a day and his prognosis is reportedly excellent.

Via The Sun:

Medics believe his condition is not related to the incident on WWE Monday Night Raw.

His son Richie last night Tweeted: “Please keep my dad in your thoughts and prayers. The issues are worse than expected but he could be worse. God will help him through it!

“Thanks everyone for all of the support and well wishes. God always helps those in need and he’ll help my dad and our family stay strong and fight.”

If you are a child of the ’80s like me and grew up watching wrestling when it was still cool and “totally real” (at least in my 10-year-old mind it was), you by no doubt fondly remember Steamboat. And that what got me thinking this when I read this story:

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat is still wrestling?

And then when I read that the guy is 57-friggin’-years-old (!!!), I next thought:

Why in the hell is Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat still wrestling?

But there he is – or was – still grinding away on the wrestling circuit. I always remember that back in the day, Steamboat would frequently be the victim of violent, vicious stage attacks. I seem to recall one time where some wrestler I cannot recall took some foreign object like a rope or something of that ilk, looped it around Steamboat’s neck threw him over the ropes. The Dragon was just hanging there, flailing, legs kicking with spittle foaming out of his mouth. It was pretty gnarly stuff, even by staged professional wrestling standards.

In any event, here’s hoping Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat makes a full and complete recovery. They don’t make them like him anymore.

Brain scare for legend Ricky [The Sun]