#261 – Mr. Fuji v Ricky Steamboat, Kung-Fu Challenge, November 2, 1985

On the new OSWP, Dre and the Black Cat go back in time to discuss the classic kung-fu battle between Ricky Steamboat and Mr. Fuji from Saturday Night’s Main Event, and we have a surprise visit from Harley Race and Stu Hart. Please support the show by visiting patreon.com/oswp. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you…at the matches.



  1. hugues says:

    Two Don Muraco episodes in the past three weeks… please say this is part of trilogy concluding with the first King of the Ring Tournament. It would give you a chance to finally review a Les Thornton match too I guess.

    All the talk of Mr Fuji’s managerial career and no mention that he was the first manager for the longest-running tag team champions in WWF history (and also the team that broke his title reign record)?

  2. JRC says:

    While I am stopping by your site, I figured I’d also tell you my one Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat memory.

    So when I was just getting into wrestling the Ricky v. Macho Man feud was just starting. Wrestling wasn’t “must see” viewing for me yet, so instead of watching the Saturday mid-day syndicated WWF show, I was chilling out in the backyard of my family’s home.

    Because I was super cool and cutting edge, I’d borrowed my sisters transistor radio that was built to also receive TV audio signal. I had the local UHF station on, playing that week’s episode of Superstars. I was entranced listening to Vince describe–all by himself without a co-host–Randy’s attack, smashing The Dragon’s throat with the timekeeper’s bell. The horror and quiet shock that came thru that little radio still comes back to me when I think about it. Such emotional storytelling.

    The funny thing is, I had never seen a Dragon match before, and because his last name is Steamboat, I assumed he was a Big Fatty (TM) wrestler. Boy was I surprised when I tuned in next week and caught the recap, and got a real introduction to sleek awesomeness that is Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.
    Also, who has the last name is Steamboat? Is that a family name?

    Thanks for bringing that memory back,

  3. Midwest Meltzer says:

    Minus 5 stars