Episode #25 – Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat 1989 TRILOGY! WOOOO!

Dre and Black Cat put forth a marathon of a podcast this week in their, what they like to think of, EPIC podcast. This review of the five-star classic series in 1989 between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat is an exhaustive look at the entire story-line and backstory starting in mid-January to their final confrontation at WrestleWar 89 in May. Also find out what Dre, Little Dre, and Mrs. Dre will be wearing for Halloween this year.

This episode has been archived in the Season 1 digital box set available for $9.99 at the OSWP Merch Store!


  1. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this podcast.

    Jook, what instrunment did you play in the school band? I loved the story about you cutting the concert to watch wrestling.

    I want pictures of the Dre family dressed as the Steamboats for Halloween.

    I guess Black Cat has no love for me because I’d like to know what the Verne Gagne stairwell incident is all about.

    I remember Funk interviewing Flair after he won the belt and thought “Funk is going to erupt here.” Didn’t he piledrive Flair through a table or was that a different angle?

    • Black Cat says:

      This was in fifth grade and played trumpet. I will go on to play other instruments, but will save those stories for another podcast.

      I will defer to Dre regarding the pictures.

      Regarding Verne – google “Verne Gagne Kills Man” and you’ll get all the info you need. Perhaps we’ll do a cast on Verne and tell the story.

      And, yes, Funk piledrove him after the match. It took a lot for me not to mention it. I’m saving it for another epic podcast as that whole story is nearly as awesome as Steamboat/Flair. I wanted to do it for Episode 50, but Dre has an affinity for The Big Show that I’ll never understand..

  2. Really looking forward to listening to this. But think I will re-watch trilogy myself first to get the most out of it 🙂

  3. Really fantastic job chaps. Probably the best one you guys have done. Amazing matches. And you really understand why that old style is so much better than the modern product.

    I listened to this in three installments. Including one where I was doing my weekly shop – Blackcat was telling his story about making himself sick to watch the Chi-Town Rumble and I laughed out loud in the supermarket. This old woman looked at me.

    Good stuff.

    • Black Cat says:

      Thanks for the kudos. I was really excited about this show, so that might be why it turned out so well. Hopefully the old woman wasn’t my mother. She hasn’t said anything yet so I don’t think she listens to the podcast.

  4. Dre says:

    Thanks Jerry, you should have put that old lady in a Boston crab!

  5. I’m going to hold you two to talking about Ranger Ross at a later date.

    The Verne Gagne reports I found just say he threw the other man on the floor. Where does the staircase come in?

    Anyone think it’s a little too convenient that the small package finish of the 3rd match is the same ending to Steamer’s Wrestlemania 3 classic?

    If Flair/Funk wins the bid at getting episode 50, I think the Big Show tribute show should still get a prominent spot like 30, 35, 40, 45…or maybe 100.

    • Dre says:

      That was Ricky’s signature move. He called it the “Fire Breathing Dragon Package”. If he was active today, it would be called The F.B.D.R.

      Also, there is no debate. Paul White gets mad props on ep fiddy.

      • Black Cat says:

        Shouldn’t we save it for something really special like Episode 1000?

  6. Uncle Soda says:

    I wish I could be faster with a response to this one, because you deserve so much praise for this one. The trilogy got exactly the treat it deserves.

    I really like how you discussed the “real sports” psychology of like the talk about how they tried to sneak a quick 3-count in during the 2/3 falls match. And it was nice to hear Steamboat’s insane “Durac-elbow” attack get props. All the small things you pointed out were so cool, and I really got the urge to watch them again, just to see all those things. Someone should make a Tommy Young greatest hits video on YouTube.

    Just like Hardcore Badass I laughed at Black Cat’s efforts to get to see the first match live on PPV. And Dre asking if he bladed in the bathroom was hilarious.

    The running theme about this being the end of an era was very interesting. I had never thought about that.

    Not sure about the Paul Wight thing, but I can’t wait for #50 if it’s Funk/Flair. And if you have a look at Beyond The Mat I’d be all ears too.

    Cheers, and thanks again for an incredible Flair/Steamboat review. You made the matches even better.

  7. JamGlad says:

    While listening to your Flair Seamboat podcast one of you guys said that you couldn’t remember anyone else other than Steamboat using the double chicken wing. I’m not 100% sure about this, but I believe that Bob Backlund used that move as his finisher in his WWE return in the 90’s.

    • Felix says:

      Actually that was a Crossface Chicken Wing that Backlund does, Steamboat’s Double Chicken Wing is different. I agreed with you at first, until I resaw thie match

  8. Grant says:

    Thank you for another awesome podcast.