Friday, May 04, 2018

Action Figures Friday: U.S. Champ Ricky Steamboat

This is Mike Simmerman's depiction of Ricky Steamboat as U.S. champion in 1984, wearing the 4th version of the U.S. title belt that was in service from 1983-1986. Early on, the plates were painted, but later all paint was removed and the belt was sometimes known as "the ten pounds of silver."

Steamboat defeated Dick Slater for the title in April of 1984 and lost the title to Wahoo McDaniel in June of 1984. It was Steamboat's third and final reign as U.S. champion.