MATCH : Ric Flair v Ricky Steamboat


EVENT : Clash of the Champions 6 : Ragin' Cajun

VENUE : Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans

DATE : 2nd April 1989

CHAMPIONSHIP: NWA World Heavyweight Title

STIPULATION : 2 out of 3 Falls Match

Background : This was the big re-match between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat from the Chi-Town Rumble Pay-Per-View where Steamboat defeated Flair to capture the NWA World Heavyweight Title. This event was on free TV at the same as Wrestlemania 5 was airing on PPV so as to try and hurt the WWF's buyrate. 2 out of 3 falls matches were very popular in the 1980's and I believe they could and should feature more in current wrestling programming. The match between these two at Chi-Town Rumble was superb as it was built around Steamboat being the family man fighting for tradition and honour up against the showman, Flair, with his luxurious lifestyle and expensive tastes. Both of these men would have a huge task on their hands to try and outdo their last match but many believed that they could do it....

MATCH REVIEW : To say that a lot of people have described this match as one of the greatest matches in American wrestling history somewhat says how excellent this match is. Both Steamboat and Flair gave it their all in a 55 minute thriller which would surpass the original clash. It is hard for a match to go such a long time but keep a good pace but this match managed to do just that thanks to these two extraordinary athletes. This was very easily the best match on TV this day including anything from WWF's Wrestlemania 5 although the NWA did suffer in terms of attendance and viewing ratings which meant that both promotions never went head-to-head again for many years. Due to the finish of the match, that seen Flair pinned although he had a foot on the top rope, we luckily managed to get a third match in the series at the upcoming WrestleWar 1989 Pay-Per-View. This match is an absolute classic that really has stood the test of time and will forever be known as one of the best in Flair's long and luxurious career.