WWE Diva Natalya and WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat were among the guests who came to South Florida a month ago for the Wizard World convention that took place at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.
The “Total Divas” star not only talked about the reality show, but she also talked about her family and some television programs she enjoyed aside from wrestling which includes “Cold Case Files” and “Seinfeld.”
When it comes to her family, she does consider the Hart family as “crazy cat people.” Her brother/pro wrestler Teddy Hart would go as far as to bring his cats to the ring when he comes to the squared circle and put them on a pillar so they can watch Teddy wrestle.
“As crazy as they are, I just love being with my family and doing goofy things like getting a pedicure with my dad,” says the former WWE Divas Champion.
She also went over a couple of things to look for in the upcoming season of “Total Divas” including one-third of The New Day Big E making out with Natalya’s sister in a hot tub and the aforementioned pedicure featuring her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
“He never had a pedicure before because he’s The Anvil’” Natalya says. “His toes are so sensitive that he got ticklish when they were doing it. This little cute lady is doing this while everything is being caught on film…but here is my dad who couldn’t stop laughing hysterically. The lady was like, ‘Sir, you have to calm down.’ Finally, I ended up holding his hand and saying, ‘Daddy, you are going to get through this. You are going to be okay.’”
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat not only reminisced about his favorite he worked over his career, but he also recounted his days in wrestling in Florida where he really made a name for himself before heading the WWE in 1985. He talked about how he was give the Steamboat name by the late Eddie Graham, who was running Championship Wrestling in Florida, as he billed Steamboat as the nephew of Graham’s former tag team partner, Sammy Steamboat.
“A month later after giving me the name, he pulls me into the office again and says, ‘Ricky, you get such a great reaction from the Ricky Steamboat thing’” Steamboat said. “’Guess what? I’m going to team you and Mike up and it’s going to be like déjà vu all over again where it used to be Eddie Graham and Sam Steamboat, now it’s going to be Mike Graham and Ricky Steamboat.”
Mike Graham, the son of Eddie Graham, encountered Steamboat before they teamed up when they faced one another during in the district finals of a wrestling tournament in Florida when Steamboat was a sophomore and Graham was a senior in high school.
The WWE Hall of Famer also revealed something that many didn’t know about: his original opponent for WrestleMania III was Bret “Hitman” Hart, not “Macho Man” Randy Savage. According to Steamboat, this was news to him when Hart told him that during a convention panel a year ago.
“Not to say Bret and I wouldn’t have a great match,” Steamboat said. “I would have loved to be able to hook up with him more than just twice and do a series with him and spend three months to do a program with each other.”