The Ringer’s Cameron Hawkins was a recent guest on Haus of Wrestling. While discussing Saturday’s AEW Collision, Hawkins noted that Starks beatdown on Steamboat after the main event against CM Punk was the WWE Hall of Famer’s idea.
“A bit of a Collision note,” Cameron Hawkins began. “So, in the original finish, like after the match, Ricky Steamboat was gonna chop Starks, and that was going to be it. Ricky Steamboat pulls Rick and Punk into a room and tells them the finish that we saw. And, hey, you know when to bring me on; It brought Rick to tears because he appreciated it so much. So, salute to Ricky Steamboat for making a good thing, a great thing.”
When asked how he got this information, Hawkins revealed that he spoke to the All Elite Wrestling star following the matchup.
“Well, I mean, you know, that’s my man [Ricky Starks],” Hawkins clarified. “And so we talked about how things go and, you know, especially after the match, I was like, ‘You killed it.’ He was like, ‘Cam, like, this is what happened,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s so cool.’ Yeah, man, salute to Steamboat. That’s dope.
“Because think about how cool and how physical and how visceral that was; Ricky Steamboat’s idea, and his whole thing was, ‘Look, man, this is supposed to make you look good. Not me.’ He’s typically only brought to tears when Gucci has a sale. So yeah, man. It was. It was cool, man. He really appreciated that. So, it’s fun seeing the legends give back like that.”
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