Vintage is, now-a-days, just another word to mean “classic.” When thinking of Vintage WWE two things usually come to mind: Old School WWE performers like Hogan, Savage, Steamboat, Piper, Warrior, Honky Tonk Man, Rude Rick and others.
And it always brings to mind vintage moments: Hogan slamming Andre, Steamboat versus Savage, Warrior pinning Hogan, Piper’s pit with anybody.
But this past year Vintage was taken to a new level and the WWE was giving a taste of old school at Wrestlemania 25 in the form of Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. Not just a Vintage WWE performer, but one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, anywhere, period.
At over fifty years of age he came out of retirement after fifteen years and hung in the ring with Chris Jericho, who may just be “the best at what he does.” He didn’t do it just once at a Wrestlemania 25, he didn’t it on Raw and a series of matches at house shows.
If The Dragon coming out of retirement for the first, and only time, sticking with someone like Jericho and not looking like he missed a beat isn’t Vintage WWE, I don’t know what is. Now, if someone can just stop Michael Cole from continually saying Vintage all the time we’ll be golden.