Ricky Steamboat is one of the best wrestlers of all time. This was clear to WWE star Nikki Cross who has revealed that she has been studying his matches of late.
Speaking to Stephanie Chase of Digital Spy, Cross talked about how much she has been training in recent months. It was here she also named Ricky Steamboat as one of her influences. She said:
“So the last few months I’ve been training in-ring as much as I can. I’ve been training four times a week, just doing everything I can to be the best competitor that I can be, working on different things and just introducing new moves to the move set.
“I’ve been studying as much tape as I can, watching a lot of matches. I’ve been watching a lot of Ricky Steamboat, a big favorite of mine. Or even watching older matches of my own just to say, ‘Okay, what can I do better? What can I maybe change, what I can improve on?’ Or to be like, ‘Let me keep that, that’s a great little move that that takes people off your feet,'” she continued. “It’s been such an amazing period of growth for me as a performer and as a competitor and as a person and just really just throwing myself in and being immersed in a wrestling ring again.”
Nikki Cross has recently been portraying a character who is not as experienced as the rest of the Raw roster. Despite this, she has been wrestling for 13 years, longer than anyone on the Raw women’s roster other than Asuka and Becky Lynch.
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