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The news is sad, especially given that the younger Steamboat had shown some promise in Florida Championship Wrestling, the precursor to NXT as the WWE's developmental territory. His series of matches with Damien Sandow for the Jack Brisco Memorial 15 Championship were a treat to watch. However, as soon as someone can show promise in the business is the same instant that they can be fallen by injury. I hope that Richie can live life relatively pain-free (back injuries are a bear, I know from personal experience from myself and my father), and that he can find happiness now that he's not going to be able to follow in dad's footsteps.