Stevie RichardsMichael Stephen Manna
- Birthdate: 10/09/1971 (age 44)
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 215 Ib
Over the course of his career, Richards has per...
Assigning a letter grade on how the Extreme Rising management has done: “Wow, that’s tough. It’s just so young and so new and there was so much stuff that went on that was out of Shane’s (Douglas) control but somewhat in his control because, you know, certain people were booked that they repeated their behavior and certain things happened. Shane was a part of that too, by getting in the ring and trying to promote and trying to have too many hands in the pot and he overextended himself. And he was in incredibly bad shape for the show and I don’t know if it’s going to be different this Saturday but I just feel like if you’re going to perform in the ring, you have to look a certain way, you have to be ready a certain way. If you’re going to promote, you should really; Promoting is harder than wrestling, (wrestling) you only have to do that 10, 15, 20 minutes. Promoting takes weeks and months; it’s a much harder job to take on. So, I don’t know why Shane feels the incredible need to still be in the ring. Is that a letter grade; I can’t give a letter grade. It’s just tough.”
His use of the superkick or ‘Stevie’ kick and people no-selling moves: “I’ll tell you, there’s a thought that runs through my head, and it’s never happened to me; actually it happened with Dr. Death (Steve Williams), and that’s because it’s Dr. Death. It took three Stevie kicks to put him down or actually keep him down; he bumped for me. But, if I super kick somebody, or ‘Stevie’ kick, if I want to mark for myself like Shane Douglas; if I want to ‘Stevie’ kick someone and they stand there and do the Japanese ‘Arrrrrg’ and flex, I mean, Michael Manna might come out and it might turn into the fucking Ultimate Fighter or something. You’re going to stand there and no-sell my finish? Ok, whatever.”
His thought of using social media to advance wrestling today, and if it is necessary and doing her video about Extreme Rising: “Yeah, I think it is. I think social media in some ways has jumped the shark; there needs to be something fresh out there, but I‘ve really ingrained in it for many years with all the stuff I do outside of wrestling. I mean social media is a great tool to use, but also it’s also something that there’s so much noise out there it can get lost so you really have to have ‘What time did I post this, when do I post it, where do I post it? What are my followers?’ It’s really more complicated than just tweeting something controversial or anything like that. I did the video; I want to talk about the video because I had to stay quiet, if you noticed… Luke Hawx had been cutting all these promos, Shane has, even Matt Hardy had a couple of those, and other people; but I stayed quiet because I didn’t know what to make of all this, since April when it all came back and it was a very long video because I had a lot of stuff to cover and it was really all me. It wasn’t edited, a couple of times I was flubbing around because I was just speaking straight from my heart, how I felt about things and really getting a lot off of my chest. And That’s the only way I would do it; they said ‘Hey, cut a promo for Extreme Rising’ and I go ‘I’m not going to cut a promo. I’m going to talk about how I feel. I’m going to be Michael Manna, as me, as a person, not as this character ‘Stevie Richards’. I’m going to talk about how I feel’ And there’s a couple of people, including the one who told me to do the promo, that’s not going to like what I have to say. Because, this is a guy, like I said in the video; Shane hates Ric...