Stevie Richards says that he headed to the gym rather than go to the hospital after a nasty injury at the hands of Chris Masters.
Richards was tasked with being the opponent for Chris Masters on his Raw debut in February 2005. Masters was dominant in his victory but things took a turn for the worse when he nailed Richards with a vicious Polish Hammer. The double axe handle was delivered with enough force to break Richards’ nose.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, the man formerly known as Big Stevie Cool discussed the in-ring accident. According to Richards, his rental car was left in a mess and he headed for the gym rather than seek further medical attention.
“I couldn’t fly because of the altitude, so I drove 357 miles from Penn State to Connecticut where I lived. When I dropped the rental car off, it looked like someone got murdered. It was brown leather with bloody handprints everywhere. I was like it was like that when I rented it. They were fine with that but if I scratch the bumper with my bag it’s $100. I didn’t go to the hospital, I went to the gym. There’s 2 cops in there and I have 2 cuts on my face, it was the only thing I could do to feel in control.”
Chris Masters won the match debuting his full nelson submission move dubbed The Masterlock. Masters has previously said that it is fitting that the man who first broke the lock now uses it to finish matches.
Stevie Richards also discussed a potential return to WWE, perhaps as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble. However, the 21-time former Hardcore Champion cautions fans not to hold their breath for that to happen.