Stevie Richards says not to expect him to make a surprise return in the Royal Rumble anytime soon as the former Right To Censor leader winds down his career.
Richards made his name in ECW where along with Blue Meanie and Nova, they formed the Blue World Order, a parody of the nWo in WCW. Prior to becoming Big Stevie Cool, Richards had been aligned with Raven and was the first member of the Raven’s Nest stable in the company. Richards and Raven’s partnership proved fruitful as they won the ECW Tag Team Titles twice.
After briefly appearing in WCW, Richards made his way to WWE where soon after he formed the notorious Right To Censor group. RTC became the antithesis of the Attitude Era as Richards looked to end gratuitous sex and violence in wrestling. He recruited Bull Buchanan, Val Venis, The Goodfather, and Ivory to his cause with the group eventually splitting after they lost matches at WrestleMania X-Seven.
Joining Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Richards spoke about his career in wrestling. Richards was asked if there was a possibility fans will see him make a return, even just for a night. Many stars of the past make surprise entrances at the Royal Rumble. In 2021, Christian surprised everyone by entering the men’s Rumble match at number 24. The year before that, MVP made his first WWE appearance in several years and now stands beside WWE Champion Bobby Lashley each week on Raw.
For Richards though, the time for that has passed:
“No, not really. People ask me that all the time. People also ask me if I am retired. I guess I am because I don’t actively wrestle. If I was in a Rumble, I would politic so hard to get out of there the quickest. I want to beat Santino’s record. I would have to be TV-ready. If someone wanted me to be on TV I would say no. I have to look a certain way, get in the ring, and roll around. I don’t want to get in there and embarrass myself and the product. If it were to happen I would want a month to get ready.”
Stevie Richards made his last televised WWE appearance in July 2008 on SmackDown where he lost to The Brian Kendrick. Since then Richards has competed for TNA and on the independent circuit, having his last bout in November 2019.