Don't forget about Stevie
Since the inception of ECW on Sci Fi more than a year ago, only one thing has been for certain: anything can happen. Stevie Richards proved just that when he defeated Kevin Thorn on Tuesday night, wrapping up his first win since last summer.
"I know Superstars usually don't say things like this," Richards said, admitting Superstars generally send vibes of confidence and immortality, "but as you can see in the past 13 months in ECW, anything can happen on any night. On a lot of the nights I lost. Tuesday night, I won."
Speaking of immortality, Thorn may have learned he's human, too. Since departing from the New Breed, he has enjoyed success flying solo. Even throughout much of the match against Richards, Thorn had the upper hand, delivering blow after blow.
"It was a very physical, demanding match," said Richards. "Kevin Thorn at 6-foot-3, 270-pounds is just a very imposing force in the ring, not to mention just being whatever he is. I wasn't afraid of him, but I respected his power. I respected his intensity."
Richards wasn't victorious at a low cost. He was hurting all over, though he clearly had no problem paying the price to earn the win.
"I saw an opportunity and that allowed me to slide out of one of his moves and pin him. To be honest with you, I was lucky because as you saw in the match, Kevin was beating me up very badly. For a couple of minutes, I didn't think I was going to come out of the match uninjured."
Perhaps Thorn's overconfidence is what led to Richards's golden chance. The amount of success the vampire enthusiast has had since shedding Elijah Burke and company could easily have distracted his focus.
Even if Thorn did not take this opponent seriously, it should not take away from a hard fought victory on Stevie's part. The ECW Original has been around long enough to know how to prepare for each and every match, and even a spell of bad luck covering months can't change that.
"If I ever stepped in a ring with Kevin Thorn again, I might not be so lucky. With a dangerous opponent like Thorn, the odds are… I could get hurt real bad."
Stevie Richards can call it luck, but the ECW roster knows now more than ever that it's a matter of experience. Richards took part in his first wrestling match in front of an audience on Feb. 24, 1991 at Michael Jack's Restaurant, the first ECW show ever, making him a pioneer in ECW's launch.
"It feels good to win, but it doesn't feel as good as it does to actually go out there and wrestle every single week," he said. "I think it's pretty obvious to our fans out there that throughout my 16 years of wrestling and throughout my eight years here at WWE, no matter win, lose, or draw, I just have a passion for being a Superstar and performing in front of people."
Has Richards seen the last of Thorn? Can he maintain his momentum? Find out if he truly staked the vampire. Catch ECW on Sci Fi on Tuesday at 10/9 CT.