Michael Steven Manna (b. 1971) is an American Professional Wrestler from Philadelphia, PA best known for his work in ECW as Stevie Richards. He started his career in 1992 and appeared on the very first ECW event, February 25, 1992, going to a 20-minute draw with Jimmy Jannetty. He would struggle in the midcard for close to three years until a series of losses to Tommy Dreamer in late 1994 would serve to invigorate his career via the debut of Raven. Richards would become Raven's flunky and they would go on to hold the ECW World Tag Team Titles twice. After The Blue Meanie made his surprise debut at ECW November to Remember 95, they developed a gimmick of doing Affectionate Parodies of wrestlers of the past and present. Richards would ultimately follow Raven to WCW in Summer 1997 but leave in early October to briefly go back to ECW. He would bounce around the independents until he arrived in WWE in 1999 where he would stay until 2008. He again spent time on the independent circuit before showing up in TNA in 2009. Along with his two ECW World Tag Team Title reigns, he was also a 22x WWE Hardcore Champion and a Top Rope Productions Heavyweight Champion. He has also competed for various National Wrestling Alliance territories and for many independent promotions around the U.S.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
While he never did an outright Gorgeous George gimmick, his enthusiasm for Ravennote See also the Ho Yay entry on Raven's YMMV page. led to some speculation and comments along those lines. While he and Raven were walking to the ring for their ECW World Tag Team Title defense against Tommy Dreamer and Luna Vachon at ECW Hardcore Heaven 95, July 1, 1995, Joey Styles said that all of Richards' friends at the Blue Oyster are happy that he is an ECW World Tag Team Champion.
Subverted two weeks later, at ECW Heat Wave, during Raven and Richards' title defense against Tony Stetson and Donn E. Allen, when Richards started making out with Francine, prompting Joey to say, "I'll be damned! Richards likes girls!"
Costume Copycat: As part of his Affectionate Parody gimmick. Dude love was his favorite but he also posed as Acolyte, a Dudley Boy and a vampire of The Brood. He even tried impersonating Chris Jericho, Test and Chyna.
Disguised in Drag: After Victoria's face turn, Stevie Richards was in a miniature feud with her where he would randomly cause problems for Victoria but then secretly help her while disguised as a woman. He had also impersonated Chyna before but that was just a joke.
Fanboy: For Raven. As part of the build for his debut, Richards wrestled using all the names Scott Levy had previously used in his career (Stevie the Body, Stevie Flamingo, Stevie Polo).
Game-Breaking Injury: A neck injury from Terry Funk dropping part of the guardrail on him during a four-way-dance in 1997.
Glass Jaw Referee: Well, he's not that fragile but when he was the referee for Abyss vs Foley for Bound For Glory Abyss knocked him out, covered Foley and then made unconscious Stevie's hand fall three times.
Groin Attack: By way of being Xanatos Sucker. Trish and Goldust set Victoria up for his "shattered dreams" finishing move and then Goldust gave Stevie Richards a drop toe hold when he came to save her, sending Stevie's head into her groin.
He Who Fights Monsters: His efforts to stop Abyss from being violent degenerated into threatening Abyss with violence to stop him from being violent, then using violence against Abyss to discourage him from being violent, then just attacking Abyss because he did not like him.
Heroic Bastard: Not actually but he was such a favorite of the so called Smart Marks that years after he was no longer relevant in WWE he was voted second most likely to be Vince McMahon's bastard son in a poll the company held.
Keet: During his WWE face runs. Even Essa Rios and Lita did not bother trying to keep up with him when they tagged together.
Ill Boy: Had a lung infection that lead to its collapse in MCW
Large Ham: Let's see, he jokes, he dances, he parodies other wrestlers...
Moral Guardian: As the leader of Right to Censor in WWE from 2000-2001, a group focused on combating what he saw as "gratuitous violence" and "unnecessary sexual displays" (such as Rikishi's stink face or Mr. Ass's mooning of the crowd).
Loser Leaves Town: Wrestled on against Raven in Extreme Rising but it was a no contest
Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: As Dr. Stevie in TNA. At first his identity was kept secret as Abyss's therapist but when he was revealed it was also shown his "therapy" was highly abusive. He then claimed to be "treating" Daffney of some vaguely defined condition, treatment that seemed to be encouraging the excessively violent behavior he was supposed to be curbing.
(in the NWA in New Jersey briefly): Hot Stuff International.
(in WWE): Right To Censor and the Alliance
(in TNA): EV 2.0
Also the "Blue World Order", which was a parody of a power stable real, the NWO.
Psycho Supporter: For Victoria, though she was one for him as well. A straighter was Dr. Stevie's TNA partnership with Daffney and an even straighter example was when he served as Raven's underling.
Real Men Wear Pink: When he was aligned with Victoria. This was mocked by JR when Stevie was participating in a group beat down on Trish with Victoria and Molly, wondering if the pink made Richards think he was one of the girls.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Abandoned WCW after a loss to Diamond Dallas Page on the October 4th (taped October 1), 1997 WCW Saturday Night with no real storyline explanation. The October 13th WCW Monday Nitro featured a pretaped vignette of Raven talking about his childhood. This was followed by the Goldberg vs. Scotty Riggs match (4-0.) During the entrances, Raven was shown in the crowd with Perry Saturn and the as-yet-unnamed Sick Boy. Announcer Tony Schiavone acknowledged that Richards was not there and said, "Well you know, here today gone tomorrow with Stevie Richards."
You Bastard: Stephen Richards had faith that you tropers would be spending you free time with your families but instead he found you here, on tv tropes, typing about that deplorable program of gratuitous violence and classless smut known as the WWF. The garbage he so righteously campaigned against in Right To Censor!
You Wanna Get Sued?: It looked like he was going to lose to Justin Credible, who TNA couldn't actually afford to call Justin Credible. Justin, rather than just go for that's incredible, Justin decided to yell out his catchphrase, which caused Stevie to jump up and kick him in the face.