018 | Stevie Richards

Good Journeys with Ben Veal

22-06-2023 • 1 hr 30 mins

This very special episode of the 'Good Journeys with Second Mountain' podcast is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Veal, father of show host Ben Veal, who passed away suddenly aged 72, shortly after this conversation was recorded.

Stevie Richards' personal journey and incredible road to recovery is the very definition of an inspiring story: a tale of unexpected setback, personal resilience, faith and family.


Michael 'Stevie Richards' Manna is a 30-year veteran of professional wrestling who has competed for the world’s biggest companies including WWE, WCW, Ring of Honour and for iconic, beloved Philadelphia-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).


Achieving many highs in his wrestling career - portraying a host iconic characters including being part of the Blue World Order and Right To Censor groups - but also suffering multiple injuries, the most severe of which was a broken neck, Stevie has drawn heavily on his love and passion for personal fitness and found his purpose in life in helping others along their wellbeing journeys, launching his business Stevie Richards Fitness and now also fronting his podcast series, The Big Fitness Show.


Earlier this year, Stevie’s life was put in very real danger as he suffered a very serious spinal infection - and his comeback ever since has been nothing short of incredible to follow. In this episode, Stevie shares his recollections of his journey, how he found light amidst the darkness, and the role that his Christian faith and wife has played in his recovery. He also reflects back on memories of his ECW and WWF/E wrestling days, and his enduring love of cats!


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This podcast episode produced by Adam Loretz: www.loretzvisuals.co.uk.