Stevie Richards recounts meeting Kevin Nash less than a year after the Blue World Order debuted.
Throughout his time in ECW, Steve Richards created other parodies, but none matched the success of the Blue World Order. Richards, together with the Blue Meanie and Nova (Mike Bucci), rebranded themselves as the Blue World Order in November 1996, a parody stable of the New World Order (nWo) in World Championship Wrestling. During their debut, Richards referred to himself as “Big Stevie Cool,” a reference to nWo member Kevin Nash’s previous moniker, “Big Daddy Cool.”
The next year, Richards signed with WCW and finally met the original “Big Daddy Cool.” Richards recalled a fascinating incident he had with Kevin Nash on Wrestling Shoot Interviews.
“I walked in that building. I don’t know what to expect, and then that’s when Scott [Hall] shook my hand. He’s like, ‘I’m a big fan. I’m a big fan, man, but oh, Kev, look out’. So, I didn’t avoid Kevin, but then again, I wasn’t looking for Kevin at the same time. And he’s pretty easy to spot down the hallway, so you know if I saw him. I was trying to formulate how I would just, like, say, ‘Hey, guys, I had nothing to do with that and whatever,’ and people are laughing. It was a different time. It was still in between really protecting your business and exposing whatever.
“And also, you got to remember the reputation of these guys from the Kliq and WWE. I’m thinking I’m buried day one, that hey can’t take a joke. They don’t have a good outlook on it, or they don’t see it as a sign of respect but disrespect. All these things run through my mind. So, when Scott said that, obviously I’m scared, like, ‘Oh man, what’s going to happen?’ Being beat up is easy, but getting fired day one, that’s the hard part. Right before when I got into my rental car, I literally felt, he’s so tall, I feel his hair touched my temple.”
“So, I turn around and I look up at him and it should have been filmed because it was great. ‘Well, well, well, Big Stevie Cool. We meet at last,’ and my back is up against the rental car. I’m like, ‘Hey, man, I just want to let you know I’m so sorry. Paul [Heyman] wanted us to do it. And I never meant disrespect’. So he goes, ‘All right, we’ll see about that,’ or something like [that] to let me sweat it.”
Fortunately for Richards, Nash was joking. “He climbs into his rented automobile. ‘Dude, I’m just kidding with you,’ he says as he calls me over. ‘We all think it’s amazing,’ he says. I could have simply collapsed on the ground and passed out. ‘Man, we enjoy doing it, but we wanted to reach out to you,’ I said. But I was afraid of what you would say if I called.’ ‘Dude, don’t worry about it,’ he says. ‘Did you at least get compensated for the shirts?’ he asks. And I said, ‘No.’ And then he says, ‘Now I’ve got heat with you.’ That’s exactly what he said.”