Countdown to meltdown–the worst pro wrestling interviews of all time: #8 Sid Vicious is a man of few words
Sid Vicious is a lot of the things. Master and ruler of the world. Power-bomb specialist. Arguably the greatest physical specimen to ever set foot on a softball field in the state of Arkansas. And, as documented in a past column here at KFR, Sid is also a close personal friend of mine with whom I’ve shared many a backstage laugh. He’s also tremendous orator, as these promos illustrate.
While even the best promo guys botch an interview every once in a while and request a reshoot, it’s impossible to do so during a live PPV broadcast, as Sid learned the hard way. Not only did he botch his opening line, but he also then breaks character and humbly apologizes to Jim Ross for the mistake–a kind, thoughtful gesture that doesn’t befit a monster named “Psycho” Sid. (To hell with you skeptics anyway!) Yes, JR, Sid is a man of a few words–and for that, we’re thankful. Credit Ted DiBiase for maintaining his composure, although he appears to be on the verge of cracking up.
Yes, Sid and live TV go together like teenagers and drugs, as further evidenced by the Nov. 19, 1999, broadcast of WCW Monday Nitro. Moments earlier, Kevin Nash (wearing a Sid mask) and Scott Hall were making light of Sid’s intelligence when the big man interrupted and offered this retort. (In Sid’s defense, he claims that Vince Russo scripted this exchange and that his miscue was planned–but if that’s the case, it makes this promo even worse in my book if it was truly by design. Given Russo’s inane booking strategies, I’d say it was certainly plausible that he wrote this line.) OK, so Sid’s never been the sharpest pair of scissors in the drawer, but does he really deserve to be treated like a jackass at the hands of Scott Hall? You decide.