He could have been anywhere he darn well pleases. Sid Vicious is….an odd man. While he main evented a pair of WrestleManias and is a multiple time World Champion, he’s also walked away from wrestling to become a professional softball player and tried to fight a man with a squeegee. That sounds like the kind of person who is worth listening to, if nothing else just to hear how he saw a variety of things over the years. As luck would have it, that’s just what he’s done.

Vicious was recently a guest on Prime Time with Sean Mooney and discussed his career in the WWF, including his time working with Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon. This includes Vicious wrestling in the main event of WrestleMania 8, of which he has a rather interesting memory. Vicious talks about why he left the WWF in the first place, as well as some thoughts on the 1992 Royal Rumble, where he and Hogan started a feud that led to a WrestleMania match. Here are some highlights, with transcription courtesy of Wrestlinginc.com:

On Hogan’s Popularity Declining In 1991

“In that year of the business, Hogan was already on the downhill skid, he wasn’t getting cheered. You know that ‘Three Stooges’ comeback [‘Hulking Up’] wasn’t working anymore. You know the ‘Three Stooges’ comeback, right? He copied that from Curly of the ‘Three Stooges.’ He presented it to me like that, I wanted to have a heel match and he said, ‘No, brother, this is going to be easy. You just beat me up a little bit and all of a sudden I’ll get the shakes, slap my face a couple times – like Curly does – you go throw a punch, I’ll block it, we’ll do that a couple times.’ That’s how easy it was. It didn’t make for great matches, but it worked for him. So when you’re doing that kind of match for that long of a time, people are going to s— on that.”

You can hear those comments in full here.

Sid Justice Shoots on Hulk Hogan

On His First WrestleMania

“This is the deal and I’m not exaggerating. I don’t even remember my first WrestleMania. I didn’t realize it was WrestleMania, I’m not kidding ya. I didn’t look at a booking sheet, I didn’t care who I was working with, it was a business to me. I didn’t care if I won or lost, I just wanted to get paid. … Someone said, ‘Didn’t you know you were main eventing WrestleMania?’ and I said, ‘No, was I?'”

You can hear those comments in full here.

Sid Justice Shoots on Main Eventing WrestleMania (and not knowing it)

And On Leaving The Company In 1992

“In that company I was in the wrong place, at the wrong time. I left a big guarantee contract to come into this place. I was going to do TV and PPVs for one year and after WrestleMania I was going to be the World Champion. Well, [Vince] had to fire [The Ultimate Warrior] and all that s— changed. From the very beginning things didn’t go right. We were in Albany for the [1992] Royal Rumble, Hogan pulled me out from the outside and the fans started booing him. We get back to the dressing room and Hogan is screaming and acting like a woman! And he’s screaming at Vince [McMahon], ‘He set this up! He made this happen’ I didn’t even know Vince was that bad of a person at the time that did things like, that was all hearsay.

“I went to Vince’s office, stuck my hand hand out and said, ‘I wanna thank you for the opportunity, but I’m gone. I cannot work in a place where grown men act like women.’ He said, ‘No, no, no, I’m not shaking your hand.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s not going to do you any good, I’m leaving.’ He said, ‘Well, will you stay until WrestleMania?’ and I said ‘okay,’ and that’s what I did and finished up a couple days after WrestleMania.”

Opinion: I’d take some of this with a grain of salt. Allegedly Vicious left the company due to a failed drug test rather than walking away on his own. Maybe it’s somewhere in between, but there’s a chance that Vicious isn’t being quite truthful on this one. As for not remembering WrestleMania…that’s quite a statement and I have no reason to believe he’s not telling the truth. I’m not sure how you don’t realize that you’re in the main event of the biggest show of the year. Like, wouldn’t someone have said something to him in the months of build up to that show? That’s kind of hard to swallow, but it’s Vicious after all.

Do you believe Vicious’ statements here? Could he have been a bigger deal in the WWF? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 27 wrestling books. His latest book is the NXT: The Full Sail Years Volume III: From Dallas To New Orleans.

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