Sid Vicious also known as Sid Justice and Sycho Sid was one of the most intimidating wrestlers of his generation.
The 53-year-old from West Memphis, Arkansas enjoyed a career lasting four decades, he’s won the WWF and WCW World Heavyweight titles on two occasions a piece as well as the USWA Unified World Heavyweight title a further two times.
Sid’s career was cut short in 2001 after suffering a horrific injury at the WCW Sin PPV. However he did appear on WWE television in 2012 in the run-up to Raw 1000.
We caught up with Sid to talk about his time wrestling over in Japan, being part of the Four Horsemen, wrestling The Undertaker at WrestleMania, the Sex Pistols plus much more.
How did you first get into the sport of professional wrestling?
I was working out a the gym in Memphis and this is the time when Randy Savage, Hillbilly Jim and all these guys were working in the Memphis territory. I was actually getting ready to go to college, I had been given a scholarship, in the gym I got talking about wrestling and the next thing I know I’m in wrestling school and the rest as they say is history.
Were you a fan of wrestling growing up and if so who were some of the wrestlers you enjoyed watching?
Living here in Memphis before I actually got into wrestling I didn’t know there were other wrestling territories, I thought it was just Memphis Championship Wrestling, I didn’t know how it all worked.
When I was growing up Jackie Fargo was the big babyface and Jerry Lawler was the big heel, then I think the transition with Lawler turning babyface was a massive moment, but those are the guys I grew up watching.
What was it then like having your debut match against Nick Bockwinkel and Jerry Lawler in a tag match?
I was really lucky with that being my first match in the business, I was at wrestling school and I was replacing someone on the show at the Coliseum one night and I’m very fortunate that my debut match was me teaming with Austin Idol against Nick Bockwinkel and Jerry Lawler. I think Bockwinkel was World Champion at the time as well.