An article by Mike Mooneyham
Published Feb. 6, 1994
Don’t invite Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious to the same party.
The two were involved in a near-fatal battle confrontation last October in a hotel room – not a wrestling ring – in England. The incident, which saw both men hospitalized with Anderson suffering more than a dozen stab wounds, resulted in a WCW suspension for Anderson and the eventual firing of Vicious.
The battle appears far from over, however, as Anderson (real name Marty Lunde) recently filed a lawsuit against Vicious (real name Sid Eudy) in the Superior Court of Mecklenburg (N.C.) County. Anderson is seeking damages in excess of $10,000.
Vicious, who at the time of the incident was being groomed for WCW’s world title, says he has no regrets about the incident and hopes to work again for the Atlanta-based WCW.
The incident occurred during the company’s tour of England in October. The dispute between Anderson and Vicious began on board a bus while returning from a show and spilled over to a hotel bar and eventually Anderson’s hotel room. Anderson claims Vicious smashed him with a chair, and the two later stabbed each other with a pair of scissors until they were finally separated by other wrestlers at the hotel.
Anderson and Vicious, who were both admitted to a local hospital, were discharged and sent back to the United States the following day.
Vicious recently addressed the situation.
“I feel like we should have both been fired from WCW in a way because of the seriousness of the incident,” said Vicious. “But I don’t believe that the incident would have happened if proper things had been taken care of. Like putting some cold drinks and food on the bus. There was no food on the bus. They expect us to come to the building after eating a big meal a couple of hours before the match. I can’t do that and I don’t know many other people that can do that.
“Then after that you’re going to make four hours on the road on an empty stomach drinking that strong beer. Any beer is really strong to me. Here I am on the bus shotgunning beers with the guys. It was fun, being there with your friends and you’re having a good time. You don’t think that later on you’re going to get into a stabbing fight. If I was going to have something to drink or have a little fun, I would always wait until the end of a tour, even if it’s a tour here in the States. I feel like when I drink I have to have almost two days off just because I don’t drink very much, and when I do I have the worst hang-overs. I’m not able to, like a lot of the guys, drink all night, get up the next day, go to the gym and then be able to make the town.”
[ad#MikeMooneyham-336×280]Some other Vicious comments:
- “If I was attacked again by Arn, I’d do the same thing. I’m pretty sure I would. The only thing I wish I had done is once I felt the scissors were at the floor, I wish that whatever fear or whatever overtook me, I could have gotten my senses back right then and just detained him another way. But human nature didn’t allow me to do that. I don’t regret that. I regret that it happened to both of us, because Arn’s been a pretty fair person to me.”
- – – “WCW still doesn’t do the simple things right yet. I noticed a lot of changes from when Gene Okerlund came in, just as far as interviewing, and that it had upscaled considerably. That’s pretty much Gene letting them onto some of Titan’s ideas about the way to do things.”
- – – “As far as Ric Flair being on top, sometimes you have to go to a person who is used to the pressure and used to things being on top. But he’s just too far gone … Nothing against Ric Flair, it’s just Mother Nature and time, and our business has progressed to other things. It’s not his fault, it’s just time.”
- – – “I’ve got a lot to offer this business. When people like Dusty Rhodes, Greg Gagne, Fred Blassie and all these people who have been in the business for years, when they look at you, and they say, `Boy, you are the hottest thing in this business,’ you hear it once and it’s something. But when you hear it a hundred different times from a hundred different people, you can’t help but believe it’s a little bit true.”