Sycho Sid Talks WWE Return, Wanting To Be A Booker, Flair, TNA & More


Sycho Sid Talks WWE Return, Wanting To Be A Booker, Flair, TNA & More
Between The Ropes Radio Show January 11th, 2008 Archived online at BetweenTheRopes.com

Former WWE and WCW World Champion Sid Vicious recently sat down with Brian Fritz of Between the Ropes to discuss Ric Flair, a possible return to WWE, and more.

Sid addressed the rumors regarding a return to WWE in the near future:

ďWell, honestly, Iíve left in in their court over there. I did a show up in Connecticut Ö actually, I was working with (Jerry) Lawler. Johnny Laurinaitis at the time was the talent coordinator for that company. Now I heard last week and this week as well that he no longer has that position. And all these are rumors, of course, and I donít know anything to be one-hundred percent true, but I feel like he has been replaced and I donít think someone would tell me that if it wasnít true Ö Really, these talent people, they donít have the say-so; itís going to be Vince or whoeverís running the show. And Iím sure that they know Iím available and if they want to do business theyíll call me.Ē

Vicious spoke of his desire to become part of a booking committee when his active wrestling career is finished:

ďI talked with Vince about that a long time ago when I worked for him the very first time. My goal was to be in creative. When I was in WCW I worked in the office. I brought in Harlem Heat. I brought in Col. Parker. I gave them those characters. I helped them with interviews. I find that as challenging as doing it myself. And Iím not trying to toot my own horn, but itís real easy to get yourself over when youíre able to get over and you know how to get over. Itís more challenging to try and get someone over who doesnít know how to get over or doesnít have all the tools you have. And itís just as gratifying as getting over myself - maybe more gratifying. Iíve always wanted to be on that side of the deal, but now how things have changed Ö first of all, you have to realize that in every aspect of this business thereís going to be a lot of jealousy. I think if I was coming in as a creator, Iíd have to have the same jealousy as an entertainer. And I donít know if I could do it now, because I know Iím as smart - and probably smarter - than most people that are in that position right now. Iíd automatically walk in with a cloud over me, because people want to see people that are good fail. So I donít know with the business being the way it is if I would be able to do something like that.Ē

Sid says he has spoken with TNA, but he feels the company is unable to provide him with the opportunities he is looking for:

ďThey called me a bunch of times. What I told them was this; Iíve really had to work to get back to where Iím at right now Ö To make money, you have to sell a lot of tickets to put people in seats. And I want to be in front of some really big crowds again. And not just ten or twenty thousand people, but I think Iíve got one or two shows left in me where I could get seventy or eighty thousand people in an arena. And you canít do that with TNA. And youíre never going to be able to do it with TNA. Now, if it was just for the money Ö but itís not just for the money. One is for the money and the other is for self-gratification. I know what Iím worth and I know what Iím capable of doing, and Iíd really be handcuffing myself to work for TNA.Ē

Sid also shared his feelings on Ric Flair

ďI have to commend the guy. For anyone who has worked so hard as he has done pretty well for himself inside the business. He hasnít done very well outside the business. But heís one of those people who had to stay in the business until heís sixty years old, because heís never saved any money. But you have to take your hat off to the guy for being able to take that physical wear and tear as long as he has. I would not want to be in the ring looking like he does, but if I could stay seriously in shape I would like to work until Iím sixty as well.Ē

Vicious stated that he only wishes to wrestle for another two or three years before possibly transitioning to the creative side of the business. However, Sid seems very pleased with how his career has played out overall:

ďIn the last ten or fifteen years in this business, not many people have been as successful as I have. Iíve had successful runs everywhere Iíve went. Almost as long as Iíve been in the business Iíve been successful Ö Anytime where Iíve been put in the position where I could be successful, I have. And Iíve been more successful than Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, Rock, and all those guys. Those guys right there I just mentioned only had one great run. They didnít have a bunch of good runs, they only had one. And thatís the difference between me and a lot of different people.Ē

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