Since he was at the top of his career in the 1990s, it’s been reported by dirt sheets that the pro wrestler known at various times as Sid Vicious, Sid Justice, and Sycho Sid, on multiple occasions, blew off his wrestling commitments to play in a softball league. The rumors have persisted to this day, but Sid finally decided to set the record straight. According to Sid on the Hannibal TV podcast as transcribed by Wrestling Inc, there were perfectly legitimate reasons for his absences.
“What happened on that was this – started back a long time ago when I worked for WCW,” said Sid of the origin of the rumors. “I had my lung surgery where I had a hole in my lung, so they had to cut part of my lung away, so I lost a lot of weight. So, I was gaining my weight back and I flew in, they looked at me – actually they had Terry Funk fly in one time to look at me. I didn’t even know I could drive that day, but I was scared not to drive because I was afraid I was going to lose my job. So, I picked him up at the airport, made one loop around the airport and I dropped him off. And I don’t know what Terry Funk said, but they didn’t fire me or make a big deal about me being that skinny. So, I put my weight on, went to see them, they looked at me and said ‘No, we won’t you to put a little more weight on.'”
“So, I go back home, and I’m just, you know, working out every day, eating 15 times a day, and working out 2 or 3 times a day,” he continued. “And so, during my time off I played a little softball. I’m only guessing at this point, but I think it was Jerry Lawler, of course he played a lot of softball, saw me out there all the time and suddenly, the office calls me and says, ‘What the f–k are you doing playing softball?” I said, ‘Well man, I wasn’t told not to play softball, I was told to put on some weight.’ Ole (Anderson) was the booker, he said for your punishment they’re going to have you come in and you’re going to put Lex Luger over in 5 seconds. Now you’ve got to realize, I was either out for 7 or 8 months. When somebody’s paying me, you know, big money to sit at home, that 30 seconds I probably got paid $200,000 for that. You know, so I’m not going to worry about putting Lex over, I never worried about putting people over. So that’s where it started.”
“The next time it came about was when I’d had my fill of the WWF at the time, and I told Vince [McMahon] I wasn’t going to be there anymore,” Sid went on. “And it took me about 3 or 4 months to get out of my contract where I could go back to WCW. And during that time, I played some softball. So, those are the two times I played softball when I wasn’t wrestling. Any other time than that, it never happened. Now, I played when I came home on my days off, but it never affected the business. But that’s the deal, it got blown out of proportion, and again, it probably started with someone stooging me off like Lawler, who… a little jealous, you know. And then, why somebody would worry about me playing softball, but they did. If you think about it, a lot of people said, ‘Well Sid, you’re an athlete, you could hurt yourself,’ and I understand that. But I wasn’t playing the field, I was only DH’ing, and you really don’t get hurt doing that.”
So there you have it. Sid totally didn’t blow off wrestling to play softball over and over as everyone previously believed. Then again, he reportedly blamed a recent no-show on Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban, so you do have to take what he says with a grain of salt.