Sidney Raymond Eudy was born December 16, 1960 in West Memphis, Arkansas. This 6’9”, 317 pound giant has adopted many different monikers over his long career starting from his humble beginnings in the southern territories of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA).
He started off as a tag team with Austin Idol who battled the popular Jerry “The King” Lawler and Nick Bockwinkle. Lawler, who was the booker in those days, had come up with a unique idea for the youngster. He donned a mask on him and after the popular Road Warrior film with Mel Gibson, so was born wrestling’s version of Lord Humongous.
After the south didn’t do much for him career-wise, Eudy did a stint in Japan as the “Vicious Warrior” and after no championship runs, appeared in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) as one of his more famous personas, Sid Vicious.
In 1989, Eudy kept the “Sid Vicious” moniker and entered Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He formed a tag team combination as a heel with “Dangerous” Dan Spivey under the tutelage of Theodore Long. The team was called the “Skyscrapers” and the two did battle with the likes of the Road Warriors and the Steiner Brothers. Vicious became sidelined with a broken rib and punctured lung (his first of many injuries to come), hence he left the team only to be replaced by a pre-Undertaker “Mean” Mark Callous.
Despite his limited in-ring skills, Vicious was a physically imposing force and upon his return to action in 1990, WCW upper brass found it fit to induct Sid into the illustrious Four Horsemen faction. He had an embarrassing squash loss to Lex Luger, but did have some successful feuds as a Horsemen against Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorff and the Junkyard Dog.
A silly angle was developed where Sid would defeat Sting for the WCW Heavyweight Championship belt but… bait and switch.. it was actually Barry Windham under the make-up and the belt was awarded back to the real Sting.
He feuded with the Nightstalker (Bryan “Adam Bomb” Clark) and Curtis “Big Cat” Hughes. He partook in the WarGames match along his fellow Horsemen, but left shortly thereafter as he had negotiated a lucrative deal with the WWF.
In 1991, Sid appeared on WWF television as “Sid Justice”, a face that would be a referee in the match pitting the team of Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior against hated heels Sgt. Slaughter, General Adnan and Col. Mustafa (The Iron Sheik). He also had a brief feud with the Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts until a biceps tear pulled him out of action for a while.
After he recuperated, he returned at the Royal Rumble in 1991 and for this particular installment of the annual Pay-Per-View event, the winner of the Rumble would gain the vacated WWF Heavyweight Championship as well. The final 3 men remaining were Sid, Hogan and Sid’s old running mate “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Sid eliminated Hogan and was eventually eliminated himself by Flair when distracted by Hogan who tried to pull him out at ringside. This infuriated Vicious and turned him heel, sowing the seeds for a future feud with Hogan.
In January, 1992, then President Jack Tunney announced that Hogan would be facing Ric Flair for the belt at WrestleMania VIII, not Sid. This decision angered Sid, but he and Hogan were able to make amends. The two teamed up to face the Undertaker and Flair on Saturday Night’s Main Event, but Sid abandoned Hogan turning the match and went back to the dressing room, a heel once again.
He appeared on Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake’s talk show segment “The Barber Shop” and destroyed the set with a chair. He hired on heel manager Harvey Wippleman and the main event at WrestleMania VIII changed whereby Hogan would face Sid and Flair would face Randy “Macho Man” Savage.
At ‘Mania VIII, Sid lost to Hogan courtesy of interference from Papa Shongo (a pre-Godfather Charles Wright). The two double-teamed Hogan until the Ultimate Warrior came in to make the save for Hogan.
It was planned that Sid would now get into a war with the Ultimate Warrior, however Sid had failed a drug test (even prior to his bout against Hogan) and left the WWF after only having a couple of matches with Warrior. Papa Shongo filled the gap Vicious left behind.
In 1993, Sid showed up in WCW again as a heel, affiliated with Col. Robert Parker. He re-ignited his feud with Sting and the two formed two teams that would face each other in a WarGames match which Sting’s team would win. Sid later turned on Parker and became face.
During a tour of the United Kingdom, Vicious got into real trouble when he had an altercation with Arn Anderson and the two attacked one another with a pair of scissors. Sid stabbed Anderson twenty times (!) in the chest and stomach while receiving 4 stabs himself. He was released from WCW and was never able to realize the big plans they had for him as a threat to WCW Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader.
He then appeared briefly in the United States Wrestling Association out of Memphis to feud with old rival Lawler. He would win the Unified Heavyweight Championship but later lose it back to Lawler.
In 1995, Sid returned to the greener pastures of the WWF, now rebranded as heel Sycho Sid, the bodyguard for “HBK” Shawn Michaels. Michaels, who was feuding with former bodyguard Diesel (Kevin Nash) saw Sid was a welcome help. Sid was eventually “dismissed” by HBK and attacked him, turning HBK face once again.
Sid next joined Ted DiBiases’ Million Dollar Corporation and started to feud with Diesel. Diesel would win a lumberjack match to end the feud while Sid would continue feuding with Michaels. Sid would eventually succumb to Michaels in a televised match of Raw, but it took three bouts of Sweet Chin Music to beat the big guy.
Thereafter, Sid would form an alliance with Sean “1-2-3 Kid” Waltman in his pre-X-Pac days and feuded with Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall and Michaels. After suffering a neck injury, Sid left for an extended period.
He then made a notable return in 1996 during a bout whereby Mick “ManKind” Foley and Big Van Vader were attacking Shawn Michaels and who better to make the save than Sid. This lit the fire for a feud between Sid and Vader.
Sid would eventually emerge victorious in a bout against Vader with the winner becoming the number one considerer for the WWF Heavyweight Championship held by Michaels. When Michaels and Sid did face one another at the 1996 Survivor Series Pay-Per-View event, Sid slugged Michaels’ manager, Jose Lothario in the chest with a TV camera and later struck Michaels with it and won the WWF Heavyweight Championship.
At the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View event, Sid would drop the title back to Michaels. Michaels would soon forfeit the title owing to a controversial back injury and Bret Hart would win the strap in a Four Corners elimination match.
With Hart as champion, Sid would get a title shot the next night on Raw and courtesy of interference from “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Sid defeated Hart to become WWF Heavyweight Champion for the second time.
Sid would lose the title to the Undertaker at WrestleMania XIII. He would take a leave of absence for a while thereafter, appearing sporadically to team up with the Legion of Doom against the Hart Foundation. He then would leave the WWF as he had to undergo neck surgery.
Once recuperated, he appeared briefly in Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) to no major career milestones.
He then re-appeared in WCW in 1999 as the “Millennium Man” and eventually won the WCW US Heavyweight tile from the late Chris Benoit. He then feuded with Bill Goldberg to whom he would drop the title to at the Halloween Havoc Pay-Per-View event. He would also lose a subsequent “I Quit” match to Goldberg.
In 2000, Sid turned face and feuded with then WCW commissioner Kevin Nash for the WCW Heavyweight Championship. Sid defeated Nash and won the belt, only to be stripped of the belt due to Nash’s new power status. He would face Nash again and beat him for a second time, winning the WCW Heavyweight Championship again.
It was around this point in time when Sid cut a promo that would haunt him for the rest of his days. Sid, never an adept mic man, was tirading against Nash and Scott Hall when he uttered, “I know that you’re only half the man that I am. And I have half the brain that you do!” Yikes! Despite as he may have tried to correct the blunder, it became cemented in the world of wrestling’s greatest flubs.
After several successful title defenses, Sid teamed with a returning Hulk Hogan to fight Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner. Sid turned on Hogan, becoming heel during the bout. He was later stripped of his title as WCW wanted to bring in a slew of newer talent to win the championship belts in their “New Blood” angle.
In 2001, Sid’s career came to an end as he suffered a grizzly injury during a match. He was facing Road Warrior Animal, Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett for then-champion Steiner’s WCW Heavyweight Championship belt. Sid, never an agile high-flyer, leapt from the second rope onto Steiner but landed awkwardly and completely fractured his lower leg, causing it to dangle in the breeze. He then underwent corrective surgery for the complete fracture which included the insertion of a 17 inch rod into his leg. Shortly thereafter, WCW was purchased by WWF. After rehabilitation, Sid returned to the independents for the next 10 years and even appeared in the WWE in 2012 as Sycho Sid to face Heath Slater to a victory.
Sid has had a fruitful career over the years in this aggressive sport. He has sustained multiple serious injuries, wrestled under many different identities and has come and gone to promotions frequently. You can only say one thing: the man has staying power and Sid (whatever you want to call him) the legend is here to stay!
Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Balsky for contributing the above wrestler profile.
Dr. Stephen Balsky is a chiropractor currently in practice in his native Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been a wrestling fan since age 13 and is very passionate about the product, especially the “old-school” 80’s – 90’s era. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015 and currently is also working part-time as a professor in both business and healthcare.