Almost 20 years ago to the day, one of the nastiest injuries in wrestling was aired on television.
Sid Vicious broke his leg as he jumped from the turnbuckle, with the snap visible for all to see.
In a recent edition of his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff has discussed the decision to show the injury rather than edit it out.
Easy E makes clear it was a tough decision, with the pros and cons weighed up in making wrestling look more realistic.
Yeah because it was so gruesome. It was tough to watch. I wasn’t sure. You want to be real, and it’s something I’ve always noticed. Whenever a wrestler gets busted open or gets hurt in the ring, there’s always a need to show the post-injury surgery or to show the severity of the wound. The talent always likes to go backstage and when there’s a camera handy, show themselves getting stitched up. I guess that’s an effort to prove that what they do in the ring is physical and dangerous and real.
I guess in some cases, it’s a good thing – maybe a necessary thing just to remind people we’re not pillow fighting. This is real stuff. But there’s a certain point where you have to draw the line with good taste, and with something as gruesome as this, it was a tough call. It really was.
Bischoff also discussed how he has always gotten on with Vicious.
Although he acknowledges that Sid was a polarising character, he has always had time for him.
It was hard to watch. I know Sid is a controversial talent in some respects with wrestling fans. I’ve always enjoyed Sid. I get along with Sid from the first time I ever met him. I flew up to his house in Mississippi, and we got along great. We still get along great. I enjoy seeing him when we’re out on the road. He was an amazing specimen of a human being.
With thanks to 411 Mania for the transcription.