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Medical marvel Sid Vicious returns to ring
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Sid Vicious in March 2007.
Photo by Shuhei Aoki

Sid Eudy is a wrestling legend, medical marvel and softball's Barry Bonds, all rolled into one.

If you've seen the widely watched video (check out youtube.com) of the wrestler we've loved/hated as Sycho Sid, Sid Vicious and Sid Justice ... with his leg snapping back into a position no leg is meant to contort into ... well, you'd never guess he'd still be wrestling.

But he's back in action, returning to Canada for the Aug. 24 SuperEx Showdown: When Legends Collide at the Civic Centre in Ottawa. He'll join other stars such as Jeff Jarrett, AJ Styles, Christian Cage, Johnny Devine, Kamala, Abdullah the Butcher, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Lanny Poffo, Koko B Ware, PCO and Devon "Hannibal" Nicholson. Bret Hart will also be on hand to make a speech and sign autographs.

But 47-year-old Sid, who as a softball player "never counted the homers unless they went off the light tower," is not only back in the ring, he wants to make one last run in WWE.

"This business needs me as bad as I need the business," he says over the phone. "I've got a helluva gimmick that's guaranteed to make them money. It would be the greatest comeback in not just wrestling, but in sports history.

Nobody has ever come back from a compound fracture two inches above the ankle."

The injury to Sid, a four-time world champ, came in a 2001 match against Scott Steiner. It came after WCW folks asked him to try a move he wanted no part of.

"Johnny Ace says, 'Why don't you try a flying knee off the second rope.' It was a stupid move. I said I didn't want to do it, but they said it was written in my contract. I came back three months early for the match. I still hadn't recovered from shoulder surgery. I couldn't hold my belt up ... I couldn't pull my wallet out of my pants. A knee off the second rope? I think a rake of the eyes would have had the same effect.

"I wasn't told the truth by my doctors for a long time. Finally, one doctor told me I may never walk again."

ACTIONPAC: So will they call him X-Pacman? Suspended NFL star Pacman Jones has signed with TNA, but he says he won't be doing any wrestling. Good grief. How is it that troublemakers always end up with another gig?

AROUND THE RING Bobby Lashley has a torn rotator cuff ... Andrew Martin (Test) has joined TNA ... Karl Gotch (Karl Istaz) died in Tampa. He was 82.

PREVIOUS SID VICIOUS STORIES

  • Jan. 14, 2002: Sid aching to come back
  • May 3, 2001: Sid Vicious considering retirement