WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair says an infamous incident in wrestling folklore was caused because a former WWE Champion wanted Flair gone from wrestling.
Notoriously, a tour of Europe by WCW in 1993 went very wrong as Sid Vicious and Arn Anderson became embroiled in a brawl in Blackburn, England that resulted in Anderson suffering 20 stab wounds thanks to pair of scissors. The incident resulted in Vicious being released from WCW before returning to the WWF in 1995.
Now speaking on his Wooooo Nation Uncensored, 16 time champion of the world Ric Flair gave his take on the incident and says it came about after Anderson defended Flair after Sid Vicious had been making comments to the effect that it was time for The Nature Boy to move on:
“I was there, I didn’t see it [The stabbing incident]. I get along with Sid [Vicious] now. I don’t even know why the conversation went the way it did. Arn was sticking up for me, because Sid kept saying ‘Flair is too old, he needs to move along’. I wasn’t even a champion.”
“I think at that point in time, a few guys like Sid felt like I needed to be gone from the business. I’ve talked to Sid, I don’t bear any hard feelings towards him. He suffered one of the most horrific injuries that I’ve ever seen in a ring when he broke his leg in half. It was terrible, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for anyone who has been hurt that badly in the ring.”
Sid Vicious had two spells as WWF Champion with his first reign beginning at Survivor Series 1996. That short-lived reign was followed up with another at the beginning of 1997 when Sid defeated Bret Hart on Raw. Sid also has the distinction of being the only multiple-time WrestleMania participant that has only competed in the main event of The Show Of Shows.