During the WCW Sin pay-per-view event on January 14th 2001, Sid Vicious suffered a serious leg injury while competing in a match for the WCW world title. Sid attempted a jumping big boot from the second rope but upon landing, his left leg bent at an unnatural angle. The match quickly went to the finish and it was later confirmed that Sid had suffered a fractured tibia and fibula. The injury required multiple surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation that effectively ended Sid’s full-time career as a wrestler.
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On This Day in Wrestling History – Sid Vicious broke his leg 21 years ago today at WCW Sin (1/14/01)
It wasn't shown live as they had cut backstage, but WCW showed it on Nitro. The second part of this clip is the aftermath on the PPV. pic.twitter.com/XUspoPT5QO
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While speaking to Inside The Ropes in 2019, Sid explained what happened from his perspective…
“Johnny Laurinaitis, they give him a one-day position to be like the book or the guy who came up with ideas. So he thought was Scott Steiner, if you watched him if he took a high boot in the corner, he took it really well. And he does it where his face into your foot really hard. So John says ‘We’re going to do something really crazy, we’re gonna get you to jump off the second rope and give Scott a high knee.’ And I told him, I didn’t feel comfortable doing that. When he tells me, ‘We’ve already got it written down, it’s already in the back, we can’t get out of it.’ So two or three other times, I came to him through the day and I said ‘I just don’t feel comfortable with that.’ And so they just wouldn’t bend.” (quote courtesy of RingsideNews.com)