On the latest episode of “83 Weeks”, Eric Bischoff discussed the infamous incident between Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious that saw each get stabbed by the other with a pair of scissors. Bischoff revealed the reason that Arn Anderson didn’t get fired along with Sid. Here’s what he had to say:
Ric Flair did help save Arn’s job. There’s no question about that. I had numerous conversations with Ric Flair about the situation. And going back to, again, the scenario that we’ve all heard including Sid’s recollection of the story. He did go back to [Anderson’s] room. He did. If Sid would have — you know, it’s easy to be really smart about situations after the fact and in retrospect. But as out of line as Arn allegedly was in breaking a beer bottle and threatening to cut Sid. That was completely inappropriate. Unprofessional to say the least, borderline criminal if not criminal. Should have never happened.
But the fact that Sid did go to his room. The situation was over, Arn was no longer in the hallway. The situation didn’t have to happen, and wouldn’t have happened had Sid not gone back and decided to instigate act two of this three-act disaster. And that’s probably why Sid ended up on the receiving end of harsher punishment, and was terminated. Because that really was the defining incident. That’s what led to the stabbing. Sure, there were a lot of things, there were a lot of other things that led up to it earlier in the day, and at night at dinner when they were waiting for food and having beers and all that. It escalated from there, but the fact is the situation was over once, according to Sid, Sid went back to his room and Arn went to his room. And Sid decided to, you know, re-engage. And I think it was the re-engagement, going back to Arn’s room that landed Sid where he landed as opposed to Arn. And Ric did have, to the last part of that question. Ric did have a lot of influence. He petitioned in a big way to save Arn’s job. And I think that definitely had some impact in Bill Shaw and certainly had some impact on me.
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