Vic the Bruiser grew up on the mean streets of Chicago with a mother more tough than the streets they were a part of. Mama Bruiser instilled a sense of pride and obligation into Vic that has carried him through not only his day-to-day activities but also through his wrestling career. From the age of 13 Vic knew he wanted to step into the squared circle and be one of the best wrestling had to offer. While watching the old CWA and Randy Savage tearing through the competition Vic knew he had to go south in search of training and a chance to realize his dream of being a professional wrestler.
Vic cut his teeth in the ring learning from and working for “Nightmare” Danny Davis and Ohio Valley Wrestling, considered one of the best training camps in the country. Vic learned quickly and developed a knock down kick ass style that was realized first by Spats Hancock, measly little manager that led him nowhere in his pursuit for titles and glory.
In the mid-90s Vic would meet up with The Managerial Wizard of Ohio Valley Wrestling, Jerry “The Worm” and it would be then that Vic would find success in OVW. The Worm managed Vic and a multitude of partners to the tag team titles including a memorable night when The Worm called the tag team of “The Shooting Stars” Troy Hayes and Jerry Faith a “couple of walking, talking rectums” which left them speechless and that night, beaten beyond recognition. Vic would also achieve singles success with “The Worm” by his side and even after Vic left OVW he found titles and glory across the mid-west and mid-south including holding titles in the NWA.
Vic the Bruiser is one of the most innovative and legit toughest workers on the indie scene and can be considered an asset to whomever he wrestles for. Vic was gracious enough to sit down with me and talk over old times as well as where things are now.
Q. How did the whole Vic the Bruiser, illegitimate son of Dick the Bruiser come about?
A. The whole Vic The Bruiser gimmick was the idea of Bob and Flash, I guess they was sitting around the house watching some old WWF matches that had the Natural Butch Reed who at that time had blonde hair. So at the next Circle City Wrestling show they asked me along with Mike Samples if I would dye my hair blonde and be willing to do a gimmick make over so to speak.
So at the next training class for Nightmare Danny Davis, I sat down and asked him if it would be alright for me to do a gimmick make over, because at the time he was pushing me as Vic “The Bonecrusher” Lewis and I didn’t want to disrespect what he has planned for me. And to my surprise Danny said go ahead it might work and if it don’t we can always bring back The Bonecrusher gimmick.
I will tell you this the hard part was trying to get my hair blonde like they wanted, for about two weeks I had Bright Orange hair, and I remember my mother asking me; son what in the world are they doing to you….
So at the next show they had set out a box with the question: Who Is Vic’s Dad? well you wouldn’t believe some of the answers that the fans was putting in the box they had named all the black wrestlers that had come through Indy from “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd to Bobo Brazil
So on the night that I was working Samples my manager at the time Spats Hancock received a package (yeah we went that far to have a friend of mine to come dressed up as a FedEx deliver) and he quickly called me out of the ring and then grab the mic and made the announcement that next week we would reveal who the father of Vic is!!
And as promised we the following week we came out and revealed who the father was the place went INSANE!!!! when we said William Afflis aka Dick The Bruiser they threw soft drinks, shoes, etc. and when Spats added that Dick was nothing but a drunk and a womanizer that he took advantage of my mother we had to dodge more crap…now that was REAL HEAT, I got Death Threats, my car got hit with sticks, rocks it was pretty crazy, and after all those many years I have to say that The Vic The Bruiser gimmick is still over today as it was back in 1995.
Q. A lot of people have been disrespectful toward OVW and Danny Davis, how would you rate your time and training there?
A. Well things have changed a lot since I was there, hell the wrestling business has changed since I broke in, but to answer your question and please these are my true feelings and not an Ass Kissing Session; my time over in Nightmare Inc./OVW was really pleasant. The training that I received I got from Danny himself he would get in the ring and show how to tie up and wrestle….and when we screwed up he let us know and we had to do leap frog drop downs till we was ready to puke, but another thing that we learned was how to Respect The Business, I think that’s what is missing there now the younger guys really don’t respect the business and love it like the way we did.”
Q. Who has been your most favorite person to work?
A. Wow that’s a tough one!!!! Because I’ve got to work with some really great people so I would have say it’s a Four way tie between the following workers; Tracy smothers, Randy Royal, Chet Robbins, and Chance Prophet….you ask why these four? one word “Chemistry” Tracy Smothers was my very first Professional match; with me and Tracy we worked a 30 date fair tour in Kentucky and we didn’t work anything out we went out there and just worked and we did the same match every time we might have added a little here and there but the point I’m making is Tracy show me how easy working was. Now with me and Randy we got a close bond and friendship which is hard to have with someone now a days, we can go out and work each other with only calling an opening spot and working the rest we work so well with each other we don’t care who goes over as long as the fans gets one helluva match!! And as for Chet Robbins we literally go out and beat the Hell out of each other every time we get in to the ring with each other. And as for Chance Prophet this former TNA X Division superstar makes Vic the Bruiser look like a MONSTER!!! He sells his ass for me and we don’t call Crap in the Back.”
Q. A dream match for Vic the Bruiser would be?
A. The Dream Match for me would be “The Game” Triple H; with him I wouldn’t have to change my style any because he could adapt to the Memphis Style…and I feel that I can learn stuff from him and beside look at the knowledge and love that he has for the business.”
Q. What is your best road story?
A. Best road story hmmm, let me think there’s so many; Oh here you go you’ll like this one: One night at the Mid-South Coliseum was setting in the back just got done talking to Randy Hale and he told me he wanted me to do and he left me to finish getting ready after he left the locker room I notice someone hunched over in the corner sleeping. The all of a sudden Mr. Coffee started yelling for Adam Bomb (WWF Superstar), this went on for about 30 minutes and he yelled where I was dressing at and asked if I had seen Adam Bomb and I said No Mr Coffee, (but I didn’t just stop there) and beside why would Adam Bomb be here working for the USWA what is he a GOOF??? well out of the corner of my eyes I seen the figure start moving and he raise his head up, and yes you guessed it was Adam Bomb he got up and looked at me and just smiled and went to see what Mr. Coffee…boy did I feel Stupid. But at the end of the night I stuck around just so I could apologize to him, and he was really cool about it and he actually laugh about it.”
Q. There was so many of the boys who are dying young or are using and abusing, how do you manage to maintain a healthy self even though after 40 the bumps start hurting more?
A. You know we have lost a lot of Great Workers over the years haven’t we. I don’t want you or the people to think that I just received the Hip Hop Award or something, but I owe everything to God. I mean without him I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to keep doing this….and plus I work out 6 days a week (HARD) and twice a day. And I’m not going to sit here and blow smoke up yours or anybody else’s ASS, I have tried the gimmick but unlike most of the boys I knew when to get off I didn’t abusing it. But about the still taking bumps they hurt like HELL, but am I going to short change the fans that paid their money…No I’m not, put it this way the day I can’t bump no more I will officially walk away from the business.
Q. You’ve seen a lot of the boys from OVW go to New York, are there any hard feelings or someone you knew wouldn’t make it and glad they were not well received?
A. Well you got to realize one thing when the WWE came to OVW I was already gone making a name for myself, so I can’t say that I’m bitter about those who got called up, but what did burn my Ass was how they thought they was better than me, but that’s not from the guys from OVW, but guys that I put over for all those years on the Indy’s that made it to TNA ….I ask you what made them so special for them to look down their nose at me….There Nothing Special About Them At All! Was I glad about the ones that didn’t last long, Hell Yeah I was…because now their back bumming on the INDY scene…Hmmmm my how the mighty have fallen.
Q. If Vic the Bruiser had the chance to go to New York as Fat Albert type character, would you go? And that’s knowing what the Eugene character did to Nick Dinsmore….
A. Do You Remember Sgt. Victor from the USWA days? I still get called Sgt. Vic still today, and how long did I do that gimmick 2 weeks…So to answer your question no I wouldn’t lower myself to do a gimmick like that. If that’s the only way I can get a job in the fed; I’ll stay on the Indy where I’m KNOWN and RESPECTED.”
Q. What has been the highlight of your career to date?
A. Getting the chance to work with IRS in Evansville IN for Main Event Championship Wrestling. We were only supposed to do a 5 min job match but when he found out that I could actually work we ended up going about 15 minutes. And then when we got back downstairs to the locker room he put me over to John Collins and the other boys.”
Q. In the annals of wrestling, what do you want to be said about Vic the Bruiser?
A. I want it to be said that no matter what I gave 110% in the Ring, and that I Respected the Wrestling Business.
As always I am Jerry Wiseman…and then the bell rings.