Glacier Shoot Interview

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One of the most remembered names from the peak of the WCW-era is Glacier. Glacier for better or worse was one of WCW’s biggest projects at the peak of the company. For the first time, Glacier takes off the mask and tells his story and what it was like to be in WCW’s locker room at the height of the Monday Night Wars.

Glacier didn’t just start wrestling in the late 1990s. Glacier had actually wrestled previously in WCW. Hear about Glacier’s first run in WCW and his series of matches with Great Muta. What did Muta do for Glacier’s career? How did this impact his career many years later?

Glacier takes us back to his rookie years on the independents. Glacier opens up about what life was like for an independent wrestler in the 1980s. Did he make money? Who were his favorite opponents? What veteran gave him his ring name? The road to Nitro was a long one and we go back to beginning with Glacier.

Glacier also goes in depth about his relationship with Eric Bischoff. Glacier talks openly about how he was introduced to Bischoff and who did it. How did their meeting turn into “Glacier?” Who’s idea was the gimmick? Did he like it? What were the original plans and how did they evolve?

Glacier’s ring entrance was one of the biggest of all-time for that period in WCW. Glacier takes us behind the scenes of the elaborate entrance. How much money did it cost WCW? Who designed the set? Did it work? Was it changed or altered?

With Glacier’s push came jealous from the less fortunate. Glacier opens up and talks about who was openly jealous and campaigning against him in WCW. Glacier also talks about the immense heat he got for his friendship with Eric Bischoff. It wasn’t all roses being a top guy in WCW in the 1990s.

Glacier also talks openly about some of his opponents from WCW and what they were like in and out of the ring. What was it like working with DDP, Bryan Clark, and Chris Kanyon? Who was his favorite opponent and who he least liked to work with? What was his favorite match?

We also talk about Glacier’s trips to Japan. Glacier talks about openly about being a foreign wrestler in Japan. What was it like working for one of the pioneers of MMA in UWFI? Glacier talks about Vader, Nobuhiko Takada, and several others he worked with in UWFI. Was it worked and how much?

Glacier talks about the roller coaster of ideas that WCW had for him over his years in WCW. Remember Coach Stein? How about working with James Vandenberg? Glacier also talks about meeting Lou Thesz and what it meant to him.

Glacier also adds a new dimension to our segments on ribbing. Who ribbed who? What was the best rib he ever saw? Glacier has some great ribbing stories involving Chris Jericho, James Vandenberg, and more. Glacier also talks about opening up TCW with Dusty Rhodes and if he liked working with the Dream.

Beyond the mask came a great deal of respect I had for Glacier following this interview. With nothing to lose, Glacier is one of the most honest and revealing wrestlers in RF Video history. Don’t miss out on this fun and at times shocking shoot interview.

Can you talk about your athletic background
When did you start practicing karate
How old were you when you started to compete
Can you talk about your early competitions
If UFC and MMA were around back then, would you have entered it
What drew you to wrestling
How did you meet Fred Alvery
Howd you get started
Was the training more difficult than you thought
Memories of your first match
Is it true that Tommy Rich gave you your name
How long did you work local indys
Was wrestling easy with your karate background
Did any of the vets try and test you
Did any vets mentor you
How soon did you wind up traveling the indys outside Georgia
Can you talk briefly about the scene in Georgia
How did you get into WCW in 89
Memories of your match with Butch Reed
You once said about Reed “To be in the same ring with a man that big who could move like that was intimidating.”
What was the locker room like
Were the vets approachable
Were you surprised it didn’t turn into a full time deal
When you took a job as an assistant coach, did you pretty much consider your dreams of a full time deal over
How did you wind up back in the company jobbing to Muta
Memories of the match
Is it true that Muta helped you get booked back
How did you wind up getting into the UWFI
Memories of Takada
Memories of Sano
How hard was it to adjust to life over there
How much of UWFI was shoot
How much were the Yakuza involved in UWFI
Memories of Vader
Memories of Dan Severn
Did you think UWFI would last longer
How did you know it was over
What was their dojo like
Is it true that DDP helped you get into WCW
Memories of meeting Bischoff
Thoughts on Bischoff
How skilled a martial artist was Bischoff
Who’s idea was Glacier
Did you like it
How involved in the gimmick were you
Did you feel that it would be a letdown in regards to what fans were expecting
Memories of your de but as Glacier in WCW
Why was your debut delayed
What kind of impact did the success of the NWO have on the gimmick
If Hall and Nash never came, how different would your debut have been
Were you ever sued from Mortal Kombat
How did the other boys react to the gimmick
Do you think anyone felt threatened
Who were your favorite traveling guys
Who designed your entrance
How much money do you think went into your entrance
Why did they change the costume after a few weeks
Did you feel early on that they didn’t know what they were doing as far as creative
How supportive was Bischoff
Memories of matches with Mortis
Did you know Kanyon was gay
Memories of James Vandenberg
Memories o f matches with Brian Clark
Do you think the angles would have worked better with guys who had more of a martial arts background
Memories of Ernest Miller being introduced
Impressions of Ernest
Did you like him
Why was the feud ended so abruptly after Bash at the Beach
Did they have an idea for what the background was supposed to be of all you guys
When you returned and put over Bagwell immediately did you know the writing was on the wall
Memories of your series with Ernest
Who’s idea was it to job you out and kill the gimmick
Did you like the idea of trashing the gimmick
Who came up with the Coach Stein gimmick
Can we ask what your contract was in WCW
Did you ever feel insecure about your job
Memories of being paired with Luther Biggs
Were you surprised to be released
Were you offered a chance to renegotiate
Some guys say that in WCW you never knew who was in charge. Is that fair
How did Bischoff change once Vince started beating him
Memories of Hogan
Memories and thoughts on Hall and Nash
What happened when you injured your knee against Goldberg
Was Goldberg a bit reckless
Is it true that you hid your injury
How did you and Dusty come up with TCW
Thoughts on Dusty
Did Dusty con you at all
Thoughts on Barry Windham
Thoughts on Dustin
How come it didn’t work
How did you wind up coming back to WCW
Memories of the angle with Norman Smiley
How come it never materialized
Did that sour you on WCW
Were you surprised it was sold
Did you ever talk to Vince about wrestling there
How did you wind up working with TNA
How did you like being an agent
Did you get the respect from the guys you felt you deserved
Thoughts on Jeff Jarrett
Thoughts on your return as Glacier to Chikara
Can you talk about your career as a stuntman
Thoughts on UFC and MMA
Do you think it will hurt wrestling overall
Have you ever thought about competing in UFC
Memories teaming with Tully Blanchard
Are you surprised that people still remember Glacier
Who are some of your favorite and least favorite guys to have worked with
Any good road stories< /o:p>
Talk about your friendship with Lou Thesz
Any good Thesz stories
What was it like to be a part of WCW at that time in wrestling
Do you ever want to write a book
Is it hard to adjust to life after pro wrestling
What do you do today
Any chances of coming back
Has WWE ever contacted you over the years
What do you miss most and least about being a full time wrestler