X-Pac welcomes former WCW Superstar, Glacier to the show.
Glacier informs that Dusty Rhodes was his childhood idol, and it was very cool for him to be Dusty’s right hand man when he started Turnbuckle Wrestling. He had a great relationship with Dusty, and that’s why Dusty’s children and widow allowed him to start the Dusty Rhodes Scholarship.
X-Pac points out that Glacier is such a good guy, and it’s tough to be a good guy in the wrestling business. Glacier admits that it’s definitely tough, and he sure had his ups and down. He gives DDP a lot of credit for helping him in WCW and they’ve remained friends to this day.
Glacier informs that he also had a great relationship with Lou Thesz. He asked for and received Thesz’s approval to work as the Glacier character because while some people liked it, others hated it, and it went against a lot of the traditional wrestling philosophies he knew. Thesz pointed out to him that the business had changed forever and it was never going to go back to the traditional style that he was accustomed to. Thesz urged him to accept the Glacier character and make some money.
He notes that the Glacier character was inspired by Mortal Kombat, which was huge at the time. Ted Turner was interested in that franchise and Bischoff wanted heavyweights to portray these kind of characters on WCW, but the performers also needed to be able to move like they were in a video game. Glacier thought they succeeded in that sense, and they broke new ground for big wrestlers doing agile things in the ring.
That sums up this week’s episode of X-Pac 1, 2, 360. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!