Before Glacier signed with Eric Bischoff and WCW, the potential employee and employer bonded over one commonality – martial arts.
On a recent episode of “In The Room,” the other “Iceman” of WCW shared some details of his first meeting with WCW president, Eric Bischoff and how the two talked shop not about wrestling, but their background in the art of karate.
“The first hour and a half of our meeting was just us talking martial arts. That’s where I felt like I really won him over. He would throw names at me of tournament karate people and stuff like that,” he said. “I didn’t know that he and Ernest Miller were great friends at the time, I would learn soon after that…”
“I felt like Eric went into the meeting looking to find out if I say that I know this stuff, or if I really know this stuff.”
Glacier also mentions how a lot of the missteps that may have taken place in WCW weren’t learned until after actually having a moment to reflect on them years after the fact.
“I think the lessons he learned, a lot of them didn’t become evident to him until later until he was able to look back and say ‘I wish I could have really done that differently.”
That first meeting he had about inking with WCW was one Glacier will always remember as it lasted three hours.
“It took me almost nine years for my break to actually happen, and when I had that meeting I was prepared. I knew 100% that I’m gonna sit here and convince this guy that I’m somebody he needs to sign. And we sat there for almost three hours in a dinner meeting and I’ll never forget that I was drinking a lot of ice water and I was like ‘I’m not gonna get up and go to the bathroom, because if I do he’ll be gone.”
(Transcription credit should go to VOC Nation Radio Network)
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