Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"‘Give me talent, give me luck, or give me timing. I’ll take timing every single time'"

From The Untold Story Of WCW’s Glacier:

Glacier was supposed to debut in the spring of 1996. Scott Hall made his WCW Monday Nitro debut first. Kevin Nash followed.

“I remember the moment where me and Chris Kanyon realized that there had been a paradigm shift in the whole idea was,” Glacier told us, “because we were supposed to go down to Bash at the Beach ’96 when Hogan turned heel. We were actually driving down, a group of us, and we were gonna stop off and visit in my hometown of Brunswick, Georgia, which is kinda halfway. And we got there, and we got a call to tell us not to come down. ‘Cause we were supposed to be down there for whatever, they were gonna do something. And we were like, ‘Okay. Well, what do we do?’ And they were like, ‘We don’t need you for the pay-per-view.’ We’re like, ‘Okay.’ So, of course, we just … I said, ‘Hey, why don’t we stay here, and I got some friends. We can watch the pay-per-view here. We’ll all just hang out and head back to Atlanta tomorrow.’

“While we’re watching the pay-per-view, Kanyon and I are sitting on the same couch watching it, and as soon as Hogan turned heel — of course, it was monumental to anybody that saw it ’cause they were throwing stuff in the ring and everything — I remember it, he didn’t even look at me. He just said, looking at the camera, ‘Well, there goes our push.’ And I was just like, ‘Wow, man. What does this mean?’ Because that was one of those defining moments in the history of professional wrestling, and I remember us going back. And at the time, the offices were in CNN center, and I remember us going to Eric’s office on Tuesday. Tuesday or Wednesday.

“And I remember he was just over the moon excited, and he was so delighted that people were calling up … He even told us, he said, ‘Parents are calling up, telling us that their kids can’t sleep and they’re having nightmares ’cause Hulk Hogan is a bad guy now. And he was just over the moon excited, and I thought, ‘Oh, wow. Man. That hill we had to climb just got a lot higher.’