A real blast from the past made his debut for Ring of Honor last month during the company's television tapings, WCW's Glacier.
When most fans think about the Monday Night War between WWE and WCW throughout the latter half of the 1990s, they remember what made the respective companies successful. The New World Order in WCW, the rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin in WWE, the things that kept the war interesting.
What people often tend to forget is that there were a lot of ideas from both companies at that time that were downright terrible. One notion that Eric Bischoff had was to try and ride the coattails of the success that video game Mortal Kombat was enjoying at the time. With that in mind, he introduced wrestling fans to Glacier, a pro wrestling persona that was clearly inspired by the Mortal Kombat character Sub-Zero.
Glacier often makes the internet lists detailing some of the worst wrestling gimmicks of all time. What fans might not realize is that ironically Glacier's gimmick was so terrible that despite not enjoying much success in WCW, the man behind it actually managed to carve out a pro wrestling career on the back of it. In fact, Raymond Lloyd—the man who portrayed Glacier—recently made his debut for Ring Of Honor. What's more, it was as the video game character who made him famous 20 years ago.
At ROH's Honor Rumble those in the ring, the in-house fans, and ROH Champion Cody Rhodes were eagerly awaiting the arrival of entry number 20 into the match. When the lights dimmed and the video wall of snow falling started the penny didn't drop, then he appeared. The infamous Glacier in all his glory made his way to the ring much to the delight of the fans as the champ yelled into his headset that the announcers must have known that he was entry number 20.
Fans can sometimes be somewhat oblivious to the fact that there is a pro wrestling world outside of WWE, and that because wrestlers like Raymond Lloyd didn't make it in the big time then they simply faded into obscurity and gave up on their dream. That isn't always the case though, and it's pretty incredible to think that the man better known as WCW's 'failed' gimmick Glacier is still performing under that same moniker to this day.