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Mick-LuciferPosted: 07/17/2013 08:56 PMStatus ::
Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

Garish colourful costumes, trademark fighting manoeuvres, good versus evil, and a World Championship hanging in the balance. It's difficult to know if we're describing Mortal Kombat, or the wild world of professional wrestling!

In an interview with Wrestle Talk TV; recently returned WWE superstar Rob Van Dam revealed his close calls with a Mortal Kombat inspired wrestling gimmick in the mid-nineties. Fans of the now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) may remember the resulting Glacier character [pictured top].

"I've had some offers that didn't sound too appealing. When I was in ECW defending the television title, I had an offer from WCW, but they wanted to turn me into a Mortal Kombat character. [...] Even after they made Glacier, they said 'it's okay. We're gonna make a whole bunch of them. We're gonna make a big group of Mortal Kombat guys, and you'll have mask.'"

Better recognized as a piece of cultural trivia than wrestling accomplishment; the character was the burden of Raymond Lloyd -- a martial artist versed in Hung Gar, Judo and Kempo. It's said Lloyd's role was appealing to on-screen WCW President and martial arts practitioner, Eric Bischoff.

Arguments can be made about whether or not characters like this were out of place in mid-nineties pro wrestling. What's undeniable is the reach of Mortal Kombat by this time. The games were already a global phenomenon: Mortal Kombat II reportedly the first game to surpass Hollywood box office [via @noobde]. One year before the debut of Glacier, Mortal Kombat was setting its own box office benchmark with a film that took the fighter to mass audiences. It remains one of the most successful video game movie adaptations and a favourite among audiences [read more].

Mortal Kombat and WCW would collide again during the 1998-1999 run of Mortal Kombat: Conquest on TNT. The live-action MK series followed WCW Monday Nitro during its ratings height. Wrestlers Meng (Haku) and Wrath (Bryan Clark) made guest appearances as burly menaces in two separate episodes of the show.


WCW Glacier TV Promo. See also; Glacier's WCW Debut!

Noting Rob Van Dam's unique martial arts inspired ring style, the potential for another MK homage makes sense. Of course, given the independent success of the ECW Television Champion at the time, it's also undeniable that turning it down was the right decision to make. RVD returned to WWE at the July 14 PPV Money in the Bank. The former WWE Champion has been on a six year hiatus, last appearing at that level in 2007.

Special thanks to MKOmmunity user m0s3pH for forwarding the wrestler's interview [via WrestleZone]. Found something interesting? We want to know! Forward your tips via the newslead submission form!

[Killswitch]Posted: 07/17/2013 09:27 PMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

Rob Van Dam. The whole effin' snow.

Shao Kahn did nothing wrong
RUFIXPosted: 07/17/2013 11:10 PMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

That's so funny because I was just thinking about Glacier when I was watching that nWo DVD just an hour ago lol. I always picked him in those N64 games. I thought he was awesome but I really didn't watch WCW back then.

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LordSkarletPosted: 08/07/2013 01:39 AMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

Rob Van Dam, Defender of Earthrealm. That right there as just loads of epic win lol. I always have seen RVD as a character who could fit in MK.

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lordkiracPosted: 08/07/2013 02:07 AMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

LordSkarlet Wrote:
Rob Van Dam, Defender of Earthrealm. That right there as just loads of epic win lol. I always have seen RVD as a character who could fit in MK.


Next John.......I mean Super-Cena in Injustice 2.
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Mick-LuciferPosted: 08/07/2013 07:49 PMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

Brock Lesnar would be a good defender of Earthrealm, except he'd probably turn on the humans to join Outworld... Ultimate Warrior? The Undertaker? Kane? I'd put the fate of the world in the hands of Kurt Angle, any day. He'd suplex us to safety.

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LordSkarletPosted: 08/07/2013 08:25 PMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

Mick-Lucifer Wrote:
Brock Lesnar would be a good defender of Earthrealm, except he'd probably turn on the humans to join Outworld... Ultimate Warrior? The Undertaker? Kane? I'd put the fate of the world in the hands of Kurt Angle, any day. He'd suplex us to safety.


Angle has Shao Kahn in the Angle Lock! BA GAWH KING KAHN IS TAPPING OUT! ANGLE HAS DONE IT! HE HAS SAVED EARTHREALM! lmao

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lordkiracPosted: 08/08/2013 06:10 AMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

LordSkarlet Wrote:
Mick-Lucifer Wrote:
Brock Lesnar would be a good defender of Earthrealm, except he'd probably turn on the humans to join Outworld... Ultimate Warrior? The Undertaker? Kane? I'd put the fate of the world in the hands of Kurt Angle, any day. He'd suplex us to safety.




Angle has Shao Kahn in the Angle Lock! BA GAWH KING KAHN IS TAPPING OUT! ANGLE HAS DONE IT! HE HAS SAVED EARTHREALM! lmao


Then has a cup of Milk. at the end of his ending the narrator would say,
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Mick-LuciferPosted: 08/08/2013 07:52 PMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

LordSkarlet Wrote:
Angle has Shao Kahn in the Angle Lock! BA GAWH KING KAHN IS TAPPING OUT! ANGLE HAS DONE IT! HE HAS SAVED EARTHREALM! lmao

Heroic Brutality!

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IcebabyPosted: 08/08/2013 08:41 PMStatus ::


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RE: Mortal Kurio: Rob Van Dam - Defender of Earthrealm?

I miss watching wrestling, I always did like Rob Van Dam. But unfortunately, I grew out of it, that and both of my favorites no longer wrestle anymore.

Or... one can't the other just makes guest appearances every now and then.

But this was an interesting article to read.

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