Ray Lloyd was a 1982 graduate of Brunswick High, where he starred on the Pirates football team for four years and became the school’s first-ever all-state player his senior season as an offensive tackle. He also competed for the Pirates track and field team in the shot put and discus.
After high school, Lloyd played center at Valdosta State under Mike Cavan and was a teammate of former Atlanta Falcons great Jessie Tuggle.
Also a skilled martial artist, Lloyd took up the martial arts at age 15, and in 1983 began competing in the World Karate Association in full-contact tournaments and eventually won the Southeastern Super Heavyweight title. During his WKA stint, he was never knocked out or even knocked down.
Lloyd is a graduate of Valdosta State where he earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (1987) and a Masters of Education (1989).
In April 1987, near the end of his senior year of college, Lloyd completed several months of rigorous training and set a goal to make his mark in the world of Professional Wrestling. He gained valuable experience wrestling mostly throughout the Southeastern United States. In the early 1990s, he earned the opportunity to wrestle throughout Japan for the popular international wrestling promotion known as Union of Wrestling Force International. During his time in the UWFI, he had the honor of being trained and coached by the legendary Lou Thesz, a former six time National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion.
Lloyd eventually reached the big stage in early 1996 when he signed a contract to wrestle for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling. He exploded onto the scene as “Glacier.” His new-look, unique style of wrestling and elaborate ring entrances were an instant hit with Pro Wrestling fans worldwide.
He enjoyed a 12-month unbeaten streak during his first year and had the opportunity to share the ring with some of the biggest names in the business. Lloyd still considers it a huge honor to have been an active member of arguably one of the most impressive rosters in Professional Wrestling history which included such iconic names as Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Meng, Goldberg, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko.
After his WCW days, Lloyd teamed with wrestling legend “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes to form Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling. On this circuit, he eventually won the TCW Heavyweight Championship as well as the TCW Tag Team titles. One of his proudest moments with TCW came on Dec. 28, 2001, when he fulfilled a childhood dream by winning the NWA World Tag Team titles.
Lloyd continues to be active in the professional wrestling industry while also pursuing a career as a professional actor. He has appeared on several popular television shows such as “Burn Notice,” “The Game” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns.” He can also be seen in the upcoming feature films “A Free Bird” and “Attack of the Morningside Monster.”