BIO: Iceman King Parsons
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Signature Moves: Butt-butt, headbutt, boxing jabs
WCCW Titles Held: WCWA World Heavyweight Champion, WCCW American Heavyweight Champion, WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion, WCWA World Tag Team Championship (with Terry Taylor), WCCW American Tag Team Championship (with Buck Zumhofe) and WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship (with Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts).
Notable WCCW Feuds: Buddy Roberts, Devastation Inc., Rick Rude, Gino Hernandez, Chris Adams, Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich, Michael Hayes and Eric Embry.
Need to Know Facts: Born in 1950 in St. Louis, Parsons was trained by wrestling veteran Nick Kozak. In 1979 Parsons made his wrestling debut in Don Owen's Portland territory. Parsons teamed with “Soulman” Rocky Johnson to capture the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship. With less than 3 years' experience in the industry, he moved on to Jim Crockett Promotions where he teamed with Porkchop Cash and feuded with Don Kernodle and Jim Nelson over the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship.
Having swapped talent between the Portland and Dallas promotions for many years, WCCW owner Fritz Von Erich acquired Parsons from Owen's territory at a pivotal time in the history of the promotion, and would go on to enjoy the greatest success of his career.
During early 1983, WCCW had several young lions such as Parsons, “Gentleman” Chris Adams, the Fabulous Freebirds and “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin to accompany their biggest draws, the Von Erich sons, which quickly made the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex a hotbed for professional wrestling.
Parsons was first introduced to WCCW viewers in early 1983, in a vignette produced by WCCW television producer Mickey Grant which showed him working in an ice factory, hauling large blocks of ice on his shoulders in a demonstration of his strength, and of how he acquired his nickname.
Parsons burst onto the World Class scene, allying himself with the Von Erichs in their feud against the Fabulous Freebirds, and was second only to them in popularity during the initial years of WCCW’s syndication. When his theme song, Sister Sledge’s hit “We Are Family”, hit an arena’s speakers, the crowd went into a frenzy. From the start of the match until its end, Parsons had the D/FW area in the palm of his hands.
From the Von Erich-Freebird feud, a separate feud was spun off between Iceman and Buddy Roberts, which resulted in Parsons applying a hair removal cream to Roberts, leaving him bald and humiliated. As a result of losing his hair, Roberts wore a wig secured by protective headgear, which brought many classic comedic moments in the annals of World Class.
During his first tenure in World Class, Parsons would also team up with “Rock 'n' Roll” Buck Zumhofe, calling their tandem “Rock and Soul”, trading the NWA American Tag Team Titles with General Skandor Akbar’s Super Destroyers (the Irwin Brothers) on two separate occasions. At this period of time, Parsons was feuding heavily with Devastation Inc., having been a victim of one of General Skandor Akbar's fireballs during a late 1983 match in which he teamed with the Junkyard Dog against the Super D's.
In 1985 and 1986, Parsons would also wrestle briefly in the Texas All-Star Wrestling promotion, forming the "Dream Team" with Tiger Conway, Jr., and feuding with Mike & Dizzy Golden.
Like numerous others wrestling for World Class, Parsons left the group in mid-1986 to join Mid-South promoter Bill Watts’ Universal Wrestling Federation. It was in the UWF that Parsons first turned heel, turning against tag team partner (and fellow WCCW alumnus) “Gentleman” Chris Adams during a tournament to crown UWF Tag Team Champions. Parsons would feud with Adams in the UWF, World Class, USWA and Global promotions as well as other independent federations until Adams' sudden death in 2001.
In 1992, Parsons went to the Global Wrestling Federation with Jackson and won the tag team titles with him, and also won their top belt, the North American title. Parsons and Jackson feuded with The Ebony Experience (Booker T. and Stevie Ray, later known as Harlem Heat in WCW). He also worked for the United States Wrestling Association, where he was managed by Skandor Akbar and Percy Pringle III.
Iceman was sidelined for a time due to a serious back injury suffered in an automobile accident, but later returned to the North Texas indy ring wars, again feuding with Action Jackson in Denton's Xtreme Championship Wrestling before retiring from the sport.