Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
I first met Glen Rylko at a wrestling show. Over the years, Glen and his wife Alicia have become good friends of mine. It's always a pleasure seeing them at various conventions or wrestling events.
Glen is a knowledgeable wrestling fan. Actually, he is the best kind of fan. He knows and respects old school wrestling, but also enjoys attending modern independent wrestling shows. I always enjoy seeing Glen's social media posts featuring older wrestlers and memoriabilia.
One such post featured Cowboy Bill Watts. A legendary wrestler and promoter, Watts was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
Glen met the Cowboy a few years prior to his HOF induction. I'll let Glen tell the story.
This was taken in 2005 in Chicago Ridge, IL where he and Jim Cornette talked to Jim Zordani and Chitown Ridge in depth about wrestling history. We had them to ourselves for about 20 minutes. He autographed everything we had in exchange for some old WRESTLING LIFE sheets.
I asked Glen about the jersey he was wearing. I thought it might be a Watts jersey from his playing days. Glen told me it was actually a St. Xavier jersey. Cool either way.
I really appreciate Glen's friendship. He has invited me to his wrestling circle of friends and I have met some very nice and fun folks because of him. Glen and Alicia are special people and I am lucky to know them.
Glen Rylko and Bill Watts in Chicago Ridge, IL-Winter 2005.