Wrestling School Owner Tightens Hold

Cincinnati Enquirer – July 27, 2000
By Jim Knippenberg

A bit of this, that and the other thing gathered at the buffet table on the cocktail party circuit …

Truthfully: Going to prove again, stomp on enough heads and sooner or later people take notice.

Witness one Les Thatcher, former pro wrestler and owner of Evendale’s Main Event Pro Wrestling Center, a facility that trains men and women to bounce each other around in the ring.

He and his school already have been on three national shows about wrestlers in training: MTV’s True Life and ABC’s 20/20 in 1999; and MSNBC early this year. Now this …

Thatcher flies to Burbank today to tape a segment on the revived To Tell the Truth, which will debut this fall. That’s the late game show on which a panel would grill three people and try to figure out which one was telling the truth. All three contestants will claim to be Thatcher, pro wrestler trainer.

“As I understand it, I spend some time Friday prepping the two fakes, then tape it Saturday. I don’t think I win anything if I fool them, but I do get four free days in California, and that’s pretty much enough.”

Truth will be syndicated, airing in 90 percent of U.S. markets, (including here at 10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday on Channel 12) starting Sept. 18.


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