I recall seeing a "reporter goes to wrestling school" report from the late 80s, perhaps as late as 1990. You hammed it up quite a bit as you shook your head in disbelief at the reporter's every attempt to become a graduate of the Thesz school, and this was just in the conditioning stages!
The reporter separated a shoulder early on in camp by trying to 'break his fall' on a move as complex as the fireman's carry takeover. The report was quite humorous, but you still came across as a taskmaster who didn't just let anyone waltz into the business before truly understanding what the wrestling business is.
My question is, how long did you allow trainees to remain at camp? Obviously some were better than others in their advancement. Did a lesser talent who you knew would never attain any level of success stay around, even after you had covered all the training points with them and the rest of the class? Were they allowed to stay at the expense of taking up ring time for newer students? Was there a stringent "screening process" to weed out the pretenders? I am aware some schools receive their tuition, but then hook the lesser talents to encourage them to quit, and offer no refunds.
I would think as much as you would have enjoyed turning out many successful graduates and proteges, you were more concerned with having your name attached to someone's training who was less than stellar.
I am just curious how blunt you needed to be with the guys with more heart than talent, and if you encouraged them to choose non-active positions in pro wrestling instead.
That said, who among your training disciples stands out for reasons of skills, professional marketability, and longterm growth potential within the industry?
[This message has been edited by OneFanGang (edited 02-22-2001).]