Brian Thompson, Wrestling up some business

Photo courtesy of Joshua Mashon Photography

Brian Thompson (left) and former World Championship Wrestling (WCW) announcer Chris Cruise host an episode of Traditional Championship Wrestling (TCW) telvision in 2012. The TV program was seen nationwide on the Pursuit Channel. 


Many in Lebanon and Laclede County probably know Brian Thompson as the head of the local economic development office, Lebanon REDI, but what they don’t know is most weekends, he works on a completely different kind of business.
In his spare time, he works as a pro wrestling announcer, manager and promoter.
“On rare occasions, I have even wrestled a match or two mostly unsuccessfully because I’m not a trained wrestler,” Thompson said. Most of the few matches he wrestled in was as a trash-talking manager and he lost.
“They bounced me around and used me as piñata,” Thompson said.
He sometimes uses a nickname he acquired in high school: IKON.
“It was kind of one of those joking things, but then it kind of took on a life of its own. I’ve been the IKON ever since,” Thompson said.
In pro wrestling’s heyday when wrestlers were referring to themselves as icons, Thompson told his high school friends he was the icon of Dexter High School. Soon, his coaches were also calling him Icon, and he changed the spelling to IKON.
Thompson mostly plays himself. When he adopts his manager persona, he wears colorful jackets to draw the crowd’s attention in what is best described as America’s interactive athletic theatre.

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