Les Thatcher

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Title History

  • NWA (Mid America) United States Tag Team titles w/Roger Kirby defeating [Possibly Jack & Frank Dalton?] (????, 1967);
  • NWA (Mid America) World Tag Team titles w/Dennis Hall defeating Johnny Long & Tojo Yamamoto (November 28, 1968);
  • NWA (Mid America) United States Tag Team titles w/Bearcat Brown by winning a tournament (????, 1969);
  • NWA Tennessee Tag Team titles w/Dennis Hall defeating [Possibly Ron & Don Wright?] (????, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) United States Tag Team titles w/Dennis Hall defeating Eddie Sullivan & Frank Morell (????, 1969);
  • NWA Tennessee Tag Team titles w/Whitey Caldwell defeating Don & Ron Wright (June 20, 1969);
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles w/Bearcat Brown defeating Al & Don Greene (November 10, 1969);
  • NWA Tennessee Tag Team titles w/Nelson Royal defeating John Foley & Dutch Mantell (January ??, 1975);

 

Career Highlights

  • 1966: Les Thatcher wrestled in a “Cousins” faction with Roger Kirby and Dennis Hall in several southern-based territories..
  • June 10, 1968: Lars & Gene & Ole (teaming for the first time ever) beat Paul Demarco & Amazing Zuma & Les Thatcher..
  • May 17, 1974 – Mid Atlantic: Ric Flair defeated Les Thatcher (This was one of Flair’s first matches in the territory)..
  • 1994: Les Thatcher was the first inductee into The Smokey Mountain Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame..
  • Les Thatcher was the director of operations for Heartland Wrestling Association, a one time developmental group for the WWF..
  • Les Thatcher was the promoter for the Brian Pillman Memorial Shows and also ran the Les Thatcher Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp..
  • The WWE ceased its affiliation with Les Thatcher’s Heartland Wrestling Association..
  • 2004: Les Thatcher received a Legends Award from the Gulf Coast Wrestler’s Reunion..
  • 2005: Les Thatcher hosts a weekly radio show at www.wrestlingweekly.com with Doc Young..
  • 2005: Les Thatcher recieved the Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award (2nd highest in CAC) from the Cauliflower Alley Club..
  • May 7, 2005–Mark Curtis Memorial: Mick Foley & Shane Douglas w/Dominic DeNucci beat Al Snow & D-Lo Brown w/Les Thatcher..
  • Les Thatcher now owns Elite Pro Wrestling Training with Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, & Dr. Tom Prichard..
  • Les Thatcher writes a weekly column “Wrestler’s Eye View” for PW Insider web site..
  • 2005: Les Thatcher was elected to Cauliflower Ally Club Board of Directors..
  • 2006:Les Thatcher made a brief appearance in the WWE Home Video release, “McMahon”.

    Les Thatcher wrote: The “Wrestling Cousins” gimmick with Hall and Kirby was used from 66 through 69 in several territories The Gulf Coast for the old Lee Fields promotion, the Carolinas, Tampa, Atlanta (where we started it) and Nashville.

 

Les Thatcher wrote: I worked an angle in Knoxville with partner Whitey Caldwell against Ron & Don Wright. They cheated to beat us for the tag belts on TV, and then said they would never give us a return. We came back a couple of weeks later as the masked Avengers in all White to earn a shot. The deal was till I spoke on TV because my voice was so easy to spot no one, and I mean not even the announcer, knew who we were. Then we started a program with them, and to take it one step further, and so as to draw it out, we added another hook. When Ron bitched on TV that I was an Avenger the next week at the house show we put Dennis hall in my masked outfit, and I sat ringside with teh Avengers, then he said it was Whitey, and the next week Dennis and I wore the masks and Whitey sat ringside.