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Les Thatcher

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Episode 01 - Les Thatcher Interviews Terry & Dory Funk, Jr. | Raw Unedited Audio - 08/09/1994

Southeastern Rewind

Southeastern Rewind is a YouTube Channel devoted to covering professional wrestling : Southeastern Championship Wrestling (Knoxville), Continental Championship Wrestling and Southeastern - Pensacola. We've met some amazing people on this journey and Les Thatcher sent us a previously unaired pilot episode of a segment, called "Wrestler's Eye View". This is a semi-shoot interview with Terry Funk and Dory Funk, Jr. that talks about a wide variety of topics and their ideas about the future of professional wrestling (from 1994). It's a fascinating introspective look at 2 legendary NWA World Champions. There's several discussions with the production crew and a few silenced pauses as they re-set the cameras during the filming.  If you liked this audio, feel free to check us out on YouTube for even more offerings. https://youtube.com/SoutheasternRewind Thanks again for listening and we look forward to posting more episodes in the future.


3 Aug 2021

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A Drink at the Inn With: Les Thatcher

Wrestle Inn

Les Thatcher is a man who's seen and done it all in his over 60-year career in professional wrestling. He's been a wrestler, a promoter, a TV commmentator, a trainer, and has even worked with WCW and WWF/WWE. He's also been a t-shirt designer (designed the first wrestling t-shirt sold, the "Brisco Booster") and helped work on some of the early WWWF magazines. From 1995-2003, Les ran the Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp and also the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  During his time running HWA, he helped develop stars such as Nigel McGuinness, Shark Boy, Rory Fox, Chad Collyer, Charlie Haas, and The Island Boys (aka Three Minute Warning aka Rosey and Umaga) to name a few. During that time he also promoted the annual Brian Pillman Memorial Shows from 1998-2001 which featured stars from WWF, WCW, and ECW along with independent stars from HWA, OVW, and other independent promotions on the same show. In this near hour long conversation, Les and I chat about his distinguished career and how he got started in professional wrestling; what led to the creation of the HWA and the Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp, how the Brian Pillman Memorial Show anthology DVD project with Joe Dombrowski came together, the legacy of the Chris Benoit vs. William Regal match from Pillman 2000, promoting Pillman '99 at the legendary Cincinnati Gardens, how HWA became a developmental territory for both WCW and WWF, and why he ultimately stepped away from HWA in 2003. We also talk Jon Moxley, Nigel McGuinness, and so much more in this fantastic interview! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.


24 Jun 2021

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"Wrestling Is A Human Book" Les Thatcher On The Storytelling Of Wrestling


Les Thatcher is all about telling a story in the wrestling ring and someone whom he believes is spinning quite the yarn currently is Roman Reigns. The man who brought you Heartland Wrestling recently spoke with Dominic DeAngelo of WrestleZone about how time isn't being factored in enough to letting a story develop on the canvas.

1hr 22mins

18 May 2021

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POST INTERVIEW: Les Thatcher, Brian Pillman Memorial Anthology

POST Wrestling w/ John Pollock & Wai Ting

John Pollock speaks with Les Thatcher on the release of the Brian Pillman Memorial Anthology and his memories of Brian. The two chat about the memorable Brian Pillman Memorial Shows that Thatcher promoted in Ohio from 1998-2001, his history with Brian, helping to produce the gun angle from Raw in 1996, thoughts on the recent Dark Side of the Ring documentary, how all three major promotions sent talent for the events, the memorable matches that occurred, and his insight into the modern-day product. The Brian Pillman Memorial Anthology is available at PillmanShow.com. Les can be heard on Wrestling Weekly each Friday on the Wrestling Observer website. Subscribe: https://postwrestling.com/subscribe Patreon: http://postwrestlingcafe.com Forum: https://forum.postwrestling.com Discord: https://discord.com/invite/Q795HhR Merch: https://store.postwrestling.com Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/YouTube: @POSTwrestling

1hr 1min

13 May 2021

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Crazy Train Radio's Interview with Legendary Wrestler/Broadcaster/Trainer Les Thatcher

Crazy Train Radio

We barley even got to scratch the surface on this conversation with Cincinnati born & bread NWA Rookie of the Year, Les Thatcher. He has spent 61 years involved with the professional wrestling business & spent a good majority of career in the Southeast regions of the old territory system. This is certainly part 1 of a 2 part conversation in telling stories, training & so much more! Thanks to wrestling historian, Dr. Mike Lano for his involvement with this episode as well. Follow Crazy Train Radio Facebook: www.facebook.com/realctradio Instagram: @crazytrainradio Twitter: @realctradio YouTube: www.youtube.com/crazytrainradio

1hr 26mins

24 Mar 2021

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The Road Home from Wrestling

We sit down with a man who has forgotten more about pro wrestling than an of us will ever know. It's pro wrestling legend, Les Thatcher. Follow us on twitter twitter.com/theroadhomefw Merchandise available here: https://teespring.com/stores/the-road-home-from-wrestling Our email address is theroadhomefw@gmail.com

1hr 2mins

2 Mar 2021

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"Pretty Boy" Doug Masters: The Kayfabe Korner

1hr 18mins

18 Feb 2021

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WrestlingWithTheFuture® Podcast Welcomes Legendary Wrestler/Trainer Les Thatcher

WrestlingWithTheFuture®™ Podcast Network

Les Thatcher has been a wrestler, trainer, booker, promoter, TV producer and broadcaster. His awards include NWA Rookie of the Year, Commentator of the Year (for Smokey Mountain Wrestling and Southeastern Championship Wrestling), and Best Program of the Year for Southeastern Championship Wrestling. He has held tag team championships in partnership with Roger Kirby, Nelson Royal, Danny Miller, Dennis Hall and Whitey Caldwell. He has held the Southern Jr. Heavyweight championship belt. Currently, he's working as a TV production consultant, promoter for Heartland Wrestling and builder of tomorrow's champions at his Main Event Pro-Wrestling training camp in Cincinnati. To this list, he has recently added duties as a Director of the Wrestling Channel, where he is involved in all aspects of the channel's operations. (CREDIT: Solies' Vintage Wrestling Page) PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Manscaped.com (Promo Code: "wrestlingfuture" For 20% Off Your Order)"Your Balls Will Thank You." OUR PODCAST STREAMING HUB: Everything Is Right Here!https://wrestlingfuture.podbean.com/ WrestlingWithTheFuture®©2020

1hr 4mins

28 Aug 2020

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Legendary Les Thatcher Interview!! plus WWE Releases!!

Shootin' The Shizzat!

This week on Shootin' the Shizzat, we are shootin' with the Legendary Les Thatcher! 60 years in the business and a trainer to the stars! Hear what Les thinks has to say about how the wrestling business has changed over the years, and has it always been for the better?! 

2hr 8mins

24 Apr 2020

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Sitting Ringside: Legendary Promoter/Trainer Les Thatcher

Sitting Ringside with David Penzer

This week on Sitting Ringside, David Penzer is joined by one of the most influential figures in wrestling who may not get the credit he’s due, Mr. Les Thatcher. Thatcher, whose career has spanned over six decades, has seen, trained, or worked with the biggest names in the sport over that time and isn’t afraid to call things as he sees them. Thatcher talks to Penzer about his own start in the business and in the ring, the ins and outs of the territories, his transition from in ring action to the role of commentator and promoter, some of the names that he’s had a hand in training, and so much more. Thanks for listening and don’t forget the and review the show on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher! Make sure to follow David Penzer and “Sitting Ringside” on Twitter! You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio, Google Podcasts, and now iHeartRadio! The post Sitting Ringside: Legendary Promoter/Trainer Les Thatcher appeared first on Radio Influence.

1hr 22mins

24 Feb 2020