HTR History: Les Thatcher and TNA's Desmond Wolfe

Daris BrownSenior Analyst IOctober 29, 2009

(This is a reprint of Demetreus Stokes's article from HTR)

If you missed tonight’s episode of Hit The Ropes Radio, you missed a treat. We had the pleasure of interviewing Les Thatcher.

When people in our generation think of the word legend, they think of Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and Ric Flair, among others.

While Les Thatcher may not be a name that most people in this generation know, he is truly a wrestling legend.

Thatcher has had a hand in training some of the biggest stars in WWE, WCW, and TNA.

Les started in the business in 1960 as a wrestler. In a career that spanned 20 years, Thatcher was a multi-time tag team champion on the NWA circuit and also held the NWA Jr. Heavyweight Championship.

After his in-ring career ended, Les ventured into the world of broadcasting. Having honed his skills by working with broadcast legends such as Gordon Solie and Jim Ross, Les eventually ventured into hosting and producing shows for various promotions including Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and Southeastern Championship Wrestling.

After being a successful wrestler, broadcaster, and producer, you would think that Les Thatcher had done it all, but Les was only just beginning.

He entered the world of writing and editing. Among his accomplishments was assisting in the production of the World Wide Wrestling Federation’s (WWWF) first color magazine in 1978.

The man behind many of the magazines written for Jim Crockett Promotions in the 70s, Les eventually became a trainer and currently holds training camps all over the country.

It started with the formation of Les Thatcher’s Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp in 1995.

The graduates from Les’ camp is a who’s who among current and former stars of the WWE, TNA, and WCW.

Among them are WWE stars Matt Stryker, Charlie Haas and Jamie Noble, former WCW star Elix Skipper, former WWE stars Umaga and Rosey, and current TNA stars Shark Boy and, the newly-acquired Nigel McGuinness (Desmond Wolfe).

For the remainder of the article and the exclusive interview with Nigel McGuinness (Desmond Wolfe), visit Hit The