Saturday, February 11, 2017

A Salute to Les Thatcher

By Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gatewa

In our minds, there is no more a complete or "total package" in wrestling than Les Thatcher. He truly has done it all in pro-wrestling. 

With Les Thatcher at the Mid-Atlantic
Wrestling Legends weekend in Charlotte (2004)

He was a top-notch competitor in the ring in his day and transitioned into one of the most recognizable voices in wrestling as a broadcaster on such programs as "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling", "Southeastern Championship Wrestling", "Smokey Mountain Wrestling" and many others through the years.

He's also been a photographer, journalist, magazine publisher, television producer, trainer, promoter, podcaster, and probably a half dozen other things I'm forgetting. And in each of those roles, he has been among the best that there is in whatever he's done.  

He is wrestling's modern day renaissance man. And we are proud to call him our friend here at the Mid-Atlantic Gateway. He has been a big supporter of this website since we began publishing the Mid-Atlantic Gateway way back in 2000. 

We don't see him often enough, but we always want him to know that we support him in everything he does.

All our best to one of the all-time greats in the pro-wrestling industry!

2023 Update: Congratulations to our friend Les Thatcher on receiving the first Jack Brisco Spotlight Award at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend this July in Waterloo, IA. Well deserved. Les is truly wrestling's all time renaissance man!