Les Thatcher, WCA Director of Talent & Scouting
Wrestling legend, Les Thatcher brings a storied history in the wrestling industry to WCA, a sport in which he has been involved for over five decades. Les was the Founder, Owner, and Head Trainer at Les Thatcher’s Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp and Heartland Wrestling Association from 1995 to 2003.
Les has held the positions of promoter, wrestler, producer, talent scout, script writer, commentator, announcer, trainer, and consultant. One of Thatcher’s promotions, Heartland Wrestling Association, was utilized by both World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment (known at the time as the World Wrestling Federation) as its official minor league development organization. Les’ HWA promotion is responsible for fostering many of today’s current television wrestling personalities, and for preparing them for the demanding schedules of WWE and TNA. Les is the co-Founder, with fellow legends Harley Race and Ricky Steamboat and Owner of Elite Pro Wrestling Training, a company that presents seminars and training camps for wrestling promoters, and provides consulting on the business of professional wrestling in general. Les has also co-authored The Professional Wrestlers Workout and Instructional Guide with Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, and Alex Marvez.
Chief among Les’ fundraising activities in wrestling was his creation of the Brian Pillman Memorial Shows, which ran from 1998-2001. Benefiting the children of Brian Pillman and bringing together the best talent from the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling, as well as top independent performers, the Pillman Memorial Shows drew thousands of people to support and raise money for an important cause. The proceeds for each of the memorial events went to the future education of Pillman’s children.