Leslie Alan Malady
(born October 28, 1940) better known by the name Les Thatcher
is a former professional wrestler
who achievied many accolades over his career. He now has a hand in running "Elite Pro Wrestling Training" in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, with other professional wrestlers, Harley Race
and Ricky Steamboat
Thatcher was born in Cincinnati, Ohio with an Irish
father and a French/English mother. He first watched wrestling when he was eight years old while at a friend's house. He said, "The action on that little ten-inch black & white screen just reached out and grabbed me". In his youth, he played basketball
, and football
. He started wrestling at his local YMCA
as a twelve-year-old. He attended Central High School in Cincinnati.
Thatcher heard about Tony Santos
, a promoter and owner of a wrestling school in Boston, Massachusetts
. Shortly thereafter, he began training in February 1960.
On July 4, 1960, Les Thatcher made his professional wrestling debut against “Cowboy” Ronnie Hill in Blue Hill, Maine
In 1966, Thatcher started to work as part of a "cousins" faction. He was a member of the team with Roger Kirby and Dennis Hall. They used this gimmick in various southern territories until 1969.
He won several regional tag team championships with various partners, including Nelson Royal and Roger Kirby. He turned his hand to singles competition and excelled as a junior heavyweight
. He was noted... Read More