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Les Thornton (9 April 1934 – 1 February 2019) was a British professional wrestler who competed in Great Britain, Japan, European and North American regional promotions throughout the 1970s and 1980s including World of Sport Stampede Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Alliance.

Les Thornton
Les Thornton - 29 december 1975 - WRESTLING PROGRAM NORTH SIDE COLISEUM cover.jpg
Born(1934-04-09)9 April 1934
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Died1 February 2019(2019-02-01) (aged 84)[1]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Les Thornton
Henri Pierlot
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight225 lb (102 kg)[2]


Professional wrestling careerEdit

During his career, he was considered one of the best junior heavyweights in the world at one time simultaneously holding both the WWF and NWA World Junior Heavyweight titles,[3] and would later hold NWA title five times. He had matches against Tiger Mask , Gino Hernandez, The Cobra, K J Anderssen, Dynamite Kid, Terry Taylor, Gerry Brisco, Alberto Madrill and Tatsumi Fujinami. As a result of the hostile takeover by the WWF of Georgia Championship Wrestling, Thornton joined the WWF, but in the "Hogan Era" as it stood, Thornton was used as a jobber and would help develop young wrestlers, including Mick Foley.[4] Near the end of his career, he formed his own promotion in Calgary called Canadian Independent Wrestling Federation (CIWF), which included wrestlers like Ricky Fuji and Big Titan, among others. Thornton was the tag team partner of Mick Foley in Foley's first ever WWF match against The British Bulldogs. Against heavyweights he fought Harley Race, Billy Robinson, Gene Lewis, Pedro Morales and Dory Funk Jr. He was known for his stiff forearm uppercuts ,over the knee backbreakers and suplexes.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

1Records are unclear as to where Thorton was when he received the title for the first time nor is it known as to which NWA affiliated promotion he was wrestling for at the time.


  2. ^ a b c Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0.
  3. ^ "Former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Les Thornton Passes Away". WrestlingNewsSource. February 3, 2019.
  4. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  5. ^ "".
  6. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  7. ^ Rodgers, Mike (2004). "Regional Territories: PNW #16".
  8. ^ "Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003.

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