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Old School Wrestling Veteran Passes Away

RIP Rest In Peace

• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (February 3, 1992) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling

On this day in 1992, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.

It featured pre-taped matches, interviews, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania VIII’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– The Press Conference To Announce Who Will Fight Ric Flair At Wrestlemania 8

– Interview w/ Randy Savage After The Press Conference

– Interview w/ Sid Justice After The Press Conference

– I.R.S. vs. Virgil

– The New Foundation vs. Barry Horowitz/Don Allen

– The Warlord vs. Chris Walker

– Kerry Von Erich & Greg Valentine vs. The Beverly Brothers

– Bret Hart vs. Kato

– A Vignette On Papa Shango

– The Big Bossman vs. Terry Davis

– Rick Martel vs. Marty Jannetty (Joined In Progress)

– The British Bulldog vs. The Berzerker

– The Funeral Parlor With Paul Bearer: Sensational Sherri Is His Guest

– Tatanka vs. The Brooklyn Brawler

– Sgt. Slaughter vs. Col. Mustafa

– Jake Roberts vs. Dale Wolfe

• Old School Wrestling Veteran Passes Away

We are saddened to learn that legendary Old School Wrestler Les Thornton passed away on February 1st at the age of 84.

Slam Wrestling posted the following regarding Les’ passing:

“It is with great sadness we share that Les Thornton peacefully took his leave on February 1, 2019 at 11:15 am, with his devoted wife, Terry at his side. In honour of Les’ wishes there will be no funeral service. Instead, those wishing to pay respects are invited to make a donation to the Calgary Humane Society.”

After wrestling in his home country England, UK during the 60s, Thornton came to the United States and wrestled for several NWA territories during the 70s and 80s such as Georgia Championship Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida & Jim Crockett Promotions, before finally joining the World Wrestling Federation in 1984 in the process of Vince McMahon buying Georgia Championship Wrestling and signing a few of their regulars.

Despite being a star and a well respected Veteran in several territories, he only made it to lower mid-card / undercard status in the WWF and left the promotion in 1986.

Team WWF Old School extends its condolences to Thornton’s family, friends and fans.

† REST IN PEACE LES THORNTON

April 9, 1934 – February 1, 2019

        
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