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PRE-ORDER THE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER'S INSTRUCTIONAL AND WORKOUT GUIDE
A must-have book for anyone in the wrestling industry, The
Professional Wrestler's Instructional and Workout Guide, written by
Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat and Les Thatcher with Alex Marvez and
featuring a foreword by Jim Ross is now available on pre-sale. Sports
Publishing's catalog information on the title is below.
The Professional Wrestler's Instructional and Workout
by Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, and Les Thatcher with Alex Marvez;
Foreword by Jim Ross
Many dream of becoming pro wrestling headliners, but few understand the
hard work and dedication needed to reach those heights. Almost all top
stars have trained in schools and camps with legendary wrestlers to
learn how to execute key moves, put together a match, sell yourself and
your opponent to the crowd, and keep fit through physical training and
The Professional Wrestler’s
Instructional and Workout Guide
brings readers more than 100 years of collective knowledge and
experience from three elite names in the professional wrestling
industry, including two former National Wrestling Aliiance World
Heavyweight Champions. Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, and Les Thatcher
share their wealth of knowledge and experience as they help the novice
wrestler prepare for the long journey into pro wrestling. After reading
this book, the aspiring wrestler should have the knowledge of how
maneuvers are executed effectively and safely, the physical conditioning
needed to perform them, and the thought process involved in piecing
together an actual match. The novice should learn the "psychology" of
pro wrestling both in and out of the ring as well as how to find
employment on the independent circuit and maybe eventually realize their
dream of wrestling on the national stage in the WWE.
For more information on this title, or to pre-order your copy today,
visit the Sports Publishing Web site at the link below:
Sports Publishing- The Professional Wrestler's Instructional & Workout
HARLEY RACE AND PRO WRESTLING NOAH WRESTLING CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED; WWE/NOAH
SCOUTS TO ATTEND
Wrestling legend and World League Wrestling Chairman
Harley Race will again be hosting a wrestling camp September 21-24 in
The camp, which is open to current and aspiring
professional wrestlers, will provide attendees the opportunity to learn
from an eight-time former World Champion and be seen by scouts from
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. and Japan’s Pro-Wrestling NOAH. The
camp will consist of cardiovascular, nutritional information, and weight
training instruction as well as in-ring training.
The WWE scout who will attend the camp has not yet been
named; however, Pro Wrestling NOAH will be represented by Kenta Kobashi,
KENTA, and Naomichi Marufuji.
Kobashi is regarded as one of the top wrestling stars in
the history of the sport. He has held numerous major titles, most
notably the Pro-Wrestling NOAH Global Honored Crown Heavyweight
Championship and the All-Japan Triple Crown Championship, which he held
KENTA and Marufuji were honored as the 2003 Tag Team of
the Year by many wrestling publications. When the duo’s Pro-Wrestling
NOAH Global Honored Crown Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship reign
ended recently, it concluded the longest active reign of a major
professional wrestling championship. KENTA and Marufuji are considered
by many to be the top junior heavyweight wrestlers in the world.
Pro-Wrestling NOAH will award up to two camp attendees
all-expense paid trips to Japan to train at the Pro-Wrestling NOAH dojo.
In addition, one full scholarship to the Harley Race Wrestling Academy
will be awarded. Several camp attendees will have the opportunity to
compete on the live World League Wrestling card, which will conclude the
camp on Saturday, September 24, with the scouts in attendance. The card
is subject to change on Noah wrestling depending on their availability.
The fee for the camp is $500, with 50% of the fee due
upon registration. Camp attendees will be responsible for their own
lodging and will be provided with a list of local hotels.
Wrestling fans will have a unique opportunity to come to
the camp on the afternoon of the live event and meet the Pro-Wrestling
NOAH superstars as well as the WWE scout. Fans will have the opportunity
to ask the guests questions and get their photos taken with them and
will receive complimentary tickets to the night’s event. The $50 fee for
fans to visit the camp is due upon registration, and can be mailed to
World League Wrestling Inc. 119 South Maple Eldon, Mo 65026. Please
click here for Fan Registration.
deadline for registering to attending the wrestling camp is September
9th. Applicants may visit www.harleyrace.com for an online application.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call World League Wrestling Headquarters
at (573 392-4100 for more information.
HARLEY RACE INTERVIEWED BY WRESTLEMAG.COM
WLW and EPWT's Harley Race is featured in an interview by
WrestleMag.Com. In the interview, Race discusses how he became involved
with the wrestling industry, his stints with WWE and WCW, and his
thoughts on WWE creating a new mainstream star to fill Austin and The
Rock's shoes. To read the interview, click
WWE SIGNS HARLEY RACE TRAINEE TO DEVELOPMENTAL CONTRACT
Rhodes (no relation to Dusty) was awarded a WWE Developmental contract,
and will be reporting in a few weeks to either Atlanta or Louisville.
Rhodes, over the past couple of years has had a run with TNA, and
several trips to Japan for Pro Wrestling Noah. We want to wish Trevor
the best of luck.
This brings the number of trainees signed by WWE since the first of the
year who have built their pro wrestling foundation under EPWT Trainers
Harley Race and Les Thatcher to 6.
LES THATCHER IN AUGUST 2005 ISSUE
own Les Thatcher is the subject of the "What Ever Happened To..."
section of the August 2005 issue of Inside Wrestling magazine.
Get your copy on newsstands today!
LES AND DOC YOUNG HIT THE AIRWAVES ON "WRESTLING WEEKLY" INTERNET RADIO
and Doc Young host a new Internet-based wrestling radio show at
www.WrestlingWeekly.com every Wednesday evening from 9 to 11 p.m.
Les and Doc will be joined by some of the biggest names in wrestling
every week. Visit the Web site for more information, and to see how you
can contribute to the content of the show.
EPWT SCHEDULE UPDATED
EPWT schedule has been updated to reflect the most accurate schedule
information for upcoming seminars, media appearances and personal
appearances. Click "Schedule" to see how you can experience Elite for
EPWT MOURNS THE LOSS OF CHRIS CANDIDO (1972-2005)
Pro Wrestling Training's trainers and staff send their thoughts and
prayers to the family of Chris Candido. EPWT joins the entire wrestling
world in mourning the untimely death of a performer who touched the
lives of milllions worldwide during his career.
Candido's family has asked that instead of cards or flowers, donations
be made to a scholarship fund being established by Candido’s high school
in his name. For those of you who would like to donate to the Chris
Candido Scholarship Fund, the address is:
The Chris Candido
Bank of New York
3rd Avenue & Washington Street
Spring Lake, New Jersey 07762
CATCH THE KING HARLEY RACE AT UPCOMING WLW LIVE EVENTS
will be at these World League Wrestling events. 4/22 Shenandoah, IA.
4/23 Clinton, MO. 4/30 Norwood, MO. 5/6 Sedalia, MO. 5/7 Ozark, MO. 6/4
Eldon, MO. and check soon for dates on another 5-day camp in Eldon
including Pro Wrestling Noah coming in August. For details on all these
events go to
LES AND DOC YOUNG HIT THE AIRWAVES ON WRESTLING WEEKLY RADIO SHOW; DEBUT
SET FOR MID-MAY.
and co-host Doc Young should be up and running with a new Internet talk
show by the middle of May titled “Wrestling Weekly” on a site by the
same name from 6 to 8:PM EST on Sunday evenings.
LES THATCHER ANNOUNCED AS MEMBER OF CAULIFLOWER ALLEY CLUB BOARD OF
DIRECTORS AT 2005 CONVENTION
2005 Cauliflower Alley Club Convention, Les Thatcher was elected to the
board of directors for the CAC. As a new member, Les will work to
recruit young grapplers from across the country as CAC members in an
effort to boost youth involvement with the organization. EPWT.Com
congratulates Thatcher on this accomplishment.
MORE EPWT.COM PHOTOS FROM 2005's CAC CONVENTION
Please click on thumbnails for full-size photos
Alice Thatcher, Les Thatcher, and Gloria Lovell, member of the
Cauliflower Alley Club board of directors. Middle: "The CAC Future
Legends Couple, Cheerleader Melissa, 2004 honoree, and the 2005 Future
Legend honoree, Frankie Kazarian. Right: Les with the Chicago
Connection, at the CAC's Saturday night banquet and award ceremonry,
from left to right Travor Blanchard, Les, Brandon Bishop, and Adam Evans
Photo used with permission from Cauliflower Alley Club
JAMIE KREISLER OF SLAM! WRESTLING REVIEWS 2005 CAC CONVENTION AT THE
OFFICIAL CAULIFLOWER ALLEY SITE
2005 CAC Convention has came and went, and it was a very enjoyable and
successful gathering at the fabulous Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Jamie Kreisler of Slam! Wrestling reviewed the Reunion,
the full text of which (along with excellent photos) can be found. Here
is an excerpt of Kreisler's review, discussing Les Thatcher's award
presentation at the Saturday evening banquet and award ceremony.
time NWA Champion of the World, Harley Race, presented
with the Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award. "A lot of people have
been honored and each one deserves it," commented Race. "This man here
has dedicated his entire life to wrestling." Thatcher revealed that he
will be celebrating his 45th anniversary in the business on July 4.
Often overly talkative, Thatcher admitted to being a little stuck for
words. "To be honored by your peers, nothing is greater than that," he
confessed. He dedicated the award to his wife, Alice, for understanding
that he has a mistress in pro wrestling and Tony Santos, the man who got
him started. Currently a trainer with Elite Pro Wrestling Training and
also responsible for the seminars held at the CAC for young wrestlers,
Thatcher said he was blessed to have been around so many great people
and that everyone was considered to be a part of his extended family. He
encouraged the future stars of the business to pursue their dreams and
stick with them.
read Kreisler's review of the entire convention, please visit the
official Cauliflower Alley Club Web site
SLAM! WRESTLING VISITS LES'S MARITIME MEMORIES
Jason Follett revisits Les Thatcher's Maritime Memories as the two
discuss his upcoming Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award. The article
details Les's beginning years in the wrestling industry, and Les shares
some of his memories from the Maritime Years. Here's an excerpt from the
like I was dead-set against being a heel or anything like that it just
never came up," he noted. "And not that I was pretty -- then, now or
anytime -- but I just looked more like a babyface and that was my strong
suit. Nobody ever tried to change me.
"Again, Rudy, up there knowing the lay of the land, that I wasn't going
to be accepted initially and we'd work it into where I would," he said.
"I had the first, last and only opportunity to ever work heel."
During his stay in
the Maritimes, Thatcher was moved from the ring to the announcers booth
after the unexpected departure of regular match caller George "Crybaby"
read the full story, please visit SLAM! Wrestling by clicking
MARK CURTIS MEMORIAL SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR MAY 7, 2005
Hildebrand Clark, the widow of former WCW Referee Mark Curtis, is
putting on a Mark Curtis Memorial Wrestling Reunion in Johnson City,
Tenn. at Freedom Hall on Saturday May 7th beginning at 7:30PM. All
proceeds go to The Children's Miracle Network. Appearing along with Dr.
Tom, and Les from EPWT will be Mick Foley, Shane Douglas, Al Snow, Terry
Taylor, Tim Horner, Tracy Smothers, Bobby Eaton, Preston Steele, D-Lo
Brown and more. Tickets go on sale April 4th at the Freedom Hall Box
office, call 423-461-4884. For more information call Pam Clark at
423-384-5039 or e-mail her at
SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN EVERETT, MASSACHUSETTS
Les and Dr. Tom will be running a 3-day EPWT training camp in
conjunction with New Image Wrestling from June 17-19, 2005, at Ringside
Enterprises Training Center in Everett, Massachusetts. For more
information, or to register, you can e-mail
email@example.com or call Karen at 617-448-5619.
RACE WRESTLING ACADEMY FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE
March 15, 2005, issue of The New York Times, writer Bruce Weber
pays a visit to the Harley Race Wrestling Academy in Eldon, Missouri,
and takes a look at the foundation of the training program that the
Academy offers. To read the article, please click
THATCHER TRAINEE RORY FOX SELECTED FOR 2005 SUPER 8
Fox, a trainee of Les Thatcher's, was recently named a participant in
the 2005 Super 8 ECWA Super 8 Tournament. The tournament, to be held
April 9, 2005, in Newark, Delaware, is a prestigious event that has been
a launching pad for the careers of many wrestlers. Many of Thatcher's
trainees have been participants in the past, including: Matt Stryker,
Pepper Parks, Chad Collyer and Shark Boy. EPWT.Com congratulates Rory
Fox on this accomplishment.
Left to right: Chet Jablonski, Dean Jablonski and
Photos credited to IWA Puerto Rico (C. Jablonski) and UPW (Neikirk)
THREE OF LES
THATCHER'S TRAINEES GET THE CALL
young athletes that trained under the tutelage of Les Thatcher during
his time as the owner/director of operations of the Heartland Wrestling
Association have gotten the call. Dean Jablonski, Chet Jablonski, and
Derrick Neikirk have been signed to developmental talent contracts with
World Wrestling Entertainment. On behalf of Les Thatcher, EPWT.Com would
like to congratulate these athletes on their accomplishment, and wish
them the best of luck with their careers.
WITH XCW FOR APRIL SEMINAR IN LAS VEGAS
Les Thatcher and Tom Prichard present a 3-day seminar in conjunction
with XCW. The 3-day event will also include a live XCW show featuring
D-Lo Brown. Sign up by contacting Bob Pokorny by the methods below:
To sign up:
Please contact Bob Pokorny at 1.928.201.1442, or
via e-mail at
EPWT RETURNS TO SPINDALE FOR THIRD SEMINAR IN APRIL
Les Thatcher and Dr. Tom Prichard conduct a three-day seminar in
conjunction with NGW at the historic Spindale House in Spindale, North
Carolina. For more information, please visit our signup page, or contact
NGW by the methods below:
ATTENDEE GETS A LOOK FROM DREAMER AND WWE
professional wrestler Venus attended a recent EPWT seminar and was
encouraged to submit materials to Tommy Dreamer and World Wrestling
Entertainment. She credits this seminar for her recent tryout with WWE.
JOIN LES THATCHER IN SPECIAL ONE-DAY SEMINAR FEBRUARY 12
Trainer Les Thatcher will be holding a one-day training seminar at
Slamtech Wrestling in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on Saturday, February 12.
The special seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Slamtech
Wrestling, and will also include an evening show. The cost of the
seminar is $50 per person.
CAULIFLOWER ALLEY CLUB CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN 2005
Cauliflower Alley Club celebrates its 40th Reunion on April 14-17, 2005,
at the Riviera on the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip. Two of EPWT's trainers,
Les Thatcher and Harley Race, will team up with Scott Casey and other
legends/trainers to present a training seminar for the future stars of
professional wrestling. To participate in this priceless wrestling
seminar there is no charge, but an application must be filled out in
advance and you must be a paid member of the Cauliflower Alley Club.
Applications are available
Another exciting opportunity to meet some of professional wrestling's
legends is the banquet, held Saturday evening. This year's honorees will
include: Jack Brisco, Paul Christy & Bunny Love, Sir Oliver Humperdink,
Les Thatcher, Kenny Jay, Terry Funk and Ernie Ladd. Banquet tickets are
available in a limited quantity, and you must be a paid member of the
Cauliflower Alley Club to attend.
For more information on the 40th Anniversary Reunion, please visit
EPWT CONTRIBUTING WRITER DISCUSSES THE WRESTLING PRO
first colum, Justin Murphy discussed the history of the Gulf Coast
Heavyweight Title. Now he recounts the story of "The Wrestling Pro" Leon
Baxter. To read Justin's column, click
EPWT.COM SCHEDULE UPDATED
EPWT.Com schedule has been updated with personal appearance, training
seminar and convention dates through April 2005. To find out how you can
experience EPWT in person, click on the "Schedule" link in the
RICKY STEAMBOAT SIGNS WITH WWE
EPWT.Com is proud to announce that one of the "founding fathers" of
Elite Pro Wrestling Training, Ricky Steamboat, has signed with World
Wrestling Entertainment as an agent. Steamboat will begin full-time work
with them, and will be a guest trainer for seminars with EPWT when
logistically possible and there are no scheduling conflicts. EPWT.Com
congratulates Ricky on this accomplishment.
DR. TOM PRICHARD JOINS EPWT CREW AS TRAINER
EPWT.Com is proud to announce that former WWE Developmental Talent scout
Dr. Tom Prichard joins the Elite Pro Wrestling Crew as a trainer.
Prichard will be joining Les Thatcher and Harley Race in some upcoming
seminars, and is currently available for new seminar dates.
Dr. Tom has played a part in the training of some of wrestling's biggest
stars, including names such as: Kurt Angle, Edge, Christian, Test,
Rhyno, Matt Hardy and Steven Regal. In the coming weeks, look for the
addition of Dr. Tom's pictures and bio!
THE ELITE PRO WRESTLING TRAINING CREW IN FULL FORCE FOR WRESTLE REUNION,
JANUARY 28-30, IN TAMPA, FLORIDA
three of the Elite Pro Wrestling trainers--The King Harley Race, Ricky
The Dragon Steamboat and Les Thatcher--have been confirmed for Wrestle
Reunion from January 28 through January 30 in Tampa, Florida.
The convention is presented by Bill Apter's AllAboutWrestling.com and
Diamond Dallas Page, and will feature more than 50 superstars in
professional wrestling history. Some of the talent scheduled to appear
includes: Dusty Rhodes, Cowboy Bill Watts, Mick Foley, Bruno Sammartino,
The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Bobby The Brain Heenan, Bob Orton
Jr., Terry Funk, Superstar Billy Graham and many more! A full list of
talent, along with ticket and more detailed event information is
available at the Wrestle Reunion Web site at
TRAINER JIM CORNETTE JOINS THATCHER AND STEAMBOAT IN SPINDALE, JANUARY
staff of Elite Pro Wrestling Training, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Les
Thatcher, and "King" Harley Race proudly announce their return to
the Mid-Atlantic area. They will join with New Generation Wrestling to
present a 3-day training camp in Spindale, North Carolina at
the Historic Spindale House on January 7th, 8th, and 9th 2005.
the three EPWT Trainers, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Les Thatcher
will be in the house. Joining them will be a special guest trainer Jim
Cornette. Jim is a legend in professional wrestling with such honors as
being the manager of several World Champions. He is the head of WWE's
Developmental Territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. The staff will be
training athletes in two rings all three days.
camp is open to beginners through experienced Independent wrestlers.
There will be an NGW pro wrestling event on Friday night January 7th at
the Spindale House featuring Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Les Thatcher,
Jim Cornette and many more. Headlining this event will be a huge tag
team match up featuring "The Rock N Roll Express" Ricky Morton and
Robert Gibson versus "The Original Midnight Express" "Beautiful" Bobby
Eaton and "Lover Boy" Dennis Condrey with manager Jim Cornette. This
will be a great night of Mid-Atlantic Memories. Look for the Press
Release and the full card soon.
more information on this event or to
sign-up for the camp you can call (828)286-4319 or e-mail
JIM ROSS TO WRITE FOREWORD FOR UPCOMING MANUAL
courtesy:World Wrestling Entertainment
EPWT.com has learned that Good Ol' JR, Jim Ross, will be writing the
foreword for the upcoming EPWT training manual, which will be published
by Sports Publishing, LLC. Alex Marvez will be writing the manual with
the vision and input of EPWT's trainers. The book is slated for an early
2005 release. Stay tuned to EPWT.com for more information.
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FIND OUT WHY LES WAS
IN SIN CITY, AND WHY HE WAS HANGING OUT WITH HONKY TONK MAN AND HACKSAW
JIM DUGGAN, AMONG OTHERS
weeks ago, Les Thatcher went to Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada, for work on
an upcoming video project where he was joined by great company such as
left to right back row "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Pro Wrestling historian Dr.
Mike Lano, and Honky Tonk Man; Front row: make-up lady and floor
director Courtney, Nick Bockwinkle, and George "The Animal"
Steele. Stay tuned to EPWT.com for more information on the project as it
WRESTLING AND EPWT TO HOLD 3 DAY CAMP - TULLY BLANCHARD TO MAKE AN
Pro Wrestling training will join with New Generation Wrestling to
present a 3-day training camp in Spindale, North Carolina at the
Spindale House, November 12th, 13th, & 14th. Two of the three EPWT
Trainers, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Les Thatcher will be in the
house, and will be training athletes in two rings all three days. This
camp is open to beginners through experienced Independent wrestlers.
There will a NGW pro wrestling event on Saturday night November 13th at
the Spindale House. Ricky and Les will be in attendance at the Saturday
evening show as well. For more information on this event or to sign-up
you can call 828-286-4319 or e-mail
addition, One of the original "Four Horsemen" Tully Blanchard will be in
attendance for at least part of the seminar in Spindale, N.C.
LES THATCHER TO
CO-HOST WEEKLY RADIO SHOW
being a guest Sunday September 26th on "The Voice of Wrestling" internet
radio show, Les has been ask to co-host the program on a weekly basis.
The show airs each Sunday from 6 to 8:PM eastern standard time, and you
can hear it and get all the news off the website at
www.voiceofwrestling.com . The host is Chris Cash of Texas,
and guests for the next several weeks will include Bill Apter, Terry
Runnels, Baron Von Rashke, and Terry Taylor to name a few. You can
e-mail questions from the site each week.
PRO WRESTLING NOAH
MAKES SELECTION OF ATHLETES FOR JAPAN
Wrestling Noah have finally made it known which athletes from the 5-day
training camp this past August will be making the trip to Japan. From
the Chicago area will be Rudy Vallee, and from Cincinnati will be
a Les Thatcher trained athlete, Matt Stryker. "The picks were
strictly in the hands of the Noah Officials." Stated Thatcher, after
receiving the announcement from EPWT trainer, Harley Race. "I am,
however very happy for Matt, and proud to have been a part of him
reaching this level of his career. I know he will do well and make us
all proud." Thatcher and Race both also stated that Noah was very happy
with the out come of this past camp and are already making plans for
another of it's type for early spring of 2005. Vallee and Stryker will
be living in Japan for at least three months.
TRAVELODGE TO HONOR
SPECIAL QUALITY INN RATE FOR CINCINNATI SEMINAR
The Quality Inn Evendale Motel which we have worked out a special rate
with for the October 28,29,30 seminar here in Cincinnati has changed
ownership and in doing so has changed names. It is now "The Travelodge
Evendale" at the same location 1717 Glendale Milford Road at Exit 14 off
I-75, and the new owners will honor the special rate of 39.00 dollars
per night for up to four persons. Just call 513-771-5252 and ask for
"The HWA Rate" If you receive this and have posted our press release,
would you please add this information to that announcement. Thank you,
and look forward to seeing many of you in October.
PRICHARD TO APPEAR AT ELDON SEMINAR
just been announced that WWE trainer/talent scout Tom Prichard will Join
Harley Race, Les Thatcher and Pro Wrestling Noah's Ogawa at the 5-day
training camp in Eldon, Missouri. Prichard will be there for at least 3
of the 5 days checking out talent and helping with the in ring training.
Independent wrestlers, here is your chance to kill two birds with one
stone, so to speak. Be seen by the Officials from Japan's Noah and a
representative of World Wrestling Entertainment all at the same training
STEAMBOAT TO HOST
AUGUST SEMINAR AT TEXAS WRESTLING ACADEMY
28, 2004 Ricky Steamboat will be doing a one-day EPWT Seminar at "The
Texas Wrestling Academy" in San Antonio, and will be appearing at one of
their events that evening. For more information on this event and to
sign up, contact Rudy Gonzalez at 210-273-4110.
TO APPEAR AT SEVERAL UPCOMING RING OF HONOR DATES
Ricky will be making several appearances for Ring of Honor. Several
dates already announced. See the
EPWT schedule for
STEAMBOAT APPEARANCES POSTPONED DUE TO NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATION
Steamboat's appearance in Kingsport, Tennessee for June 19th has been
postponed because of National Guard activation at the Armory, and will
be rescheduled for a date in September. The updated date will be posted
at EPWT.com as soon as it is released.
THATCHER DOES SOLO, ONE-DAY SEMINAR IN PROVIDENCE
Les will be doing a one day EPWT Seminar in Providence, Rhode Island on
Saturday August 28th at the PWF Northeast Wrestling School. He will also
be part of PWF's TV taping the next day Sunday the 29th. For rates and
more information on this event go to
THE KING HARLEY RACE
BEGINS WORK ON BIOGRAPHY, EPWT MANUAL IN WORKS
In other news, Harley has begun work on his bio with Sports Publishing
and the word is that it should be ready for release in November of this
year. Harley, along with Les and Ricky are in the early stages of
discussing a detailed how to book and companion DVD, that would also
been done by Sports Publishing. to come out sometime next year.
STEAMBOAT TO APPEAR IN UPCOMING WWE VIDEO GAME
The Dragon Steamboat has beenadded to the next WWE video game produced
by THQ Inc out of California.
KNOXVILLE METRO-PULSE FEATURES LES IN WRESTLING ARTICLE
Knoxville Metro Pulse paper published an article a couple of weeks ago
related to wrestling and Les Thatcher. For the complete article, please
click on the link below.
RICKY STEAMBOAT WRESTLEMANIA III MATCH AGAINST RANDY “MACHO MAN” SAVAGE
RATED AS ONE OF THE TOP 10 MATCHES IN THE 20 YEARS OF WRESTLEMANIA
Spike TV's special about the WWE Wrestlemanias, hosted by Rick Flair and
Jesse Ventura; the Wrestlemania III match between Randy "Macho Man"
Savage and EPWT's Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat was named one of the top
ten “Mania” bouts of all time. That match is thought by many, to be the
very best match of the first nine years of that event. We here at EPWT
are proud that both Harley and Ricky are being seen in such high profile
as two of the key figures in the 20 years of Wrestlemanias.
PRESENTED WITH A “LEGENDS” AWARD AT THE 13TH GULF COAST
WRESTLERS REUNION HELD IN MOBILE, ALABAMA THIS PAST WEEKEND
the first weekend in March the 13th Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion was
held in Mobile, Alabama with its largest attendance to date of about 225
current and former wrestlers, managers, referees, promoters, and Ring
Announcers. During the awards ceremony EPWT's Les Thatcher was presented
with a Legends Award along with Paul Bearer, Wrestlers- Kurt Von
Brunner, Dennis Hall, Bob Roop, and former manager of The Masked
Interns, Dr. Ken Ramey.
ONE OF OUR EPWT TRAINERS, HARLEY RACE WILL BE INDUCTED INTO WWE HALL OF
FAME ON MARCH 13TH.
is proud to join in the announcement that one of our trainers, Harley
Race will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday evening,
March 13th the night before the historical Wrestlemania 20, along with
Superstar Billy Graham, Bobby Heenan, Bob Backlund, and others.
weekend for EPWT ! Three of our trainers will be in the New York area
that weekend involved in "Fanslam", Ring of Honor, and WWE's
RICKY STEAMBOAT AND LEILANI KAI TO APPEAR AT WRESTLEMANIA FANSLAM ON
MARCH 13, 2004. RICKY STEAMBOAT TO BE SPECIAL REFEREE ON MARCH 13TH AT
ROH IN NEW JERSEY.
Saturday, March 13th, Leilani Kai and Ricky Steamboat will
participate in FANSLAM, where they will join other wrestlers who were
part of the first Wrestlemania for autographs and photographs at the
Holiday Inn in Totowa, New Jersey. For more information on that event
Steamboat will also make an appearance the same evening as he travels to
Elizabeth, New Jersey to be special referee at the Ring of Honor
matches. Steamboat will referee the return match between "ROH Pure
Wrestling Champion", AJ Styles when AJ defends his title against CM
Punk. Who better to officiate this battle, than one of the greatest
"Pure" wrestlers of all time. For information on this event go to:
** JUST ADDED** TWO OF OUR EPWT TRAINERS ARE ADDING WEEKLY MEDIA TO
THEIR WORK SCHEDULES
Monday, February 16th, Harley Race began to host a one hour
weekly wrestling radio show for Kansas City's KCKN-AM 1340 which will
air from 4 to 5:PM CST. If you're in the K.C. area be sure to tune
Harley in every Monday afternoon.
February 14th, Les Thatcher is writing a weekly column for
the new P.W. Insider. The title is "Wrestler's Eye View" and can be
found in the columns section of that site. If interested go to
www.pwinsider.com to see what Les has to say.
'ELITE' TRAINING SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT THE RING OF HONOR WRESTLING
SCHOOL IN JUNE
been confirmed that Les Thatcher, Harley Race and Ricky Steamboat will
be conducting a three day EPWT seminar at the Ring Of Honor Wrestling
School in June which is open to the public. The dates for this event
should be confirmed within the next few weeks and will be posted here
and on the ROH website. The EPWT Crew is proud to be selected to conduct
this seminar and are looking forward to working with the ROH crew and
ROH head instructor, C.M. Punk. Stay tuned for more developments.
'ELITE' TRAINING SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON MARCH 27-28 IN LODI, NEW JERSEY
Promoter, Eric Nyenhuis has signed Les Thatcher and Ricky Steamboat to
conduct an EPWT seminar on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th
in Lodi, New Jersey at Bodyslam University. For more information on
this event send inquiries to:
or call (732)244-0234.
'ELITE' TRAINING SEMINAR TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 6-8 AT PWF NORTHEAST
trainers Les Thatcher, Harley Race, and Ricky Steamboat will be holding
a three day seminar in Webster, Massachusetts. This seminar will include
all aspects of the wrestling business. It will include, but not be
limited to, conditioning, nutrition, weight training, psychology,
drills, performance, promos, video tape analysis, and much more. For
more information about dates and tuition, please check the schedule
portion of this site, or click
transferred to the PWF Northeast site.
THATCHER AND STEAMBOAT TO ATTEND MID ATLANTIC LEGENDS CONVENTION
Pro Wrestling trainers Les Thatcher and Ricky Steamboat will be in
attendance at the Mid-Atlantic Legends Convention and Fanfest in
Charlotte, North Carolina. This amazing convention will be a great
chance for fans to chat with some of the greatest names from the 1970's
and 1980's to come from Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and Jim
Crockett Promotions. For more information, and specific dates, please
EPWT STAFF TO TRAIN AT CAULIFLOWER ALLEY, AMONG OTHERS
CAC (Cauliflower Alley Club) wrestling seminar was a huge hit at last
year's reunion, and we will be presenting it once again at the 2004
version. Many of wrestling's legends and promoters from around the
country will be there in attendance, including a representative from
World Wrestling Entertainment. Harley Race and Les Thatcher will return
as the head trainers, joined by Ricky Steamboat, Scott Casey, Eddie
Sharkey, Playboy Buddy Rose, Killer Kowalski, Duke Myers, Bruce Hart,
Jack Brisco, and trainers from All Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Iron.
Many more legends will be there to offer their expertise throughout the
event. There is no better place to learn and gain exposure in this
business. To learn more, click