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Author : Bob Mulrenin
Date : 04/15/2013 (07:28:14 PM)

"It's fantastic. I can't wait to get there," says Walker, whose alter ego as Mr. Wrestling #2 catapulted him to the hierarchy of the profession during the '70s and early '80s.

Les Thatcher First Hall of Heroes Honoree For 2013!
Wrestler, announcer, trainer, booker, promoter, producer, photographer, magazine writer, consultant. There's not many things in the wrestling business that Les Thatcher hasn't done.

As the saying goes, they've saved the best for last. And in the case of Les Thatcher, that old showbiz axiom certainly rings true.

For his many contributions to the profession, Thatcher has been named as the first honoree for the 2013 Hall of Heroes. He will be honored during this summer's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend in Charlotte August 1-4.

"It's quite an honor," says Thatcher, "because I've seen a list of the guys who preceded me."

Thatcher, though, is more than deserving to take his place among the storied Mid-Atlantic territory's greats.

"The Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic, Crockett Promotions was a big part of my entire career. Out of the 20 years that I wrestled, almost nine of them were in the Carolinas," says Thatcher.

"Russian Bear" Confirms Fanfest Appearance!
Few performers have left more of a mark on Mid-Atlantic wrestling than "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff. For decades the menacing Muscovite mat terror drew the wrath of frenzied fans as he spoke in a raspy Russian voice, wore heavy stomping boots, toted his trademark Russian chain, and boasted the cross and sickle emblazoned on his ring garb. The beard, shaved dome and jagged forehead all served as a testament to his rugged brand of wrestling.

Koloff will be a featured guest at this summer's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend August 1-4 at Hilton University Place Hotel in Charlotte. He has attended a number of previous Fanfests where he is always a big favorite.

"It's always an exciting event. I still consider myself a fan," says Koloff. "I've loved wrestling since I was 8 years old. I was a fan then and still am to this day. The fans at Fanfest are the same way. They're thrilled to be able to meet some of the old-timers and fans they've met over the years. In many cases they've ended up becoming friends. It's the same with the boys. Some of the boys I haven't seen in years and years. Fanfest has made up for that. It's wonderful to see my old friends again."

This summer's fanfest weekend, four huge days of fun featuring dozens of wrestling's legendary heroes and villains -- and a bevy of today's top superstars and future legends -- returns to the Hilton University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Stars from the glory days of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and wrestling fans from all around the world converge on the Queen City to renew old friendships, share old memories, and create new ones.
This August's fanfest will be our 11th reunion since we began back on Super Bowl weekend in 2004. In those eight years, we've had fans from 48 states and 12 foreign countries take part in our yearly gathering of old-school wrestling fans.
We hope you'll be part of our very special weekend! 
For more info go to www.nwalegends.com


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