Les Thornton

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Les Thornton
Les Thornton
Name Les Thornton
Real name
Name history Les Thornton, Checkmate, Henri Pierlot
Birth date, location April 9 , 1934, Manchester, England
Obituary date February 1, 2019
Debut, location 1957
Lost mask to
Height 5'9"/175 cms
Weight 215 lbs/98 kg
Signature moves Piledriver, European Uppercut
Titles: NWA Florida Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (with Tony Charles), NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, NWA Texas Tag Team Championship (with Tony Charles), NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship, NWA British Empire Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship, NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (with Moondog Mayne), Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship, Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship (2 times), WWC World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 time), MASW National Heavyweight Championship


Les Thornton is a retired British professional wrestler who competed in European and North American regional promotions throughout the 1970s and 1980s including Stampede Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Alliance. 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, and would later hold NWA title five times.

He wrestled in Mexico in 1980 and feuded with Alfonso Dantés. His mexican debut match was in Friday July 13th: Les Thornton, Mil Máscaras & Ringo Mendoza vs. Alfonso Dantés, Gran Markus & Sangre Chicana in Arena Mexico.