WWE’s former superstar Timothy Thatcher joined Pro Wrestling NOAH after his departure from the WWE. What caused this change was still unclear, but Timothy got into an exclusive interview with WrestlingInc and shared the reason.
After being released from the WWE earlier in the year, Thatcher made his NOAH debut in June. After making his NOAH debut, the former NXT wrestler joined the Sugiura-gun faction and quickly won the GHC Tag Team Championships with teammate Hideki Suzuki. While the prospect of gold with Suzuki was an important factor in Thatcher’s decision to move overseas, it was Thatcher’s real-life friendship with his current tag partner that sealed the deal.
“I ended up with Pro Wrestling NOAH rather quickly because Hideki Suzuki asked me,” Thatcher told Wrestling Inc. “After we both got fired, he made the decision that he was going to go back to Japan and work for NOAH. And he asked me, ‘Would you like to do it?’ And Hideki’s a good friend of mine and I told him yes. So after that everything else becomes null and void because I told my friend that this is what I was going to do.”
When asked if he considered joining AEW during his free agency, Thatcher mentioned “other talks” with promotions, but added, “I gave my word to my friend,” and he felt obligated to keep that promise. It’s good to see a wrestler keep up his promise.
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