A former NXT star has explained his latest move after WWE release.
In June, former NXT star Timothy Thatcher made his debut with Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan.
On that night, he joined the Sugiura-gun faction and quickly won the GHC Tag Team Championships with Hideki Suzuki.
Speaking with Wrestling Inc.’s Nick Hausman, Thatcher revealed that his real-life friendship with Suzuki cemented his decision to sign with NOAH.
“I ended up with Pro Wrestling NOAH rather quickly because Hideki Suzuki asked me. 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 ever considered signing with AEW during his free agency, Thatcher answered:
“I gave my word to my friend”
“We’ll see if stuff changes. As I said, if the forbidden door is allowed to be [open] and there’s a wonderful working [relationship between the companies], then maybe we’ll see.”
Timothy Thatcher was released from WWE in January 2022. He spent two years in WWE NXT after several years on the independent scene, most notably EVOLVE.
As previously reported, Pro Wrestling NOAH will host a historic final singles match for The Great Muta when he faces WWE star Shinsuke Nakamura on January 1.
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