Tim Thatcher dives into his time with NOAH thus far and looks back at his WWE run.
At today’s Pro Wrestling NOAH ‘Global Honor Crown’ event, Timothy Thatcher challenged Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight Championship.
To promote the event and his match, Thatcher was interviewed by Wrestling Inc. He told the outlet how his NOAH debut came to be over the summer. Thatcher said it was Hideki Suzuki who asked him if he wanted to go there.
He added that he and Suzuki committed to NOAH pretty quickly after they were released from WWE in January. They went on to win the GHC Tag Titles together.
I ended up with Pro Wrestling NOAH rather quickly because Hideki Suzuki asked me. Pretty much once he made the decision 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. So if other stuff came and there was talks and all, it was null and void at that point. Because I agreed I was going to come to NOAH, I gave my word to my friend. So that’s how that happened. And so I’m with NOAH now. We’ll see if stuff changes. As I said, if forbidden door is allowed to be and there’s a wonderful working [relationship] between the company, then maybe we’ll see. But my commitment is to NOAH pretty quickly after we left. So that’s how it stood.
Following up on that, Thatcher commented on his time in WWE and if there was a misunderstanding in regards to his presentation on-screen.
Thatcher said there are different things that are valuable to different companies and the wrestlers don’t have control over that. He mentioned that it was a lot of people looking out for him in WWE and they kept him onboard as a coach.
Many people make many different decisions and different people see different things in pro wrestling. And there’s different things that are valuable to different companies and we don’t have control over that as wrestlers. We just go out, we do our thing, we do what we do and if it works for the current situation, then great. If it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. That’s just how it is; that’s with every company in wrestling and it’s timing and it’s situational. As I said, after they made a change of direction with the company, it was very kind that a lot of people were looking out for me and kept me on to help coach there, which was a wonderful thing. And then what happened in January happened. But the list of people that left on the same day that I did, I’m glad I went out with that list. Because Mr. Regal was on that, Hideki Suzuki was on that, Samoa Joe was on that. So if you’re going to go out, those are the guys you’re going out with.
On 11/11, NOAH and Dragongate are coming together to present their ‘Global Dream’ event. The match card for that can be viewed here.