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In the Thatch of Things (November 2015)

The ongoing process of porting over all my Timothy Thatcher reviews into one place continues with the reviews I wrote back in November of 2015. Please keep in mind as well that at first I wasn’t sure what I wanted my Thatcher project to be so a lot of the early reviews are a shade longer than they are now.

Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Battle of Los Angeles ’15 – Day 3 (08-30-2015) Timothy Thatcher, Drago, Mark Andrews, Andrew Everett, & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Drew Gulak, Drew Galloway, Aero Star, & Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent)

Context is often king in pro wrestling, and this match came at just the right moment in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla’s annual tournament. I was starting to feel the length of the event, nearing burnout levels. Then this match came about and I felt refreshed. There are people who would absolutely hate a match like this, the slow motion segment in particular. I think a lot of people would peg me as the type to hate this, but I pretty much loved it. Not a great match or anything like that, but a heck of a lot of fun. Everyone was great at what they were doing, with the two standouts being Drew Galloway and Chuck Taylor. Thumbs in assholes, an entire crowd, announcer, and group of wrestlers working together to create a super long slow motion segment; it all equals some fun had by me.

As for Timothy Thatcher, he was really good here. He did his usual stuff, had a nice exchange with Drew Gulak, and was more than willing to play along with the dynamics of the match. If I hadn’t of seen Thatcher in death matches I would say him being so heavily involved in the slow motion segment was his most out there moment. It’s still pretty zany though, with Thatcher fully committing and adding to the fun of it all.

Beyond Wrestling: Greatest Rivals Round Robin (09-26-2015) Timothy Thatcher vs. Eddie Edwards

This is a Match in the Greatest Rivals Round Robin Tournament.

Very much a sprint in the #GrappleFuck style, and it turned out really good. Loved the focused limb work from both Eddie Edwards and Timothy Thatcher. Especially that it directly played into setting up the finish and the actual finish itself. Never been a big fan of Edwards, but he looked real good here. His selling in the moment was great stuff, really getting over the work that Thatcher was doing to his arm. This is the sort of match that highlights why Thatcher is the best wrestler in the world, all the details and little things he does are on full display. The pressing down on the injured arm to enable a reversal, or slowly working his knee over the top of Edwards’ knee so that he can use it as a fulcrum to power out of a hold. The final minute is a bit iffy just because their timing was off. The Knifehand Chop to the head was a great idea, but Edwards was a tad slow to be in position to throw it and that made Thatcher look bad. Otherwise, really good match, very brisk as well.

Beyond Wrestling: Greatest Rivals Round Robin (09-26-2015) Timothy Thatcher vs. Biff Busick

This is a Match in the Greatest Rivals Round Robin.

Was really digging this until the last couple of minutes. They built off of previous meetings very well, and I liked how the match was centered on the idea of exploiting one tiny opening. Timothy Thatcher goes to town on Biff Busick’s arm, and even busts out some of his heel shtick by taunting Busick’s fans in the corner. I liked all the arm work, and I liked Busick’s selling in the moment. The big problem I had with the match was in the final two minutes where Busick throws Knifehand Chops with his injured arm, hits a textbook Half and Half Suplex with the injured arm, and locks in his finisher with the injured arm. That was some bad long form selling from Busick and it drags the match down considerably. Still good, but not great like it could have been.

Beyond Wrestling: Greatest Rivals Round Robin (09-26-2015) Timothy Thatcher vs. Drew Gulak

This is a Match in the Greatest Rivals Round Robin.

Possibly the shortest match ever between these two. That being said, at under three minutes it’s packed with action. They manage to play off of their past history and make the short nature work by bringing forth a sense of immediacy with the way they attack one another. There’s one bit of awkwardness in the middle where they stumble around not being on the same page, but it lasts maybe fifteen seconds. Not great, maybe not even good, but pretty darn decent and a match that gets in, makes its points, and gets the heck out.

EVOLVE Wrestling: 49 (10-17-2015) Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta) vs. Timothy Thatcher & TJ Perkins

Starts off as a solid, but unspectacular tag team match; then slowly it devolves into a rote version of “unlikely tag partners are not cohesive and that leads to their downfall.” In the end that makes this a rather useless match, one that pretty much wastes all the participants. Roppongi Vice look the best, but that’s not surprising as they are a regular tag team. TJ Perkins looks pretty decent as well, his chameleon like approach lends itself well to adapting to different styles and match formats. Easily the worst in the match is Timothy Thatcher, and I’m not sure there’s a lot he can do about it. I’ve seen him be functional in a tag team environment before, but his style does not lend itself to tag team wrestling more often than not. There’s a lack of immediacy and urgency to Thatcher the tag team worker, and that hurts him. He especially looked bad in the final couple of minutes, as he was out of position more than once. Maybe that was the story playing out, but it came across more as a bad performance than good storytelling.

EVOLVE Wrestling: 50 (10-18-2015) Trevor Lee vs. Timothy Thatcher

This is for Timothy Thatcher’s EVOLVE Wrestling Heavyweight Championship.

An odd match, but it’s what happens when you pair two people with such opposing styles of wrestling. Trevor Lee can be quite good, but after starting off 2015 on a high note he’s been delivering less than inspired performances late in the year. This match is no different, as he and Thatcher are never able to gel cohesively. They try, but the timing is never quite right, the ebbs and flows of the match are never exactly where they need to be. Thatcher and Lee bring good selling, facial expressions, and a sense of urgency to the table. They bring their usual movesets, and they try hard. It doesn’t add up though, and that’s a shame.

EVOLVE Wrestling: 51 (11-06-2015) Johnny Gargano vs. Timothy Thatcher

Read the review at Blue Thunder Driver.

EVOLVE Wrestling: 52 (11-07-2015) Drew Galloway vs. Timothy Thatcher

Read the review at Blue Thunder Driver.

EVOLVE Wrestling: 52 (11-07-2015) Catch Point (Drew Gulak & TJ Perkins) vs. Timothy Thatcher & Matt Riddle

An angle more than a match, but it hopefully is setting up for a quality payoff down the line. Matt Riddle and TJ Perkins engage in a tiny bit of grappling. Timothy Thatcher and Drew Gulak batter one another for a minute or so, then Riddle turns on Thatcher and the entirety of Catch Point lays a pounding on Thatcher. Not much of a match, but what was there was at the very least pleasant to watch.

Cheers,
Bill Thompson

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Bill Thompson

I am the almighty Bill Thompson, father of a little girl, husband to an awesome wife, a paramedic/firefighter, and a fan of the Chicago Cubs. I've been writing about wrestling for some time now. You can find me writing about great matches at Blue Thunder Driver, or matches people have suggested I watch at Random Match Generator. I write about free matches legally available to watch online at Free Pro Wrestling and am a contributor to the Cubed Circle Newsletter. I'm also the Senior Writer for the magazine/website The Tag Rope. I'm happy to be on the Wrestling with Words ship, and have I mentioned I am a fan of the Chicago Cubs? Cause I am, like huge, as in they are my #1 priority. Just making sure we're on the same page...

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