The ongoing process of porting over all my Timothy Thatcher reviews into one place continues with the reviews I wrote back in October 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.
*Featured image by Mikey Nolan Photography*
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Mystery Vortex III: Rock and Shock the Nation (06-26-2015) Timothy Thatcher vs. Biff Busick
This is the match that Timothy Thatcher and Biff Busick have taken to various promotions, albeit slightly shortened. That means that all the regular bells and whistles are hit, but in an abbreviated fashion. More than anything this is a chance to see whether the Thatcher approach translates to a crowd that is notorious for being in love with the go, go, go style. To be honest Thatcher didn’t change things up much at all, and neither did Busick. The main change was that instead of fifteen to twenty the match was only eleven minutes. That was an important change as it allowed for the crowd to get a taste of Thatcher and for him, and the grappling heavy style, to not overstay its initial welcome. I’ll say this much, the crowd seemed to really be digging what Thatcher was offering, going with intricate joint manipulation really played to the crowd methinks.
The match itself is really good, just short of great. Most of my issues are with Thatcher’s non-European Uppercut based striking and Busick’s on again-off again selling of his injured hands. With Busick I didn’t like him going to Knifehand Chops so often when Thatcher had spent most of the match working on both of Busick’s hands. It popped the crowd sure, but it didn’t make much sense. Thatcher’s strikes are improving, but when he’s throwing regular Punches, Kicks, and Forearm Shots there’s a lightness, a sense that Thatcher either can’t let go or is afraid to let go that is very noticeable. That’s not the case with his European Uppercuts, and that’s why he really should stick with those more often than not.
Like I said, real good match, but a little creaky here and there. Still, seeing Thatcher in the Reseda environment was borderline surreal, and hearing the crowd eat up his act was a pleasant surprise.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla: Battle of Los Angeles ’15 – Day 2 (08-29-2015) Timothy Thatcher vs. Chris Hero
Read about this one at Blue Thunder Driver.