|The British Messiah should be on your radar|
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Wrestler: "The British Messiah" Timothy Thatcher
Who Is He?: Thatcher is an English expat who settled down in Northern California and spent years up and down the coast wrestling for various independent promotions. He's currently billed from Sacramento, CA, which has served as a home base for him previously, but he's worked down in the Central Coast and greater Los Angeles areas. While he didn't hit Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, he did wrestle for every other major promotion down there, most especially Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. However, in 2014, Thatcher came east to work for Combat Zone Wrestling and the WWN Live family of companies. His popularity grew thanks to the wider audience, a big reason why he won the 2014 EVOLVE Style Battle tournament.
What's His Deal?: Thatcher is an adherent to the heavy mat-based style made famous by the World of Sport television program in England. However, unlike Johnny Saint and Johnny Kidd, he's a lot more rough around the edges and stiff. He's a wrestler who can make a wristlock look like a true submission hold that could end a match with ease. He also employs a gutwrench lift that is reminiscent of Aleksandr Karelin's.
Why You Should Consider Him for Your Ballot: Wrestlers like Chris Hero, Mike Quackenbush, Drew Gulak, and Colt Cabana have popularized integrating the grapple-heavy World of Sport ethos into modern indie matches, but none have made it their identity like Thatcher has. On a scene that demands stiffness and "realism," Thatcher is able to make simple grappling look fierce and rough. He's part of a troupe that is bringing the old school into the future and could bleed into main events and add some much needed variety to them.
Matches to Watch:
vs. Dave Dutra, 1/11/14, WCWF
vs. Biff Busick, 4/13/14, Beyond Wrestling Secret Show