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Boilerplate medieval European high fantasy almost waddles these days, doesn’t it? It’s so stuffed with preconceptions about the world, preconceptions that don’t really mesh with how a lot of people (read: me) see the world these days. It’s not just that it hyperfocuses on a very tiny piece of history and glamorizes it into some eternal idyll. …


PowerPoints Rule

Ring of Honor let us know what we’d be seeing for the main event this episode with a pretty lame slideshow. It’ll be a four-way match between Jay Lethal, PCO, Jeff Cobb, and Rush, with the winner getting the gift of a competent video editor’s services so they don’t have to get hyped with PowerPoints anymore*.

Starting off quick with a match, featuring Hikuleo (of Bullet Club) against Hirooki Goto (of CHAOS). Hikuleo’s height advantage seemed to make all the difference for some reason because Goto worked from underneath here. Hikuleo worked hard and he did well enough, even getting…


Hot Dogs and Bolt Thrower

This episode of Ring of Honor TV started out with an NWA National Championship match. James Storm, the challenger, faced off against the champ Colt Cabana. The match felt a bit slow but I thought Colt looked great, lots of energy and some neat moves (as usual). There was a bit of floor fighting and James Storm made sure to eyeball Nick Aldis (the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, who was on commentary). Seems like they’re trying to set up Aldis vs Storm somehow. The match was announced with a 15 minute time limit so it was pretty obvious to me…


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To the fans in attendance at EVOLVE 35, Timothy Thatcher was already a star. He’s walking in to his fifth match with a big pop behind him and a shit-eating grin on his face. Somewhat out of character for the taciturn mug we’re used to seeing. But it’s good. And this is a match where, clearly, Thatcher was being given room to stretch his legs. His opponent was Tracy Williams, better known to us in the future as “Hot Sauce” for no particular reason.

They had a match.

The honest truth is that nothing in particular stands out to me…


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That is an eye-grabbing headline, huh? Timothy Thatcher vs Zack Sabre Jr. Two of the best Anglo technicians of the current day going at it in Gabe Sapolsky’s EVOLVE Wrestling. But when you put it into context, you’ll realize it’s better to temper your expectations. Zack Sabre Jr was still Zack Sabre Jr in 2014 but he wasn’t yet with New Japan, he hadn’t yet been Zacky Three Belts, he wasn’t yet a definitive star. Thatcher had just come into the company, and though he did win that Style Battle (he and Biff Busick ended with 2–1, and since Thatcher…


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The (Timothy) Thatcher EVOLVE (Wrestling) Watch(through of matches) returns and I hope you’re all as glad as I am. This will be Thatcher’s third match of the Style Battle and he steps in against the big New Zealander, James Raideen. Pretty cool name, so that’s a start. His tattoo is a bit crap but I’m guessing it’s still being filled in? It just looks like a pencil drawing. But that doesn’t have much to do with the match.

I believe the idea of the Style Battle was to pit different styles against each other, but the differences weren’t really drastic…


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On this second TEW, we’re in Thatcher’s second Style Battle match. This time he faces off against Biff Busick, who more fans will know as Oney Lorcan in NXT. One of the big talking points from Lenny Leonard and his commentary sidekick in this match was that three of the Style Battle guys had pretty similar styles, and the three were Thatcher, Gulak, and Busick. I don’t really think that’s true.

Calling Biff Busick a poser is not really fair, but I’m doing it now because it will make you pay attention. He’s not a poser. He’s not actually trying…


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This is the first edition of TEW — not Total Extreme Warfare, it’s Thatcher EVOLVE Watch — brought to you by NZ — not New Zealand, it’s the NearZone. I told myself I’d watch through every Tim Thatcher EVOLVE match a while back and I got sidetracked then, but now I’m gonna give it a run. So here we are with EVOLVE 31, where Timothy Thatcher debuted in the company against Drew Gulak in the first edition of a Style Battle.

Note: I’m not going to be reviewing the rest of these shows in here so I might miss out…


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The fact that Ring of Honor needs to rebuild stands clearly in the mind of anyone even halfway paying attention to the company. With The Elite leaving them, and not only leaving but starting their own promotion, they have lost their major draw and gained a lot of market pressure in the same stroke. And it’s even worse. It’s not just that ROH lost their biggest draw, they lost the Sun to their system. Everything revolved around The Elite in Ring of Honor. With the Elite, guys like Flip Gordon and Scorpio Sky could raise their profiles fivefold just by…

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