The Diamond Mine faction was formed in June with Roderick Strong, Hideki Suzuki and Taylor Rust as members along with their manager, Malcolm Bivens.
Rust was later released while Ivy Nile, Julius, and Brutus Creed were added to the party. It was previously reported that the likes of Marina Shafir and Arturo Ruas had been considered for the group.
It turns out that Timothy Thatcher’s name was also released. Rust revealed this in an interview with Wrestling rings.
“As far as the Diamond Mines go, you know, that was always the original plan when I first got in. The first thing they said to me when they started using me on TV right away, they said, ‘Hey, we’re going to make a group like, you know, shooter, real-life wrestler’ and you know it will happen – it was originally supposed to be like me and [Malcolm] Bivens and they came up with the idea of maybe having [Tim] Thatcher to us, Arturo Ruas, you know, is another idea. They’re thinking of bringing him with us and that’s changed over the next few months but everything that Bivens and I were doing initially, they kept saying, ‘No, the idea is we’re going to switch the two. people at the start of a whole new group of these shooters. ‘
Thatcher has not appeared on television since rebranding to NXT 2.0. His last match was a loss to Ridge Holland on the August 24 episode of NXT.
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