Back in February, WWE surprised the wrestling world as they announced the signing of Timothy Thatcher. While The British Messiah has history with Imperium members WALTER and Marcel Barthel, many assumed he would remain on the independent scene in 2020.
On last night's episode of NXT, Thatcher made his long-awaited debut.
Earlier in the day, NXT General Manager William Regal revealed Pete Dunne would have to find Matt Riddle a new partner to defend the NXT Tag Team Championship while The Bruiserweight is stuck in the UK. Regal then announced Riddle and his mystery partner would be defending the title against The Undisputed ERA that night.
Ahead of the main event, Dunne said he had found "another true stallion" for The King Of Bros and announced Timothy Thatcher would be his replacement.
During their first title defence, Thatcher and Riddle worked well together against the former champions in Roderick Strong and Kyle O'Reilly. After a back and forth contest, the champions were able to pick up the win after the former wXw star locked in the Fujiwara Armbar on Strong, forcing him to tap out within seconds.
In a backstage interview after the match, The British Messiah refused to accept the NXT Tag Team Championship, telling Riddle to hold onto the title. The three Superstars could still form an unlikely faction, however, as Thatcher said they would discuss their arrangement after Dunne returns to NXT TV.