Timothy Thatcher and Danny Burch were released by WWE as part of the recent house cleaning at NXT. Both men served as wrestlers and coaches for the colorful brand. The duo’s approach to pro wrestling did not match up with what WWE is looking for.

Thatcher and Burch were included in major cuts by WWE that featured several big names. Road Dogg and his brother Scott Armstrong were among those who were let go. Even William Regal was not safe from the slew of releases.

There have been various reasons floating around to justify why certain WWE staffers were released. Dave Meltzer offered a rundown of those reasons in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Thatcher and Burch were canned due to WWE’s change in philosophy on what NXT should be.

“Thatcher and Burch’s days were known to be numbered because of the company’s change in philosophy on talent. Both were good wrestlers, and Thatcher was very unique in his role as Toothless Timmy, the buddy of Ciampa doing a shooter/hooker/submission expert gimmick.


But neither were people the company was interested in for the main roster and when the emphasis of NXT changed from being a third brand built on good matches, more serious storylines and more of a sports feel and developmental, to pure developmental, good wrestlers who weren’t thought to have main roster charisma weren’t going to be kept around.”

Timothy Thatcher and Danny Burch were the latest victims of WWE’s new direction towards young, inexperienced athletes who they can build in their own mold. The old NXT doesn’t appear to be coming back any time soon. The latest round of releases has left a lot of talent in Orlando feeling nervous.

What do you think will happen to Timothy Thatcher and Danny Burch after their WWE releases? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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