Tommaso Ciampa vs Timothy Thatcher Fight Pit match removed from NXT New Year’s Evil

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|Published 06/01/2021

Tommaso Ciampa vs Timothy Thatcher Fight Pit match removed from NXT New Year’s Evil. The fight has been postponed.

NXT will celebrate the New year with a special tonight. Dubbed ‘New Year’s Evil’, it promises to be a night of high stakes wrestling featuring some of the best names NXT has to offer, including a rematch between Finn Balor and Kyle O’Reilly for the NXT Championship.

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Apart from the title match, the other clash many fans were looking forward to was Tomaso Ciampa against Timothy Thatcher. They were scheduled to take on each other inside the Fight Pit tonight. Plans however, seem to have changed with the match no longer on the card anymore.

Tommaso Ciampa vs Timothy Thatcher Fight Pit match removed from NXT New Year’s Evil

The WWE removed all mentions of the match from its website and social media without offering an explanation. They then tried to spin in into a story with NXT Correspondent McKenzie Mitchell tweeting:

“Just saw @RealKingRegal walk into a closed door meeting with @WWENXT medical personnel. As soon as I get an update on what the meeting was, I’ll report back.”


NXT General manager William Regal then explained that Thatcher had suffered a minor injury rendering him unavailable tonight. He promised that the match had been postponed not cancelled and it would take place as soon as Thatcher heals.


Fans were excited to see the match type return. There has only been one Fight Pit match in NXT before. Thatcher took on Matt Riddle last year in May with Kurt Angle as the guest referee.

Here’s what the rest of the card for tonight looks like:

  • NXT Champion Finn Balor defends against Kyle O’Reilly
  • Karrion Kross vs. Damian Priest
  • Last Woman Standing match: Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez
  • NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar defends against Gran Metalik
  • Xia Li and Boa return

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Archie Blade

Archie Blade

Archie is a WWE and UFC Editor/Author at the SportsRush. Like most combat sports enthusiasts, his passion for watching people fight began with WWE when he witnessed a young Brock Lesnar massacre Hulk Hogan back in 2002. This very passion soon branched out to boxing and mixed martial arts. Over the years he fell in love with the theatrics that preceded the bell and the poetic carnage that followed after. Each bruise a story to tell, each wound a song of struggle, his greatest desire is to be there to witness it all. His favorite wrestler is Shawn Michaels and he believes that GSP is the greatest to ever step foot inside the octagon. Apart from wrestling, he is also fond of poetry and music.

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