The Diamond Mine faction was formed back in June with Roderick Strong, Hideki Suzuki, and Taylor Rust as the members alongside their manager, Malcolm Bivens.
Rust was later let go while Ivy Nile, Julius, and Brutus Creed have been added to the groups. It was previously reported that the likes of Marina Shafir and Arturo Ruas were considered for the group.
It turns out that Timothy Thatcher’s name was tossed around as well. Rust revealed this during an interview with Ringsiders Wrestling.
“As far as the Diamond Mine forming, you know, that was always originally the plan when I first came in. The first thing they told me when they started using me on TV right away, they said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna make a group of like, you know, shooter, real-type wrestlers’ and you know it’s going to be — it was originally supposed to be like me and [Malcolm] Bivens and they were tossing around the idea of maybe having [Tim] Thatcher with us, Arturo Ruas, you know, was another idea. They were thinking about putting him with us and it changed over the course of the next few months but everything me and Bivens were doing originally, they kept saying, ‘No, the idea is we’re going to transform you two into the start of a whole new group of these shooter-type wrestlers.’
Thatcher hasn’t appeared on television since the rebrand into NXT 2.0. His last match was a loss to Ridge Holland on the August 24th episode of NXT.
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription