Tyler Breeze had an 11-year run in WWE. He remained a popular wrestler during most of his time there, with his biggest success coming on the NXT brand. Now, Breeze says he was nearly publicly fired during the filming of an ESPN E:60 documentary.
In an interview with Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Breeze talked about his role in the E60 “Behind the Curtain” special. Prince Pretty says that he was almost part of a tragic ending in the show.
“Well, Triple H tells us at the end of one of those meetings, at the end of the tapings, that the E60 thing we were doing was supposed to have a couple guys who made it, a couple guys who we don’t know, and a couple guys who got fired. Me and Big Cass were supposed to be the two that got fired. During the time, I found Tyler Breeze and he found his thing with Enzo, and it completely 180’d, and all of a sudden they were like, ‘We can’t fire these guys. They’re doing good now. He said that for the first time in front of everybody, and we went, ‘Oh my God. The thing we were excited about, we were going to get fired at the end of?’ We had no idea.”
Tyler Breeze appears to have caught success at just the right time. The same can apparently be said for Big Cass. It wouldn’t have been a good look for their futures to have been publicly fired by the largest company in their chosen industry.
Breeze thanked his gimmick, along with Cass finding Enzo Amore, for his continued employment with WWE. Taking selfies with a selfie stick literally saved Tyler Breeze’s career. He said they tested the gimmick a bit before knowing that it would get over.
“I worked with Sami. That was the test. After that I worked with Neville. Then I worked a Fatal Four Way with me, Neville, and T.J. Then I worked with Kenta, Finn, and I essentially worked with everyone they were going to go with. It wasn’t so much a push as opposed to that I can be a reliable guy that you can toss in there with whoever you like and we can make them look really good. I think Triple H even said a couple times that there’s a certain quality that some guys have and some guys don’t. He said, ‘You can basically lift people up to a certain level without bringing yourself down to a different level. You can keep yourself a star while bringing them up to a certain star level as well.’ Obviously, if you’re introducing somebody like a Finn, Kenta, or whoever, that is a huge thing because the first impression of a new person, we have to knock it out of the park if we’re going with them or if they’re heading towards being a main event guy or a NXT Champion. You need somebody like that gatekeeper to go, ‘Hey guys, welcome. This is what they can do by the way.’”
Tyler Breeze was released from his WWE contract in June of 2021. He’s currently a free agent and it remains to be seen if any of WWE’s competitors plan to sign him. He has made overtures towards All Elite Wrestling, which may be a promotion that considers bringing him in.
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