Tyler Breeze spoke with the Flagship to promote Saturday’s WWE live event in Richmond, VA at the Richmond Coliseum. Here are the highlights.
How many character changes did you experience before sticking with Tyler Breeze?
There were a couple – about two or three. All of them were very different. The names were different, the looks were different, and the character traits too.
Was there a sense of urgency to develop the Tyler Breeze character in order to resonate with the fans?
I wanted to be here (in WWE). I had to find something that fans would pay money to see. It actually felt almost like the pressure was off. What I was doing before wasn’t working, so I was trying so hard to make that work and it wasn’t. I finally just let that go and was moving on to the next thing that I actually had some confidence in – a clean slate – and I had fun with it.
How does it feel, only a few months removed from NXT, possibly having an opportunity to perform on the grand stage that is WrestleMania 32?
That’s the cool thing about what we do. Things are constantly changing. We just had the Royal Rumble, and that was my first. To me, that was a huge thing because it’s something I’ve grown up watching – a staple of WWE. The fact that I was in it was really cool; surreal. Now that WrestleMania is coming up, it’s one of those things I am looking forward to and taking it day by day. Fingers crossed, hoping to get on there.
I see certain resemblances in your character with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. You both perform your own entrance theme, and you also both favor the Superkick maneuver. Did his persona help shape Tyler Breeze?
I was a big fan of Shawn growing up, but I never did try to emulate him. He had a lot of stuff that was good. I would take a little bit from him and look even further back to Gorgeous George. He had a lot of stuff that was so far ahead of his time. What I liked about Shawn Michaels’ style was that it was so athletic and innovative for its time.
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