Recalling Backlash 2017, Road Dogg said he “begged” Vince McMahon to present Breezango more seriously.
Male model Tyler Breeze and dancing extraordinaire Fandango were a match made in heaven when they aligned in WWE, and after a number of vignettes as the Fashion Police, captured the hearts of the WWE Universe. While they were out of in-ring competition for months from late 2016 into early 2017, the team stayed relevant with weekly vignettes that parodied a number of television shows including Law & Order, Miami Vice, and Saw.
However, after defeating Fahion Files regulars The Ascension on the April 25th, 2017 episode of SmackDown, the pair became the number one contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championship and went on to face The Usos at Backlash 2017 in Rosemont, IL. True to their comedic sensibilities, the Fashion Police used disguises to try to get into the heads of their opponents. Tyler Breeze began the match dressed as a janitor and later donned a dress and wig to portray the character of an old woman.
While Backlash 2017 is most known for Jinder Mahal defeating Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, The Usos and Breezango arguably had the match of the night. In the end, The Usos were victorious, but not before the Chicago area crowd cheered heavily for Breezango, even chanting for Tyler Breeze’s mop at one point.
Speaking on a recent episode of Stores with Brisco and Bradshaw, Road Dogg – who was a WWE producer at the time – recalled the match, and said that he “literally begged” Vince McMahon to go in a different direction with Breezango, fearing that leaning into the comedy act would harm the two performers.
“I went back into his office mano a mano post that production meeting and said, ‘Sir, you told me to fight for my show.’ I literally begged him, ‘Please don’t do this to them,’ and he started laughing. He was like, ‘Brian, God almighty, don’t worry about it. What if it does fail? Who cares?’”
However, after seeing the reaction of the crowd that night, Road Dogg admits that he was wrong to push for a more serious direction for the team.
“Not only did it not fail, they were chanting for the mop.”
Fandango has spoken in the past about Road Dogg being an advocate for Breezango, so it makes sense that he was the one to speak out on their behalf.