Tyler Breeze has recalled how he found himself clinging on to his job in WWE before he struck gold in NXT as Prince Pretty, although he admits the target is never far away from your back.
Breeze began his association with WWE in 2010 when he signed a deal and began working for their then developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling under the name Mike Dalton. As Dalton, he made the jump to NXT when it began in 2012. Tyler Breeze, the narcissistic international fashion plate made his debut on the brand the following year and soon caught the imagination of the NXT faithful.
Although Breeze didn’t win any gold during this run on the black and gold brand he was entrusted with NJPW legend and WWE Hall Of Famer Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger’s only match under the WWE umbrella since 1990 at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Breeze discussed his ability to cling to his job in the early days when things looked bleak for his prospects in WWE:
“I was like the cockroach that wouldn’t go away, man. There were several times where it was like ‘Hey you’re gonna get fired…’ Then something happened, then it would repeat. I always just barely clung on, whether it was from taking a random bump in the ring or someone seeing me in the ring that hadn’t seen me. There was always something that would give me a little bit more life. Even when I found the Tyler Breeze Stuff, it went from ‘you’re probably not going to get fired…’ to ‘You’re gonna get fired…’ That’s just how it goes, the lifespan of what we do isn’t long. Look at Stone Cold Steve Austin, he wrestled for a long time but his run in WWE was 5 years. I wrestled for 11 years in WWE, not many people can say that.”
Latterly in those eleven years, Tyler Breeze found himself back on NXT with tag team partner Fandango. Breezango claimed the NXT Tag Team Championship from Imperium in August 2020 before losing them two months later to Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Tyler Breeze was released from his WWE contract alongside Fandango and a host of other NXT competitors.