‘Prince Pretty’ Tyler Breeze has opened up about his partnership with AEW Superstar Shawn Spears in developing the Flatbacks Wrestling School.
The former NXT Tag Team Champion has been smart in his approach to professional wrestling. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Breeze has been busy outside the squared circle securing his future and investing for a time when the fashion police throw away the key.
While dazzling under the bright lights on Wednesday nights, arguably doing his best work since he was a hot singles prospect on the black and gold brand several years ago, Tyler has begun to invest his money in real estate while looking to train the next generation of grappling stars.
Speaking on The New Day: Feel the Power Podcast, the fashion conscious star talked about his various ventures which included opening his wrestling school with a member of the opposition’s roster:
“It’s been fantastic. This is kind of one of those things where almost, even back in the first NXT type days when I was still learning myself. People would kind of ask for help. To me, it was really fun when I was coaching people before I was even a coach. It would be fulfilling to watch somebody ask a question and actually apply it.
Obviously, as you’re doing a full time schedule on the road, there’s no time to open up an actual school, so that was always something for me to open eventually when the time was there. All of a sudden, it kind of came a time where I was kind of falling out of wrestling a little bit. I just kind of lost it where I was like, ‘No, I’m done. I don’t want to do this anymore.’ I went and saw a beginner class of these kids who were just starting and had this spark to them. I thought, ‘Wrestling’s kind of cool.'”
Delving further into their partnership, Tyler Breeze was emphatic in stating that the project was only feasible thanks to the co-dependency between both stars:
“I thought this was the perfect time to do it between myself and Dilly [Shawn Spears], so we can manage the schedule. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to do it. If it wasn’t for me, I don’t think he would be able to do it. Luckily, I’m also very particular when it comes to wrestling. It’s weird. There’s not so much of a right or a wrong. You have your opinion and it works. There’s an opinion over here and it works.
When it comes to my mentality, I’m very particular on how I like things, and to find somebody with that same kind of like, mindedness, it’s very hard. I don’t want to hire some random person to train people because I’m not there. When it comes to Dilly, he’s literally right there. If something happens, we both look at each other. He thinks like me and it fills in the blanks perfectly. Once we had everything, our building and first class, it was, ‘Lets figure this out.'”
The nickname, ‘Dilly’, of course comes from Spears’ time on the WWE and NXT roster under the name Tye Dillinger where the pair formed an unbreakable bond.
Though none of their students are yet to breakout, Breeze stated that several of their charges have made one-off appearances on WWE television including the short-lived, Raw Underground:
“We had a couple of people who went to RAW Underground. They were there. They didn’t really work, they were just watching.”
Currently on NXT television, Breezango are on the injured list after a heinous attack by The Kings of NXT during their rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championships on November 11.
Shawn Spears, who is married to WWE Superstar Peyton Royce, was last seen on AEW Dynamite as a participant in the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal on December 2. In the weeks prior, he has racked up impressive victories over Scorpio Sky, Matt Sydal and Christopher Daniels on both Dynamite and Dark.
Credit for the interview: The New Day: Feel the Power Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.