Tyler Breeze has discussed the Flatbacks Wrestling School he owns and operates with AEW star Shawn Spears and says it helped get Xia Li onto NXT television.
Breeze had been a mainstay of WWE in the last decade signing with the company’s old developmental territory of FCW at the end of 2010. He joined NXT when it formed in 2012 before morphing into his Tyler Breeze character the following year. With his selfie stick on hand for his entrance, the black and gold brand’s fashion plate climbed the ranks of NXT. Although Tyler Breeze never won any gold during his time on NXT he did memorably have Japanese legend Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger’s one and only match under the WWE umbrella at the first NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015.
Later that year Tyler Breeze was promoted to the main roster where six months later he formed the Breezango tag team with Fandango. With limited success on the main roster despite being a favourite with fans, the team returned to their NXT roots in earnest at the beginning of 2019. Back in NXT Breezango captured the NXT Tag Team Championship from Imperium before losing them two months later to Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Both Tyler Breeze and Fandango were released from their WWE contracts on June 25th, 2021.
During his time in WWE Tyler Breeze teamed up with Shawn Spears to open their own wrestling school in Florida where they count current AEW stars Cezar Bononi and Colten Gunn among their former students. Speaking on his Twitch stream Tyler Breeze discussed one other current star on television who came to train with him and Spears – NXT’s Xia Li.
Li has been featured in recent weeks on NXT television as part of the mysterious Tian Sha group. She has recently set her sights on Mercedes Martinez with a mixed tag team match on NXT recently having to be stopped when Martinez was apparently knocked out from an errant kick from Li.
Breeze revealed that Li’s training at Flatbacks may have been what led to her being featured on NXT as he showed a copy of a match he had with the Chinese star to NXT head honcho Triple H.
“Xia Li is a very good success story that we’ve had. She’s been part of NXT for three or four years and kinda went, ‘look, what am I doing? Why am I not on TV and being used?’ She came to me and asked (to be trained) and we were like, ‘Cool, this is what we need to do.’ She did the entire eight-week course, I wrestled a match with her and taped it, showed it to Triple H, and two or three weeks later, she’s getting booked to what she’s doing now and doing vignettes. Xia is fantastic. She’s definitely one of ours.”