Tyler Breeze reflects on his in-ring return, speaks about guest coaching at WWE PC

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Breeze dives into his in-ring return. 

After two years of being away from in-ring competition, Tyler Breeze’s first match since 2021 was for the N.G.W. promotion based out of Tennessee. In his return bout, Breeze defeated Matt Cross to become N.G.W. Champion. 

Breeze dove into his comeback as he was speaking with A2D Radio. He stated that he did not plan on taking the break that he did but when he was released from WWE in 2021, he decided he was going to hang back but ended up liking the routine he fell into. 

His return came about after Shawn Spears asked him to be his opponent for a match. That same promoter offered dates to Breeze and he figured why not. He said the bookings began to add up after that. 

It’s pretty cool (being back in the ring). I never really planned on taking two years off, but after doing this for 15 years and being in WWE for 11 years to where I didn’t really take any time off. I was lucky I didn’t have any surgeries, I took care of myself pretty good. But I was on the road going so, when I finally got that call, I was like, alright. I’m just gonna chill for a little bit and then I really liked it and then I liked being home and then all of a sudden, I went, hmm, yeah, I’m just gonna keep doing this and then it was like a year turned into two years and you know, I still got to scratch the wrestling itch a little bit with Flatbacks with training people. But I wasn’t really missing being on the road at all. I really liked being at home, I liked waking up in my bed and making breakfast and typical stuff that people take for granted that I never got to do. So again, I was in no real hurry. I was like, ah, if something happens, if something pops up that could be really fun, maybe I’ll do (it) but really for the most part, I wasn’t against it but I wasn’t missing it, and then it just so happens that (Shawn) Spears who I train with, he went, ‘Hey, I need an opponent for a match. Would you wanna do it?’ I said, ‘Sure, I could do that’ so I was like, ‘Well, I’ll do one, I’ll do one’ and then that same promoter was like, ‘Oh, would you also like to do this show and this show?’ And I went, ‘Yeah, I might as well. Why not?’ So then, somebody saw that so then all of a sudden, they offered me and then all of a sudden, my September’s full of bookings and everything else and I went, alright, alright. I guess I’m back here. So then it was kick into high gear to get new music, new gear, get in shape, all that stuff so, yeah… my first booking was a week ago, two weeks ago and yeah, it was fun man. The thing that you always — and I think it’s the reason why we do this or why people have a hard time stepping away is the crowd… It’s just always so fun. Wrestling is never the problem, like if people get entitled or they get egos or they get whatever, the wrestling part is never the problem. The wrestling and the crowd is why we do it. It’s so fun so, being back in front of them, very cool. I’m excited to take more bookings and get back out there and again, it’s been two years so, jumping back in there, it feels a little bit fresh and it feels fun and I’m enjoying it so…

Following up on that answer, Breeze was asked if there’s a chance he could end up competing for WWE, AEW or IMPACT. He thinks it’s possible but it’s not something he’s actively seeking out. 

I think it’s possible (that I could end up wrestling for WWE, AEW or IMPACT). I definitely wouldn’t say that I’m retired or opposed to any of that. Obviously, I’m still young, I’m still athletic and I still do all the stuff that I did before. I think if the right moment, right opportunity popped up and talked to the right people and everything lined up, I’d go, alright, cool. Why not? But I’m not actively seeking it either. I like everything that’s going on right now, I’m very, very happy with everything that’s going on. If something popped up that could add to that happiness, fantastic. But, yeah, I’m open to whatever.

There are times when Breeze guest coaches at the WWE Performance Center in Florida. He says a lot of people thinks he works at the P.C., but it’s just guest spots. Breeze said he has a great relationship with the company. 

Yeah, from time to time (I help out at the WWE Performance Center). I’ve done some guest coaching stuff there. For whatever reason, people… they’re convinced that I work at the P.C. but I do not. I just do guest coaching here and there. But yeah, I got a great relationship with WWE, with all the coaches, with everybody that I went through and like I said, connections are huge.

In October, Breeze is going to be back in action for N.G.W. and he’ll be teaming with Dirty Dango to form ‘Dirty Breeze’. 

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit A2D Radio with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions. 

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