Tyler Breeze recently discussed his WWE developmental experience in an interview with Chris Van Vliet for Insight. He felt he was on the verge of being fired in 2010. Here are the highlights:
Advice for aspiring wrestlers:
“Please prepare. This is, so me and Spears have, once you start coaching people, you kind of end up in like these endless loops of the same thing. We’re going on four-plus years now. And we’re, it’s funny because we’re gonna let the secret out. And then we’re all of a sudden, we’re gonna break the streak. We probably won’t, because this is just how people are. So we tell them day one, again, when you come in, we give you the talk of what you’re getting into. And we go, just so you know, we will be doing promos. Please prepare a promo. That doesn’t mean sit in your, you know, apartment, car, whatever and think about a promo. This means pull out your phone, because everybody has one, film yourself doing it. And then watch it back and do it again and write the promo out and actually prepare and try to do this. Again, we’re not doing it off the top of our heads. We’re not just feeling it, we’re not doing that. We are preparing it and then doing it to the best of your ability when it comes time. We can’t stress that enough. Every time that we get to promos, we go did you prepare that? And they go? No. We go Why? Well, you know, I thought about it a couple of times. Hmm, cool, man. Like it just doesn’t compute in my head of like, why am I begging you to prepare for what you told me you want to do so badly? It doesn’t add up to us.”
Nearly being released:
“I felt like [my days] were numbered, like every week. It was a crazy time. And again, it’s just it’s just how it is. It was 2010. And it’s a way different time. This was pre-NXT, FCW was still kind of like you’re a part of WWE but WWE is here and FCW is like over there. It’s like around the corner and like you don’t really see it. But you’re there and again even just looking at the hiring cycles that they do, so when I came in, it was right at the end of like, where they wanted everybody to be really big and really jacked. So me obviously, I’ve never been a gigantic guy. So I got hired and it came in and I went, oh my god, like, there’s no way I’m gonna last here because these guys are huge. And like, how am I supposed to compete with this? But you’re hired for a reason. And all of a sudden, you see those people and they’re kind of going and they drop off here, or they go up or they do whatever they’re doing. And now all of a sudden, they started to hire a lot of people who knew how to wrestle and they wanted to wrestle. And that was when all of a sudden you see Cesaro come in. And, you know, Bryan Danielson has come in, Moxley, and Seth and all those guys, that kind of, you know, got away from that, that look or more into the work kind of hiring site. Again, same thing, like you’ll see that lasts for a while, and then all of a sudden, they go, man, we should probably get some big guys in here. And all of a sudden they’re back in you know, I mean, and I saw that cycle go a bunch of times. So when that happened, again, you just kind of have to be realistic with yourself and not live in the delusion of like, I’m here. I’m safe. Like you’re never safe, you’re never safe. And the second that you think you are, you’re out. So you have to be proactive to where I made sure that I was building connections. And again, a lot of this was just imprinted on me by Lance [Storm]. He was the one who out kind of said, Hey, man, like when you’re there. This is when the work starts. This is when you need advocates in those meetings that you’re never going to be in. You need people to speak up for you if they go I don’t know. I don’t really see it with this guy. You need someone to go I do. Or hey, just give him a chance or Hey, he actually had this. Otherwise, that’s the new perception of you. Like someone says it and if nobody shoots it down, that’s you.”
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Tyler Breeze, a professional wrestler known for his time in WWE, recently opened up about his developmental experience in an interview with Chris Van Vliet for Insight. Breeze discussed his advice for aspiring wrestlers and reflected on the time when he felt he was on the verge of being fired.
One of the key pieces of advice Breeze shared for aspiring wrestlers is the importance of preparation. He emphasized the need to not just think about a promo but to actually film oneself doing it, watch it back, and write it out. Breeze and his coaching partner, Shawn Spears, have noticed a recurring pattern where many wrestlers fail to adequately prepare for promos. Despite being told from day one to come prepared, some wrestlers still neglect this crucial aspect of their training. Breeze expressed his frustration with this lack of preparation and questioned why he had to beg wrestlers to do something they claimed to want so badly.
Breeze also spoke about a challenging period in his career when he felt like his days in WWE were numbered. He described the year 2010 as a different time in WWE’s developmental system, with FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) being separate from the main WWE brand. Breeze felt insecure about his size compared to the larger wrestlers who were being hired at that time. However, he realized that he was hired for a reason and witnessed the hiring cycles shift towards wrestlers who were skilled in the ring rather than solely focused on their appearance. Breeze acknowledged the importance of being realistic and proactive in building connections within the company to ensure advocates who could vouch for him in meetings where he wasn’t present.
The interview with Tyler Breeze provides valuable insights into the world of professional wrestling and the challenges faced by aspiring wrestlers. It highlights the significance of preparation and the need to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the industry. Breeze’s personal experiences serve as a reminder that success in wrestling requires constant effort and the ability to navigate through different hiring trends.
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