Rolling Stone has an interview up with new WWE Superstar Tyler Breeze, where he talks about his WWE debut, and his time in NXT. You can check out a few highlights below, and the full post at this link.
Finding out he'd be called up:
"I had heard some rumblings that they were looking to bring up someone. When you look at the roster of NXT, you kind of gauge yourself and figure out where you fit in, and I figured I'd be a possibility. Finally, I had a meeting with Triple H, and he said that I was given the green light, and we were going to start moving on it. We weren't sure of all the details, but I knew it was happening. The next thing I know, I was sitting there, ready to go."
If he wanted to stay in NXT:
"I'm always excited for every step along the way. My time in NXT was definitely fun though. If anything ever pops up and they want me back there, like for this U.K. tour coming up, I'm always on board to do anything with NXT, just because I've had so much fun with it. I've been almost like a pillar of NXT in terms of being there the whole time and now I'm moving on. It would be a cool thing if they brought me back for a few shows here and there, and I'd definitely be up for it."
Creating his character:
"There are a few key players in it. Basically, it was one of those things where I was doing Mike Dalton for a while and it just wasn't catching on. There wasn't really anything for people to sink their teeth into – I was just kind of the faceless guy that was on the card. Finally it gets to a point where you're either marketable or you're not, and Mike Dalton just wasn't marketable. So I had to come up with something that was marketable. I had the conversation about needing to come up with something else, and I immediately called Xavier Woods. I told him, "I don't really know what to do, I need your help." He said, "Let's come up with 5 or 10 different characters and a bunch of different things at every end of the spectrum. We'll have new names, we'll have personalities for them, we'll come up with bios for them. We'll create videos and we'll keep pitching until they like something."
"I came up with five characters right off the bat. There was a snowboarder, there was a darker version of what I was doing and then one of them was Tyler Breeze. At the time, he was a little bit different, but along the same lines of who he is today. We went over to Xavier's house, and we started making videos. We actually had a lot of fun making the Tyler Breeze one, more than any of the others. We didn't know if they would like it, but we really liked it. We ended up pitching it, and Dusty [Rhodes] was the first one to get back to me. He said, "Hey, there might be something to this model. Let's have a talk." From there, it just kind of snowballed and everyone started jumping on board. It was a totally different look from what I was doing. It was a totally different interview style from what I was doing. Everything about it was different. It was a fresh start that everyone was on board with, and a couple years later, here we are."
You can check out the extensive interview from Rolling Stone at this link.
Source: Rolling Stone