In 2019, Tyler Breeze became the first WWE star to return to NXT following his main roster call-up, returning to face then-North American Champion Velveteen Dream for the championship at NXT TakeOver XXV.
Breeze of course lost to the Dream on that night, but it wouldn’t have gone that way if Breeze had his own way. Speaking with Chris Van Vliet, Breeze recalled the story of his NXT return, and how he pitched to dethrone Velveteen Dream for the title.
“There was one time, I was coming back to work Velveteen Dream at TakeOver and I went to Hunter and I went, ‘I don’t do this, but I feel like this kind of a big deal. Nobody has come back to NXT yet and Velveteen is doing really good. It’s for the North American Title, I feel like the match has build. What do you think about getting two matches out of it? Nobody expects me to win. What if I won the title and at the next TakeOver, we can work again and I’ll drop it back or wherever we’re going to go, but I feel like people would get into it.’ Hunter gave me a big speech of, ‘Not everyone has to win a title.’ He started listing off all these guys and was like, ‘They didn’t need the title to get to the next level, they were superstars. ‘It won’t elevate you anywhere else to win the title.’ I don’t know if thought I was trying to just win a title, I was just trying to get two matches out of this. They had different ideas,”
Breeze lost to Dream at TakeOver XXV, but did eventually win his first championship in NXT in August 2020, when he and Fandango defeated Imperium to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Breeze was released from the company on June 25, 2021.
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