When Tyler Breeze got his NXT start, it was pretty clear that he had talent in the ring and as a character. Like many other stars before him and many since, however, Breeze would be relegated to a minor role on WWE television almost from the get-go, often left off of the program altogether.
This would change when Breeze was paired with Fandango who would get weekly spots as the Fashion Police, parodying various police investigation shows to much popularity from the WWE Universe. When Fandango suffered an injury that kept him out of action for the long-term, though, Breeze would disappear from WWE almost entirely.
In December of 2018, Breeze would make a surprise appearance on NXT Television, challenging Ricochet for the NXT North American Championship in a losing effort. This would be a precursor for things to come as he would again appear at NXT Live events in April 2015.
On the May 22 episode of NXT, Breeze would appear on NXT television once again, this time starting an angle with current NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream. He’d challenge Dream at TakeOver XXV for the Championship in a losing effort, but this would kickstart what is now the official return of Prince Pretty to the NXT brand.
If nothing else, this is exactly what Breeze deserves at this point in his career.
Breeze Deserved Move to NXT
To clarify, this isn’t a demotion for Breeze. When saying he deserves this move, it isn’t a knock on him in the slightest. Instead, it’s the ultimate compliment as he’ll get used on NXT television in a way that the WWE Universe hasn’t seen in years.
This wasn’t a random fluke, either. It wasn’t a backstage employee approaching Breeze about the move and starting the transition from Main Roster talent to NXT talent. Instead, it was a move that Breeze himself set into motion by requesting it himself.
Breeze has been one of the most vocal members of the WWE roster in recent months, making it apparent that he wasn’t satisfied with his role in the product.
It’s not hard to figure out why he’d have been upset given the fact that he’s 31 years old and a veteran of 12 years in the industry including nine in WWE alone and he’s just wasting away on the Main Roster.
NXT Fans Are Different Than Main Roster Fans
The NXT faithful are a different breed than the normal WWE Universe crowds seen on the Main Roster at Raw and SmackDown Live. Interestingly enough, though, it doesn’t seem to matter if the crowd is live at Full Sail Arena in Florida or if its fans on the road at TakeOver events in Toronto, New York, Phoenix or otherwise. The atmosphere at an NXT show is simply different.
For this reason, characters like Prince Pretty work better on NXT than they do on the Main Roster. Whether it’s due to the presentation as legitimate gimmicks rather than comedic relief or not isn’t a cut-and-dry discussion. What is important, though, is that wrestlers of all shapes, sizes and gimmicks can get over if they work hard enough.
Anybody who’s watched Breeze throughout his career knows that he’s as hard a worker as it gets.
For that reason, again, this move is well deserved for Breeze as he’s now looking at an opportunity to be reborn in a sense.
The character is the same (for now) but the potential for more is ready for the taking. Breeze doesn’t have to be a Main Event player in NXT, but he can help tell a story with anyone on the roster and ideally get a chance to prove that he’s so much more than what he was portrayed as on the Main Roster.