At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015, Jushin 'Thunder' Liger came to WWE to take on Tyler Breeze.
It marked Liger's first, and only, appearance in WWE and seemed to be the start of something for Breeze in NXT giving him a spotlight match against a legend like Liger.
For Breeze, while the match will always be memorable for the men involved, it wasn't one of his favorite bouts.
"A lot of people hold that in high regard as a really good match. Me, personally, it was special because it was him, but in terms of matches that...if you have five matches to watch that'll make you a fan of mine, I don't know if that would be on the list because technically it's not one of the ones I'm proud of. I don't hold it in the same category as the fatal four-way or the one I had with Sami. It's very special in what it is. It's not what I would call 'a push,' it was more of an olive branch to New Japan for what we were going to do at the time and where we were going. I very much was (the first forbidden door) before we messed it up," Breeze told Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions with a chuckle.
Breeze continued, discussing how he never really got a push in WWE.
"Look over my career and see if you can identify a push, push, because there's not one there. I remember I had this conversation with Dolph, who was like, 'Look man, it's very obvious who are their guys and who aren't their guys. Even when you're not their guy, you figure out how to have a match with their guy and you steal the ball from them, you steal the show, and they still won't give it to you. That's just how it is. The key is, you'll always work those guys and always be around because you can make them look really good.' That's really what my career has been, but when you are on the chopping block every six months, you see the real sides of people. You don't get everyone worshipping you and talking really good and being on the bandwagon. You get all the ones who know you are on your way out so they show you the real sides of them. Once things go your way and you have a bandwagon, it's interesting to watch those same people and how they treat you," he said.
Breeze said noticing how people treat him based on where he's at on the card helps him keep his circle of friends.
If you use any of the quotes above, please credit the original source with a h/t and link back to Fightful for the transcription.