Tyler Breeze Says He And Big Cass Were Supposed To Be Fired Following ESPN E:60 Piece

In 2015, fans gained extra access to NXT through ESPN's documentary series E:60.

The series focused on Xavier Woods, Corey Graves, Adam Rose, Tyler Breeze and Colin Cassidy (Big Cass, W. Morrissey). The point of the series was to show different wrestlers at different stages of their career in NXT.

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According to Breeze, he was set to be fired at the end of the series, but managed to save his job.

"We were doing a thing with ESPN, it was E:60 and it was on Woods, Leo Kruger [Adam Rose], Colin Cassidy [Big Cass, W. Morrissey], myself and Corey Graves. We were told at the time that we were doing a cool E:60 piece on the five of us. 'Cool, awesome, great.' As we were filming it is when I started to transition into Tyler Breeze. They got the whole transition to my debut. Triple H tells us at the end of one of those meetings that the E:60 thing we were doing was supposed to have a couple guys who made it, a couple guys we don't know and a couple guys who got fired. Me and Big Cass were supposed to be the two that got fired," Breeze said in an interview with Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions.

Breeze contied by saying, "During that time, I found Tyler Breeze and he found his thing with Enzo [Amore] and it completely 180'd to where, 'No, we can't fire these guys, they're doing good now.' He said this in front of everybody for the first time and we went, 'Oh my God. The thing we were excited about we were going to get fired at the end of?' We had no idea. Fortunately for me and Cass, we found something that saved us, a common pattern. I debuted (the character) and everyone was like, 'Okay, cool, there's something here.' They'd book me in matches where the crowd was learning who I was and they started to get into it but I was never going towards the NXT Title or being 'the guy' or towards a big babyface turn. The first test, because they were like 'it's a cool gimmick, he takes pictures, he wrestles a bit, and away we go, let's see if there's any substance to it.' I had a match with Sami Zayn at the first TakeOver and after that, Triple H pulled me aside and said, 'Kevin Dunn called, he said he loves the Tyler Breeze character. Vince also saw it and he likes the character. This was the proving point that there is more to Tyler Breeze than the gimmick. Now you can have a match and we can do something with this.' Then I worked with everyone coming in that they were going to go with. It wasn't so much a push as to now I proved that I could be a reliable guy. You can toss me in there with whoever and we can make them look really good. Triple H said it a couple of times, 'There's a certain quality some guys have and some guys don't. You can lift people up to a certain level without bringing yourself down to a different level. You keep yourself a star while bringing them up to a star level.' Obviously, if you're introducing somebody like a Finn or a KENTA, that's a huge thing because the first impression of a new person, we need to make sure we knock it out of the park if we're going with them. You need a gatekeeper to be like, 'Welcome, here's what we can do.'"

Breeze was called up to the main roster in October 2015 following NXT TakeOver: Respect.

Elsewhere during the interview, Breeze discussed his future when it comes to wrestling. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

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