Tyler Breeze was released by WWE on June 25, ending his ten-plus year run with the company.
During his early days in the company, which were spent in FCW, Breeze teamed with Xavier Woods. Since then, Breeze and Woods have been tied together through video games.
Their video game friendship has been highlighted through UpUpDownDown where Breeze is a weekly fixture as part of Da Party and Battle of the Brands.
Taking to Instagram, Woods reflected on his friendship with Breeze following his release:
When I met @mmmgorgeous we were in FCW. We were cool but ended up both being injured once and we would keep each other from going insane by waking up and playing borderlands 2 online together. Through this video game we realized that we were the ying to the others yang. Started talking and hanging out more and realized I was really charismatic but not the best wrestler and he was an amazing wrestler but not the most charismatic. We fit together like puzzle pieces and began learning from each other. Some coaches told me quite a few times to “watch who I hang out with”, “distance yourself from that guy”, “why would you wanna tag with him? He’s not going to help your career”. Some even tried lying in an attempt to put us against each other. We never understood it but by never letting anyone ever get to us he taught me how to be better in the ring and I helped him bring out his natural charisma. Since then every step my @wwe career Matt has literally always been there right with me no matter what. He pushes me to get better and to believe in myself when I don’t. I’m not sure where I’d be in life if he wasn’t in mine. Today sucks. It really sucks. But I’m happy because now my incredibly talented friend gets to whatever he wants to do and I’m so happy that he has that freedom. Love you man!
Also, we bonded through games. And we will stick together with games --
It is unknown if Breeze will remain part of UpUpDownDown. Jessamyn Duke, who was released by WWE on June 2, has remained on the channel.
You can view a list of releases made by WWE on June 25 by clicking here.