Tyler Breeze Put His WWE NXT Match With Jushin Liger Together
Prince Pretty took on the jr. heavyweight legend in 2015
One of the most celebrated junior heavyweights of all time, Jushin Thunder Liger made his name with genre defining bouts in New Japan, and as part of WCW’s storied cruiserweight division. However he only ever set foot in a WWE ring on one occasion; taking on Tyler Breeze at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2015.
Now, in conversation with Drama King Matt on Straight Shootin’, Tyler Breeze has told how he heard he was facing Liger, and how the match was put together:
"Liger is very different,” started Breeze “I was kind of running out of people to work and I went, 'Who am I working on the next TakeOver?' Nobody would tell. Finn actually came up and was like, 'Hey man, you're working Liger.' I was like, 'What? He doesn't even work for the company. How do you know? Are you kidding?' He goes, 'No, Liger trained me and they had me reach out to Liger to see if he would be interested in coming over.' I went, 'Oh my God, really? He's doing it?' I knew before anybody else, but they didn't tell me until like the day of the show. They were like, 'You're gonna have a quick enhancement match then Regal is gonna announce who you're against, we'll put a graphic on the screen, and it'll be Liger. I went, 'Cool.' It was very last minute. Literally, day of the announcement (is when I found out)," Breeze recalled.
Breeze continued by saying, "I never met him until Brooklyn when I met him in catering. I saw some guy who is not normally there and I went, 'Hey man. is it me and you tonight?' He goes, 'Yes, yes, yes. Please, put the whole match together, I don't know this style.' I put the whole match together, I think we ran over the whole thing and that was a tilt-a-whirl. He was awesome. He's the chillest guy ever."