Tyler Breeze Taking Time To Rest And Recover Before Potential Wrestling Return
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Of all the releases from WWE in 2021, one of the names we’ve heard relatively little from is Tyler Breeze. But the former NXT superstar is taking his time before a potential return to the ring, and is healing several niggling injuries.
“When I got released, I kind of was like ‘okay. I can go and work every weekend if I wanted to,'” Breeze said to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions “Obviously right now there’s a big influx of people getting released or joining AEW, even ROH, Impact, wherever they’re going. But there’s a lot of wrestling out there. So it seems like every show there’s a big debut. One, luckily, I don’t need to work every weekend or do whatever. I can afford to take a break. Fortunately, and unfortunately, when you’re a smaller guy in wrestling, you take a lot of bumps and you get beat up a lot more than the big guys. I took one break in fourteen years, and that was to go get married. I was off for nine days. Nine days in fourteen years essentially is what I was off. So I kind of just went ‘you know what? Let’s just take a second here to reassess. I’ve got to see how I’m feeling first off, because I want to be a healthy 33 year old man.’ I stopped for a month and all of a sudden everything hit me like a ton of bricks. My knees kind of hurt, my hips hurt, my back hurt, my neck hurt, my shoulders hurt. So I had to fix those first and foremost. I have a masseuse and I have a chiropractor. They kind of just go piece by piece and they go ‘alright, what’s the first thing here?’ Luckily, I’m so ridiculously fortunate. I’ve never had any surgeries or broken anything, I’ve been good. I say ‘maybe my knees are screwed.’ He (the chiropractor) went ‘nope. All it is is everything’s tight, so it’s pulling on everything.’ Between him and my masseuse, they worked on my legs until all of a sudden my knees feel okay. Then it’s ‘my hips feel kind of tight.’ ‘Alright, let’s work on your hips.’ Week after week we get in there, we work on my hips, then it’s cool.
“My neck was a big issue. I was like ‘is it actually messed up or what?’ They said ‘it’s a combo of things. We need to loosen it all up and need to get it moving again.’ Boom, they nailed it, they’re done. Now the last lingering thing is my arm, my shoulder, which we thought initially was my rotator cuff. It’s my bicep tendon and it’s kind of pinching. I can’t work out how I want to because I have no strength. It pinches and it stops. We’ve been working on it like crazy and it’s actually getting better to where I’m like ‘okay. I’m very close to being where I want to be.’
“And I don’t want to go wrestle anywhere till I’m back in shape and I’m back in wrestling shape. Aside from the school, I haven’t wrestled for three or four months. And I’m not in the shape I want to be to go somewhere. And I’m not going to go somewhere out of shape. I haven’t watched much wrestling. I watch here and there when my friends are on. Obviously when (Xavier) Woods wins King of the Ring or when (Adam) Cole debuts. That type of stuff I’m going to watch. But for the most part I haven’t watched a lot, and even when I do watch, there’s nothing that makes me go ‘oh man, I’d have a really fun match with this guy’ or ‘I think this would be really cool.’ Nothing is sparking me to go yet. I remember when Cole was figuring out what he was going to do, I watched when he debuted (in AEW). The crowd was back and I think that, especially too because when I finished up, the crowd wasn’t really back yet. It was but it wasn’t. And watching an arena full of people, when they react, I got goosebumps for it. I went ‘oh!’ It’s still in there, but it’s not quite there yet. So I’m going to just relax until it’s fully there and I have to pull the trigger on it.”
As for what he wants to do in wrestling when the time is right? Breeze isn’t sure yet, but knows he has plenty to give: “I just feel that, at 33, I still have more to offer,” Breeze continued “I know a lot of these guys have ‘I’ve got another run in me’ or ‘I can be the champion’ or whatever. And this isn’t selling myself short or anything like that, but look at the guys going into AEW. You’ve got Bryan Danielson, CM Punk and Cole and they’re in a different category than a Tyler Breeze, I feel. But I still feel that I can add to a show I’m on. And I think that I still have a lot to offer, and I think I can still have a lot of fun wrestling. I still think there’s a lot of meat on the bone there, and I think it be a lot of fun. Like I said, I want to make sure it’s right before I fully just do it to do it, you know?”
H/T: Wrestling Inc.