As every wrestling fan knows, there’s always a place for comedy in the WWE Universe.

WWE’s history is littered with moments and characters that played an integral part in making people smile in the name of sports entertainment, and in the past twelve months Tyler Breeze has added his name to that illustrious list.

As part of the tag team Breezango alongside Fandango, the pair have become an essential part of SmackDown on Tuesday night thanks in large part to their Fashion Files comedy skits. Portraying ‘Fashion Police’ Breeze and Dango have made parodies of everything from Pulp Fiction to Stranger things in the past twelve months and earned the reputation of one of WWE’s best ever comedic gimmicks.

Having now built up a ton momentum as part of the Fashion Files, Tyler now has his sights on an even bigger accolade and another shot at the blue brand’s Tag Team Titles on the grandest stage of them all.

Tyler let’s start with the Fashion Files. These skits have become one of the most popular segments on WWE TV over the past six months, how did they come to fruition?

It was kind of a mix of opinions, while we were trying to find out what our chemistry was as a team. We started throwing ideas out there and one of them was to be the fashion police, and we had ideas to film little videos and suddenly it took off. We had a lot of fun with it and other people joined in on it and they would have fun with it and all of a sudden it became a thing and turned into a weekly thing on SmackDown for eight months. We’re still doing it while also trying to transition into some other stuff, but it definitely played a bit part in putting some momentum behind us.

They certainly have and it also looks like you’ve had a lot of fun while filming them too. Is that the case?

We’ve had a blast; every step along the way has been fun. Even getting the characters going was really fun, and as we’ve started to build that equity where the guys have said to us go out there and have some fun with it, we’ve got a lot more freedom to do what we want and it’s been really cool along the way. Not only to have that trust from everyone, but also because Fandango and I get along and we can rip-off each other and have a fun time out there. It’s fun to do, fun to watch and as we’re doing it we’re basically laughing our heads off. Its stuff like that makes coming to work so much fun.

We’ve seen you parody a plethora of classic TV shows and films. Do you have a favourite and is there any that didn’t quite make the cut?

We looked through them the other day actually and we didn’t realise just how many we had done. We had a blast with the Twin Peaks ones, which got a lot of attention both in WWE and some mainstream stuff too. The Stranger Things one was very fun, there’s a bunch of ones that were very fun. Even ones where I was dressed as a janitor and it led to a match as the janitor or the Grandma, they were just so much fun. Around Halloween we wanted to do a whole bunch with movies like Scream and things like that. It’s so open ended though and you can do it around any holiday, there’s so many Christmas ones that we can do too. It’s something different and something we can do that not a lot of other people can do and that’s hard to find right now.

The segments have put you back on TV and in a starring role, something you struggled with upon your call up to the main roster. Why would you say that was?

It’s all about timing. I was in the position where I was ready to get out of NXT as I felt I’d proven my point there and there really wasn’t much more for me to do. You then have to adapt to the main roster and I think for the first year I was comfortable in my NXT role, but up here it’s not like that and you need to adapt to new opponents and new environments. I was just getting my feet wet, and even teaming with Fandango, the first little while we were struggling to find what our chemistry was and then finally it clicked and found its place. Being here with him really helps out and I think we’ve created something really special.

What do you say to those fans who would say you’re still being underused in this tag team and think given the work you did in NXT could do so much more?

It’s easy to look at it like that, but I don’t look at it like that myself. I’m still very young and still have a lot of my career ahead of me. It’s not really about being misused, it’s my first little bit on the main roster and it takes people a while to get going. I always like to use Shawn Michaels as an example because he came up, but then didn’t become The Heartbreak Kid for another eight or nine years after that. Everything takes time and I understand in the current world it’s hard because everything is so fast moving, but it’s very much a patience thing and a long-term game. It’s about being around, and the more years you’re around you build that fan base around you and eventually you get to that point where they can’t ignore it and they see that something in someone. It just takes time.

Shawn Michaels is someone we can see closely related to the Tyler Breeze character, was he an inspiration for you?

Kind of a mix of a bunch of them. There’s a little bit of Shawn Michaels and a little bit of Gorgeous George from way back, then I just sprinkled in a little bit of this and little bit of my own. Adrian Street was another I watched a lot of when piecing together the puzzle of what Tyler Breeze was going to be. The over the top antics, larger than life presence, the kind of guy that walks into a room and everyone would have no choice but to look, or in the ring everyone would look and pay attention. It then kind of transforms because you stumble upon some things and you just add them into the character as you grow.

Someone else who shares those traits is Velveteen Dream down in NXT. What do you make of the character he’s created?

I like what he’s doing, I think it’s different and I think he’s really good at it. He’s creating an interest and a buzz around himself and I think Tyler Breeze against Velveteen Dream is something people would want to see. I’ve got my eye on him; I’ve seen his last couple of matches and he’s a got a real presence to him and I’m excited to see where he goes.

Going back to Shawn Michaels like you started in tag team wrestling, how strong do you feel the current crop of tag teams are in WWE?

I always thought that tag team wrestling was very special and defiantly has a place on both SmackDown and Raw. We can deliver matches that are different because there are more possibilities, more bodies, and more people in there who can make a good show. Our division is so strong that you could put any of those teams in a match at one time and you’re going to captivated because every team can deliver. Even if you’re not part of it, like the matches between The Usos and The New Day, which were incredible to watch, it’s fun to be around it. You sit in the back and all the other tag teams are waiting for their time and their chance to add to it and it’s so exciting. It’s a real team effort and it’s a key part of SmackDown.

With WrestleMania around the corner, you must be now focused on being part of that show and the Tag Team Title picture. What is the WrestleMania experience like for you?

It’s one of those things that is hard to sum up. It’s the thing everyone strives for, it’s our Super Bowl, our big show, it’s what everybody is ready for and what everybody wants. Every time it delivers, which is why it has become the spectacle that it is. As for me and Fandango, we’re looking towards getting a Tag Team Title Match on that show, and I don’t see any reason right now why we shouldn’t be added to that mix.

Do you have a favourite WrestleMania moment?

The main WrestleMania memory that solidified my path in life was when I saw Mike Tyson on there with Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin. That moment, when I saw that match was the deciding factor in what I want to be when I grow up, and everything in my life geared towards that growing up. If I needed any push in that direction at the time, that was it.

WrestleMania has had it’s fair share of outrageous outfits over the years, as a member of the Fashion Police, what do you rate as the best and worst worn at the biggest stage of them all?

There are a lot of them! Not matter what we have to put Shawn Michaels at the best because he always had something special and made it really cool. The worst? There’s so many I could say! I’m going to say The New Day, they get a little out of hand every now and then.

Finally, you’re headed back to the UK after WrestleMania. How much are you looking forward to coming back?

Everybody on the roster I know looks forward to the European tours. Just seeing new places and travelling around together, it’s one of the perks of the job. It can get monotonous week after week, but when we know Europe is coming up it’s like a little vacation where you go over and the crowds are always amazing, you see new places you may never see again. It’s one of those things that top to bottom everyone loves doing and we can’t wait to go back.

You can catch your favourite Superstars in person during the WWE UK Live Tour from 9 May – 18 May. To find your nearest show, visit www.bookingsdirect.com.

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