Bron Breakker talks rematch with Ciampa at New Year’s Evil, Steiner legacy and being the next big thing

When Bron Breakker made his NXT 2.0 debut last year, everything seemed very familiar. From his face to his ring of gears and how he spoke. Everyone knew that Breakker came from the legendary Steiner family of fighters.

The son of Rick Steiner and nephew of Scott “Big Poppa Pump” Steiner has taken the new version of NXT by storm and seems poised to carry the company on his broad shoulders in 2022. It seemed that way in late 2021, but he fell short in his NXT Championship opportunity against Tommaso Ciampa at Halloween Havoc. But, after an exceptional display at WarGames that led team 2.0 to victory, Breakker will have another chance to prove that he is the future of the promotion when he takes on Ciampa in New Year’s Evil.

Before their rematch, Breakker spoke to Sporting News about his sudden rise, whether we will see his uncle and father by his side in a wrestling ring, and what it was like to make his television debut as a zombie.

I had just tried out for WWE, and I mean this is when I got the phone call that I was one of the guys. One of those people who were selected and who were going to sign. I was getting ready and getting ready to leave.

You can never predict what will happen here. It’s a crazy time and it’s a great time to be a part of NXT. It has been incredible.

I think so. I mean, this is WWE; It’s always where I wanted to be More than I wanted to play in the NFL and keep playing football. I mean, I always wanted to be in WWE my whole life. So, in the back of my mind, I knew this was what I wanted to do. This is where I wanted to be. It was only a matter of time before it happened.

Wrestling is tough and it’s tough. However, some things came naturally to me. There are many movements in sport that both of you can overcome, such as footwork, speed, and explosiveness. There are a lot of similarities there that happen to professional wrestling. I have definitely encountered some bumps on the road; I had to earn my stripes, man. I had to hit the ropes and get down to business.

This is the best time of my life! This is a dream come true.

I feel more and more comfortable as a sports entertainer. I think I’m getting into the rhythm and I’m realizing it. I am understanding things. Every time I go out, I want to be more comfortable. I want to show that I belong. It has been a lot of fun, it has been surreal. It is a great honor to work for WWE and to be a part of NXT and all the wonderful things that we have. You know, it’s amazing.

I showed up to work every day and wanted to be a good soldier. He treated it like soccer and other sports he was in before wrestling. When you show up in the building, you have to be willing to be trained and do what they tell you. You have to be a good person and a good representation of your team. So that’s all I was doing when I got the call. All I’m doing now is wanting to be a great ambassador and representative for WWE.

I can’t say enough about Ciampa, Gargano, LA Knight, Pete Dunne, and everyone in our locker room. Everyone is a great performer and professional. They are great representations of the company and it has been a privilege for me to go into battle with those guys. It has been a lot of fun, but also a great learning experience for me.

I only take it one day at a time, to be honest with you. Brock is the man. It has been the man for a long time. He’s done a ton of great things in WWE and obviously he went to the UFC to become champion. If people say I’m in the same directory as him, that’s great. He is incredible. But I take it one day at a time and focus on the task at hand. I just try to get better every day.

It was a fun experience. It was like my first experience of getting on the main list and seeing how they do things there. I got to meet some of the guys. It’s something I remember and had fun with a lot of the younger guys that I walked in with.

I didn’t know anything. I had no idea what the plans were for me or anything like that.

I think this time we are going to see a more polished Bron Breakker. I’m not going to make the same mistakes that I made before. Kudos to him because he exposed me as inexperienced, like he said he would. I know what it is about and how hard it is. I know I am up against the best in the business and I am up to the challenge. It’s going to be a hard-hitting battle. I’m not going to make the same mistakes I made the first time and it’s going to be a war.

It means everything. It would be the best time of my life to earn that title, move up to a leadership position to represent the company, and a great honor for my career.

Absolutely. It starts with practice; It starts with practice on the field, as we say in soccer. I have the best coaches in the world. We have the largest group of people in the Performance Centers to help us be successful and hone our craft. I’m just going to trust my training.

I have briefly here and there. They have high expectations for me, and I’ve always had high expectations for being Rick Steiner’s son in all sports. I’ve always had that, so it’s really nothing new. I have to live up to expectations and act.

I have. It would be great for both of us to be part of my career at some point. Who knows? I have no idea. But it would be a cool moment for me because none of them have seen me fight in person. They saw it on television. Maybe in the future they can be part of something with me. I do not know.

It is difficult to say. It is very unpredictable. But hopefully, become an NXT Champion and start the year strong.

It is Tommaso Ciampa. That’s what I want because I have an account to set up in New Year’s Evil, and we’re going to war. It’s going to be physical, we’re going to beat each other up, and I’m looking forward to it.