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    Tye Dillinger Requests his Release from WWE

    I may have missed if anyone else has put this anywhere else, but Tye Dillinger announced on Twitter that he had formally requested his release from WWE. Via The Mirror:

    WWE Smackdown Live superstar requests release from company
    Former NXT standout ‘The Perfect 10’ Tye Dillinger has confirmed he will leave the WWE after five and a half years

    Coming off the back of a week where four of NXT’s top talents made their main roster debut, a former NXT star has requested his release from WWE.

    Still reeling from the shock of Dean Ambrose requesting and receiving his release from the company last month, WWE have been rocked by another unhappy superstar as former NXT standout ‘The Perfect 10’ Tye Dillinger has confirmed that he too will be leaving WWE.

    Just after Smackdown Live finished on Tuesday night, Dillinger (Ronnie Arneill), posted a message on Twitter in order to quash speculation about his future.

    In a lengthy post Arneill stated, “This evening, I requested my release from WWE. In the past 5 and a half years with them, I have seen and done some wonderful things. Things that I am very proud of and will never forget. I have met and have worked with unquestionably, some of the greatest talent on this earth and the pleasure has been all mine. I feel at this time this decision, as extremely difficult as it was, is what is best for myself and WWE. I wish to continue to grow as a performer and offer those paying hard earned money to watch I'm performing on, a little more of myself. To the male and female locker rooms, coaches and producers, to the production/ring crew, all the way up to the very top of WWE and most of all the fans... I wish you all the very best and thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.”

    Dillinger, who was a fan favourite in NXT made his debut in the Royal Rumble in 2017 entering at number 10 to a highly receptive audience waving his trademark ’10’ signs in the air.

    Since then he spent his time on Smackdown Live where despite an early run, he faded into the background and wasn’t seen on television for a number of months.

    There is currently no word on his future employment, but speculation of a move to All Elite Wrestling will no doubt surface soon.
    Of course Cody is already on top of this, reaching out to Tye on Twitter. Seems like an inevitability he will end up in AEW. This definitely complicates the Dean Ambrose situation even further in my mind, and makes it even more difficult to determine the legitimacy of him leaving. If Tye and Dean are both out the door and can reinvigorate themselves post-WWE, that could really get some of the underutilized talents thinking twice about their allegiance to WWE.

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    I feel bad and not bad at the same time for Tye.

    On one hand, he was never really given a chance on the main roster. And after working through OVW and then NXT, his path wasn't exactly a sudden ascent, he worked years to get there.

    On the other, looking at how stacked Smackdown is for talent and limited for time, I can't say I would have pushed him over a lot of other people. At least on Raw he'd have a JTTS role or a Main Event taping to look forward to.

    Felt like he should have had a better end to his story, yet he certainly had a ceiling as a talent unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Postman Dave View Post
    I feel bad and not bad at the same time for Tye.

    On one hand, he was never really given a chance on the main roster. And after working through OVW and then NXT, his path wasn't exactly a sudden ascent, he worked years to get there.

    On the other, looking at how stacked Smackdown is for talent and limited for time, I can't say I would have pushed him over a lot of other people. At least on Raw he'd have a JTTS role or a Main Event taping to look forward to.

    Felt like he should have had a better end to his story, yet he certainly had a ceiling as a talent unfortunately.

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    I think part of the issue is that while there may be a ceiling in terms of accomplishment, perhaps there should be more effort placed in developping stories for those underutilized guys and to still give them an opportunity to perform. Its crazy how many hours of television a week WWE has and how many guys float around doing nothing of consequence and how much meaningless stuff happens on a week to week basis. Theres room to put in more effort in stories for guys like Tye Dillinger or Tyler Breeze who tend to just drift.

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    He’s an enhancement talent with a one note gimmick. While they could of done more with him, I don’t feel like they really should of. There’s no boat being missed here. As Dave alluded to, you’ve already got a lot of talented younger guys in that company that WWE could be doing better with to lose sleep over Tye not being used much.

    he’s a cert for AEW. Him and Cody are tight.

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    I HAVE THOUGHTSSSSS

    If you don't feel like reading a wall of text, here's a TL;DR - They did Tye dirty, he deserved better. Now you're free to skip over the following rant. I've saved you a few minutes of your life, you're welcome.

    Disclaimer: I am tired and I get ranty when I'm tired.

    They called him up at the height of his popularity and barely used him. His first three months on the main roster were spent trading wins with Aiden English on the pre-show, and his only feud of note was against Randy Orton, which only lasted two or three weeks before Tye got injured and they dropped it. You could probably count all his 2018 TV appearances on two hands only. And now I see a lot of revolutionary history about how Tye was only popular in NXT, that he's not much more than a one-dimensional gimmick, or that he's an average at best wrestler who was right where he belonged - the lowest of lowcarders. To which I have to disagree. I have chosen this particular hill to die on, and die on it I shall.

    I'm going to compare and contrast him with Bobby Roode, because when it comes to being an overrated one-note gimmick with only an entrance, Roode's your guy. But Roode still got an unmemorable US title reign, a Wrestlemania main card match, a Raw Tag Team Title reign in a hodgepodge tag team that, to date, still hasn't been given an explanation of why he's teaming with Chad Gable, a handful of feuds with promo and match time. What'd Tye get? Nothing. Closest he got was as a US title contender for an open challenge. Even gimmick-wise, Bobby's lame granddad robe & one-word schtick gets excused on the main roster as 'oh, not his fault, NXT booked him better' which I'll absolutely agree with, in NXT he was a rich douche who wanted to fill the stands with other rich douches, but on the main roster he's literally a one-note gimmick. But Tye, Tye gets pointed at 'fah his Perfect 10 thing was always a one-note thing', ignoring how the gimmick grew from a 'delusional braggart heel hiding his insecurities behind perceived perfection' into 'whitemeat babyface knowing he might not be a Perfect 10 but if he wants to be then he'd better damn well act like it.' He wasn't all flash and no substance, there was layers and nuance to his gimmick, but of course once you hit the main roster you get stripped back into one trait. Sure a popular chantable trait but a sole trait nonetheless. And still people say 'eh it's a jobber gimmick anyway' when the current WWE Champion is a militaristic vegan who faces a pancake-throwing pop-culture affectionado (to attempt to summarise the New Day in as little words as possible) and people seem to be able to see them as worthwhile. One of the most beloved wrestlers alive who has dozens of accolades to their name is a zombie mortician, you're saying a guy who strives to be a 10/10 is a hard-sell?

    But that's just his gimmick, what about his wrestling? There's multiple reports of him being one of NXT's most trusted hands to have returning guys work with to get back into the groove of things or recently debuting wrestlers. He's had a good portion of above average matches in NXT - sure he's not setting the world on fire but it's not like he's been giving a position to do so. The most he could do in his position was make the most of things, which he did, every time. Even when he got squashed in three minutes by Samoa Joe, he put far more effort into it than Nakamura has during his near-entire main roster run. And he's a good promo too, with realism in his words even if he does have to stick a 'perfect 10' soundbyte in there. He might not be a main event guy but to act like he was just a chant and nothing more is a pretty clear case of revolutionist history.

    I'm not saying he should've had a 100+ match win streak. He got popular in NXT due to a good hook of a gimmick and kept that popularity by retaining genuine babyface sympathy with what he did in the ring between the chants. The '10' schtick drew people in and his ability to remain a whitehot babyface with sympathy despite having an abysmal w/l record is what kept that popularity there. Even his most highly-regarded NXT match, he won via cage escape instead of pinfall, and still made it work because it fit the story and people were happy enough to see him win after losing so much. People forget that underdogs need to have a bit of a loser quality to them sometimes. But nowadays people just remember the chants, or they weren't watching NXT to note it was genuine fan support and not a meme, like it is with Adam Cole and his 'BAYBAY' thing.

    I ain't sayin' he should've beaten Brock Lesnar for the Universal title in ten seconds, or even gifted the IC title. Would I like that? Of course I would. But all I'm saying is, they could've - and should've - used him a hell of a lot more than they did. I'll even give examples. Did any of ya'll enjoy that last-quarter 2017 Baron Corbin US title push? Or the Bobby Roode/Dolph Ziggler feud during the same time? Or like 80% of Raw over the past year? Show of hands? Anyone? Beuller?

    Just put him on TV more often, that's it. Not asking for much. Maybe a little push but I'd settle for more TV time for the guy.

    oh I typed far too much

    you can stop reading now.
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    Need more tired ranty Wolf in my life.

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    I think both Tye and to a lesser extent Finn Balor prove that Vince will let Triple-H experiment with pushing who he wants until an injury happens and then he just reels the back into the the lower part of the card





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    The booking of Tye perfectly sums up WWE's booking. Not only as far as gimmicks are concerned but lower midcarders too.

    No one is asking for Tye to be a main event guy but he could've been a great addition to the weekly shows to lively up the crowd and have that solid midcard act that would bolster the show. Someone who can have good matches with the upper level guys and make them look good and get the occasional US title run. But instead they stripped him of his gimmick essentially besides the chant and made him WORTHLESS. Tye did deserve better.

    However, it's not just Tye but he is a good example of an overall problem with WWE. In WWE you're either a top guy or a jobber and rarely an in-between role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC 16 View Post
    The booking of Tye perfectly sums up WWE's booking. Not only as far as gimmicks are concerned but lower midcarders too.

    No one is asking for Tye to be a main event guy but he could've been a great addition to the weekly shows to lively up the crowd and have that solid midcard act that would bolster the show. Someone who can have good matches with the upper level guys and make them look good and get the occasional US title run. But instead they stripped him of his gimmick essentially besides the chant and made him WORTHLESS. Tye did deserve better.

    However, it's not just Tye but he is a good example of an overall problem with WWE. In WWE you're either a top guy or a jobber and rarely an in-between role.
    Such a shame really. You look back at the 90s and even the jobbers felt credible in one way or another. Now your either a somebody or a nobody.

    Tye was never going to be a main event star. I'm sure most people would agree that he was DOA as soon as it was clear that his NXT days were coming to an end. He's a solid hand with a good gimmick that hyped up the crowd, but because Vince has an issue with people being over without his permission, Tye was always going to struggle.

    AEW would be perfect for him and I fully expect to see him there when they startup.


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    On one hand I feel bad for Tye because he def could have been used more and better on the other hand he has Peyton Royce to console and love him.... he’s doing just fine


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiggy View Post
    I think both Tye and to a lesser extent Finn Balor prove that Vince will let Triple-H experiment with pushing who he wants until an injury happens and then he just reels the back into the the lower part of the card
    Pretty much.

    But if a big guy like Tista, or Cena or whatever got injured? NO PROB.
    Everything will surely be alright.



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    Re: Tye Dillinger Requests his Release from WWE

    One of the biggest problems WWE have right now is that they have a hell of a lot of excellent talent and they're struggling to actually utilise them all to their fullest potential. When you have a scenario like that then some talents are going to slip through the cracks. Tye Dillinger unfortunately is one of those talents that slipped through the cracks and got away.

    I think he could have achieved so much more than he did on the main roster but alas he'll no doubt make it big somewhere else. However, this is far from a blow to WWE. Tye Dillinger isn't a needle mover by any stretch of the imagination and him leaving WWE doesn't leave a big hole that will need filling. Could he be a needle mover? Sure, but it's not like WWE will miss him.
    The other thing is; despite how good he was, in the time he's been in WWE (certainly during is most recent run, 2013-today) WWE have had a LOT of excellent talent come through, arguably better talent than him. That hasn't helped his case. Not saying Dillinger isn't good but he's had stiff competition.

    The biggest sore point though is how long and hard Dilinger worked to get to the main roster. From when he tried out for WWE in 2006 and then had a cameo on screen as 'Stan' getting superkicked by HBK to working through OVW, FCW and WWECW as Shawn/Gavin Spears, getting released and then working his way back to WWE through the indys, then doing a 4 year NXT stint before finally getting to the main roster only to be completely wasted. I can't remember him having any real feud with anyone and I don't remember the last time he was on tv (I know he's been injured recently, but even before that). That's got to hurt.

    I know he'll do well wherever he ends up though, be that AEW, TNA, ROH or indeed NJPW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth Jazz Wolf View Post
    I HAVE THOUGHTSSSSS

    If you don't feel like reading a wall of text, here's a TL;DR - They did Tye dirty, he deserved better. Now you're free to skip over the following rant. I've saved you a few minutes of your life, you're welcome.

    Disclaimer: I am tired and I get ranty when I'm tired.

    They called him up at the height of his popularity and barely used him. His first three months on the main roster were spent trading wins with Aiden English on the pre-show, and his only feud of note was against Randy Orton, which only lasted two or three weeks before Tye got injured and they dropped it. You could probably count all his 2018 TV appearances on two hands only. And now I see a lot of revolutionary history about how Tye was only popular in NXT, that he's not much more than a one-dimensional gimmick, or that he's an average at best wrestler who was right where he belonged - the lowest of lowcarders. To which I have to disagree. I have chosen this particular hill to die on, and die on it I shall.

    I'm going to compare and contrast him with Bobby Roode, because when it comes to being an overrated one-note gimmick with only an entrance, Roode's your guy. But Roode still got an unmemorable US title reign, a Wrestlemania main card match, a Raw Tag Team Title reign in a hodgepodge tag team that, to date, still hasn't been given an explanation of why he's teaming with Chad Gable, a handful of feuds with promo and match time. What'd Tye get? Nothing. Closest he got was as a US title contender for an open challenge. Even gimmick-wise, Bobby's lame granddad robe & one-word schtick gets excused on the main roster as 'oh, not his fault, NXT booked him better' which I'll absolutely agree with, in NXT he was a rich douche who wanted to fill the stands with other rich douches, but on the main roster he's literally a one-note gimmick. But Tye, Tye gets pointed at 'fah his Perfect 10 thing was always a one-note thing', ignoring how the gimmick grew from a 'delusional braggart heel hiding his insecurities behind perceived perfection' into 'whitemeat babyface knowing he might not be a Perfect 10 but if he wants to be then he'd better damn well act like it.' He wasn't all flash and no substance, there was layers and nuance to his gimmick, but of course once you hit the main roster you get stripped back into one trait. Sure a popular chantable trait but a sole trait nonetheless. And still people say 'eh it's a jobber gimmick anyway' when the current WWE Champion is a militaristic vegan who faces a pancake-throwing pop-culture affectionado (to attempt to summarise the New Day in as little words as possible) and people seem to be able to see them as worthwhile. One of the most beloved wrestlers alive who has dozens of accolades to their name is a zombie mortician, you're saying a guy who strives to be a 10/10 is a hard-sell?

    But that's just his gimmick, what about his wrestling? There's multiple reports of him being one of NXT's most trusted hands to have returning guys work with to get back into the groove of things or recently debuting wrestlers. He's had a good portion of above average matches in NXT - sure he's not setting the world on fire but it's not like he's been giving a position to do so. The most he could do in his position was make the most of things, which he did, every time. Even when he got squashed in three minutes by Samoa Joe, he put far more effort into it than Nakamura has during his near-entire main roster run. And he's a good promo too, with realism in his words even if he does have to stick a 'perfect 10' soundbyte in there. He might not be a main event guy but to act like he was just a chant and nothing more is a pretty clear case of revolutionist history.

    I'm not saying he should've had a 100+ match win streak. He got popular in NXT due to a good hook of a gimmick and kept that popularity by retaining genuine babyface sympathy with what he did in the ring between the chants. The '10' schtick drew people in and his ability to remain a whitehot babyface with sympathy despite having an abysmal w/l record is what kept that popularity there. Even his most highly-regarded NXT match, he won via cage escape instead of pinfall, and still made it work because it fit the story and people were happy enough to see him win after losing so much. People forget that underdogs need to have a bit of a loser quality to them sometimes. But nowadays people just remember the chants, or they weren't watching NXT to note it was genuine fan support and not a meme, like it is with Adam Cole and his 'BAYBAY' thing.

    I ain't sayin' he should've beaten Brock Lesnar for the Universal title in ten seconds, or even gifted the IC title. Would I like that? Of course I would. But all I'm saying is, they could've - and should've - used him a hell of a lot more than they did. I'll even give examples. Did any of ya'll enjoy that last-quarter 2017 Baron Corbin US title push? Or the Bobby Roode/Dolph Ziggler feud during the same time? Or like 80% of Raw over the past year? Show of hands? Anyone? Beuller?

    Just put him on TV more often, that's it. Not asking for much. Maybe a little push but I'd settle for more TV time for the guy.

    oh I typed far too much

    you can stop reading now.
    Though i think Tye is a decent hand, Roode is way better. At wrestling and on the mic.

    Same with Adam Cole.

    But i do agree, they never gave him a chance


    I hope he goes to AEW. Lets see how he is without that ridiculous gimmick holding him back
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    Dillinger was also under the name Sean Spears first time round, right? Guys always been a real solid hand. They could have done more with him but hard to do so with a stacked roster, another casualty of the dual-brand PPV system. Hopefully AEW give him a chance to show if we missed much with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Steventon View Post
    Hopefully AEW give him a chance to show if we missed much with him.
    I'm hoping he'll be their new Flip Gordon. Basically always trying to get an opportunity but getting overlooked constantly, doing really well on the undercard but not getting anything more. We all know its a work so I want to see them have fun with it.
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