Late Tuesday night after Smackdown Live, Tye Dillinger posted the above on his various social medias. He joins the many in WWE who have recently requested their release.
Dillinger joined the WWE developmental system Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2006, forming a tag team with Cody Rhodes, and becoming OVW tag team champions. Dillinger, then known as Gavin Spears, made his television debut as a part of the newly revamped ECW brand. He split his time between both ECW and Florida Championship Wrestling until his released from his contract at the beginning of 2009.
After spending six years on the independent scene, Dillinger was re-hired by WWE and reported to NXT under the name Tye Dillinger. Shortly after, he debuted his “Perfect 10” gimmick and things just seemed to take off from there. He was called up the Smackdown Live after WrestleMania in April of 2017.
What’s Next For Tye Dillinger?
Dillinger’s WWE career unfortunately didn’t have any championship reigns. Or honestly any notable feuds on the main roster. He can, however, definitely hang his hat on being a fan favorite. His in-ring ability has never been in question. He would succeed wherever he decides to call home after his 90-day no compete clause is up. Which all depends on if WWE grants him his release.
It’s almost too easy to say he could go to All Elite Wrestling at this point, as it seems any breath of a wrestler asking for their release is followed by AEW talk. Personally, I could see Tye Dillinger heading to Ring Of Honor and becoming a headliner there. He would work well with that roster (I would love a Dillinger/Mark Haskins match). This could even get his foot in the door for a possible tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling in the future.
We will keep you updated on this news as we learn more.