Tye Dillinger Has Requested a Release From WWE

Tye Dillinger announced at midnight, on Wednesday, that he recently requested to be released from the WWE.

Tye Dillinger On Twitter

“Before rumours start to spread, let me take this opportunity to set things straight: Earlier this evening, I decided to request my release from the WWE world,” Tye Dillinger stated in a Twitter statement. “In the last five and a half years with the organisation, I have done and seen some fantastic things. Things that I am incredibly proud that I will never be able to forget. I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with some of the most incredible talents in the industry, and the pleasure is all mine.

“I believe my decision at this time, even though it was tough, is the best route to take for both myself and the WWE. I will continue growing as a performer and will provide those that pay money to watch a worthy performance wherever I go that will include a little bit more of myself,” Dillinger continued. “To the female and male locker rooms, producers and coaches, the ring/production crew, and to the top of the WWE along with the fans, I sincerely wish you the very best and would like to thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart.” WWE representatives did not respond with any comments on the situation.

Tye Dillinger’s Career

Tye Dillinger, who is currently 38 years old, spent two stretches of his wrestling career with the WWE. He initially signed and performed with the WWE as Shawn Spears with Ohio Valley Wrestling. He then decided to make a move to Florida Championship Wrestling followed by his debut for the ECW which is a reimagined version of the WWE as Gavin Spears. During that time, he lost a couple of televised matches and was eventually released during 2009.

After four years of performing independently, he decided to resign from WWE and make his way to NXT during 2013. As he evolved, he finally took on “The Perfect 10” persona, while the NXT crowd got behind him with organic support. He managed to perform on several NXT TakeOver specials and peaked during an 8-person tag team match which featured Sanity, Ruby Riott, Kassuis Ohno, and Roderick Strong.

In 2017, Dillinger made an appearance in the Royal Rumble match as Number 10 where fans continued to chant “10” will full embrace. During 2018, he was once again Number 10 until he was taken out the match backstage by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. His main roster highlights include US championship opportunities against Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles. The title shot he had against Shinsuke Nakamura on 25 September 2018 was his last appearance on televised WWE.

After he dealt with an injury in October, Tye Dillinger managed to return to the WWE action with live events that took place in early February. Dillinger will most probably join All Elite Wrestling in the future.