On Monday night Tye Dillinger became the latest member of the WWE roster to request his release (following in the footsteps of The Revival, Hideo Itami, Maria and Mike Kanellis and Dean Ambrose of late), posting a lengthy statement thanking WWE and explaining his decision.
Based on the public response from those within the promotion, it appears that while Dillinger is clearly not a favourite with the office he is very popular with the other members of the locker room.
Dolph Ziggler called Dillinger an “asset” wherever he goes and invited him to be part of his upcoming comedy shows:
Wherever you go, whatever you do, you will be an asset!
(as the Heel Crew Comedy Tour crowd will attest to) Speaking of: several dates coming up, brother. Let me know your sched! Wooo ?
— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) February 20, 2019
Rusev reminisced about his fond memories (presumably when both were in NXT) spending time with Tye:
— Rusev (@RusevBUL) February 20, 2019
Billie Kay, the tag partner of Dillinger’s girlfriend Peyton Royce, thanking him what everything he had taught her over the years:
I’ve learned so much from you!! Thank you for everything ❤️?
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) February 20, 2019
Sanity’s Alexander Wolfe thanked Tye for their matches together and wished him the best in the future:
Thank you for all the matches.
I wish you all the best in your
— Alexander Wolf[e] (@TheWWEWolfe) February 20, 2019
Xavier Woods posted a candid picture from several years ago of the pair partying and told Tye he still had “memories to make”:
?? still got more memories to make my friend pic.twitter.com/JnSGxhvsCV
— #KofiVsBryan (@XavierWoodsPhD) February 20, 2019
Perhaps most interestingly, AEW EVP Cody, who is a good friend of Dillinger dating back to his first WWE run as Shane Spears, also commented:
Fearless. I can’t wait to see what you do next. I wish you all the happiness in the world old friend.
Don’t settle. https://t.co/ZTcZtDiycf
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 20, 2019
Could what Dillinger does next – assuming he is granted his release – be a jump to AEW? Obviously there will be speculation surrounding that – as there is now going to be with every WWE departure for the foreseeable – but is it a good idea?
Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter does not necessarily think so:
“It might be better for AEW to fill their roster with younger talents, instead of guys who were not big stars in WWE unless it’s an extraordinary talent like Pac or a tag team like the Usos or Revival who can walk in with an obvious main event program.
Dillinger was pretty over when he first debuted with the Perfect 10 gimmick, but they cooled him off pretty quick.
Don’t get me wrong. It can work if they want it to and fans may accept it, but TNA showed in the long run grabbing WWE prelim guys and pushing them as big stars, more often than not, was a detriment.”
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