WWE’s Perfect 10, Tye Dillinger (real name Ronnie Arneil), has requested his release from WWE as of yesterday evening.
Dillinger took to his personal twitter page to make the announcement, posting the following statement:
“Before rumors begin to spread, let me set things straight ahead of time:
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 a show 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…l wish you all the very best and thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.”
Dillinger has been a member of the WWE Roster since 2013, after a run from 2006 to 2009 in WWE’s developmental territories in OVW, FCW and a short stint on WWE’s ECW brand.
During his time in NXT, Dillinger developed a cult following with his abilities in the ring, and “Perfect 10” gimmick. While he never won a title in NXT, it was believed that big things would be in store for him on the main roster. With many feeling his drafting to SmackDown Live in 2017 to be a sign that WWE was interested in showcasing his athletic ability.
Unfortunately, as with many NXT call ups over the years, you are either a Seth Rollins or you’re the Ascension, and Dillinger was alot closer to the latter finding himself quickly lost in the shuffle not long after his debut in the 2017 Royal Rumble.
While he did manage to have quality matches with nearly everyone he faced, inlcuding: Orton, Nakamura, Corbin, and AJ Styles; Dillinger struggled to be featured on a consistent basis on weekly WWE TV. With a sidling hand injury in late October of 2018 doing him no favors.
Where does the Perfect 10 go now? Well we first must remember that WWE doesn’t have to grant the release of Dillinger’s contract. They could choose to do what they’ve done in the past and allowed wrestlers to simply go home and wait until their contracts fully expire. The reasoning for this is to stop the wrestler in question from immediately going to another promotion; and with the rise of AEW, WWE does not want to look like its hemorrhaging talent.
Once he is free of his WWE contract, one way or another, there are plenty of options for Dillinger. Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, even IMPACT is a viable option. However, in this writer’s opinion, Dillinger will be getting phone calls from AEW very soon, and he will answer them.
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Quote Credit: Ronnie Arneill (Tye Dillinger) Twitter