It is always fun to speculate on who from NXT will next get called-up to the WWE. Almost as fun in speculating on when a new talent will show up on NXT television is also figuring out how they will make their main roster debut. A recent Twitter war between current Intercontinental Champion The Miz and current NXT star Tye Dillinger has many fans dreaming of a match between the two.
The entire situation started when Tye Dillinger, The Perfect 10, made the announcement that he was willing to do a question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter. When a fan asked who he would like to wrestle that he hasn’t before, Dillinger mentioned that The Miz “could use a slap in the mouth.”
Since Tye Dillinger tagged The Miz in his post, it caused a response from The Miz himself, who made fun of Dillinger’s Perfect 10 nickname. He said that a Hollywood “10” is a “5” in Orlando, which is where NXT is based. He also said an NXT “10” is just a “5” on SmackDown Live.
The two kept going back and forth, with Tye Dillinger saying that The Miz likes to hide in Hollywood and then The Miz made fun of how long Tye has been in NXT, asking if that is what the “10” stands for in his nickname.
That was actually a funny dig that ties into something else that was in the news recently about Tye Dillinger. In an interview with The Art of Wrestling podcast, Cody Rhodes asked why Tye Dillinger was still in NXT because he said even his own father, the late “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, believed that Tye Dillinger was ready for the WWE main roster.
“That’s the Tye Dillinger report from his fifth year in developmental. And, literally, that was what my dad always wrote about Tye, ‘what is he still doing here?’ … The mystery of Tye. It’s a mystery. I think the only way to fix it is to every time you go to these events, like fans who go to NXT events, you need to give him everything because he’ll give it back, man.”
While Tye Dillinger is extremely popular right now, he has been with the WWE for 10 years now. He joined OVW in 2006, moved on to FCW in 2007, and even wrestled on WWE ECW in 2008-09 under the name Gavin Spears. He was even a tag team champion with Cody Rhodes in OVW.
However, while Cody Rhodes went on to have a nice WWE career, Tye Dillinger never made it to Raw or SmackDown. He left the WWE developmental program from 2009-13, and then returned and signed with NXT in 2013.
Tye Dillinger started to gain a following in NXT despite being a jobber to the stars. He lost to Mojo Rawley, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Andrade “Clen” Almas, and Bobby Roode, as they all became stars and Tye Dillinger remained a mid-card jobber.
However, things are changing for Tye Dillinger in NXT. He got a chance to fight Samoa Joe and looked good in the loss. Up next is a chance to compete for an NXT title shot against Shinsuke Nakamura. It seems like NXT is taking Tye Dillinger more seriously.
The Twitter war of words between Tye Dillinger and The Miz ended with Miz asking when Tye was planning to ever make a WWE main roster debut and Dillinger said he might if a certain Intercontinental Champion issued him a challenge. The Miz responded that Daniel Bryan loves to give out undeserving title shots.
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While that leaves the door open for a Miz vs. Tye Dillinger WWE match in the future, it isn’t likely to happen. The role Tye fills now in NXT is the role that Tyler Breeze filled before him. Breeze was a guy who could always put on great matches but always lost to the next big stars. Since coming to the main roster, Tyler Breeze has been nothing but a jobber. One might wonder if Tye Dillinger might want to just stick around NXT with that possible future in mind.
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