Judging by actions at a recent live event, Tye Dillinger is about to turn heel. The Perfect 10 took a cheap shot at Sin Cara as their match began.
When a Superstar makes the move from NXT to either Raw or SmackDown Live then it really is a roll of the dice as to whether their career is going to take off or not. How things went for them in NXT doesn't seem to be a factor in their main roster success. Just take a look at the respective careers of Finn Balor, Bayley, and Elias for examples of both sides of that coin.
Tye Dillinger is an example of a Superstar who enjoyed great success in NXT, was beloved by the fans, but Vince McMahon doesn't seem to know what to do with him on SmackDown Live. He competed on the show for the first time in almost three months this past Tuesday. The Perfect Ten wrestled and lost to Jinder Mahal in a first-round match in the United States Title tournament.
Something needed to change with Dillinger before it was too late, and that seems to have happened at a live event this week. The Perfect Ten had a match with Sin Cara and as they shook hands at the beginning of the match Dillinger took a cheap shot at the luchador. He then went about putting the boots to his opponent, it was even posted as a part of WWE's Instagram story.
lol did they just have Tye Dillinger turn heel during a house show? pic.twitter.com/Grf1NDSp9P— frank 🃏♦️ (@thenextblgthing) December 28, 2017
Tye Dillinger made his main roster debut during the 2017 Royal Rumble match. There were rumors that Dillinger would be coming in at number ten during the match and even though a lot of fans thought that would be too gimmicky, the crowd still went berserk when it happened. A few months later, he became a permanent fixture on Tuesday nights but hasn't really done anything memorable in that time.
Tye Dillinger is definitely in dire need of a character shake-up, but sometimes simply switching a Superstar from a face to a heel or vice versa isn't good enough. WWE will need a plan for The Perfect Ten to go along with this potential new persona. If anyone deserves as many chances as he can get, it's Dillinger and here's hoping that he finds a meaningful place on the roster one way or another.