Tye Dillinger is a SmackDown Live superstar from Canada, who is best known for his ‘Perfect Ten’
gimmick. After playing hockey for nearly a decade, Dillinger made the plunge and joined professional
Early wrestling career & WWE run
After learning the ropes at Hart Wrestling School and later from Eric Young, Tye Dillinger had a few
WWE cameo appearances before being signed to a developmental deal. After a short run in OVW
and then FCW, Dillinger appeared in ECW known as Gavin Spears. After he was released, Dillinger
worked the independent circuit.
Return to NXT
Tye Dillinger returned to NXT in 2013 and was paired with Jason Jordan, as a pair of ‘blue chip
athletes’. He would find his footing as the ‘Perfect 10’. He would embark on a losing streak but still
become a favourite of the NXT Universe. Tye Dillinger then had a memorable feud with Bobby Roode
and another with SAnitY, where he had a memorable feud with his teacher, Eric Young. After a long
losing streak, Dillinger finally won the big one against Young inside a steel cage.
WWE SmackDown Live
Tye Dillinger was introduced as a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble, entering at the Number 10
spot. Tye Dillinger would then become an active member of the WWE SmackDown Live roster, feuding
with the likes of Aiden English, Samoa Joe and other members of the roster. Tye Dillinger would be
written off TV after suffering an injury at the hands of Randy Orton (which was a cover up for an
actual injury). Dillinger made his return to in-ring competition at a house show on February 9, 2019 but was still not used as an on-screen talent. On February 19, Dillinger announced on Twitter that he had asked for his WWE release and on February 22 he was granted it.
All Elite Wrestling
At AEW: Double or Nothing, Dillinger made his return under his previous name of Shawn Spears, competing in the pre-show Casino Battle Royal. On June 12, it was reported that Spears had signed with AEW and at Fyter Fest, he established himself as a heel after hitting Cody with a steel chair shot to the head. At AEW: Fight for the Fallen, Spears teamed with MJF and Sammy Guevara to defeat the team of Darby Allin, Jimmy Havoc, and Joey Janela.