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From the WWE Rumor Mill: Update on the 'Perfect 10' Tye Dillinger's heel turn

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Tye Dillinger may be about to execute the 'Perfect' heel turn
Tye Dillinger faced Jinder Mahal on SmackDown Live in the United States Championship Tournament

What's the story?

Tye Dillinger has been a babyface ever since he came up to the WWE main roster, despite being a heel in NXT. His 'Perfect 10' gimmick got him so over with the fans that a transition to a babyface push seemed logical. 

Recently there have been signals that this may be changing, with Dillinger acting heelish in Live Events, and even hitting Sin Cara with a sucker punch during one show. 

In case you didn't know...

Tye Dillinger had been a heel in NXT(except towards the end), but his recent run on the main roster saw him capitalise on his popularity, making him stay face. His lack of victories and feuds on the main roster has seen him fade more to the background, as he has had less time on television. 

Dillinger's best moment on the main roster came when he competed in a Triple Threat match at Hell in a Cell against AJ Styles and Baron Corbin, where he failed to gain the United States Championship. 

Dillinger competed in the first round match of the United States Championship tournament against Jinder Mahal but failed to defeat the former WWE Champion. 

The heart of the matter

WWE tried to experiment with face and heel dynamics in a house show earlier in November where Dillinger and Rusev tested a double turn. Rusev acted like a babyface, while Dillinger was a heel and this was received well by the Live audience who were present. 

Recently WWE seems to have decided to turn Dillinger, as he has been acting like a heel in the recent house shows. He sucker punched Sin Cara earlier in the week, and more recently he demanded that the crowd not chant '10', as none of them were perfect-tens other than him. 

What's next?

Dillinger may appear as a heel on SmackDown Live with a 'new year, new me' gimmick on the show's first episode in the New Year. 


Author's take

Dillinger has not had the best run in WWE since he came up to the main roster. Going back to his original heelish version of the 'perfect ten' gimmick may help him to get a better foothold. The shortage of heels on the SmackDown roster will also help him, as he could move up the card faster. 

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