Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Russ Morgan
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Tye Dillinger.
Craig: Poor Tye Dillinger. Like many, I was a big fan of his at NXT after spending years trying to get back into the WWE – something eloquently described by Brian here – and his promotion to the main roster was inevitable, especially after a popular Royal Rumble cameo.
However, since his debut on the main roster he’s been used, to say the least, sparingly and, in fact, hasn’t been seen in weeks. While I don’t think many would have expected him to be pushed for the title, as a solid worker that’s over, it does seem strange that he’s found his chances limited on the main stage.
It may seem early on in his main roster run but it’s got to be asked: would you book or cook Tye Dillinger?
Brian: What a great story Tye Dillinger had making it to the main roster. He was a guy that got himself over much like Zack Ryder did a few years before him. While I never expected Dillinger to be a main event player, I certainly expected he would be a strong mid carder challenging either for the IC or US titles.
It’s funny, Smackdown Live is supposed to be the “Land of Opportunity” and the last 3 Book or Cook subjects have come from that roster. Getting back to Tye Dillinger, at this point, I just don’t see how he will make a serious dent into the main roster. I would love to see him get some sort of run but the longer he is off TV, the longer I am fearful people will forget about him.
Craig: And consider the pop he got at the Royal Rumble too. The fans are clearly into him. I’m bamboozled that creative can’t come up with something for him. Doesn’t need to be a convoluted arc of a story but he’s a guy fans want to cheer. Surely it can’t be hard to come up with something to allow them to do just that, can it?
Russ: I like Tye, he is a good worker. Unfortunately, wrestlers of his type have a ceiling. Winning the US Title is probably the best he could hope for. With that particular strap on Kevin Owens, there’s little likelihood of that at present. I think after his Rumble appearance, he was put up to main with absolutely no idea of what to do with him. I’m against him turning heel, but it seems a sure way of getting over at the moment.
Craig: The consensus seems to be moving towards the limited chance he really has at making a success of things in the WWE. Is time running out or has it run out already on him? Am not sure of the heel turn aspect. It’s not that he’s not over and the crowds aren’t buying into him – it’s the fact he’s not getting a chance to show off his abilities or am I wrong?
Brian: Sadly, I think it has already run out on him. As the old saying goes: “Outta sight, outta mind.” The WWE simply didn’t strike when the iron was hot with Dillinger. I suspect he will appear this Tuesday in the battle royal to determine a number one contender for Kevin Owens’ U.S. title but I don’t expect much from it. It’s a cook for me and I think it is already a cook from the WWE themselves. I wouldn’t be shocked though if they released him and then rehired him as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center. I think Triple H does have a place in his heart for him.
Russ: It wouldn’t be a surprise to me if Tye wasn’t sent back to NXT at some point. Eric Young is doing a great job putting people over and due to his age, I don’t see him being called up to main. I can easily see Tye doing a similar sort of thing.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.