NXT’s Tye Dillinger sat down with Brian Fritz of SportingNews.com to discuss a number of topics heading into Wrestlemania weekend. You can check out all of the interview at this link, but here are a few highlights:
Dillinger on the Royal Rumble Moment and being Entrant #10:
“I guess whoever threw that out the first sentence of the concept kind of got the ball rolling,” Dillinger told Sporting News. “Then a lot of people starting voicing their opinions and it all became this big ‘what if’ and if he does, would he be at number ten? It would be cool, it would be great.
“The concept kind of took off on its own and it got to the point where daily I would get probably about 15, 20 tweets about the possibility of the Royal Rumble. Once January hit, it just completely all came down in terms of are you in? Are you in? Are you in? I wish I could have told them something but even I didn’t know anything.”
“It wasn’t until someone said ‘I think you’re No. 10 tonight’ and I was kind of like ‘whoa, no way, that’s not possible’,” said Dillinger. “It was probably a couple of hours before officially but anything changes in this industry and I was going to be ready one way or another.”
“I knew why I was so nervous but those are the moments that you work for,” said Dillinger. “That one moment capped off a 15-year process, capped off a 15-year journey. That one moment made it all worth it. It really, really did. Hopefully, it was the start of something bigger and grander. That response, that atmosphere with those people, they’re so dedicated and they’re so loyal. Not just to WWE but to NXT.”
Dillinger on the influence of Matt Bloom (NXT head trainer) and improving his confidence:
“Matt Bloom came in and took the reigns and took the brand in a very positive direction and took his talent in a very positive direction too,” said Dillinger. “It’s under his reign when he first took over that my confidence started to take a turn for the better. Over time, working with guys like Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and things like that when these guys give you a verbal pat on the back and they kind of give you their stamp of approval, it doesn’t get much bigger than that for me. That was huge in turning things around for me, helping my confidence and helping this character’s confidence. You can’t really be a ‘Perfect 10’ unless you have some confidence and a little bit of attitude.”
Dillinger on the importance of patience:
“No,” said Dillinger. “And the reason I say no is — and some people might not be believing that — is that one thing you need to have in this industry, one thing pretty close to the top is patience. Patience and attitude go a very long way. The Royal Rumble was a huge moment for me. It was a great moment for me. So, automatically people would be like ‘well, ‘Raw’ or ‘SmackDown’, WrestleMania.’ No, because NXT TakeOver is coming up and that is a huge, huge moment for me.”
Bill Says: The Royal Rumble was such a great moment for Dillinger. He’s a 15 year vet and already in his mid-30’s, and talented. I can’t help but wonder if he will get the main roster call sometime after Wrestlemania.