Tye Dillinger initially joined WWE in 2006 and worked for the company between 2006 and 2009, performing in the developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) and Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) as well as briefly on the main roster brand WWE ECW under the ring name Gavin Spears.
After being released from WWE in 2009 he returned to the independent circuit, before rejoining WWE in 2013 where he was assigned to WWE NXT under the character "The Perfect 10" Tye Dillinger. After a rise in popularity, Dillinger was promoted to the main roster, working on the SmackDown Live brand until his release in 2019.
During the latest edition of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, Dillinger revealed why he left WWE: “I had a talk with Hunter probably about seven weeks before I made my announcement to leave. And I asked him some personal questions, some questions that I needed answers to.
And to his credit, he answered them, and whether or not they were answers I wanted to hear or not, I heard them. And like you said, sometimes it just doesn’t happen the way you hope it would happen, or the way it may seem it might happen.
So it’s just one of those things in this industry that’s ever-changing, that’s always evolving, that has so much talent, and only a limited time on television and space."