NXT’s Tye Dillinger on overcoming confidence issues, how he found out he was in the Royal Rumble match

NXT wrestler Tye Dillinger spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News about confidence issues he experienced and praised WWE Performance Center head trainer Matt Bloom for helping him. “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 also spoke about when he found out he would be in the Royal Rumble match. “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’,” he said. “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.” Read the full interview at SportingNews.com.

Powell’s POV: Dillinger also spoke about how a friend helped him regain his confidence, the creation of the Perfect 10 character, and his goals if he gets the call to the main roster. Dillinger is 36 years old and one can’t help but think that his talent combined with his age makes him a strong candidate to be called up soon.


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