AEW announces another entrant into the Casino Battle Royale

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/05/21/aew-announces-another-entrant-into-the-casino-battle-royale/

The latest entrant announced for the Casino Battle Royale is former WWE star Tye Dillinger (Ronnie Arneil), who is being advertised under his former ring name Shawn Spears.

Arneil requested and was granted his release from WWE this past February, concluding his second stint with the company.

In his first run, he reported to Ohio Valley Wrestling and later Florida Championship Wrestling. While in OVW, he teamed with Cody Rhodes as the two won the OVW Southern tag titles twice. He was brought up to the ECW roster as Gavin Spears in August 2008 but only lasted until the following January when he was released.

He was brought back in 2013 to serve as a veteran presence among the NXT talent. In 2015, he caught fire with his “Perfect 10” character that gained popularity instantly. He was brought up to the main roster after appearing as the tenth entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble at the Alamodome in San Antonio and was assigned to SmackDown. It was his peak on the main roster as he settled into an underneath role and was not heavily featured.

The latest entrant announced for the Casino Battle Royale is former WWE star Tye Dillinger (Ronnie Arneil), who is being advertised under his former ring name Shawn Spears.

Arneil requested and was granted his release from WWE this past February, concluding his second stint with the company.

In his first run, he reported to Ohio Valley Wrestling and later Florida Championship Wrestling. While in OVW, he teamed with Cody Rhodes as the two won the OVW Southern tag titles twice. He was brought up to the ECW roster as Gavin Spears in August 2008 but only lasted until the following January when he was released.

He was brought back in 2013 to serve as a veteran presence among the NXT talent. In 2015, he caught fire with his “Perfect 10” character that gained popularity instantly. He was brought up to the main roster after appearing as the tenth entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble at the Alamodome in San Antonio and was assigned to SmackDown. It was his peak on the main roster as he settled into an underneath role and was not heavily featured.

And the next entrant to draw his #CasinoBattleRoyale card is……….

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Does anyone care?

I do, he is a good performer.

He’s a crappy wrestler who has a mid card gimmick of flashing ten fingers. Kind of stuff that dumb beer drinking low life’s love. Same kind that chant What?

I wish AEW just didn’t take WWE rejects

Technically, he’s the one who rejected WWE and asked for his release.

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Yeah because they were really doing so much with him

Bring in indie guys: “They need guys with name recognition.”

Bring in guys who sellout the Tokyo Dome: “yeah, but what have they done in North America?”

Bring in former WWE guys: “These guys are just rejects”

They need a roster. Not every hire is going to be Ric Flair circa 1989.

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How does WWE’s use of someone say anything about talent. One of the big names in AEW was essentially a no body in WWE, Cody Rhodes. Let me put it this way your argument amounts to AEW should never hire anyone from WWE because the only people who are available likely have been used poorly.

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Is there any scenario in your mind, in which a talent who leaves WWE and goes elsewhere is not a “WWE reject”?

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Forgot one:

Bring in big time ex-WWE guys: “but they need to create their own stars.”

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I honestly prefer rejects to the big stars precisely for that reason.

He’s just in the Battle Royale. I don’t see him winning it. It’s no big deal one way or the other.

He’ll fill a spot, but nothing to get too excited over. Although he was more interesting on the recent E and C pod than at anytime in WWE, so who knows.