Tye Dillinger made splashes on SmackDown Live on the post-WrestleMania 33 show after he made his debut on WWE’s blue brand.
In an interview with WWE after he won his debut match against Curt Hawkins, Dillinger described the positive reaction from the live crowd to be the best moment of his life.
“it’s just 15 years, 15 years for a few minutes out there in front of that crowd, in front of my home crowd, technically, I can’t think of a better moment,” Dillinger said. “I thought I had the greatest moment of my life in the Royal Rumble this year, and that turns out to be the second. It was worth it. I don’t care if you add up all the hours, months, years, whatever it may be for those few minutes for all those 15 years, it’s absolutely worth it.”
Dillinger joins fellow NXT alumni such as Tyler Breeze, Mojo Rawley and Shinsuke Nakamura among others who are a part of the SmackDown roster. Dillinger said he was deeply moved by the locker room’s welcoming of him.
“For the WWE superstars that were standing when I came back through the curtain and for them to clap, that’s probably the greatest compliment I can get,” Dillinger said. “To have guys like the Road Dogg, Tyler Breeze and those guys that I came up with for a very long time, for them to say ‘hey, you did a good job,’ it doesn’t get much better than that. I couldn’t have pictured it any other way.”
Dillinger already made his WWE pay-per-view earlier this year when he came in at #10 at this year’s Royal Rumble match. Dillinger’s comments can be seen in the video above, and you can watch the reception he got from the fans in the video below: