Tye Dillinger released by WWE with 'Perfect Ten' set to join new promotion AEWFebruary 24, 2019
The Canadian, 38, put in a request to leave the company this week and that has now been granted.
It brings to an end his six-year spell with WWE that started in 2013.
In a very brief press release posted on the website this evening, the statement read: "WWE has come to terms on the release of Ron Arneill (Tye Dillinger)."
But his departure is set to open the door for "Perfect Ten" to follow the lead of ex-WWE stars Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes and Pac.
The trio have all joined AEW – the newly-launched promotion backed by billionaire Shahid Khan and his son Tony.
AEW’s arrival on the scene has shaken up the whole wrestling business as they target rivalling WWE.
The company have already announced their first pay-per-view, Double or Nothing, which will be held in Las Vegas on May 25.
Dillinger took to social media on Tuesday night to announce his intention to quit WWE.
He said: “Before rumors begin to spread, let me set things straight ahead of time.
“This evening, I requested my release from WWE. In the past 5 and a half years with them, I have seen and done some wonderful things. Things that I am very proud of and will never forget.
“I have met and have worked with unquestionably, some of the greatest talent on this earth and the pleasure has been all mine.”
Dillinger continued: “I feel at this time this decision, as extremely difficult as it was, is what is best for myself and WWE. I wish to continue to grow as a performer and offer those paying hard earned money to watch a show I’m performing on, a little more of myself.
“To the male and female locker rooms, coaches and producers, to the production/ring crew, all the way up to the very top of WWE and most of all the fans… I wish you all the very best and thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.”
WWE also announced the departure of TJPand Hideo Itami on a frantic night for the company.
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