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FCW Sunshine: Shawn Spears (Tye Dillinger)

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Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence.

For the next two weeks, I’m going to do something special for FCW Sunshine.

The format will be the same as usual as I get to give out my thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well. However, this time, I have a special guest that will also give their thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well.

This type of format will be going on for a couple of weeks. My special guest for this week’s FCW Sunshine is none other than Wrestlecorp User OriginalSinner.

Anyway, let’s get started shall we?


Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a Canadian bad boy.

Wrestler: “The Canadian Bad Boy” “The Perfect Ten” Shawn Spears (Tye Dillinger/Gavin Spears).

Background Information: Shawn Spears was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario and he attended Laura Secord Secondary School.

He played hockey for over ten years until he decided to leave the sport and enter professional wrestling. During his childhood, he was a fan of Rick Rude, Rick Martel, and Mr. Perfect.

He trained with Eric Young at the WrestlePlex school before receiving further training from Derek Wylde and Cody Deaner.

Upon wrestling his debut match in March 2002 as Shawn Spears, he began wrestling for some of the biggest independent wrestling promotions throughout Ontario and the United States, including Border City Wrestling (BCW), World Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), and Blood Sweat and Ears.

In February 2005, he made an appearance on an edition of WWE Heat in a tag team match against Rosey and The Hurricane.

After sending a tape to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) officials, he was called for a try-out in Buffalo, New York. He was signed to a developmental contract by WWE following the tryout, on January 21, 2006.

After signing his WWE contract, he was assigned to the company’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).

He made his OVW television debut as “The Canadian Sensation” Shawn Spears, where he defeated then-SmackDown! superstar Simon Dean. After his victory, Dean attacked him until he was saved by Al Snow, who fended off Dean with a chair.

After his debut, he quickly made an impact in OVW with a short undefeated streak that was soon ended by Aaron “The Idol” Stevens when Stevens made him submit.

After this, he formed a tag team with Cody Runnels and they feuded with The Throwbacks for the Southern Tag Team Championship.

Throughout his OVW career, he became a 3x OVW Southern Tag Team Champion and a 3x OVW Television Championship.

After OVW split with WWE, he debuted in WWE’s new developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Tag Team Champion.

On August 19, 2008, on an episode of ECW, he made his WWE television debut as a heel under the name Gavin Spears as part of Theodore Long’s “New Superstar Initiative” in a losing effort to Ricky Ortiz.

After his ECW debut, he began splitting time between ECW and FCW. On September 2, 2008, on an edition of ECW, he was defeated by Super Crazy. After a three month absence due to competing in FCW, he returned to television on December 16, 2008, on an episode of ECW, where he lost to Finlay in what turned out to be his final match for the company. On January 19, 2009, he was released from his contract.

The day before he had been released from WWE, he had broken his hand and was unable to wrestle for 12 weeks following his release as a result.

On May 27, 2009, he wrestled and lost to fellow WWE alumnus Elijah Burke in a tryout dark match for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling at their Impact! television tapings. On June 12, 2009, he wrestled at a Ring of Honor (ROH) show, where he defeated Alex Payne.

On August 15, 2009, he teamed up with Idol Stevens to capture the WWC World Tag Team Championship after defeating Thunder and Lighting.

On May 16, 2010, under his Gavin Spears ring name, teamed up with El Hijo de L.A. Park in a losing effort to Dr. Wagner III and Gigante Extassis on an Extreme Air Wrestle show in Mexico, marking his first tour of Mexico. On May 28 and 29, 2010, he made appearances at the 2010 Anime North convention.

On September 15, 2013, it was reported that he had re-signed with WWE. He returned to WWE, working in matches on NXT, under a new ring name of Tye Dillinger.

On November 6, 2013, he lost to Mojo Rawley. On February 2, 2014, he lost to CJ Parker.

The following month on March 27, 2014, he first teamed with Jason Jordan in a dark match against the New Age Outlaws, but they lost. The pair united again the following month, this time winning a match against Baron Corbin and Sawyer Fulton on April 17, 2014. He and Jordan won another victory against Phillip Gooljar and Stewart Cumberland on June 5, 2014.

On February 25, 2015, at a NXT TV taping, his partnership with Jordan ended after he refused to tag in and Jordan walked out in disgust.

Afterwards, he was mainly used as enhancement talent until being repackaged with the “Perfect Ten” gimmick, which would not be seen televised until August 12, 2015, at a NXT TV taping where defeated Solomon Crowe.

He still competes in NXT to this day.


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After being released from WWE, he has returned to WWE to try to prove that he’s a perfect ten. Ten!

My Thoughts: Shawn Spears is a very underrated individual. The guy has a great look, he has a presence about him in and outside of the ring, he has a good character, good charisma, and he’s a good wrestler. Ten!

OriginalSinner’s Thoughts: He’s a “Perfect Ten”. It’s a shame that he’s been in developmental for so long and in that horrible ECW. Never got a true chance to be a star. Big fan of him and Jason Jordan. Could have been a great tag team, but Jordan moved on to Gable and Dillinger became the Perfect 10. Perfect gimmick for him and watch any match of his. He’s so over as this gimmick. If pushed, could easily be a top guy and a main eventer.

Video: This video contains a match between Shawn Spears and TJ Wilson on October 5, 2008.

OriginalSinner’s Thoughts: Impressive wrestling from Spears, but he doesn’t show the charisma he has now. He improved much more from pretty good back then. Sky is the limit. He’s a perfect heel and a “Perfect Ten”.

My Thoughts: This was a good match that showcased Shawn Spears’ wrestling ability very well. To me, Shawn Spears is a very underrated wrestler and it shows in this match.

I love the in-ring psychology that he used in this match by attacking the head and neck of TJ Wilson throughout the match. That was very good in-ring psychology right there by Shawn Spears.

Shawn Spears’ performance was good in this match. However, he was lacking charisma in this match as he didn’t really show much character and personality in this match. Every time he went for the attack, he seems bland and generic despite being a good wrestler.

Despite that, this match really shows how good of a wrestler Shawn Spears is and how good this match was. After being released from WWE in 2009, he went back to the independent circuit and really improve himself in terms of character, charisma, and wrestling ability.

Once he got re-signed by WWE four years later, he was a better all-round performer than he was during his first time in WWE. The man has evolved so much that it’s impressive to see where he is today.

Now, the man has it all. The look, the presence, the character, the charisma, and the in-ring ability. He has shown that talent in NXT with “The Perfect Ten” gimmick, but that’s another story for another day.

Hope to see this man become a huge star one day and all I could say is that he is a perfect ten. Ten!


After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler himself. Thank you.

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