I think he needs to drop this lame gimmick and focus on his promo skills. Fuck anyone who thinks this ddp ripoff schtick is worth our time in this day and age.
The few promos he's done with this gimmick have been awesome. It has legs on that front, he just hasn't been given the chance to show it. Plus the best guys can take a superficially lame gimmick and run with it. Look at Cena.
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Any NXT gimmick fails, the ones who just debut as wrestlers are the ones who got success.
Ascension, Emma, Tyler Breeze, Bo Dallas are exqmples of nxt gimmicks never making the transition.
Sami, Owens, Enzo and Cass, Baron Corbin are all examples of wrestlers making the transition.
They never were given the chance to make it. Likely because Vince was never behind them. Of the others you describe, you can hardly call Zayn an unqualified success, again because he has (until recently) not been given the push, while Enzo and Cass aren't exactly over because of their work rate, more Enzo's mic skills. Owens is Trip's pet project and Corbin is your typical McMahon big man and so got a push way before ready, though again to be fair he is now showing signs of improvement.
The gimmick is fine, so is Dillinger's workrate and promos. If gotten behind he could be incredibly over. But the fact he has been in developmental for so long, even after hitting on a gimmick that has caught fire, does not fill me with hope.
He's one of those great live performers that get a crowd going, but if he doesn't move up soon it might be that he moves into player coach at the centre. He's been in and around the development system for years.