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Tyson Kidd wants to play tag
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


Tyson Kidd at the WWE Smackdown house show in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena in December 2011. Photo by Brad McFarlin


Tyson Kidd isn't headlining any pay-per-views and he doesn't have a cute catchphrase.

But if all goes according to plan, the 31-year-old dreams of WWE superstardom. And, why not? He's got a balls-to-the-wall in-ring attitude and he's riding shotgun with guys like CM Punk who have been there and done that.

"I know it might come across as arrogance. I'm sorry, but I know I can outperform a lot of people," said Kidd. "But when the (door opens), I'm going to kick it in."

"I'm a big fan of tag teams again. I've been looking, scouting (for a partner). I've done a couple of matches with Johnny Curtis and Justin Gabriel. When I teamed with Justin, I thought we gelled perfectly. Even with a guy like Trent Baretta. I think we could give a Hardy Boys type of feel.

"When I saw Air Boom [Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston] perform, I went out of my mind. It was two guys with high-octane offence forming a team. It was exciting. I have the same type of mentality, maybe with a submission move thrown in.

"People have said it before, but if it's not your goal to be at the top, what are you doing this for? I've set a bunch of little goals that I hope to accomplish. And right now, the tag team scene is what I want to do."

Kidd has hung out a lot with Punk, who rose to the top.

"He has a different way of thinking than most guys," said Kidd. "Basically, the message is if I've come this far, I'm already halfway into the forest and I can't go back.

"He's a guy I can text anytime. If it's 4 a.m. and I text him, he'll text me back."

Kidd's path to the WWE began when he was 10, with an invitation to a friend's house. Kidd was Theodore James Wilson (TJ), and his friend and schoolmate, Teddy Hart, was a member of the storied Hart family in Calgary.

"He wanted me to go to his house," said Wilson, who took on the name Tyson Kidd when he joined the WWE roster. "He told me he lived in a gym and his uncles were Bret Hart and Owen Hart. I thought he had to be kidding.

"Next, he asked me to go to his grandfather Stu's house for dinner. We went into the 'dungeon' and played games -- different forms of tag, soccer and British Bulldog. Fast forward a few years -- and I would be in that dungeon getting stretched by Stu. I had my face rubbed into the mat and had days where every single bit of me hurt. I then understood why it was called a dungeon."

He remembers watching Summer Slam in 1992: Davey Boy Smith vs. Bret Hart.

"When I saw that match, I knew 100% that this is what I wanted to do," said Kidd. "And once that line was crossed, there was no going back."

He stepped into a WWE ring for the first time at a house show in 1996. Teamed with Andrew Pakarnyk, he faced Teddy Hart and Harry Smith.

"Even when I think about it now, it's all very clear to me ... it's a million feelings wrapped into one, with a ton of nerves mixed in," said Kidd, who had just turned 16.

"Shawn Michaels, Vader, Undertaker, Triple H ... they were there. It was the scariest, but best feeling in the world. When I did that match, I knew for sure I'd be in the WWE some day.

"It's been a bit of a journey -- through Japan and Europe, a bit in the United States and all over Canada. But I had no doubt I would get here."

Kidd says his in-ring style hasn't changed in 16 years.

"I don't hold back and think, 'What if I get banged up?'" If you start worrying about injuries, you're going to get hurt.

"I look at a guy like Shawn Michaels and he was solid in everything -- brawling, high flying and he was a great technical wrestler."

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    Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.baines@sunmedia.ca.