Bank on the Kidd: Tyson Kidd's unlikely march towards Money in the Bank

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July 12, 2012

Kidd would know pressure when he sees it, too. The Hart Dungeon, by all accounts, is one of the more miserable (and effective) places a WWE Superstar can cut his teeth, but those who survive are typically the highest quality of competitor. Stories of Stu Hart stretching out hapless students in the bowels of his makeshift training facility still echo in the testimonials of the Superstars who endured its horrors. So how does a guy like Tyson Kidd – one of the last Superstars to pass through its doors – get the label “underrated”? The short version: It took him a while to show the WWE Universe the dynamic, daredevil style they now come to know him for.

“I was trying to establish and show people that I was a technical wrestler, which I am,” Kidd said. He grew up with Bret Hart’s nephew, Ted, rubbed shoulders with Stu and Owen during his training and after a while, developed a mentor-student relationship with The Excellence of Execution himself. Except for a WWE Tag Team Championship run as part of The Hart Dynasty in 2010, following his teacher’s intricate style wasn’t bringing Kidd the kind of notoriety it had for the “Hit Man.”

“I was watching myself and said, ‘I have to change things,’ ” Kidd said. “I have to show the WWE Universe that I can be versatile.”

He had nowhere to go but up, so Kidd, fittingly, took to the skies. The Calgary, Alberta, native began incorporating intricate high-flying maneuvers that were as punishing in their execution as they were beautiful to observe. Kidd says he was inspired to adopt the new moveset after then-interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis terminated John Morrison last November, but he doesn’t look anything like Morrison when he flies. While The Prince of Parkour was long and lithe, Kidd is built like a bulldog and his moves seem to hit harder as he lunges onto his unsuspecting opponents.

Oh and by the way, most of the time he’s winging it. “A lot I’ve never even practiced before,” Kidd said of moves like his daring Frankensteiner from the turnbuckle to outside the ring at No Way Out 2012 as an example of his spur-of-the-moment dynamism. (PHOTOS)

“I’ve been now wrestling 17 years,” said Kidd, who started his training with the Harts at 15. “At this stage I’m very confident of what I can do and what my athletic abilities are. … I almost have to question myself why I didn’t show the WWE Universe sooner.”

Better late than never, though, as Kidd’s new style won him over a new legion of fans, cementing him firmly in the same class of unlikely star that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan found themselves breaking into over the past year. And Kidd doesn’t mince words when he says he believes himself to be part of the recent change in perception of what makes a top-tier Superstar.

“It’s almost like we all got together and said ‘enough,’ that the underdogs are not being held down anymore,” Kidd said. “We were asking nicely before, but now the asking is done and we’re gonna take it.”

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