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

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July 12, 2012

So now, for Kidd, it all comes down to this Sunday in Phoenix, where he’ll take the ring alongside seven other Superstars – Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, Intercontinental Champion Christian, United States Champion Santino Marella, Tensai, Sin Cara and Damien Sandow – and put body and career on the line in the hopes of capturing the contract that could change his life. While Kidd does admit that the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Heavyweight Championship Contract is his potential launch pad to the next level, he’s not getting ahead of himself.

“I’m not even thinking past this right now; this is the hardest I’ve ever trained,” Kidd said. “Ever since that Qualifying Match I haven’t missed a day at the gym. I’m training every single day until I get there.”
Kidd is in pure preparation mode at this point, retweeting both compliments and insults (he finds motivation in each), loading up his iPad with three DVDs’ worth of Ladder Matches that he takes with him every time he works out. He’s sought advice from Bret Hart and had an outpouring of support from friends and foes alike, from Zack Ryder to Chris Jericho (who tweeted that fellow Dungeon-dweller Kidd “never has a bad match” after Kidd qualified) to Good Ol’ J.R. The hashtag #BankOnKidd has gained serious steam on Twitter.

But as Money in the Bank approaches, there is one unlikely source whose words hit Kidd the hardest: Michael Cole. During the Qualifying Match, the controversial announcer commented that he believed the surest way for Kidd to recognize his potential would be to distance himself from the Hart legacy that had been his calling card throughout his entire career, and instead present himself as the unique Superstar he is.

“It hit home a bit with me,” Kidd said thoughtfully when asked about Cole’s comments. While he’d never go so far as to abandon the heritage that he obviously holds dear to his heart (“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Hart family. That’s a guarantee”), he did find truth in the two-time Slammy winner’s comments. “Now’s the time where there’s a little bit of spotlight on me at the moment. … This is the moment where it’s not about me being a Hart or affiliated with the Harts, it’s about me having my own personality and being my own self.

“Maybe it’s not so much a disassociation as a next chapter,” Kidd continued. “You know, if you read a book, once you get to chapter five and stuff starts stepping up, it doesn’t mean chapters one to four didn’t happen. They happened, but now we’re on the next chapter, and that’s how I’d like to be perceived.”

So what exactly can fans expect from Chapter 5? Kidd’s not one to spoil the surprise, but he’s looking forward to showing the WWE Universe more personality and, hopefully, a hard-earned spot among WWE’s top dogs.

“I see this not as a stepping stone, but a launching pad, where maybe a year from now I’m in the mix with guys like Punk and Bryan or Ziggler or Cody. Maybe we’re all [competing] for the World Heavyweight Championship and not just fighting and scrapping to [try and get there].”

Win or lose, that likely won’t come overnight. It never does in WWE. But that sits just fine with the Kidd from Calgary.

“I’m not gonna stop fighting,” Kidd said. “I never will.”

And that, you can take to the bank.


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