Hard to believe now, but when Tyson Kidd injured his knee in early 2013, there was no guarantee than he'd be back.
Not because his torn meniscus was ho bad that it couldn't be repaired. Because, despite being a Hart Dungeon graduate who'd been with WWE for almost seven years, a former tag titleholder who fans recognized as a skilled worker and the boys in the back lauded for his wrestling (CM Punk once referred to him a "work horse" in a mini-pipebomb), Kidd had never succeeded in connecting with the audience.
Now, with smarks and casuals alike enjoying his work in the many-named partnership with Cesaro, The Ottawa Sun asked him what made the difference in his finally reaching crowds and achieving the success in wrestling he always believed he had in him:
Even though I know who I am, I had to find myself. I had to find a way to get people to see that.
NXT watchers will be quick to point to his time in Florida as a turning point. It was there that Kidd went from bland high-flier with an awkward verbal delivery to a cocky in-ring and backstage character with an over catchphrase. For that, Tyson credits one teacher at the Performance Center known for his promo acumen, if you will - Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes:
He's been a huge influence. He helped me find my voice and he'd critique my body language. He has a very special eye. It's a lot of little things together. The speaking part was obviously a huge part, but it was all the little things.
Now, those little things are clicking with another guy who's struggled to break through to the next level even though he seemingly has all the skills in The Swiss Superman. Kidd acknowledges that his Brass Ring Club teammate and he have something special, and says he first say in when they were competing - a FACT that reminds him of another famous team that will most likely find themselves in the Hall of Fame someday:
I'm not comparing ourselves to them, but rewind the clock to the New Age Outlaws. It was Rockabilly (later, Bad Ass Billy Gunn) vs. the Real Double J (later, Road Dogg Jesse James) and the next thing you know everything clicks.
We had a triple threat match with Dolph Ziggler. Go back and watch that match and you'll see that foreshadowing and the chemistry developing.
Check out the whole article in The Ottawa Sun here.
On who else would you like to see The American Dream work his magic? Or are you just glad helped bring us the Masters of the WWE Universe?