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Tyson Kidd
Tyson Kidd at WrestleMania XXX.jpg
Kidd at WrestleMania XXX in 2014.
Birth name Theodore James Wilson
Ring name(s) Stampede Kid[1]
TJ Wilson / T.J. Wilson[2]
Tyson Kidd
El Local #2[3]
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[4]
Billed weight 205 lb (93 kg)[4]
Born (1980-07-11) July 11, 1980 (age 33)[2]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada[2]
Billed from Calgary, Alberta, Canada[4]
Trained by Davey Boy Smith[2]
Deep South Wrestling
Bret Hart[4]
Tokyo Joe[5]
Debut July 23, 1995[1][2]

Theodore James "T.J." Wilson (born July 11, 1980)[2] is a Canadian professional wrestler, currently signed to WWE under the ring name Tyson Kidd.[4]

The final graduate of the Hart Dungeon, Wilson wrestled internationally in several promotions such as Stampede Wrestling in 1995 to 2007, where he won the Stampede International Tag Team Championship on two occasions with Bruce Hart[2] and Juggernaut,[5] the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship,[2] and Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.[2][5] In 2004, Wilson competed in Prairie Wrestling Alliance where he won the PWA Tag Team Championship with Harry Smith,[6] and the PWA Heavyweight Championship on two occasions.[2] During this time, he also competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling from 2002 to 2005, All Star Wrestling in 2005, and AWA Superstars of Wrestling from 2005 to 2006, where he won the AWA Pinnacle Heavyweight Championship.[2] In 2006, he competed in Great Canadian Wrestling, where he won the GCW National Championship.[2]

In November 2006, Wilson signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling (DSW), WWE's developmental territory in 2007. After DSW and WWE parted ways, Wilson was moved to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he won the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship,[2] and the FCW Tag Team Championship with DH Smith.[7] Prior to his debut on the main roster in 2009, Wilson formed the Hart Dynasty with David Hart Smith and Natalya, where they won the Unified Tag Team Championship in April 2010.[8][9]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Training[edit]

Wilson trained at Stu Hart's Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Wilson furthered his wrestling training under the watch of Tokyo Joe, who later helped him get booked in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as well as in England.[10] He wrestled his first match in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary at the age of fifteen in 1995.[1][10] At age sixteen, he wrestled in the opening match of a World Wrestling Federation house show in Calgary, teaming with Andrew Picarnic against Teddy Hart and Harry Smith.[10][11] The following year, Wilson started training with Bret Hart.[11]

Stampede Wrestling (1995–2007)[edit]

As a part of Stampede Wrestling, Wilson was nicknamed the "Stampede Kid".[10] He held his first championship in the promotion in February 2004, when Wilson became Bruce Hart's new tag team partner and co-holder of the Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship to replace the injured Teddy Hart.[12] He won the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship on October 15, 2004 by beating Duke Durrango.[13] In October 2005, Wilson and Durrango were made the bookers for Stampede Wrestling.[2] On September 15, 2006, Wilson defeated Apocalypse to capture the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship in a match that took place at half time of Calgary Stampeders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football League game at McMahon Stadium.[2] On November 10, 2006, Wilson replaced one-half of the Tag Team Champions Pete Wilson, who was injured, and became Juggernaut's tag team partner.[12] Wilson had his final singles match for Stampede on January 26, 2007, where he was defeated by his long-time rival Apocalypse.[1][14] He returned on February 9, 2007, for his final match with the promotion, defending his International Tag Team Championship, against The A-Team (Michael Avery and Dusty Adonis).[15] He and Juggernaut won the match, however, afterwards Wilson awarded the Championship to The A-Team, as he was leaving and could not defend the Championship.[15] He was also heavily involved with training the younger stars of the promotion at a camp called B.J.'s Gym.[10]

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2002–2005)[edit]

As the Stampede Kid he completed several tours of Japan, competing at New Japan Pro Wrestling.[16] He debuted in a six man tag team match in November where he teamed with GOKU-DO and Super Crazy and lost to Heat, Masahito Kakihara and Masayuki Naruse. His first win came only a few days later where he teamed with Super Crazy to defeat El Samurai and Jushin Liger and would finish his tour in late December. He would return in March 2003, and would mostly team up with American Dragon.[16] Between the months of May and June he competed in the Best of the Super Juniors, he mostly lost his matches however he did beat El Samurai and Jado which gave him an overall score of four points. He would return in 2004 for another month long tour.[16] In 2005 he participated in Best of the Super Juniors, he would once again lose most of his matches but did beat Jado and Minoru Tanaka to earn four points overall.[16] His last in on June 16, 2005 where he teamed with Hirooki Goto to lose to Akiya Anzawa and El Samurai.[16]

European Competition (2005)[edit]

In 2005 he started his tour of Europe and mostly wrestled for All Star Wrestling.[17] He would beat Five Star Flash in his first match in ASW. He participated in One Night Tournament and was knocked out of the competition by Douglas Williams.[17] While in Europe he wrestled all around the United Kingdom but also wrestled in other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands. He took on GSW Breakthrough Champion Murat Bosporus for the championship and lost.[17]

AWA Superstars of Wrestling (2005–2006)[edit]

Under the name TJ Wilson he would spend a lot of time in Canada at AWA Superstars of Wrestling. He teamed up with Harry Smith to take part in the Grapple Cup Tournament where they beat Cadillac Caliss and WildCard in the finals.[17] In 2006 he beat Harry Smith for the AWA Pinnacle Heavyweight Championship and would hold it for five months and lost it to Laramie Lexow.[18]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Developmental territories (2006–2009)[edit]

Kidd in May 2009.

Wilson signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in November 2006 at the age of 26,[19] after receiving impressive reviews from former WWE trainer Bill DeMott. He moved to WWE developmental territory Deep South Wrestling (DSW) in February 2007 with fellow signee and girlfriend Nattie Neidhart.[1][19] When DSW and WWE parted ways, Wilson relocated to Tampa, Florida to train in the WWE developmental facility Florida Championship Wrestling. In late 2007, he worked with Harry Smith, Nattie Neidhart, Teddy Hart, and Ted DiBiase, Jr. as the Next Generation Hart Foundation.[2]

On December 1, 2007, he won the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship by defeating Afa, Jr. in a ladder match.[20] He lost it to Ted DiBiase, Jr. on December 18.[21] In mid 2008, he began teaming with Smith again, and the two were managed by Natalya (Nattie Neidhart).[22] On October 30, they won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship,[22] but they lost it to Tyler Reks and Johnny Curtis on December 11, 2008 at the FCW television taping.[7]

The Hart Dynasty and Tag Team Champion (2009–2010)[edit]

Wilson made his WWE television debut on the February 10, 2009, episode of ECW on Sci Fi managed by real-life girlfriend Natalya, under the name Tyson Kidd, defeating a local wrestler, Bao Nguyen.[23] Although Natalya was managing Kidd on ECW, she was still officially a member of the SmackDown brand until April 15, 2009, when she was drafted to ECW as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft to join Kidd.[24] On the May 12 ECW, Kidd's match with Finlay was interrupted by DH Smith, now using the name David Hart Smith, who attacked Finlay to aid Kidd.[25] Kidd, Smith and Neidhart formed The Hart Trilogy, which was later changed to The Hart Dynasty on the May 26 ECW.[26][27]

On June 29, The Hart Dynasty were traded to the SmackDown brand.[28] They began an on and off feud with Cryme Tyme in July and the feud ended in October. At the Bragging Rights pay-per-view in October, Kidd and Smith competed in a seven-on-seven tag match with Chris Jericho, Kane, Finlay, Matt Hardy and R-Truth as Team SmackDown to defeat Team Raw.[29] The Hart Dynasty got a title match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship on the December 25 SmackDown against D-Generation X, but were unsuccessful. They started a feud with Matt Hardy and The Great Khali on the January 22, 2010 SmackDown. The feud ended with each team trading wins against each other.

The Hart Dynasty (from left to right) Kidd, Natalya, and David Hart Smith as the WWE Tag Team Champions in August 2010.

The Hart Dynasty turned face at WrestleMania XXVI, helping Bret Hart during his match against Vince McMahon, and the following night on Raw they defeated the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions ShoMiz (The Big Show and The Miz) in a non-title match after The Miz insulted Hart.[30][31] They earned a Unified Tag Team Championship match at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view by defeating ShoMiz in a tag team gauntlet match (which also included the team of John Morrison and R-Truth and the team of Montel Vontavious Porter and Mark Henry).[32] At the 2010 WWE Draft on April 26, The Hart Dynasty, accompanied by Natalya and Hart, defeated ShoMiz to win the Unified Tag Team Championship, when Kidd made The Miz submit to the Sharpshooter.[8][9][33]

The following day, all three members of The Hart Dynasty were moved to the Raw brand as part of the Supplemental Draft.[34] On the May 10 Raw, he defeated The Miz to earn Bret Hart a match for The Miz's WWE United States Championship, and the following week The Hart Dynasty helped Hart to win the championship.[35][36] At Over the Limit, they retained the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship against Chris Jericho and The Miz.[37] The following night, on the May 24 Raw, they were attacked by The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) and Tamina after a match, provoking a feud between the two trios.[38][39] At Fatal 4-Way, they defeated The Usos and Tamina in a six-person mixed tag team match when Natalya pinned Tamina, and Smith and Kidd defeated The Usos at Money in the Bank to retain the championship.[40][41] At Night of Champions, The Hart Dynasty lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre in a Tag Team Turmoil match which also involved The Usos, Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella, and the team of Evan Bourne and Mark Henry.[42]

Singles competition (2011–2012)[edit]

After a failed attempt to regain the championship, in which Kidd was pushed off balance during their double-team Hart Attack move, Kidd and DH Smith began to have a falling out with one another. This culminated on the November 15 Raw, when Kidd turned heel,[43] refusing to tag in and attacking Smith during a match for the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Nexus (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater).[44] The following week, Kidd faced John Morrison in a King of the Ring qualifying match, but was unsuccessful.[45] On the December 2 WWE Superstars, Kidd lost to Smith in a singles match. Afterward, Smith offered a handshake, but Kidd slapped Smith instead.[46] On the next Raw, Kidd defeated Smith in a rematch, during which he was accompanied by a bodyguard, later revealed as Jackson Andrews.[47][48] Andrews ceased appearing as Kidd's bodyguard after Mark Henry performed his finisher, the World's Strongest Slam, on Andrews during the December 27 Raw.[49] On April 26, 2011, Kidd returned to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2011 supplemental draft.[50] He had his first match back for the brand on the May 6 SmackDown, but lost to Sin Cara.[51] On the May 12 Superstars, Kidd debuted Michael Hayes as his manager as he defeated Trent Barreta.[52] Their alliance was short-lived however, as on the following Superstars, Hayes slapped Kidd after Kidd lost to Yoshi Tatsu.[53] Armando Estrada and Matt Striker managed Kidd on the May 26 and June 2 episodes of Superstars respectively, and Kidd defeated Barreta on both occasions.[54][55] On the June 9 Superstars, Kidd appeared with his fourth manager in as many weeks, Vickie Guerrero but lost to Yoshi Tatsu.[56] On the next Superstars, Kidd received yet another manager in JTG, but lost again, this time to Kane.[57]

Kidd at a WWE event in 2012.

Kidd was Lucky Cannon's Pro on NXT Redemption. Cannon was eliminated on the June 14 NXT, the third Rookie eliminated.[58] A week later, Kidd shaved off his signature tuft of hair.[59] Kidd then feuded with Yoshi Tatsu on NXT, stemming from a backstage argument when Kidd broke Tatsu's toy figurine of himself and stole the leg off another.[60] During their series of matches, the pair traded wins, and Tatsu claimed back the stolen figurine leg by winning a Necklace on a Pole match on the July 26 NXT.[60][61][62] After the match, Kidd attacked Tatsu's right leg; a week later, Kidd claimed there would be no more Yoshi Tatsu in WWE.[63] Tatsu returned more than a month later on the September 6 NXT to defeat Kidd and end the feud.[64]

In January 2012, Kidd began a face turn.[65] After defeating Trent Barreta twice on NXT, Kidd proposed that they tag team together.[66] In late February 2012, Kidd began a feud with Michael McGillicutty after McGillicutty mocked his lack of wrestling heritage.[67] Kidd then suffered a loss to McGillicutty on the February 29 NXT.[68] After McGillicutty insulted Kidd by claiming that Kidd would never be a true 'Hart',[69] Kidd received a rematch on the March 21 NXT, where he defeated McGillicutty to even up the score at one win each.[70] Kidd and McGillicutty faced off in a third match on the April 11 NXT, resulting in Kidd triumphant over McGillicutty.[71] Kidd reinforced his singles dominance in NXT by first defeating Johnny Curtis on April 25,[72] and next defeating McGillicutty and Derrick Bateman in a triple threat match on May 16.[73]

Teaming with Justin Gabriel and injury (2012–2013)[edit]

Kidd (left) with partner Gabriel (right) at a live SmackDown event in November 2012.

On the March 29 Superstars, Kidd faced Justin Gabriel and won the match, after which the duo showed mutual respect and agreed to form a tag team to challenge Primo and Epico for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a dark Triple Threat tag team match for WrestleMania XXVIII, also involving the Usos.[74][75] However, Primo & Epico managed to win the match and retain their titles.[76] During the match, Gabriel suffered a hyperextended and twisted elbow, rendering him out of action for several weeks.[77] Kidd reunited with Gabriel on the June 6 NXT Redemption, where they defeated the duo of Johnny Curtis and Heath Slater.[78] At the No Way Out pay-per-view, Kidd and Gabriel were defeated by the Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) in a number one contender Fatal Four-Way tag team match, also involving Primo and Epico and The Usos.[79]

On the June 29 SmackDown, Kidd defeated Jack Swagger to qualify for the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match.[80] Fellow qualifier Tensai then started a feud with Kidd after Kidd pinned him in 19 seconds on the July 2 Raw, leading Tensai to assault Kidd in post-match attacks.[81] At Money in the Bank, Kidd failed to win as Dolph Ziggler grabbed the briefcase to win the match.[82] On the July 30 Raw, Kidd lost to Tensai, but after Tensai continued to attack Kidd after the match, the referee reversed his decision and awarded Kidd the win.[83]

Kidd and Gabriel would then compete in a series of tag team matches on Superstars against Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks, winning every match.[84][85][86] On the debut episode of WWE Main Event on October 3, Kidd and Gabriel, now unofficially called International Airstrike,[87] lost to Santino Marella and Zack Ryder in the quarter-finals of a tournament to decide the number one contenders to the tag team championship.[88] On the October 31 NXT, Kidd challenged Antonio Cesaro for the WWE United States Championship, but lost.[89] At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Kidd was victorious in a 10 man elimination tag team match alongside Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, and Brodus Clay against Titus O' Neil, Darren Young, Primo, Epico, and Tensai; with Kidd pinning O'Neil and Epico.[90] In January 2013, Kidd suffered a torn knee meniscus and was estimated to require a 6-12 month hiatus to recover.[91] Despite his injury, Kidd appeared on the May 27 "Bret Hart Appreciation Night" ceremony.[92]

Return (2013-present)[edit]

Under a mask to hide his identity, he returned to television on the October 11 SmackDown as one of the Los Locales tag team with El Local (Ricardo Rodriguez) with a loss to Los Matadores.[3] An unmasked Kidd returned to Raw on November 4, teaming with his wife Natalya to defeat Fandango and Summer Rae.[93]Tyson Kidd also participated in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX, but was eliminated by Alberto Del Rio.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson befriended Teddy Hart and Harry Smith at the age of ten, and through them Wilson became close to the rest of the Hart family, whom he lived with for several years.[10][94] Wilson married Natalie Neidhart (ring name Natalya) in June 2013,[95] whom he had been dating and living with since November 2001.[19] The pair's relationship and wedding were also featured on WWE's reality television series Total Divas.[96]

In wrestling[edit]

Wilson teaming with Harry Smith during their stay in FCW in July 2007.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kidd as WWE Tag Team Champion in September 2010.
  • AWA Pinnacle Wrestling
    • AWA Pinnacle Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]

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