One year ago, the idea of Tyson Kidd appearing on any WWE television other than Superstars would be considered nonsensical.
Now, 365 days later, the Calgary native prepares for the biggest match of his career—the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match with a guaranteed shot at the World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
The journey to the match was not an easy one for Kidd. Since the break up of the Hart Dynasty tag team in 2010, Tyson has experienced little success in a WWE ring. Often used as enhancement talent on the company's C-level programming, Kidd looked to be heading nowhere fast, other than, maybe, the unemployment line.
Then came a stint on NXT. While most of the main-roster performers appearing on the show would look at it as a demotion, Kidd excelled, showcasing his talents and making less-experienced stars such as Derrick Bateman, Johnny Curtis and Michael McGillicutty look far better than they actually were. Kidd became a standout on the show and gained a strong internet following.
It appears others with backstage pull were paying attention, too.
Now, just one day away from competing on one of the most popular pay-per-view events of the year, Kidd has the opportunity to steal the show.
Will he win the match and the briefcase? It's unlikely.
Kidd has the opportunity to make fans, peers and those in power in the company stand up and take notice of him and his unquestionable talents. For the first time in quite a while, a Superstar has far more to gain from a loss than he ever could from a win.
And if that happens, all of Tyson Kidd's hard work, dedication, constant improvement and patience will have paid off.