WWE Superstar Tyson Kidd: Is a Mask the Key to Success?

Tyson JonesSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 27, 2013

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I'm going to be frank about my opinion on Tyson Kidd.

I think Tyson Kidd is the most technically sound and innovative superstar on the WWE roster today. That's including guys on the roster like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio. Simply put, the man is that talented between those ropes. It's honestly a shame that Tyson has yet to hold any singles gold, but all things considered, I'm not surprised.

I don't really blame anyone for Kidd not having a better career so far—at least not any other wrestler. I think the booking team, the creative staff, and even Kidd himself play a part in that. As good as Kidd is, Tyson should be better-booked for the most part.

I thought his mini-feud with Tensai before Money in The Bank would work as a smaller-scaled version of the Austin Aries feud with Robert Roode. While I was sure Kidd wouldn't win Money in The Bank, I had hoped we'd get to see Kidd as a regular on RAW or Smackdown.

Instead, we can't even get him as DLC for WWE '13.

The worst part is, I think we all know why it is that Tyson couldn't get pushed before his injury. To put it simply, Tyson Kidd isn't very engaging.

Don't get me wrong, he has phenomenal in-ring talent, but at the end of the day, unless you're a hardcore wrestling fan, you likely won't be talking about Tyson Kidd by the end of the night when you've got guys like CM Punk, The Rock, John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro and Randy Orton getting screen time and mic time.Those are the areas where Kidd simply can't compete. What's a cruiserweight to do in a heavyweight world to get over?

Well, one way to stand out is to grab yourself a mask of some type and develop a character around that...

Honestly, I think if Mysterio came in without his mask, he would have never been the icon he is now. I've seen him without his mask. He looks a lot like Jamie Noble, and would likely have a similar career.

Instead, the mask added an air of mystery to him and he was able to combine that with an unprecedented level of athleticism and become one of the most beloved superstars in WWE history to go along with his three World Championships. That's a lot for a man billed as 5'6 inches and 175 lbs, considering two of those world titles were World Heavyweight Championships and Mysterio is arguably the farthest thing from a Heavyweight in the title's history.


To a lesser extent, Sin Cara isn't much bigger than Mysterio. Yet, from the outset, WWE looked to have big plans for the new masked Superstar, putting him in matches with John Cena, then-WWE Champ.

In The Miz's first night in the company, he debuted attacking former World Champion Sheamus on RAW. That said, for various reasons that include a Wellness Policy violation, it doesn't seem as though Sin Cara has panned out as big as the WWE would have liked, and the supposed passing of the torch may not happen between him and Mysterio.

However, this could be a big opportunity for Tyson Kidd. As I stated in my last article, Sin Cara is a character, unlike Rey Mysterio—meaning there could potentially be several "Sin Cara" incarnations as the decades progress.

Considering how well the first one has worked out, I don't think it would take much to be considered an improvement, should someone new take over the role.

Maybe someone like Tyson Kidd, maybe?

The set-up for the change is really simple, and can be parlayed into something bigger down the road. Let's say, for example, the WWE wants to get heat on Jack Swagger. He's on an anti-immigrant kick, so having him take down Mysterio, and shelve Sin Cara for a few months would be a good way to go about making that happen.

Swagger can even feud with Mysterio, while Mysterio relays he doesn't know if Sin Cara is gonna make it back. Swagger can go on a tear for awhile, but after a few months, we start seeing promos hyping the "return" of Sin Cara, driving home the fact that this is a "new and improved" Sin Cara, including a new mask and new ring attire.

This would be the perfect time to not only have Tyson Kidd heal up from his injury but to potentially train him to wrestle a style closer to that of Sin Caras', and if everyone is up for it, we could go forward with the plan. They could even market him as "Sin Cara Dos."

It's a play on words, if you don't quite get it. He's Sin Cara number two, but he's also Sin Cara (faceless) too.

I personally think, though, that even if WWE didn't want to go that route, Tyson in a mask wouldn't be a bad idea. He could create his own character--which may be the more favorable option in the long run if WWE still wants to try and push Sin Cara as is. Plus, it would give Tyson a lot more leeway as far as his attire goes.

Personally, I think Kidd would look pretty good in some superhero-inspired motif. The Young Justice: Invasion style Nightwing has a design I think could be modified to fit Kidd, but mostly I just think Tyson would look better with a domino-type mask. Red Arrow's outfit wasn't bad, either, and is likely more workable, but I think more subdued colors will work more for Kidd.

It's something I really think Kidd and Creative could bounce around with some success. Masks sell, and Kidd getting a chance to stand out can only help him. He may even find himself with time on the mic, which could help him greatly.

At the very least, I don't think Kidd has much to lose by donning a mask. He's got plenty of time left while he recovers from his injury, so who's to say he doesn't come up with a better idea. I think this idea is always good to keep in your back pocket, though.

Let me know what you think about the idea of Kidd in a mask, costume ideas, other superstars who may be in need of a mask more than Kidd, or anything else. Thanks for the read.