Tyson Kidd is one of the longest-tenured WWE Superstars to have never received an extended, featured run with the main roster. Thursday night, he will main event NXT Takeover on the WWE Network in a title match against champion Adrian Neville.
After this match, though, we may not see Kidd as we know him any time soon on WWE programming.
According to a report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), Kidd is in line to be repackaged. A lucha-style mask has already been designed and created for him to wear. In this case, he would likely be reintroduced with a new name and background entirely.
Kidd grew up in the ring, beginning his training in Stu Hart's Dungeon as a teenager. He traveled the world before landing in the WWE system, where he worked with then-girlfriend Natalya Neidhart and Nattie's cousin Harry Smith, the son of the legendary British Bulldog.
His most successful run on the main roster was with Smith when they formed the Hart Dynasty and captured the Tag Team Championships from ShowMiz the night after WrestleMania XXVI. It appeared they would be the centerpiece of a tag team resurgence, but the belts quickly drifted into the background of the creative product.
Without much of a storyline, they eventually lost the belts to Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre in a match that also featured such historic tandems as Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, Evan Bourne and Mark Henry and the unseasoned Usos.
Yes, that match happened. If I didn't read it on Wikipedia, I wouldn't have believed it myself.
Kidd has been little more than an enhancement talent for the last four years. While his marriage to Natalya is a key part of the Total Divas show, he is rarely seen with her on weekly WWE programming. It was only recently that he reemerged on NXT, where he surprisingly won a Triple Threat match over Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze to earn the title shot at Takeover.
A repackaging could do wonders for Kidd. By putting a mask on him with a lucha gimmick, I suspect he may, sooner than later, be teaming with Kalisto, who recently made his NXT debut. Kalisto worked on the independent scene at Samuray Del Sol and in Mexico as Octagon Jr. He is a top prospect and potential successor to Rey Mysterio.
At Takeover, Kalisto will team with El Locale (Ricardo Rodriguez in a mask) to face current Tag Team champions The Ascension. Ricardo is a shockingly decent wrestler, but I don't believe for a moment that WWE has any intention of giving him a major league run with a physique that makes Super Crazy look like Lex Luger.
Were Locale to be dispatched by The Ascension, Kalisto could be looking for a new partner, and Kidd would fit perfectly. He can wrestle a lucha style and has excelled in the past as a tag team performer. WWE may be looking to introduce Kalisto to the WWE audience as a tag performer, and this would be a great start. It would also give Kidd new life, which he could spin into a bright future.
Worst-case scenario, Kidd will always be a valued worker with WWE. When he's not working as an enhancement talent with the main roster, Kidd can be a gatekeeper in NXT, working with top prospects to prepare them for the next big step. Working with Kidd is much like it used to be before NXT, when William Regal served as finishing school for WWE's top prospects. Overall, it's not a bad place to be.