Tyson Kidd was forced to retire after a career-ending neck injury in 2015. He came close to coming back and having one more send-off, but it couldn’t come together.
While speaking with Spencer Love on the ‘Conversations With Love’ podcast. Kidd stated that he looked into doing something in the Royal Rumble match. He checked on his neck, and it’s good. It’s just not on the level it needs to be at in order to take any risks in the ring.
Kidd is “at peace” with retirement because he is still very much a part of WWE.
“I did, one time over the past couple of years look into maybe doing a little something in a Royal Rumble so that could kind of be my last chapter so last time you see me, [it] was this little thing, and it didn’t work out and I did get looked at and things are good but things are not at that level in terms of my neck so, and you know what? I’m at peace with everything now. I haven’t wrestled in five years, almost. June 1st, 2015 was my last match, and I’m at peace with it. I love what I do now and being a part of working with the talent and right now, at the moment, I’m working with a lot of the women and it’s very, very cool because they’re on a curve and they’re almost playing catch up.”
“I was explaining this the other day so, Money In The Bank this Sunday is going to be the fourth women’s Money In The Bank and that’s because they did two that first year. They did one and then one two weeks later, so this is going to be the fourth women’s Money In The Bank match. How many have the guys had? 20? So, there was pay-per-views before where we would do two in a night. Two guy’s ones. So, how many women Hell In A Cell matches have there been? Charlotte and Sasha and Becky and Sasha, is that it? And how many men’s Hell In A Cell matches have there been? You know what I’m saying? There’s been like three women’s Royal Rumbles. There [have] been 30 guy’s Royal Rumbles, so we’re playing catch up, and right now, I work with the women a lot and I love it, I absolutely love it because they’re so good. They’re so good and they’re so hungry and they… they remind me of a better version of me in 2011.”
“In 2011, I had a big chip on my shoulder and I felt like I had a lot to prove every time I went out there and it led to good performances but sometimes backstage, I could be — not to the talent but just in general, I could be angry. I always will make jokes about 2011 Tyson but he’s long gone, but that chip on his shoulder and that performance-wise, all of the women right now have that and I love being a part of it so, I get so much joy out of watching them and being a part of that process that… I know maybe there’s at least one fan out there that will be sad, but I don’t have that need at this stage to get back in the ring and I don’t think that I will. I had a 20 year career.”
Kidd and wife Natalya have been keeping in shape during the pandemic thanks to their fantastic home gym set-up. Nattie is currently the longest tenured female WWE Superstar on the roster as well. Tyson Kidd can now work with Natalya backstage instead of in front of millions.
Kidd is still with WWE, but as a backstage producer he can get involved in things from another perspective. It might have been nice to see Tyson Kidd get one more moment in the ring, but he has a new career path backstage.