Tyson Kidd has recently spoken about his self-doubt in taking on a Production role in the WWE.
A hugely capable performer in his own right, Kidd was forced to transition to behind the scenes work after suffering a career-ending injury in 2015.
But speaking with the Two Man Power Trip podcast, the Hart dungeon alumni admitted that he had concerns over his new job role:
Where I believed in myself is that I did train people before, but I was physically able to show and demonstrate things. [Producing] is not that. I didn’t think I was going to be very good at this. At best, I might be alright, get the hang of it, and be okay. I had everyone help me. Johnny [Ace], Jamie Noble, Dean [Malenko], Arn [Anderson], really went out of their way to show me everything. It put a lot of things in perspective for me. Off the bat, I thought I was going to be awful.
Kidd’s misgivings appear to have been misplaced, as he recently won plaudits for his work within WWE’s women’s division.
In fact, Kidd reportedly produced every women’s match at WrestleMania 37 this year, including the memorable main event of night one between Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks.
Kidd went on to recall his first day on the job, having been away from the business for the two years prior:
I clearly remember, it’s a women’s gauntlet match and Sasha and Nia are the last two. Sasha asks me something, runs an idea by me to see if it makes sense. The truth is, I had been away from wrestling for two years so it sounded like someone was speaking alien to me, I almost didn’t know what the hell she was saying. I was just like, ‘Yeah, sounds good.’ I didn’t even know what I was co-signing. I really thought I was going to be really bad. I thought I would be an assistant coach at NXT or at the PC. I didn’t think [producing] was going to go well.
Fortunately for Kidd, the match went to plan and he continues to play a vital role within WWE’s backstage production team.
With thanks to Fightful for the interview transcript.