Recently on The Dropkick Podcast, WWE veteran, TJ Wilson (fka Tyson Kidd), talked about his retirement, working with Sasha Banks, and NXT 2.0, Triple H’s retirement and more.
During the interview he said, “Yeah. There’s a lot of things I do miss about it. But, I got hurt at 34 right before I turned 35. Even then, I knew at some point this stage is going to come to an end. When I got hurt, I was forced to retire. The choice was taken out of my hands. I think with the way I’m wired, I think I’m a little bit glad… I’m not glad, but I can accept the way it happened. If that injury didn’t happen, I might have just kept wrestling past my prime. At least this way… it’s hard as an athlete. It’s hard to know when is it time to say ‘Okay, now this is your game. It isn’t mine anymore.’ In hindsight, I was a little fortunate that I didn’t have to make that choice, but I had it made for me. Now, I wouldn’t be as zen with it if I didn’t have this role as a producer and this special connection I have with the women. If I didn’t have that, I wouldn’t be sitting here so calmly saying my in-ring career is over.”
For anyone not in the know, Wilson retired in June 2015 after suffering a life-threatening injury to his spinal cord. He was unable to return to the ring, so in 2017, after recovering he joined the WWE Producer team full time.
He is most commonly recognized for his incredible work in the WWE women’s division. Including but not limited to: every women’s match at Wrestlemania 37, multiple women’s royal rumble matches, and multiple pay-per-view women’s championship matches.
He also discusses his thoughts on Wrestlemania being two nights, Bret Hart potentially managing FTR, and staying motivated as a wrestler.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
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Transcript Credit to Fightful Select.