Theodore James "T.J." Wilson, aka Tyson Kidd, has been around for quite a bit. He made his debut way back in 1995 and has since wrestled for a number of different promotions, but the best spell of his career by far has been with WWE, where he’s established himself as a dominant force in the tag team division.
His spouse of three years, Natttie Neidhart, has also done pretty well for herself, wrestling in different promotions before attempting to carry on the Hart family dynasty and make a success of things in WWE. She’s won the Divas Championship but must be hoping to add more to her trophy cabinet than the solitary title before she hangs up her boots.
Talking of calling it quits, it’s likely you’ll all probably be able to recall back to TJ’s life-threatening injury which he sustained in 2015. The spinal injury has kept him out of action ever since, and there’s been a lot of speculation as to whether he’ll ever wrestle again. Rumors have been gathering momentum that he’s about to announce his retirement; everyone will understand if that’s the case – he did amazingly well just to pull through the horrific injury – but it’ll be sad for the fans not to see him in the ring again.
TJ’s in-ring retirement might be imminent, but one thing that’s certainly not over, is as strong as ever, is his marriage to Natalya. These are 15 things you didn’t know about TJ, and his rock, Natalya, and their relationship:
15 15. Natalya’s Been TJ’s Rock
Natalya and TJ had only been married a couple of years when he sustained that horrific injury. When I used the term, life-threatening, in the intro, it certainly was just that – their marriage was almost over, as was TJ’s life, and probably his wrestling career. Of course, TJ, must have been suffering immensely, but Natalya also went through hell and back. She lived by his side and felt every ounce of pain as he went on the road to recovery, and even though he’s over the worst, she’s probably still feeling his pain about the fact his career’s almost definitely over.
14 14. TJ’s Been Pals With Teddy and David Hart Smith Since The Age Of Ten
13 13. TJ Was Seriously Close To The Whole Hart Family
12 12. He Lived With The Harts For Several Years
11 11. TJ’s Known Natalya Since He Was 14
10 10. TJ And Natalya Lived Together For 12 Years Before Tying The Knot
TJ and Natalya certainly didn’t get married on a whim – it certainly wasn’t a snap decision. In fact, their marriage was probably long overdue – people must have been wondering when they were going to finally make it official and get hitched. That happened in 2013, and it happened after 12 years of being together. They definitely wanted to make sure they were compatible and didn’t rush into things!
They began dating in November 2001, and over the next decade, they went through plenty together, but were still together, so their relationship must have been rock-solid.
9 9. They’re Graduates Of Stu Hart’s Dungeon
In 1995, at the tender age of 15, TJ began taking wrestling more and more seriously and got his start at Stu Hart's Dungeon. He was there all the time, at the family home where it was located and began messing about in the gym and training school of the Hart mansion’s basement – the so-called Dungeon. But this messing about soon got serious; when he started thinking about wrestling as a long-term thing, he spent hours at the Dungeon, getting trained by his now uncle-in-law, Bret, and honing his craft.
8 8. TJ’s Injury Hit Natalya Seriously Hard
7 7. TJ Was Removed From Total Divas
Natalya, who’s a regular in the Total Divas reality TV series, will no longer be seen in the show with her hubby. In November last year, TJ revealed that his Total Divas days were over – for the time being anyway. Why? He didn’t divulge any information, but there’s been plenty of speculation as to why he’s going to stop making appearances. Many sources say that it’s because of his injury and that WWE doesn’t want him to inadvertently reveal anything about his rehab and the state of his injury.
6 6. Their Real-Life Marital Problems Were The Basis For An Onscreen Storyline
5 5. More Total Divas Marriage Woes
Many people think that Total Divas is entirely scripted, that the storylines that occur on the show are fictional – it is a reality TV show after all. But Natalya has always dismissed the suggestions that the show is made up of fake storylines.
4 4. What Natalya Learned About Her Marriage Problems
3 3. They Separate Business From Pleasure
Having known each other from such a young age, being together for so long and living together for over a decade, you’d have thought they’d have spent most of their lives side by side, especially since they’re in the same profession as each other and their careers have gone down a pretty similar path for the most part. But despite all of this and despite being involved in many onscreen moments together, they’ve managed to separate business from pleasure – it’s their secret to maintaining a long, happy and successful relationship.
2 2. They’re Cat Crazy
Anyone who follows TJ and Natalya will know that they don’t yet have any kids; well, they actually have a whole bunch – their cats, who they consider part of their family. Both TJ and Natalya are obsessed with their feline family members. TJ was into them first but has converted Natalya into being the ultimate cat lady. Anyone who follows the two on social media will know what I’m talking about. Every opportunity they get, they’re posing with their cats, posting pics, or Tweeting something or other using cat references.
1 1. Both Started Their WWE Careers Around The Same Time
It’s amazing to think, looking back at everything now and how things have panned out, how their careers have pretty much gone down a similar path. They met at a young age, received their formal wrestling training at the same place, went around the Canadian independent circuit around the same time, went abroad to Europe and Japan, and then embarked on their WWE careers, again around the same time.
TJ signed with WWE in 2006 and went off to Deep South Wrestling the following year. By this time, Natalya has also gotten herself a contract, and the two went off together to DSW in February 2007 and then also moved to Florida Championship Wrestling when DSW and WWE parted ways. They also appeared on WWE TV for the first time together too on an episode of ECW – TJ appeared, managed by Natalya. So, it’s amazing to think, coming back to one of the previous points in this article, that they’ve managed to separate business and pleasure- they’ve been together on the wrestling circuit pretty much from the word go.
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