The WWE broke up the Hart Dynasty way too soon. But I guess tag teams in the WWE are just operating on borrowed time anyway. I think they had a decent feud that they failed to capitalize on, and I would’ve done it way differently.
Unlike many of the tag teams in WWE today, David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd actually have a bond. Smith is the son of the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith, and the nephew of Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Kidd is a longtime family friend and is billed as the last to train in Stu Hart’s legendary Dungeon.
Paired with Natalya, the duo reached relatively successful heights, having won the WWE Tag Team titles in April of this year. In July, I saw them live in a match with the Usos that had the crowd of several thousand hooked by the end of it. Once heels, the team turned babyface after aligning themselves with uncle Bret and the crowd was really into them.
You’d think after having been on WWE TV for over a year and having teased dissension over several months, the first match between the two would have been built up on TV though lots of promos and vignettes and aired on pay-per-view.
But no. Their first match was unadvertised on WWE Superstars. AND David Hart Smith got the clean pin on Tyson Kidd, rolling up Kidd similar to how his father pinned Bret Hart at Summerslam ’92 at Wembly Stadium – which, by the way, had to be a cool moment for him. At least after the match, Kidd got some heat back by smacking DH in the face and running away, hopefully leading to future matches.
If I were booking this program, I would’ve recycled the old storyline similar to the Undertaker-Kane feud in the WWF in 1998, and Raven-Sabu feud from TNA in 2005. DH, the babyface, would refuse to wrestle his former partner. Kidd would beg DH for a match to prove he is better than DH, interfere in DH’s matches and finally, DH would snap and accept Kidd’s challenges.
Natalya could’ve been given more personality, too. After all, she is the WWE Divas Champion. Let her tease the viewers as to who she’s going to side with for two months, then turn on one of them at a PPV, and have the blow off-match at WrestleMania 27.
I would definitely involved Bret Hart about halfway through, and I’m hoping WWE still does it down the line.
But, the best they’ve gotten so far is a relatively long – and good – match on WWE Superstars.
What a shame.