Wrestling’s ‘Dynamite Kid’ Tommy Billington dies on 60th birthday

Tommy Billington, the former pro wrestler known as Dynamite Kid, died Wednesday on his 60th birthday, the WWE announced.

Billington, who was from Golborne, Lancashire, and his cousin, Davey Boy Smith, formed the British Bulldogs, a fan favorite in the 1980s. Billington had been in declining health for a number of years and recently was using a wheelchair; his death was announced by wrestling trainer Marty Jones.

“It is with great sadness I have to inform you all that the ‘Dynamite Kid’ Tom Billington on his birthday has passed,” he tweeted. “A real British ambassador for wrestling international. RIP ‘Child.’”

Smith’s son, Davey Boy Junior, referred to as Billington “an inspiration to myself and plenty of others.”

By the point he was once 16, Billington was once traveling Britain to strive against and left for Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling when he was once 20, in step with the Day by day Mail. He additionally wrestled in Japan sooner than shifting to the WWF (now the WWE) in 1984 and changing into part of the British Bulldogs. The 2, in conjunction with their English bulldog Matilda, have been a part of vintage suits in opposition to Bret “Hit Guy” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart of the Hart Basis. The British Bulldogs received international tag-team titles at WrestleMania II with a victory over Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.

All the way through a 1986 tournament in Madison Sq. Lawn, he broke his neck and, regardless of being advised that his occupation was once over, he wrestled with WWF for 5 extra years, resigning in any case in a dispute over complimentary plane tickets.

He endured to strive against in Canada and Japan till 1991 and took part in his ultimate fit in 1996. He misplaced using his left leg in 1997 and suffered a sequence of center issues sooner than having a stroke in 2013.

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