Industry reacts to “Dynamite Kid” Tommy Billington, innovator of junior heavyweight style, dazzled U.S. fans in British Bulldogs tag team on NBC specials

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor


“Dynamite Kid” Tommy Billington died today, on his 60th birthday. Billington was partners with the late Davey Boy Smith in the British Bulldogs tag team, who wrestled on the WWF’s Saturday Night’s Main Event specials in the mid 1980s on NBC. Billington was a pioneer in the junior heavyweight movement in Japan in the 1980s, with legendary matches against Dynamite Kid. He wrestled Bret Hart in Stampede Wrestling in Canada early in his career after leaving his home country, the U.K. He ended up in wheel chair in the 1990s from the effects of his injuries, which were a result of his hard-hitting high-flying style inside the wrestling ring. Their matches in the WWF against the Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefake) and especially The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) exposed the United States wrestling fans to a style previously only seen by avid tape traders.

The pro wrestling industry is reacting on Twitter.

We’ll be talking a lot about Dynamite Kid on PWTorch VIP podcasts this week.

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