After days and hours of terrible news going on in the world, wrestling fans woke up to some good news for a change. The British Bulldog Davy Boy Smith is set to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame this year during Wrestlemania weekend, should it actually happen amidst the corona virus pandemic. The news was announced this morning by Davy’s daughter, Georgia Smith.
To say this was a long time coming would be an understatement but Im glad that its finally happening. Davy Boy started his WWF career in the tag team “The British Bulldogs” with partner The Dynamite Kid. The two came to the company after their home promotion, Calgary’s “Stampede Wrestling” was bought out in the mid-80’s by Vince McMahon who was buying up a lot of regional territories at the time. The duo won the WWF tag team titles as Wrestlemania 2 with Ozzy Osbourne in their corner, defeating Brutus The Fucking Barber Beefcake and Greg The Hammer Valentine. The team had some legendary matches with the likes of the Hart Foundation, The Rougeus, and many others. the Bulldogs left the promotion in the late 80’s after a serious back injury sidelined Dynamite Kid permanently.
Davy Boy returned to the WWF in 91’ under the name “The British Bulldog” Davy Boy Smith, which was seen as an act of betrayal by the Dynamite Kid. The two never reconciled.
Davy’s stint was fruitful while it lasted, as he emerged as the company’s top draw in their newest market, the UK, and eventually grabbed the Intercontinental title from brother in law Bret Hart at Summerslam 92 in front of over 80K fans at Wembley Stadium in London in an all time classic match.
The reign did not last however as he was fired late in the year for HGH. In 93 he had a short run in WCW before returning to the WWF in 94.
Davy turned heel in 95’ aligning himself with Jim Cornette, Yokozuna and Owen Hart. Davy had some classic matches in 95 with Bret Hart and in 96 with Shawn Michaels for the WWF title in PPV main events.
Eventually he settled in to a tag team with Owen and the two were tag team champs from the end of 96’ to Mid-97. After Wrestlemania 13, Bret Hart turned heel and joined up with Owen, Davy, Jim Neidhart, and Brian Pillman to form The Hart Foundation, one of the legendary short-term factions of all time. That crew produced a legendary 5 star classic match at the Calgary Stampede event in June of 97’. Later that November, the Montreal Screwjob occurred and Davy headed to WCW with Bret and Jim Neidhart where he had an ultimately disappointing run. In 98 he was injured in the ring after being slammed in the ring and landed on a trap door that was set up for an Ultimate Warrior stunt. After that he was subsequently fired and became hooked on pain killers.
Davy returned to the WWF in late summer 99 and just wasn’t the same guy. His return did not last long as he was let go rather quickly and never wrestled for the company again.
We lost Davy to a heart attack on May 18th 2002.