WWE star 'Dynamite Kid' from tag team The British Bulldogs dies on his 60th birthday

Thomas Billington rose to superstardom alongside Davey Boy Smith as the legendary British Bulldogs during the 1980s


                            WWE star 'Dynamite Kid' from tag team The British Bulldogs dies on his 60th birthday

'Dynamite Kid' aka wrestler Thomas Billington died on his 60th birthday. Billington reached stardom in the 1980s along with his cousin Davey Boy Smith, who paired up as a tag team known as 'The British Bulldogs', with their English Bulldog mascot Matilda. His former tag team partner Davey Boy Smith passed away in May 2002 when he was only 39-years-old while he was on holiday in British Columbia, Canada.



 

On the news of his demise, his ex-tag team partner's son Davey Boy Smith Jr. said he was "an inspiration" who "revolutionized" wrestling. Paying an emotional tribute, he said: "I was really happy and glad I got to see 'Dynamite' one last time last June in the UK. Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionized professional wrestling as we know it today."

Billington hailed from a family of boxing champions and he himself fought several matches in the UK and across the world. The British Bulldogs won the WWE World tag team title from Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake at WrestleMania II in 1986.

Tommy Billington
Tommy Billington

A World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) spokesman said Dynamite got into wrestling to "avoid a life as a coal miner."

"Although somewhat undersized, he possessed a ferocity and determination that earned him the nickname The Dynamite Kid," the spokesman added. The cause of his death has not yet been released but it was reported that he had been suffering from ill health for a number of years. Paying the emotional tribute, Davey Boy Smith Jr. concluded; "He flew high, and gave it his all every match."

Fan tributes poured in on Social Media.