Monday, August 9, 2010

The Wrestler British Bulldog Bibliography

Davey Boy Smith was born on the 27th of November in 1962 in
North West England. His middle name is 'Boy' because his
mother made a mistake by writing his gender in the line
where his middle name was supposed to go. So hopefully
thats cleared a thought in most wrestling fans heads. So
Davey started his wrestling career by training with Ted
Betley in England. He started wrestling when he was 15. He
featured in a ITV's World of Sport. He wrestled under the
name of Young David and his first televised match was in
September 2nd 1978. He drew the match with 2 pinfalls each.
He was then scouted by Bruce Hart and was flown to Calgary,
Alberta, Canada where he trained in the infamous Hart
Dungeon and he wrestled in Stu Hart's federation Stampede
Wrestling. His first feud was with the Dynamite Kid. Then
The two tagged as "The British Bulldogs" and headed over to
Japan. After gaining success in Japan they caught the eye
of the WWF. WWF bought out Stampede Wrestling and brought
Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart. The Bulldogs feuded with the
Hart Foundation for quite sometime.

They then feuded with the Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and
Greg Valentine) They beat them at Wrestlemania 2 winning
the Tag team Championships. They then held the titles for
nearly nine months before losing them to the Hart
Foundation. The Bulldogs then acquired a mascot. A bulldog
named Matilda. They then had feuds with several other tag
teams after Matilda being dognapped. The Bulldogs then left
the World Wrestling Federation in 1988 due to some
backstage nonsense (pranks, off air violence etc)
The British Bulldog then married Diana Hart in 1984.
He returned to Stampede with Dynamite Kid in hope to revive
the federation but failed. Personal issues between the
Bulldogs made Davey quit and return to the World Wrestling
Federation in 1990.

He gained mass popularity in America but in his (and mine!)
home country in the UK he was an idol! Making the WWF have
huge ratings on Sky Sports. So WWF decided to hold
Summerslam in the Wembely Arena in London, England (I live
there! No not in Wembely in London) so the Main Event: The
British Bulldog vs Bret Hart for the Intercontinental
Championship. In front of 80,355 Englishmen, the British
Bulldog won the championship. This match has been
recognised as the best match of his career. However Shawn
Michaels defeat Bulldog to win the Intercontinental
Championship. Then he got released by WWF because he and
The Warrior were receiving shipments of Human Growth
Hormone from a pharmacy in England.

So in 1993 The British Bulldog had become a father not once
but twice. Diana Smith gave birth to Harry, who we all see
wrestle in World Wrestling Federation, and Georgia who I
have no idea what she is or does now. But apart from that
Davey had a short run in World Championship Wrestling,
where he challenged for the World Championship Wrestling
Heavyweight Championship and having numerous feuds before
returning yet again to the World Wrestling Federation. He
just can't stay away can he?!

As soon as Davey returned he instantly got involved with
the Hart vs Hart feud teaming with Owen Hart against Bret
Hart and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Tagging with people and
turning heel again, gaining a WWF Championship match ,which
he lost, and The British Bulldog left the WWF to jump ship
back to WCW.

He started a feud with Steve McMichael who was complaining
about wrestlers from Up North. After that feud he teamed
with Jim Neidhart and challenged for the World Championship
Wrestling Tag titles but failed many times. He then
suffered a knee injury and a severe back injury which
nearly paralysed him. Whilst recovering, Davey received a
FedEx. His World Championship Wrestling contract was
terminated. So guess where Davey went next. Go on guess.
That's right the World Wrestling Federation.

Davey returned to the World Wrestling Federation after Owen
died. He was sporting the new [&quote;]Attitude
Era[&quote;] by wearing jeans instead of his union jack
tights. He also changed his theme music to a more hardcore
song. He won the European Championship for the second time
and lost it to Val Venis. But a few months later ad Bulldog
was a champion again. He defeated Crash Holly for the
Hardcore Championship. Only for Holly to regain it on
Smackdown! However his last televised appearance was on
Sunday Night Heat when he burst into Eddie Gurerro and
Chyna's locker room. Bulldog accused Eddie of treating the
European Championship with the resepect it deserved. It
triggered a Championship match later that night. The
resulted in a double DQ. Some commentators e.g. Jim Ross
have said that Bulldog had trouble getting over the fans as
most sayings amongst the World Wrestling Federation fans
were How many times can you repackage a guy like the
British Bulldog?

In 2000 Diana divorced from Davey and the 2 were given
shared custody of their 2 children. Shortly after he
entered a drug rehabilation facility at the expense of Mr
McMahon. However he was released from World Wrestling
Federation..... Again.

We travel 2 years forward and on the 18th of May The
British Bulldog died. He was on vacation in British
Columbia with his girlfriend Andrea Redding. Apparently;
stress, serious injuries and the use of drugs eventually
took its toll on the British Superstar. So Davey Boy Smith
died aged 39. However he was intending to resume his career
as a week before his death he wrestled with his son Harry
Smith in tag action.

So with that we conclude our trip down The British Bulldog.
He was a LEGEND! Simple as. He was my dad's favourite
wrestler ever. He held every single title he was eligible
for apart from the WWF Championship. I personally think he
should of had a few WWF Championship runs. He certainly was
and still is a inspirational character for many young
wrestlers. But hey that's all for this edition of the
Unstoppable Report. I'm "Unstoppable" JJ and you have been
a great reader.
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