Former wrestler Dynamite Kid dies on 60th birthday
Former wrestler Dynamite Kid died on Wednesday, which was also his 60th birthday, according to his family.
The wrestler, whose real name is Tommy Billington, was one half of the British Bulldogs along with his cousin, Davey Boy Smith. The pair joined the WWF – now known as WWE – in 1984.
Alongside their mascot, an English bulldog named Matilda, the duo took the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania II
defeating Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, according to WWE .
Billington, from Golborne, Lancashire in England, battled various health problems and had spent the past decades in a wheelchair following a series of injuries, reported the Daily Mail .
Smith’s son Davey Boy Smith Junior posted the news on Twitter Wednesday morning:
It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington the "Dynamite Kid." 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 pic.twitter.com/req7CWTdxm— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) December 5, 2018
Professional Wrestling as we now it today. He flew high, and gave it his all every match. Thanks for everything and sad to have lost another family member. Rest In Peace Dyno. pic.twitter.com/0p57E6dLwx— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) December 5, 2018
Smith’s daughter Georgia Smith posted some photos of the wrestler:
Wrestling organizations expressed their condolences:
WWE is saddened to learn that The Dynamite Kid has passed away. https://t.co/r41WiVPrOb— WWE (@WWE) December 5, 2018
Condolences to the friends and family of British wrestling legend Tommy Billington 'The Dynamite Kid'. https://t.co/IWPS8p4Syw— WOS Wrestling (@WOSWrestling) December 5, 2018
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