Spread in the early hours of December 5, 2018 – on Thomas "Dynamite Kid" Billington's 60th anniversary – the legendary…
Spread in the early hours of December 5, 2018 – on Thomas “Dynamite Kid” Billington’s 60th anniversary – the legendary and influential pro wrestler had died.
WWE, where Billington worked under the Rock & # 39; Wrestling boom of the mid 1980s as half of British Bulldogs tagglag with his cousin Davey Boy Smith, confirmed the news, which has several members of his wrestling family on social media. No specific cause of death has been reported, but Billington was in bad health for years, mainly due to his career and the steroids and other drugs he used during his time.
The career is considered by many to be among the most influential in wrestling history. Judging wrestlers with terms such as “workrate” was not widespread before Billington (and others) began to impress the crowd with mixed technical features and flight attacks delivered at a fast and aggressive rate. His series matches Tiger Mask in Japan shortly before joining WWF is still influential to independent wrestlers and workers in divisions called “cruiserweight” & “junior heavyweight” to this day.
His relatively short stint in Vince McMahon’s food was emphasized by feathers with the Hart Foundation and a WrestleMania II tag title wins over Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine. Before leaving and returning to finish his career in Canada and Japan, Billington also built a reputation as a hard worker who both legitimately could damage opponents in the ring and would come into shooting with them behind him.
The personal demons who drove that reputation also led to a lot behind the scenes and real drama with Bret Hart and others. Some of the questions derive from his autobiography 1
999 Pure Dynamite which largely governed his privacy, but included business relations, especially those formed during his time training at Stu Harts Dungeon and worked out of Calgary with Stampede Wrestling.
Billington’s health problem was apparent even before retiring from wrestling. Reports of his last match in Japan in 1996 mentioned that his lower body was certain and he had trouble lifting others for stains. He was allegedly hospitalized for an attack he led after the match. A year later, he lost the use of his left leg and was restricted to a wheelchair for the rest of his days. The problems continued and he almost recovered from the public, even though he and his other wife launched a GoFundMe in 2016 asking for help paying their medical bills.
Dynamite Kid is survived by his wife Dot and his children from his first marriage – daughters Browyne & Amaris and son Marek.
You can read WWE’s death sentence here.