Former wrestler Dynamite Kid dies

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Dynamite Kid, the former WWE Superstar, has died. He was 60.

He was one half of the famed British Bulldogs tag team. He had been battling health complications in recent years.

He had just turned 60 on Wednesday.

Wrestler Dynamite Kid in a WWE ring with a bulldog
Dynamite Kid in a WWE ring (Photo by the WWE)

“It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington, the ‘Dynamite Kid.’,” his nephew Davey Boy Smith Jr., who is also a wrestler, 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 [sic] 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.”

He was born in Golborne, Lancashire, England. He made his in-ring debut in January 1975. His final match came on October 10th, 1996.

His final match was in Tokyo, Japan. He teamed with Dos Caras and Kuniaki Kobayashi, who defeated Mil Mascaras, The Great Sasuke, and Tiger Mask at the Michinoku Pro 3rd Anniversary.

Prior to that, he did not compete for two years. He defeated Brian Walsh on May 28th, 1994 at the GPW event in Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen in Deutschland.

His last title run was in 1991, as he was the All Asia Tag Team Champion with Johnny Smith. That title run lasted just 14 days.

He was the WWF World Tag Team Champions. He also was the WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion.

Besides the WWF, he also held the British Welterweight Championship, as well as the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship. He was the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Champion.

Dynamite Kid spent time as the PNW Heavyweight Champion. He also was the Stampede North American Heavyweight Champions once.

He held the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship five times. He also was the Stampede International Tag Team Champion six times. He also held the Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight Champion four times.

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