The WWE has already announced Batista and the nWo for the 2020 Class of WWE Hall of Fame , but days after the reports of the Bella Twins and Jyushin “Thunder” Liger also being enshrined, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer and PSEs own Brad Shepard report that the latest inductee is Davey Boy Smith.
Davey Boy, related to the legendary Hart family through marriage to Owen Hart’s sister Diana, got his start in Stampede Wrestling in Canada and England’s World of Sport, where he honed his craft alongside his cousin Tom Billington, better known as The Dynamite Kid. The two jumped to the WWF in 1984, where they wrestled as the British Bulldogs, and became one of the industries premiere tag teams. Feuding with his brother in laws Bret and Jim, the crowd fell in love with Davey and gravitated toward him right away. After Billington and Davey departed the WWF, Davey Boy went to Japan and eventually returned. He took on a solid run into superstardom.
Davey wrestled Bret in the main event of Summerslam 1992, where he won the Intercontinental Championship. It was in front of a sold out Wembley Stadium in his home country of England. He left the WWF again in 1993, but made the jump to WCW. He returned to the WWF in 1994 to team with Lex Luger as the Allied Powers.
He perhaps is best known for teaming with Bret’s brother Owen, who were arguably the greatest Tag Champions of all-time. He and Owen may have even been better opponents, putting on a classic to determine the first ever European Champion. He ushered in the Attitude Era as a member of the Hart Foundation and once again departed following the Montreal Screwjob. He returned to the company in 1999 and won the Hardcore Championship.
On May 18th, 2002, Davey passed due to a heart attack while with girlfriend Andrea Redding. Since, his son Harry has been WWE Tag Team Champion and an accomplished worldwide pro wrestler following in his father’s footsteps. The induction of Davey Boy Smith ends years of a massive online campaign that was supported by many top professional wrestlers.
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