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"The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith

WWE audiences first saw Davey Boy Smith in 1985 alongside his cousin, the Dynamite Kid. Together, they formed a revolutionary tag team, the British Bulldogs. They amazed audiences with their in-ring acrobatics and fluid teamwork. They won the World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 2, defeating the Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and and Greg Valentine). After a nine-month reign, they lost the titles in controversial fashion to the Hart Foundation.

In 1990, the protege of mat legend Stu Hart returned as a singles wrestler and referred to himself as "The British Bulldog." Sporting the Union Jack, his blend of power, agility, and aerial moves made him a top attraction in North America and Europe. He faced his brother-in-law, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, in the main event of SummerSlam 1992 for the Intercontinental Championship. In front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, the British Bulldog emerged victorious in arguably the greatest match of his career. After a disappointing loss to Shawn Michaels on a November 1992 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, he parted ways with the World Wrestling Federation. He would, however, return to the organization in 1994 and would soon forge an alliance with Lex Luger dubbed the Allied Powers.

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After turning on his American ally, the Bulldog joined Camp Cornette. While teamed with another brother-in-law, Owen Hart the duo won the World Tag Team Championship from the Smoking Gunns at In Your House: Mind Games in 1996. The Bulldog then took a bite out of the history books on February 26, 1997 in Berlin, Germany when he defeated Owen Hart in the tournament finals to crown the first European Champion. In 1997, he joined Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart and Brian Pillman in the ever-dangerous Hart Foundation. After the infamous "Montreal Screwjob" where Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart amid controversy at Survivor Series 1997, Bulldog followed Bret and Neidhart to World Championship Wrestling. After leaving the organization, Bulldog returned to the WWF in August 1999 and tangled with main event Superstars The Rock, Triple H, Mankind and Big Show.

Sadly in 2002, Davey Boy Smith passed away.

 

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