Far too often it is said that an athlete or performer gave their life to their profession. The Dynamite Kid dedicated his life to wrestling and it is no exaggeration to say that he gave his body to the business he loved.
To say that there was nobody else like The Dynamite Kid was no understatement. The Englishman was performing dangerous high flying moves, executing lightning fast snap suplexes and taking huge bumps all on a frame that was carrying fifty pounds more muscle than it probably should have. The Dynamite Kid’s move set inspired the next generation of wrestlers and it would be unlikely to go to any independent show without finding a legion of Dynamite imitators. Confined to a wheelchair from years of steroid abuse and ring punishment, the Dynamite Kid gave everything he ever had in and out of the ring. Induction to the WWE Hall of Fame is a small way to give back.
The Bullet Points:
Tom Billington (Real Name)
United Kingdom (Manchester, England)
Key Championships Held:
All Japan All Asia Tag Team (w/Johnny Smith)
NWA (All Japan) Jr. Heavyweight
NWA Pacific North West Heavyweight
NWA Pacific North West Tag Team (w/The Assassin)
Stampede International Tag Team (6) (2w/Davey Boy Smith, 1w/Sekigawa, 1w/Duke Myers, 1w/Loch Ness Monster & 1w/Kasavudo)
Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight (5)
Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight (4)
Stampede North American
WWF Jr. Heavyweight
WWF World Tag Team (w/Davey Boy Smith)
Why He Will Get In:
Pound for pound he was considered the best wrestler of all time by many.
Why He Won’t Get In:
Dynamite Kid + Live Microphone = Bad Idea.
Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1. Stellar Match of the Year (Japan) against Tiger Mask (8/5/82)
2. Another five star match against Tiger Mask in Japan (4/23/83)
3. Won the WWF Jr. Heavyweight Title in Japan (2/7/84)
4. Had the match of the PPV losing to Randy Savage in the Wrestling Classic (11/7/85)
5. Won the World Tag Title with Davey Boy Smith at Wrestlemania 2 (4/5/86)