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'''Thomas "Tom" Billington''' (b. 1958) is a retired UsefulNotes/{{Brit|ain}}ish {{Professional Wrestl|ing}}er as '''The Dynamite Kid'''. He started his career in England in the late 1970s and would then catch on with Stampede Wrestling. He then went on to Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling where he had a classic series with [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama the original Tiger Mask]]. He also competed in NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling in UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, OR. In 1984, he debuted in Wrestling/{{WWE}} teaming with Wrestling/BretHart. After his cousin Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith arrived he and Dynamite were teamed together as the British Bulldogs. They would defeat the Dream Team ([[Wrestling/GregValentine Greg "The Hammer" Valentine]] and Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake) for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Titles]] in the main event of the UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} stage of ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 2''. Unfortunately, Dynamite suffered a major back injury in December 1986 in a match against Wrestling/DonMuraco and "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. This led to the Bulldogs losing the belts to the Hart Foundation (Bret and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.) Dynamite left WWE after ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 88'' and would go on to have runs in Stampede, Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling before finally retiring in 1996. Along with the one WWE World Tag Team Title reign, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/newjapan/wwf-j.html New Japan WWF World Junior Heavyweight Champion]], a 5x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/canada/ab/stampede/ab-bc-mh.html Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/alljapan/asia-t.html All Japan All Asia Tag Team Champion]].

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamite_Kid The Other Wiki]].

!!! "Dynamite Tropes":
* {{Animal Motif|s}}: With the dogs.
* ArchEnemy: [[Wrestling/SatoruSayama Tiger Mask]], the Hart Foundation, the Islanders ([[Wrestling/{{Meng}} Haku]] and Tama)
* ArtisticLicenseBiology[=/=]{{Cloudcuckoolander}}: During his heel run in Stampede, he took a rather, to put it mildly, ''unique'' approach to generating heat for his feud with Davey Boy. He and manager JR Foley were being [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziv6MnVIRQg interviewed]] and Dynamite claimed that Davey Boy was a test tube baby, but that's not the unscientific part. The unscientific part was Dynamite saying that Davey being a test tube baby meant that he wasn't human and that he should "go back to Jupiter or Mars."
* BigGuyLittleGuy: With [[Wrestling/GiantHaystacks Loch Ness]].
* DentedIron: In bad shape, even for an ex-wrestler. His pioneering high flying style took an incredible toll on his body.
** To be specific, his left leg is paralyzed and he is now confined to a wheelchair.
* DomesticAbuse: In RealLife to his first wife Michelle (the sister of Wrestling/BretHart's ex-wife Julie).
* {{Expy}}[=/=]LegacyCharacter: Unfortunately, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who started out calling himself "Dynamite" Chris Benoit and borrowed a lot from him.
* FinishingMove:
** [[UseYourHead Diving Headbutt]]
** Tombstone Piledriver
** {{Sup|lexFinisher}}erplex, which he innovated.
* IHaveTheHighGround: He was a pioneering high-flyer during his era.
* ItRunsInTheFamily
* JerkAss: Most ancedotes about Dynamite paint this picture.
** Mick Foley recalls wrestling the Bulldogs in a squash match in the 80s. Dynamite took several liberties with him, particularly a clothesline which left Foley unable to eat solid food for several weeks.
** When Davey Boy Smith debuted in Stampede wrestling, he was facing Dynamite, in a match where he was required to bleed. Smith had little experience with blading, so Dynamite offered to make the cut for him, despite Bret Hart's objections. He lacereted Smith so badly that Hart had to immediately call off the match and rush Smith to a local hospital, in genuine fear that Smith would bleed to death. Davey Boy Smith is Dynamite's ''cousin''.
** When Bret Hart visited Dynamite in England, several years after his retirement, his local reputation as a jerkass was such that somebody had torched his car in the driveway, his house was covered with graffitti and people threw things at the house as they drove by.
* PowerStable:
** (in Stampede): Foley's Army (led by JR Foley, no relation to those [[Wrestling/JimRoss other]] [[Wrestling/MickFoley guys]])
** (in NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling): Rip Oliver's Clan
* RealSongThemeTune: The British Bulldogs used "Rule, Britannia!" in WWE.
* TagTeam:
** The British Bulldogs, first with Davey Boy then in Japan with Johnny Smith, though that version was also called the British Bruisers.
* TheTropeKid
* UnderwearOfPower: And by extension, [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Wearing A Flag As A Wrestling Attire]].
* WrestlingFamily: Davey Boy was his cousin, making him a member of the Hart Family.