Wrestling: Dynamite Kid
Thomas "Tom" Billington (b. 1958) is a retired British Professional Wrestler 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 New Japan Pro Wrestling where he had a classic series with the original Tiger Mask. He also competed in NWA Pacific Northwest Wrestling in Portland, OR. In 1984, he debuted in WWE teaming with Bret Hart. After his cousin Davey Boy Smith arrived he and Dynamite were teamed together as the British Bulldogs. They would defeat the Dream Team (Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake) for the WWE World Tag Team Titles in the main event of the Chicago stage of WrestleMania 2. Unfortunately, Dynamite suffered a major back injury in December 1986 in a match against Don Muraco 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 Survivor Series 88 and would go on to have runs in Stampede, All Japan Pro Wrestling and Michinoku Pro Wrestling before finally retiring in 1996. Along with the one WWE World Tag Team Title reign, he was a 1x New Japan WWF World Junior Heavyweight Champion, a 5x Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Champion and a 1x All Japan All Asia Tag Team Champion.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
- Animal Motif: With the dogs.
- Arch-Enemy: Tiger Mask, the Hart Foundation, the Islanders (Haku and Tama)
- Artistic License – Biology/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 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."
- Big Guy, Little Guy: With Loch Ness.
- Dented Iron: 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.
- Domestic Abuse: In Real Life to his first wife Michelle (the sister of Bret Hart's ex-wife Julie).
- Expy/Legacy Character: Unfortunately, Chris Benoit, who started out calling himself "Dynamite" Chris Benoit and borrowed a lot from him.
- Finishing Move:
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Dynamite's Napoleon complex, reputation for cruelty, his addictions to alcohol, recreational drugs and steroids and the wear and tear on his body from years of high-risk spots left him a physical and mental mess (See Dented Iron, above) who had gone from one of the top wrestlers in the world to being flat broke, unable to wrestle at all and considered persona non grata by many promoters and organisations. By the end of his career, Bret Hart describes Dynamite as being a broken-down, toothless Jerk Ass who showed up at Bret's house with a gun when Dynamite's wife and kids fled there to escape him. When Bret talked him down, Dynamite broke down in tears, lamenting how he'd destroyed his own life, before disappearing back to England to live under the radar.
- I Have the High Ground: He was a pioneering high-flyer during his era.
- It Runs in the Family
- Jerk Ass: 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.
- Power Stable:
- Real Song Theme Tune: The British Bulldogs used "Rule, Britannia!" in WWE.
- Tag Team:
- The British Bulldogs, first with Davey Boy then in Japan with Johnny Smith, though that version was also called the British Bruisers.
- The Trope Kid
- Underwear of Power: And by extension, Wearing A Flag As A Wrestling Attire.
- Wrestling Family: Davey Boy was his cousin, making him a member of the Hart Family.