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Davey Boy Smith (1962-2002)

Real Name - David Smith
Lifespan - 11/27/62 - 5/17/02
5'10" 240 lbs. - Manchester, England

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Ted Bentley (Snake Pit); Stu Hart

Professional Background - England(`78-`81), Stampede(`81-`84), New Japan(`83-`84), All Japan(`84-`85), WWF(`85-`88), All Japan(`89-`90), WWF(`91-`92), WCW(`93-`94), WWF(`94-`97), WCW(`98), WWF(`99-`00), Indies(`00-`02)

AliasesYoung David, The British Bulldog

Groups - Camp Cornette, Hart Foundation

Peak Years - `83-`89

Finisher(s) - 
- Running Powerslam

Favorites -
- Vertical Suplex
- Press Slam
- Lariat
- Bodyslam
- Elbow

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Place in History - While most might remember the stocky powerhouse that was a upper midcard and main event fixture for the better part of the 90s, the Davey Boy Smith that was part of the British Bulldogs was the truly great one. Similiar to his cousin and long-time tag partner, the Dynamite Kid, Smith had an excellent style that blended exciting power moves, smooth acrobatics and slick European matwork. His early career mimicks Dynamite's to a tee, both were skinny teen prodigies who hit it big in their native England before coming in Stampede and establishing themselves there and finally ventured to Japan for even more success. The two cousins became a unit and one of the premier tag teams of the day on both sides of the Pacific. They bounced between All Japan and WWF taking on the companies's respective challenges. The Japanese style of the 80s was the forerunner of the 90s All Japan style that many consider the most physically demanding brand of men's wrestling in the world. Meanwhile the WWF while the ringwork was easier the schedule was sheer hell and damaged many who embarked on it. The once 180 pound teenager who came over from England turned into a 270-pounder throughout the course of the decade and as the 90s got underway he got bigger breaks. While his game had dropped off, Smith was still was exceptional talent and could go when he wanted to. In the wake of the Zahorian trial, the gased up Bulldog was cut, but immediately signed with WCW in a top babyface spot. He returned to the WWF soon though and was pushed harder than had been, but this time as a heel. He remained in that position through 1997 and then things begin falling apart. Drug, family and injury problems plagued Smith for the next five years leading up to his death in mid-2002. Davey Boy Smith is perhaps the most well-known and successful British wrestler to ever compete in the US. He enjoyed success as both a top flight worker in the 80s and capable babyface and heel in the 90s.