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Dynamite Kid

  

Real Name - Thomas "Tom" Billington
Birthdate - 12/5/58
5'8" 230 lbs. - Manchester, England

Athletic Background - Wrestling, Boxing, Gymnastics

Teacher(s) - John Riley (Snake Pit)

Professional Background - England(`76-`78), Stampede(`78-`85), New Japan(`81-`85), WWF(`85-`89), All Japan(`89-`91), Stampede(`89), England

Aliases - none

Groups - none

Peak Years - 1982-1988

Finisher(s) - 
- Flying Headbutt

Favorites -
- Missile Dropkick
- Snap Suplex
- Tombstone
- Lariat
- Headbutt


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science
 Aerial
 Power10 
 Strikes10 



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping10 
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Maybe no wrestler made a greater impact in every wrestling nation (aside from Mexico) than Tom Billington. As the Dynamite Kid, he was the junior who put the style on the map with his balls-to-the-wall version of it. In his homeland of England he was a quick hit. In Canada he was an even quicker hit and was the biggest star Stampede ever had as a tough-as-nails babyface and a ruthless heel. He tried his hand in the US and as a tag team wrestler for the WWF he managed to do things unprecedented for a man of his stature. It was in Japan though where he became a legend. There he played the heel counterpart to the great Tiger Mask in one of the greatest feuds of all time. The trendsetting nature of their matches and the stars it created remains truly remarkable. Both lived off that greatness for their remaining years and even when they were past their primes they were still very well received. Kid was forced out of action by a back injury caused by steroid use and crazy bumps. He was reduced to a bitter man in a wheelchair, who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. His autobiography remains a testament to his style, its no-nonsense approach in which he pulls few punches about drug use, cruel ribs and even his opinions towards people. While it portrays him as a venomous personality, it is often considered one of the best wrestling books around.
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