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David "Davey Boy"[a] Smith[4] (27 November 1962 – 18 May 2002) was a British professional wrestler. Born in Golborne, Lancashire, Smith is best known for his appearances in the United States with the World Wrestling Federation under his own name and under the ring name The British Bulldog. He was trained by Ted Betley in Winwick, England
England
before relocating to Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Canada
to further his training under Stu Hart. While training with Hart, Smith met Stu and Helen Hart's youngest daughter Diana, whom he married in 1984. One of their two children, Harry, is also a professional wrestler. Smith won titles within the WWF in three decades, from the 1980s to the 2000s. He headlined multiple pay-per-view events in the WWF and WCW, in which he challenged for the WWF and WCW
WCW
world heavyweight championships, and defeated Bret Hart
Bret Hart
for the WWF Intercontinental Championship in the main event of SummerSlam 1992. He was the inaugural WWF European Champion and holds the records for longest single reign (206 days) and total days as champion (253); he also held the title on the sole occasion where a match for that championship headlined a pay-per-view event, at One Night Only in 1997. Prior to finding singles success, Smith achieved stardom as one half of The British Bulldogs tag team, alongside his cousin Dynamite Kid.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
career

2.1 Early career (1978–1985) 2.2 World Wrestling Federation (1985-1988) 2.3 Stampede Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
and All Japan Pro Wrestling (1988–1990) 2.4 Return to WWF

2.4.1 British sensation (1990–1992) 2.4.2 Intercontinental Champion (1992)

2.5 World Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
(1993) 2.6 All Star Wrestling
All Star Wrestling
(1994) 2.7 Second return to WWF

2.7.1 Allied Powers (1994–1995) 2.7.2 Camp Cornette, teaming with Owen Hart
Owen Hart
and Hart Foundation (1995–1997)

2.8 Return to WCW
WCW
(1998) 2.9 Third return to WWF (1999–2000)

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Other media 6 In wrestling 7 Championships and accomplishments 8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Early life[edit] Smith was born in Golborne, where he grew up with his father Sid, mother Joyce, his brother, Terrence and sisters, Joanne and Tracy.[5] Joyce was the sister of Bill Billington, the father of Tom Billington, also known as the Dynamite Kid, who was Smith's frequent tag-team partner.[6] Professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
career[edit] Early career (1978–1985)[edit] Smith started competing on ITV's World of Sport when he was only 15, wrestling under the name Young David with his slightly older cousin Tom Billington the Dynamite Kid. Mentored by Billington's friend Alan Dennison, in 1979 Smith appeared to have won the British Welterweight championship from Jim Breaks only for the win to be disallowed due to Dennison distracting Breaks. Smith then held Breaks to a 1-1 draw, as a result of which Dennison himself challenged and defeated Breaks for the belt.[7][8] He was then spotted by Bruce Hart scouting talent in the UK and traveled to Canada
Canada
to wrestle for Stu Hart
Stu Hart
with his cousin. Hart and Roy Wood trained Smith further in his "Dungeon" and Smith became a key wrestler in Hart's promotion, Stampede Wrestling. During his time in Stampede, Smith began a feud with the Dynamite Kid, and on 9 July 1982, he [Smith] won his first title when he defeated the Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
for the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight title.[9] In 1983, Smith debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling
where he became involved in a three-way feud with Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
and The Cobra (George Takano) over the NWA Junior Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Title. On 7 February 1984, a three-way, one-night tournament was held, and Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
won the tournament by defeating Smith via count-out, and the Cobra by pinfall.[10] After the tournament, Smith and Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
formed a tag team in both New Japan and in Stampede Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
known as the British Bulldogs. In 1984, the Bulldogs made a shocking move by jumping to New Japan's rival, All Japan Pro Wrestling just before the start of All Japan's annual Tag Team tournament.[11] The Bulldogs made a nice showing in the tournament, which drew the interest of the World Wrestling Federation. World Wrestling Federation (1985-1988)[edit] Main article: The British Bulldogs The Bulldogs, along with Smith's brothers-in-law Bret Hart
Bret Hart
and Jim Neidhart were brought in to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon
bought out Stampede Wrestling.[12] At first, the Bulldogs were able to tour both WWF and All Japan, but eventually McMahon gained exclusive rights to the Bulldogs. While in the WWF, the Bulldogs began a long running feud with Hart and Neidhart, who were now known as The Hart Foundation. The Bulldogs also feuded with the Dream Team ( Greg Valentine
Greg Valentine
and Brutus Beefcake). At WrestleMania
WrestleMania
2, with "Captain" Lou Albano and Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
in their corner, the Bulldogs defeated the Dream Team for the Tag Team Championship.[12] The Bulldogs held the titles for nearly nine months, feuding with the Dream Team and Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik. On the 26 January 1987 episode of Superstars, the Bulldogs lost the titles to the Hart Foundation due to a severe back injury to the Dynamite Kid. After losing the titles, the Bulldogs gained a mascot, an actual bulldog who went by the name Matilda, and feuded with the likes of The Islanders (who in kayfabe dog-napped Matilda), Demolition, and the Rougeau Brothers.[12] The Bulldogs left the WWF in 1988, in part due to backstage problems between the Bulldogs, specifically the Dynamite Kid, and the Rougeau Brothers over a prank pulled by Curt Hennig. The Bulldogs, noted ribbers (pranksters) in their own right, were blamed for the prank, leading to a series of confrontations that culminated in Jacques Rougeau knocking out four of the Dynamite Kid's teeth with a fist filled with a roll of quarters.[13] Though there are various accounts of this situation, many suggest that Billington drew first blood by bullying Rougeau (among many others including The Honky Tonk Man, whom Dynamite, allegedly, brought to tears) in Miami. While Rougeau was playing cards backstage, from behind, Billington smacked Jacques in the ear and then punched and kicked him in the face several times and also struck Raymond, who was on crutches at the time. It was weeks before Jacques responded. Bret Hart
Bret Hart
wrote about the incident, in his book HITMAN: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling: "At first I was upset, and contemplated getting involved. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that Tom had been asking for this for years and that everyone who'd been bullied by him would rejoice at the news." After no disciplinary action was taken against Jacques, Billington quit the WWF, and Smith followed suit. Stampede Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
and All Japan Pro Wrestling (1988–1990)[edit] After leaving the World Wrestling Federation, the Bulldogs returned to Stampede Wrestling, and also to All Japan Pro Wrestling. Stampede officials were hopeful that the return of the Bulldogs would revive a struggling promotion, but they were unsuccessful. Eventually in May 1989, the decision was made to split up the Bulldogs, which caused some problems with All Japan owner Shohei Baba, who was still promoting the Bulldogs as a tag team. On 4 July 1989 Smith, along with fellow wrestlers Chris Benoit, Ross Hart, and Jason the Terrible, was involved in a serious automobile accident.[14] Smith, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, needed 135 stitches after slamming his head through the windshield and being thrown 25 feet onto the pavement.[14] He recovered, and the Bulldogs continued teaming in All Japan against teams such as Joe and Dean Malenko, Kenta Kobashi
Kenta Kobashi
and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, and The Nasty Boys.[14] Personal problems began to surface between Smith and Billington, and Smith later left All Japan to return to the WWF. Return to WWF[edit] British sensation (1990–1992)[edit] Smith returned to the WWF in 1990, where he was pushed as the same character from the British Bulldogs' original WWF run, but this time as a singles star under the name The British Bulldog, which he had trademarked during his earlier tag team run in the WWF, thus preventing his former partner Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
from using the name. Smith returned to the WWF at a live event on 6 October, where he defeated Haku.[15] Smith made his televised in-ring return on the 27 October episode of Superstars, where he defeated the Brooklyn Brawler.[16] Over the next two years, Smith was a mid-carder, feuding with the likes of The Warlord and Mr. Perfect. Smith was a fairly popular wrestler in the United States, but was a huge attraction to fans in the United Kingdom, due in part to the WWF becoming a ratings hit on Sky Sports,[17] as well as the promotion touring the country holding supercards such as UK Rampage which saw Smith defeat The Berzerker at the London Arena
London Arena
in March 1991[18] and the Battle Royal at the Albert Hall
Albert Hall
in which Smith won a 20-man battle royal by eliminating Typhoon on 3 October 1991.[19] After entering as the first man in the 1992 Royal Rumble, he eliminated "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Jerry Sags, and Haku before being eliminated by Ric Flair.[20] Smith again headlined the WWF's European tours at European Rampage again winning a 15-man battle royal by eliminating The Mountie in München, Germany on 14 April 1992[21] and defeated Irwin R. Schyster in Sheffield, England
England
on 19 April 1992.[22] Intercontinental Champion (1992)[edit] In 1992, due to Smith's newfound popularity in the United Kingdom, the WWF decided to hold its annual SummerSlam pay-per-view in Wembley Stadium in London. The show was main-evented by Smith (led to the ring by the then British, Commonwealth & European Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Boxing champion Lennox Lewis) and Bret Hart
Bret Hart
in a match for Hart's Intercontinental Championship. On 29 August at SummerSlam, in front of 80,355 of his homeland fans, Smith won the title in a match which is regarded by many wrestling experts as the finest in his career.[23] Shortly thereafter, Smith lost the title to Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
on the 8 November episode of Saturday Night's Main Event[24] and was later released by the WWF. Originally, the WWF was going to have Hart drop the IC title to Michaels prior to SummerSlam, but when it was decided to hold the PPV in London
London
they decided to have Smith win the title from Hart at the PPV and later have him drop the belt to Michaels. The reason for Smith's release was that he and The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior
were receiving shipments of Human Growth Hormone
Human Growth Hormone
from a pharmacy in England.[25] The Warrior was released as well. World Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
(1993)[edit] Smith had a stint with World Championship Wrestling
World Championship Wrestling
(WCW) in 1993 as a face,forming an alliance with top protagonist Sting, and engaging in feuds with top antagonists Sid Vicious and Big Van Vader. Smith wrestled World Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Champion Vader, on a number of occasions including the main events at Slamboree and Clash of the Champions XXIV. The feud culminated when Smith seemingly won the WCW
WCW
World Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Championship from Vader on a tour of England
England
in October 1993, though the decision was reversed. In July 1993, Smith was reportedly involved in an altercation with a man at a bar who was making advances towards his wife. As a result of the ensuing legal issues that followed, WCW
WCW
released Smith from his contract in December 1993. His final pay-per-view appearance for WCW
WCW
during this period came at the November 1993 Battlebowl
Battlebowl
pay-per-view, where he was teamed with Kole in the first round of the Lethal Lottery; they lost to Road Warrior Hawk and Rip Rogers. All Star Wrestling
All Star Wrestling
(1994)[edit] In January 1994, Smith returned home to the United Kingdom and wrestled for All Star Wrestling.[26] He was brought into the company by Max Crabtree to be his next top star after Big Daddy retired in December 1993 after suffering a stroke. During his time in ASW, Smith wrestled the likes of Jimmy Ocean, Ricky Knight, Drew McDonald, Karl Krammer, Kamikazi, Black Bart, Johnny Angel, Dale Preston, and Iron Duke Lynch, while primarily teaming with Tony Stewart. By August 1994, he left ASW to return to the WWF. Second return to WWF[edit] Allied Powers (1994–1995)[edit] Main article: Allied Powers Smith returned to the WWF at SummerSlam in 1994, where he immediately became involved in an ongoing family feud between Bret Hart
Bret Hart
and his brother, Owen Hart. Smith then teamed up with Bret against Owen and Jim Neidhart
Jim Neidhart
in a series of tag team matches, most notably in a victory on Monday Night Raw.[12]

Smith entering the ring at a WWF event in 1995

Smith appeared at Survivor Series in a 10-man elimination match. His partners were Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon, 1-2-3 Kid, and The Headshrinkers. They faced Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
and Diesel, Owen Hart, Jeff Jarrett, and Jim Neidhart. Smith was eventually counted out. Smith again played a key part in the main event featuring his brothers-in-law Bret & Owen Hart, in which he supported Bret against Owen's benefactor; Bob Backlund. Smith would be knocked unconscious by Owen, allowing Owen to take advantage of his brother's situation. Owen manipulated Bret's mother to surrender to Backlund on Bret's behalf, thus costing Bret to lose the match and the world title. 2 days later Smith would win a title match against Backlund by countout, just 1 day before Backlund would lose the title to Kevin Nash. After entering the Royal Rumble as the second entrant in 1995, Smith and Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
were the final two remaining participants at the end. Smith tossed Michaels over the ropes and celebrated on the second turnbuckle. However, only one of Michaels feet hit the floor and he was able to reenter the ring and eliminate Smith from behind. Soon after, Smith began teaming with Lex Luger
Lex Luger
as the Allied Powers. The team wasn't much of a success and only wrestled on two pay-per-views as a tag team. The first came at WrestleMania XI
WrestleMania XI
where they defeated The Blu Brothers. The second came at In Your House 2
In Your House 2
where they failed to win the Tag Team Championship from Owen Hart
Owen Hart
and Yokozuna. Afterward the team briefly began feuding with Men on a Mission. On an August episode of Monday Night Raw, the Allied Powers were supposed to face Men on a Mission
Men on a Mission
but Luger (kayfabe) no-showed the match; Smith found a replacement in the WWF Champion Diesel. During the match Smith unexpectedly attacked Diesel and turned heel for the first time in his WWF career, helping Men on a Mission
Men on a Mission
beat up Diesel and aligning himself with Jim Cornette's stable with Owen Hart
Owen Hart
and Yokozuna, who had been his adversaries just a month earlier, thus disbanding the Allied Powers. Camp Cornette, teaming with Owen Hart
Owen Hart
and Hart Foundation (1995–1997)[edit] Main article: Owen Hart
Owen Hart
and The British Bulldog At In Your House 4 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Smith received a World Title shot against Diesel. Smith won by disqualification after Bret Hart interfered. At the Survivor Series in Landover, Maryland, Smith participated in the Wild Card eight-man elimination match. He teamed with Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, and Sycho Sid. They faced WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon, Dean Douglas, Owen Hart, and Yokozuna. Smith, Michaels, and Johnson were the survivors. In December, at In Your House 5 from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Smith was granted a title shot against new WWF Champion Bret Hart
Bret Hart
in a rematch from their SummerSlam 1992 match. They had another critically acclaimed match yet Hart won this time. A notable incident from this match was that Hart bled during the match, which was controversial because WWF outlawed bleeding at the time. Smith entered the 1996 Royal Rumble where he made it to the final four before being eliminated by Shawn Michaels. At In Your House 6 he lost to Yokozuna by disqualification after Vader interfered. At WrestleMania XII
WrestleMania XII
he teamed with Vader and Owen Hart
Owen Hart
to defeat Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. At In Your House 7 in April, Smith and (Owen) Hart defeated Johnson and Roberts after Smith forced Roberts to submit. In 1996, after Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
became World Champion, Smith was put in a feud with the new champion. The feud was supposedly based on Smith's wife, Diana, accusing Michaels of hitting on her, which angered Smith and made him determined to take the Title from Michaels.[27] The two main-evented the In Your House 8: Beware of Dog pay-per-view, and their match ended in a draw, leading to a rematch at the 1996 King of the Ring pay-per-view. Michaels ended up successfully defending the title. Afterwards, Smith formed a tag team with his brother-in-law, Owen Hart, and the two soon won the World Tag Team Titles from The Smokin' Gunns. The team defended their titles against teams such as Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon, Vader and Mankind, and The Legion of Doom. In 1997, the WWF created the WWF European Championship, and Smith became the first ever holder of the title, winning a tournament which culminated in him defeating his own tag team partner, Owen Hart, in the finals. He held the title for seven months before losing the title to Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
at One Night Only on 20 September 1997.[28] Hart and Smith later joined forces with Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, and Brian Pillman
Brian Pillman
to form a new form of the Hart Foundation, a heel faction which feuded with Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin
and other American wrestlers. This created an interesting rift between American fans, where the Hart Foundation were vilified, and Canadian fans, who revered the Hart Foundation. Smith and Owen dropped the World Tag Team Titles to Austin and Michaels, and lost the final match in a tournament for the vacant Tag Team Titles to Austin and Dude Love.[29] Smith then started a feud with Ken Shamrock
Ken Shamrock
for the European Title, and eventually lost the European Title to Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels
at the British Pay-per-view event One Night Only.[30] Smith was booked in the main event to defend the belt against Michaels. However, Michaels convinced Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon
that he should win, as it would create build-up not only for his impending rematch with Bret Hart, but also for a rematch against Smith at the next British pay-per-view.[31] Smith reluctantly agreed, and fans at the event, who gave Smith an ovation, voiced their displeasure by viciously booing Michaels and littering the ring with garbage.[31] This marks the only time Smith lost on a WWF card in the United Kingdom. After the 1997 Survivor Series which became famous for the Montreal Screwjob
Montreal Screwjob
in which Vince McMahon changed the finish of Bret Hart's match and had him lose the WWF title to Michaels (who was also in on it) despite Hart not actually submitting when Michaels had him in a Sharpshooter, Smith, along with Bret Hart
Bret Hart
and Neidhart, left the WWF for WCW. Return to WCW
WCW
(1998)[edit] Smith rejoined WCW
WCW
soon after the Montreal Screwjob, and immediately began a feud with Steve "Mongo" McMichael, who was complaining about all the wrestlers coming from "Up North". Smith and Neidhart later formed a tag team, but were only featured sparingly on WCW
WCW
Thunder. They challenged for the World Tag Team Championship on several occasions, but failed to win the titles. Smith suffered a knee injury in April 1998 that sidelined him for a month. He suffered another, much more serious injury on 13 September 1998 at Fall Brawl during his match with Neidhart against The Dancing Fools, Disco Inferno and Alex Wright. During the match, while taking bumps, Smith twice landed awkwardly on a trapdoor that had been set up underneath the ring canvas to enable The Warrior to make a dramatic entrance in the night's main event. The result was a spinal infection that nearly paralyzed Smith, hospitalizing him for six months. While recuperating, Smith received a FedEx
FedEx
informing him that his WCW contract had been terminated. Following this serious back injury, Smith then battled an addiction to morphine and painkilling drugs. Third return to WWF (1999–2000)[edit] Smith returned to the WWF in September 1999, following the death of Owen Hart
Owen Hart
in an in-ring accident. In keeping with the company's new "Attitude Era", Smith began wrestling in jeans instead of his usual Union Flag-adorned tights and his theme music was changed from "Rule, Britannia!" to a remix of that particular theme, and later to generic rock music (complete with the sounds of a dog barking as the song began) that WWF used for most of its talent at the time. On the 7 September episode of SmackDown! in Albany, New York, Smith defeated the Big Boss Man for the WWF Hardcore Championship. Smith forfeited the title later that evening, giving the belt back to Al Snow, because Boss Man had previously (kayfabe) dog-napped Snow's dog Pepper to win the title from him, and driving him insane in the process. Smith then began pursuing the WWF Championship, eventually turning heel and beginning a feud with The Rock. Smith headlined Unforgiven as part of a six-man WWF Championship Match that was won by Triple H. On 2 October Smith returned to England
England
as a heel at Rebellion. He lost to The Rock at No Mercy. Smith defeated D'Lo Brown
D'Lo Brown
for the WWF European Championship on SmackDown! on 26 October.[32] He lost the title to Val Venis
Val Venis
in a triple threat match at Armageddon on 12 December in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[33] On 6 May 2000 in London, Smith defeated Crash Holly
Crash Holly
for the Hardcore Championship. Holly regained the title from Smith in New Haven, Connecticut on the 11 May episode of SmackDown!. Smith's last televised match with the WWF was on Sunday Night HeAT some weeks later, when he burst into Eddie Guerrero
Eddie Guerrero
and Chyna's locker room, accusing Guerrero (who was the European Champion at the time) of not treating the belt with the respect it deserved. This led to a title match on HeAT, in which both men were disqualified. Before his death on 18 May 2002, Smith had been training with the intent of resuming his career, and had wrestled in three tag team matches with his son, Harry "D.H." Smith the previous weekend.[34] Personal life[edit] Smith and his wife Diana had two children, Harry (born 2 August 1985) and Georgia (born 26 September 1987). In early 2000, Diana divorced Smith, with Smith being given shared custody of their children. At the same time, he entered a drug rehabilitation clinic at the behest and expense of Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon
due to his problems with prescription painkillers and morphine since his back injury he suffered in WCW. He was released from the company shortly thereafter. Andrea Redding who was his girlfriend from 2000 to his death has stated that she and Smith were planning to get married shortly before his death.[5][34] Death[edit] Smith died on 18 May 2002 after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Invermere, British Columbia
British Columbia
with his girlfriend, Bruce Hart's estranged wife Andrea Redding. An autopsy revealed that past anabolic steroid use may have played a part in his death, but no certain reason was found. Bruce Hart claimed "Davey paid the price with steroid cocktails and human-growth hormones."[35] Two funeral services were held, one by Andrea and the other by the Hart family.[36] Bret Hart
Bret Hart
attended both.[37] Other media[edit] Smith made his WWE
WWE
video game debut in WWF Super WrestleMania. He later appeared in numerous video games including WWE
WWE
SmackDown vs. Raw 2006, WWE
WWE
SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (as DLC,) WWE
WWE
'13, WWE
WWE
2K16, WWE
WWE
2K17 and WWE
WWE
2K18. He also appears in mobile game WWE
WWE
SuperCard in Season 1 (one WrestleMania
WrestleMania
card) and Season 2 (2 Ultra Rare cards) and WWE Champions. In wrestling[edit]

Finishing moves

Running powerslam[1][38][39] Superplex - 1999, used before as signature move.

Signature moves

A forward roll, a shoulder roll and a dive roll transitioned into an armbar or a hammerlock to counter either a wrist lock or an arm wrench Catapult[40] Clothesline[39][41] Crucifix pin[40] Forearm smash[40] Headbutt, sometimes in a series while trapping the opponent's arms[42] Monkey flip[40] Multiple Gorilla press variations

Drop[40] Slam[40] Spinebuster[40]

Multiple Kick variations

Dropkick[40] Shoot kick[39] Soccer kick[39]

Multiple suplex variations

Delayed vertical[39][40] Drop[39][40] Overhead belly-to-belly, usually preceded by trapping headbutts[39][40]

Piledriver[40] Running powerbomb[42] Scoop powerslam[39] Shoulder block[39]

Managers

Lou Albano Jim Cornette[43] Diana Hart Ozzy Osbourne[44]

Nicknames

"The British Bulldog" "Union Jack Power"

Entrance Themes

"Rule, Britannia!" by Thomas Arne
Thomas Arne
(WWF; 1985-1997), (WCW; 1998) "Bulldog Bite" by Jim Johnston (WWF; 1999-2000)

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

All Japan Pro Wrestling

2 January Korakuen Hall Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Battle Royal Winner in 1989[45] World's Strongest Tag Determination League Fighting Spirit Award (1984, 1985) – with Dynamite Kid[46][47] World's Strongest Tag Determination League Skills Award (1989) – with Dynamite Kid[48]

Independent Wrestling Association

IWA Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Champion (1 time)[49]

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Match of the Year (1992) vs. Bret Hart
Bret Hart
at SummerSlam Ranked #15 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1993[50] Ranked #53 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003 Ranked #5 and #84 of the top 100 tag teams of the "PWI Years" with the Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
and Owen Hart, respectively, in 2003

Stampede Wrestling

NWA Stampede International Tag Team Championship ( Calgary
Calgary
version) (2 times) – with Bruce Hart[51] Stampede British Commonwealth Mid- Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Championship (1 time)[52] Stampede Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
International Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with the Dynamite Kid[51] Stampede North American Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Championship (2 times)[53] Stampede World Mid- Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Championship (1 time)[54] Stampede Wrestling
Stampede Wrestling
Hall of Fame[55]

World Wrestling Federation

WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)[56] WWF European Championship (2 times)[57] WWF Hardcore Championship (2 times)[58] WWF Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with the Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid
(1) and Owen Hart
Owen Hart
(1)[59] Battle Royal at the Albert Hall
Albert Hall
(1991) WWF European Championship tournament (1997) WWF World Tag Team Championship Tournament (1997) – with Owen Hart

World Wide Wrestling Alliance

WWWA Intercontinental Champion (1 time)[60]

Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

Best Wrestling Maneuver (1984) Power clean dropkick Feud of the Year (1997) with The Hart Foundation
The Hart Foundation
vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin Most Unimproved (1991)[61] Tag Team of the Year (1985) with the Dynamite Kid

Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame

Individually[62][63] With the Hart family[64]

See also[edit]

Professional wrestling portal

John Hindley List of premature professional wrestling deaths

Notes[edit]

^ Smith's middle name is sometimes erroneously stated to be "Boy", claiming to be the result of one of his parents mistaking the name field on Smith's birth certificate for the gender field.[2] This is incorrect, since British birth certificates are not completed by the parents, and Smith's gender would have been written as "male" instead of "boy".[Note 1]

Footnotes

^ His entry in the England
England
& Wales Births Register lists him as David Smith, without a middle name.

Births Dec 1962

SMITH, David. Mother; BILLINGTON, Leigh.[3]

References[edit] Citations

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England
& Wales Births Register: October, November & December 1962, Vol. 10d, Page 57 ^ a b "Family, friends and fans worldwide mourn the tragic loss of wrestling legend Davey Boy Smith". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. 2002.  ^ Heath McCoy (2007). Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. ECWPress. p. 155 pp. ISBN 978-1-55022-787-1.  ^ http://www.johnlisterwriting.com/itvwrestling/79.html ^ http://www.johnlisterwriting.com/itvwrestling/80.html ^ Meltzer (2004), p. 31. ^ Meltzer (2004), p. 33. ^ Meltzer (2004), p. 34. ^ a b c d "Profile on Davey Boy Smith". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2006-12-15.  ^ Meltzer (2004), p. 38. ^ a b c Meltzer (2004), p. 39. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2013). The History of Professional Wrestling: The Results WWF 1990–1999. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-4935-6689-1.  ^ Cawthon, Graham (2013). The History of Professional Wrestling: The Results WWF 1990–1999. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-4935-6689-1.  ^ Meltzer (2004), p. 40. ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-12). "UK Rampage 1991". American Wrestling Trivia. Retrieved 2007-05-18.  ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-12). "Battle Royal at the Albert Hall". American Wrestling Trivia. Retrieved 2007-05-18.  ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-12). "Royal Rumble 1992". American Wrestling Trivia. Retrieved 2007-05-18.  ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-12). "European Rampage Again, Germany". American Wrestling Trivia. Retrieved 2007-05-18.  ^ Karlsson, Peter (2005-04-12). "European Rampage Again, UK". American Wrestling Trivia. Retrieved 2007-05-18.  ^ "WWE: Inside WWE
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