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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Wrestling world mourns death of WWE legend


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The professional wrestling world is in mourning after WWE confirmed that 'Dynamite Kid' Thomas Billington passed away.

It was the same day, December 5, as what would have been the legendary English wrestler's 60th birthday.

"WWE is saddened to learn that Thomas Billington, known to his fans as Dynamite Kid, has passed away at age 60," the wrestling organisation announced.

"Billington pursued sports-entertainment as a means to avoid a life as a coal miner. Although somewhat undersized, he possessed a ferocity and determination that earned him the nickname The Dynamite Kid."

Tributes flowed from past and present wrestlers after news of Billington's passing was made public.

https://twitter.com/the_ironsheik/status/1070306520334651392

https://twitter.com/RealPaigeWWE/status/1070296361487269890

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https://twitter.com/Tyler_Bate/status/1070271933420326912

https://twitter.com/WillOspreay/status/1070259106701815808

https://twitter.com/milanmiracle/status/1070313930839343104

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WWE described Billington's wrestling style as "technically brilliant and wildly aggressive". He started out wrestling in Canada's Stampede Wrestling promotion before a move to Japan which grew his profile internationally and drew interest from WWE. 

Billington joined the WWE ranks in 1984 and alongside his cousin Davey Boy Smith the pair fought as a tag-team named 'The British Bulldogs'. 

https://twitter.com/WWEGP/status/1070289302452662273

They had a live mascot English bulldog named Matilda and fought in iconic matches against Bret 'Hit Man' Hart, Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, and Greg 'The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake, and were breakout stars at the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 2.

"WWE extends its condolences to Billington’s family, friends and fans," WWE said in a statement.

Billington’s nephew, Davey Boy Smith Jr - also a wrestler - tweeted about his uncle after his death.

https://twitter.com/DBSmithjr/status/1070270186224181248

"It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington the ‘Dynamite Kid.’ I was really happy and glad I got to see Dynamite one last time last June in the UK," he wrote.

"Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionised professional Wrestling as we know it today.

"He flew high, and gave it his all every match. Thanks for everything and sad to have lost another family member. Rest In Peace Dyno."

The professional wrestling world is in mourning after WWE confirmed that 'Dynamite Kid' Thomas Billington passed away.

It was the same day, December 5, as what would have been the legendary English wrestler's 60th birthday.

"WWE is saddened to learn that Thomas Billington, known to his fans as Dynamite Kid, has passed away at age 60," the wrestling organisation announced.

"Billington pursued sports-entertainment as a means to avoid a life as a coal miner. Although somewhat undersized, he possessed a ferocity and determination that earned him the nickname The Dynamite Kid."

Tributes flowed from past and present wrestlers after news of Billington's passing was made public.

https://twitter.com/the_ironsheik/status/1070306520334651392

https://twitter.com/RealPaigeWWE/status/1070296361487269890

https://twitter.com/brutusbeefcake_/status/1070302040964907008

https://twitter.com/Tyler_Bate/status/1070271933420326912

https://twitter.com/WillOspreay/status/1070259106701815808

https://twitter.com/milanmiracle/status/1070313930839343104

https://twitter.com/martyleglockno1/status/1070259729723736064

WWE described Billington's wrestling style as "technically brilliant and wildly aggressive". He started out wrestling in Canada's Stampede Wrestling promotion before a move to Japan which grew his profile internationally and drew interest from WWE. 

Billington joined the WWE ranks in 1984 and alongside his cousin Davey Boy Smith the pair fought as a tag-team named 'The British Bulldogs'. 

https://twitter.com/WWEGP/status/1070289302452662273

They had a live mascot English bulldog named Matilda and fought in iconic matches against Bret 'Hit Man' Hart, Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, and Greg 'The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus 'The Barber' Beefcake, and were breakout stars at the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania 2.

"WWE extends its condolences to Billington’s family, friends and fans," WWE said in a statement.

Billington’s nephew, Davey Boy Smith Jr - also a wrestler - tweeted about his uncle after his death.

https://twitter.com/DBSmithjr/status/1070270186224181248

"It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington the ‘Dynamite Kid.’ I was really happy and glad I got to see Dynamite one last time last June in the UK," he wrote.

"Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionised professional Wrestling as we know it today.

"He flew high, and gave it his all every match. Thanks for everything and sad to have lost another family member. Rest In Peace Dyno."

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