Tommy Billington, known as Dynamite Kid, dead at age 60
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, the wrestling world lost a legend. Thomas Billington, known to wrestling fans as the Dynamite Kid, passed away at the age of 60 on what was his birthday. Billington suffered from many physical health issues that were brought on from his wrestling career. He had been wheelchair-bound since 1997 and in 2013 suffered a stroke.
Dynamite Kid is considered by many within the wrestling industry to be among the best performers ever. Some even say the best of all time. His high-flying, aggressive style inspired many wrestlers for years to come. His signature diving headbutt and snap suplex have been used repeatedly by other wrestlers to this day.
Billington started his career in 1975 and started to make a name for himself in Stampede Wrestling in Canada having high profile matches with another legend, Bret Hart. In 1984, Dynamite Kid debuted in the WWE.
Dynamite Kid was partnered with his real-life cousin, Davey Boy Smith to form the team, The British Bulldogs. Together they would become tag-team champions, winning the belts at Wrestlemania 2 in 1986. It was a short run in the WWE and in 1988 Dynamite would go to Japan where he continued until his retirement in 1996.
Tommy Billington has a long list of championships and accomplishments and his legacy will be that of a high-flying innovator. His career ended prematurely due to injury, much like his life due to health problems. Dynamite Kid may not be known by today's wrestling audience but with the power of the WWE Network and YouTube, fans can easily watch Billington's greatest matches.
Both members of the legendary team, The British Bulldogs, have now passed on. Smith passed away in 2002 at age 39. Both superstars belong in the WWE Hall of Fame and hopefully will get inducted as both a team and singles competitors. Hopefully, that can happen with the next batch of inductees in time for WrestleMania 35.