WWE fans around the world are saddened to hear today that former superstar and well-respected wrestler Thomas Billington, aka Dynamite Kid, has passed away at the age of 60.
The former British wrestler passed away today on his 60th birthday and will widely be remembered as a pioneer of Junior Heavyweight Wrestling and for his legendary series of matches in Japan with Tiger Mask during the early 1980s.
Dynamite Kid earned his nickname thanks to his ferocity and determination to succeed as an undersized competitor, helping lay down the groundwork for so many undersized superstars to follow him.
Billington developed a style that was both technically brilliant and wildly aggressive during his time WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
This set the stage for what would be an incredible career that would see him wrestle around the world in Japan and North America.
Many members of the WWE Universe have remembered the life of Dynamite Kid on Twitter today.
Dynamite Kid's WWE journey began in 1984 when he joined the company alongside his cousin, Davey Boy Smith, and formed one of the most popular tag teams of their era, The British Bulldogs.
The British Bulldogs had classic matches against the likes of Bret "Hit Man" Hart & Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart of The Hart Foundation, as well as defeating Greg "The Hammer" Valentine & Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake to win the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania II.
Although this would be the only title Dynamite Kid would win in the WWE, he won several accolades throughout his wrestling career.
Tokyo Sports newspaper honored him with their Puroresu Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. In 1996, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Hall of Fame.
He was also inducted into the SLAM! Sports Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In later life, however, Billington suffered many health issues and spent the latter part of his life bound to a wheelchair, being looked after by his wife.
Everyone at GiveMeSport sends their condolences to Dynamite Kid's friends and the entire Billington family at this sad time, as well as his many fans around the world.
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