During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus commented on The British Bulldog’s influence on them, and more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
Drew McIntyre on being inspired by Smith growing up: “I grew up watching him. He made me think this was something that was possible. For so long I heard, ‘Wrestling, that’s an American thing.’ Seeing the Bulldog and the Union Jack, that gave me hope … The Bulldog was ahead of his time, extremely athletic, and he looked like a superhero. My favorite was Bret Hart, who was always intertwined with him, especially in the Hart Foundation. He brought so much joy to wrestling. Plus, when I was younger, hearing the Bulldog come out to ‘Rule Britannia,’ he made me believe that it was a wrestling song. I remember thinking, ‘Man, the Bulldog is popular; they play his song in church and at public places.’ As a kid, I couldn’t get over that.”
Sheamus on being a big fan of Smith: “Even though he’s British and I’m Irish, and there’s a big rivalry between the Brits and the Irish, I always loved the Bulldog. I loved the Bulldog, especially in his days with Dynamite Kid … When WWE came to Dublin, I was so excited to see the British Bulldog. We didn’t get Hogan or the Warrior, but we got the Bulldog. He was in the main event against Ted DiBiase, and I remember thinking that match was incredible. I was always a Bret Hart fan, so I loved when they were together in the Hart Foundation. He showed an entirely different side to his work when he teamed with Owen, too. Technically sound, he was a joy to work. And he showed it wasn’t just American wrestlers that could do this.”
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