Davey Boy Smith Jr. is a man who has done it all in the world of professional wrestling. With a pedigree in the industry that most would kill for, excelling at the art of professional wrestling is almost second nature to him.
With Tag Team Championship reigns in Japan, WWE, and currently Major League Wrestling, Davey Boy may soon be looking to add MLW World Heavyweight Champion to his list of accolades.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Davey Boy Smith Jr. and talk all about MLW and why it is the perfect home for him in the United States of America:
“MLW and I, we have a long term relationship with each other at first worked there in 2004 with T.J. Wilson. We were The Stampede Bulldogs. When the doors closed on the company back then, unfortunately, Court [Bauer] and I, we stayed on good terms and we always kept in touch. Then when he reopened the company, we got in touch again and Court gave me a pretty good lucrative deal. And he had plans on, which is now coming forth, with his TV deal over in the United Kingdom and over in Ireland which I think there’s going to be a huge asset and feather in the cap for MLW So I was wanting to be a part of MLW’s growth and I would like to believe in MLW and they believe in me as well so there’s a good mutual relationship there. So far it Court and Konnan and have been awesome with me. They’ve given me lots of TV exposure and I’d like to be a part of MLW growth for the future.”
Next Saturday, he will face MJF at MLW Fury Road. On MLW television, the gang warfare between The Hart Foundation and The Dynasty has been one of the more intense rivalries in the company’s history. Davey boy says he’s looking forward to stretching the AEW signee in Milwaukee, but may break out a surprise or two:
“I’m looking forward to it because it will be one of the first times I’ll be in singles competition for MLW, If not the first time. Based on the momentum that we have going forward with this. I’m going to come at the event with a different attitude. You know, I can be a pretty convivial person. But when someone like MJF insults the family and all the stuff that he’s done on the TV and he got Ted arrested I can be also quite truculent as well so I’m not going to hold pull back on MJF, not taking any prisoners. And I’m looking forward to stretching the hell out of him to be perfectly honest with you and I may, I haven’t done it for quite a while, but I may bust out a few little surprises. You may even see a Moonsault out of me.”
Speaking of Milwaukee, the third generation Superstar also spoke about why he’s happy to see MLW venture out more:
“I’ve got a pretty good following out in Milwaukee, one of my good friends lives out there. I’ve always enjoyed. Coming out of the great state of Wisconsin as well so it should be a should be fun and I’m glad that MLW’s ventured out there instead of just New York or just Miami. I think that there’s a good fanbase out there that’s probably hungry for some good wrestling for some good TV wrestling. Not just WWE, but an alternative to that. So I’m looking forward to it for sure.”
Recent MLW addition Jim Cornette has a long history with the original Davey Boy Smith in the WWE. Managing the British Bulldog from 1995 to 1997, Jim helped the British Bulldog establish his presence as a newly-turned villain against the likes of Shawn Michaels and Diesel.
Davey Boy Jr. spoke openly about agreeing with his father’s former manager regarding his sometimes controversial opinions on the current state of professional wrestling and his hopes that Jim will have more of a presence in MLW in the future:
“My time spent with him it’s been a little bit limited, unfortunately, and that’s just because of scheduling. I, for one, am a huge fan of Jim Cornette. I think that Court Bauer bringing him in was a huge huge plus for MLW I think Jim has one of the greatest wrestling minds in the pro wrestling business and I know he’s certainly outspoken but I have to say I agree with him. I would say about 95 percent of the time on all of his views on wrestling and wrestlers. Other people have different opinions, but we all have opinions and that’s mine and I feel strongly on it.
“At the MLW TV tapings, they can be quite long days. We’re filming like a month’s worth of TV in one night so you may see Jim a little bit beforehand and then when you want to go and talk to him, he’s just commentated for a month’s worth of TV and he’s been running around all day. But, I would like to talk to Jim in the future and you know certainly get his advice on lots of different things and I think that he’s a big fan of mine and I really think that he’s got a great wrestling mindset. I’m Looking forward to working with him and hopefully Jim, in the coming future in MLW, hopefully, he’s not just working as a commentator but also with backstage stuff because I think that’s really where he excels at.”
Of course, with Jim’s history as a manager, I felt it only natural to ask if the new Bulldog would like to have his father’s former manager in his corner one day. His answer did not disappoint:
“As long as he has a tennis racket. You never know when that can come in handy for a lot of different purposes. But absolutely yes. And if it was for a long term situation if it fit. I mean I don’t know if I would be the right person for Jim to manage but if it fits, then for sure and for a one-off I would. I would love it. I’d be thrilled to be great.”
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