Dynamite Kid

  • Born: 12/05/1958 in Golborne, Lancashire, England
  • Birthname: Thomas Billington
  • Height & Weight: 5'8", 228 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship – with Davey Boy Smith
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards 5 Star Match (1983) vs. Tiger Mask on 23 April
  • Best Flying Wrestler (1984)
  • Best Technical Wrestler (1984) – tied with Masa Saito
  • Best Wrestling Maneuver (1984) Power clean dropkick
  • Match of the Year (1982) vs. Tiger Mask on 5 August, Tokyo, Japan
  • Most Underrated (1983)
  • Tag Team of The Year (1985) – with Davey Boy Smith
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)

Best known by the ring name the Dynamite Kid, Billington was a British professional wrestler. He competed in the World Wrestling Federation, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid-to-late-1980s. With his cousin Davey Boy Smith, he is also known for having been one half of the tag team The British Bulldogs. He also had notable feuds with Tiger Mask in Japan and Bret Hart in Canada.

Billington is considered by many, including Bret Hart and Dave Meltzer, to have been one of wrestling’s most influential in-ring performers, having innovated the level of athleticism involved in the art and merging styles from Britain, Mexico, Canada and Japan.

Notable Matches

vs. Tiger Mask on 23rd April 1983

vs. Randy Savage on WWF The Wrestling Classic, November 7th, 1985

w/ Davey Boy Smith vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake at Wrestlemania II

Notable Feuds

vs. Tiger Mask

vs. Bret Hart

Other Notable Achievements

AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship – with Johnny Smith

NWA International Junior Heavyweight Championship

AGPW International Heavyweight Championship

British Welterweight Championship

British Lightweight Championship

European Welterweight Championship

WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship

NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship

NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship – with The Assassin

Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship (5 times)

Stampede International Tag Team Championship (6 times) – with Sekigawa (1), Loch Ness Monster (1), Kasavudo (1), Duke Myers (1), Davey Boy Smith (2)

Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship

Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight Championship (4 times)

Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame

Tokyo Sports Lifetime Achievement Award (1991)