Former WWE star the Dynamite Kid (actual identify Tom Billington) has sadly handed away.
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, the British professional wrestler died on his 60th birthday, TMZ experiences.
His nephew and fellow former wrestler, Davey Boy Smith Jr., has since confirmed the information to the media outlet, stating, “It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington the ‘Dynamite Kid.’ I used to be actually comfortable and glad I acquired to see Dynamite one final time final June within the UK.” He added, “Dynamite was definitely an inspiration to myself and lots of others and actually revolutionized skilled Wrestling as we now [sic] it as we speak. He flew excessive, and gave it his all each match. Thanks for all the pieces and unhappy to have misplaced one other member of the family. Rest In Peace Dyno.”
At the time of this writing, additional particulars surrounding his passing, together with explanation for demise, have but to be revealed. However, in accordance with The Sun, Billington sadly suffered a number of well being points since his remaining match in October 1996, together with dropping the usage of his left leg the next 12 months, quite a few coronary heart issues, and a stroke.
As People journal reported, Billington acquired his begin as a singles competitor within the WWE, earlier than he went on to win the World Tag Team Title at Wrestlemania 2 in 1986 alongside his cousin, Davey Boy Smith. The duo was generally known as the British Bulldogs.
“Billington pursued sports-entertainment as a method to keep away from a life as a coal miner,” the WWE famous. “Although considerably undersized, he possessed a ferocity and willpower … growing a method that was each technically sensible and wildly aggressive.”
After information of Billington’s passing broke, a variety of wrestling followers, celebs, and former colleagues took to social media to share their ideas and specific their condolences — together with WWE star Natalya Neidhart, who misplaced her father, WWE legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, in August 2018. Calling him “one of many best skilled wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots” on Instagram, she added, “My dad stated Dynamite Kid was his favourite individual to wrestle, arms down … He poured his coronary heart and soul into his matches. He sacrificed a lot to be the perfect.”
Our ideas are with Billington’s family members throughout this tough time.