The British Bulldog



Height: 5'11"

Weight: 253 lbs

Real Name: Dave Smith

DOB: 11/27/1962

DOD: 5/18/2002

Hometown: Manchester, England

Other Names: "The Vampire", "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith(WWF/WCW), The British Bulldog(WWF)

Wrestler Since: 1979

Finishing Maneuver: Stampede/Running Powerslam

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #141(1998), #22(1997), #24(1996), #39(1995), #184(1994), #15(1993), #30(1992), #46(1991)

Other Related Websites:
The British Bulldogs - Rollercoaster Bio
Davey Boy Smith - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Davey Boy Smith - Wikipedia Bio

History: The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith began his career by wrestling in and around Britain, Germany, and Japan. He teamed some with "Big Daddy", a popular wrestler in Great Britain, before his wrestling career brought him to Canada, where he met and married Diana Hart, daughter of Stu Hart, the famous wrestling trainer and father of Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Owen Hart, among others. Davey Boy did a lot of damage in the Stampede, winning various belts throughout his tenure there. He also started teaming with the Dynamite Kid (Tim Billington), forming the team that Smith is still remembered for, The British Bulldogs. The two eventually won the Stampede International Tag-Team Titles in a tournament final in March 1984. The titles were vacated again when the British Bulldogs went to the WWF in 1985, where they found a new manager in Captain Lou Albano.

Smith and Billington soon ran wild throughout the WWF, becoming the WWF Tag Team Champions and holding for almost a year against all comers. They finally lost the belts to the Hart Foundation, after Jimmy Hart bribed the referee, Danny Davis. The Bulldogs fought hard to get the belts back, but never managed it, since the Hart Foundation had the referee on their payroll. After a brief feud with the Islanders (who kidnapped their mascot, Matilda), the British Bulldogs returned to Calgary to wrestle in the Stampede. They immediately had an impact, winning the Stampede International Tag-Team Titles for a second time. But after losing the belts only a few weeks later, the team split up and began feuding, due to the Dynamite Kid blaming Davey Boy for the loss. They would battle for the next few months, with Davey Boy also getting himself a singles title along the way (North American Heavyweight belt). But when the Calgary Stampede closed in 1989, Davey Boy left the continent, venturing through Europe and Japan for the next few years.

In late 1990, the British Bulldog reappeared in the WWF, wrestling on his own (since the Dynamite Kid had retired due to injuries). The Bulldog showed his newfound strength by defeating most comers. In an epic battle with his brother-in-law, Bret Hart, at Summerslam 1992 (which was held in England), the Bulldog gained the WWF Intercontinental Title. After feuds with the Warlord and Shawn Michaels (who won the belt from him), the Bulldog left WWF and, after brief stints in Japan and in ECW, headed for WCW. Despite being a fan favorite, Smith did not have many chances to shine. He mainly teamed with Sting in a war against Big Van Vader and his "stable". Then, after nearly putting a man's head through a wall at a dance and being sued, WCW dropped his contract. Smith would then ventured overseas again for a time.

In 1994, the British Bulldog returned to the WWF. After trying out the singles competition, he joined with Lex Luger as the Allied Powers, but failed to earn the Tag Team Championship. Back in the singles bracket, the Bulldog had feuds with Yokozuna and Shawn Michaels. He then joined Owen Hart to win the WWF Tag Team Title. Despite problems between Owen and Davey Boy, they managed to hold on to the title for a long while, during which Davey Boy also picked up the WWF European title, becoming the first European champion by beating Owen. A minor feud surfaced between the two tag-team champions over the belt. The feud was stopped, though, by Bret Hart, who told them that they were being made to fight for the enjoyment of America. The Bulldog then joined with Bret, Owen, Jim Neidhart, & "Flyin" Brian Pillman as the new Hart Foundation, a Canadian group that quickly became the most hated stable in the WWF, causing many battles between the American and Canadian wrestlers.

The Bulldog & Owen lost the tag-team titles to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin & "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels in May '97, but the Bulldog stayed in the singles brackets, defending the European Title against many challengers. But a bad knee began to hamper him, and cost him the title to Shawn Michaels after his Degeneration-X allies helped focus the attack on the injury. The British Bulldog then sat out for a time away from the ring, healing, before returning to continue to aid the Hart Foundation against America. However, when Bret Hart was 'screwed' out of the WWF World Title and left the federation, the British Bulldog soon followed, getting out of his contract difficulties. Once his knee healed up some more, the Bulldog came to World Championship Wrestling.

The Bulldog's first appearance occured in January 1998, when Steve "Mongo" McMichael came out and challenged anyone from the back. The Bulldog answered the call, defeating him with the Running Powerslam. The Bulldog then wrestled briefly as a team with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, and feuded with Steve "Mongo" McMichaels, Curt Hennig, Alex Wright, and Dave "Fit" Finlay, to name a few. In the middle of '98, though, Smith was put on the shelf with a back injury, after he was slammed on a steel trapdoor (the trapdoor was for the Warrior's entrance). The injury worsened, however, keeping the British Bulldog away from wrestling. He appeared at World War III for the Battle Royal, but had a relapse and again was put on the Injured List. In April '99, Smith was put in the hospital with a severe spinal infection. His wrestling career was said to be in jeopardy, due to the infection. WCW, showing little remorse, then released the Bulldog from his contract. Fortunately, Smith slowly recovered, getting himself back to wrestling shape.

In May '99, Smith's wrestling career took another hit, when Owen Hart, his brother-in-law and former partner, fell from the rafters, dying in a freak wrestling accident. Smith took the loss hard, staying away from wrestling for a few months to recover from his physical and mental injuries. The British Bulldog made his return to the WWF in September '99, immediately becoming a main eventer again. The Bulldog quickly earned gold, defeating the Big Boss Man to get the Hardcore Title. Not interested in the smaller belt, Smith immediately gave it to Al Snow to defend. The Bulldog showed more interest towards the Heavyweight strap, which was currently vacated. Smith battled the Rock, Hunter Hearse-Helmsley, Kane, Mankind, and Paul Wight for the vacated World Title at Unforgiven. HHH walked away with the belt after pinning the Rock, and the Bulldog again missed a chance to hold the WWF Heavyweight Title.

The Bulldog continued to feud with the Rock, with nationalities becoming a factor between them. Davey Boy did not back down from the People's Champion, however, choosing to fight him at No Mercy. But the Rock proved his skills by beating Smith, dropping the British Bulldog down the contenders list. This did not bother the Bulldog, however. At a regular show, Smith defeated D-Lo Brown, earning the European Title for the second time. The Bulldog then began a two-month feud with Val Venis, as well as D-Lo, who wanted his strap back. The Bulldog, with the Mean Street Posse at his side, faced Venis and his team of wrestlers at the Survivor Series. The Mean Street Posse proved they were no match for the wrestlers, and were all quickly elimated, leaving the Bulldog against four men. Davey Boy did not back down, instead fighting and eliminating both Gangrel and Steve Blackman before Venis got the pin, leaving Venis and Mark Henry the Survivors.

At Armageddon, the British Bulldog put his European Title strap up against both Venis and D-Lo, in a Triangle match. It was a pretty decent match, as all three wanted the title. In the end, though, Venis left with the belt, and the Bulldog found himself without gold once again. Davey Boy slowly faded from the public eye once again, losing his push. He appeared at the Royal Rumble, but his only effect was to help eliminate Rakishi before the Road Dogg threw him out. The Bulldog's impact in the WWF then virtually disappeared for the next few months, spending some time in a drug abuse clinic.

In May '00, the WWF paid a visit to London. Because of this, Britain's favorite wrestling son, the British Bulldog, wrestled Crash Holly for the Hardcore Championship. Pleasing the 'hometown' fans, Davey Boy won the bout, becoming the Hardcore Champion for a second time. Unfortunately, the reign lasted barely longer than the first one, as Crash reclaimed the title a few days later. The Bulldog then had a couple of short feuds with the Mean Street Posse and the European Champion at that time, Eddie Guerrero. Unfortunately, the Bulldog soon lost his push, and disappeared from the WWF. He would later appear in various independent organizations, from Stampede Wrestling to places abroad.

On May 18th, 2002, a week after wrestling in a tag-team match with his son, Harry, Davey Boy Smith passed away while vacationing in Invermere, British Columbia, with girlfriend Andrea Hart. The British Bulldog will always be remembered for his exploits in the WWF, from his journey in the tag-team ranks with the Dynamite Kid, to his run with the European Championship. He was 39.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (37 - 51, 4 Draws, 2 DCOs, 1 NC)
- NJPW Sumo Hall (November '83) = Smith was pinned by the Cobra, who won the vacated NWA Junior Heavyweight Title.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February '84) = Davey Boy Smith fought to a Double Count-Out with the Cobra, then lost to the Dynamite Kid, who went on to win the vacated WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August '84) = The British Bulldogs (Smith & the Dynamite Kid) defeated Isamu Teranishi & Animal Hamaguchi.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '84 (December '84) = The British Bulldogs competed in the league, which was won by Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu.
- WWF Wrestling Classic (November '85) = Davey Boy lost to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, when it was deemed by the ref that he could not continue.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '85 = The British Bulldogs competed in the league, which was won by Stan Hansen and Ted DiBiase.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #5 (February '86) = The British Bulldogs lost to then-WWF Tag Champs the Dream Team.
- WWF Wrestlemania II ('86) = The British Bulldogs won the WWF Tag Titles from the Dream Team.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #6 (May '86) = The British Bulldogs retained the WWF Tag Belts by winning a "3 Falls" Match over the Iron Sheik and Nikolia Volkoff.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #7 (September '86) = The British Bulldogs stayed the WWF Tag Champs by winning a "3 Falls" Match over the Dream Team.
- WWF Wrestlemania III ('87) = The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana lost to the Hart Foundation and Danny Davis.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #11 (April '87) = The British Bulldogs won a "3 Falls" Match over then-WWF Tag Champs the Hart Foundation. Due to one of the falls being a DQ, the titles were not changed.
- WWF Survivor Series '87 = The British Bulldogs, Strike Force, Young Stallions, the Rougeau Brothers and the Killer Bees fought in a "Tag-Team Elimination" Match against the Hart Foundation, Demolition, the Islanders, the Russians, and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine & Dino Bravo. The Bulldogs were eliminated when Haku pinned the Dynamite Kid. Young Stallions and the Killer Bees were the "survivors".
- WWF Wrestlemania IV ('88) = The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware were defeated by Haku, Tama, and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
- WWF Satruday Night's Main Event #16 (April '88) = The British Bulldogs lost, via DQ, to then-WWF Tag Champs Demolition.
- WWF Wrestlefest '88 = The British Bulldogs were defeated by Demolition, who retained their WWF Tag Belts.
- WWF Summerslam '88 = The British Bulldogs and the Rougeau Brothers fought to a draw.
- WWF Survivor Series '88 = The British Bulldogs, the Powers of Pain, the Hart Foundation, Young Stallions & the Rockers fought in a "Tag-Team Elimination" Match against Demolition, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, the Conquistadors, the Brain Busters and the Bolsheviks. The Bulldogs were eliminated when Smash pinned the Dynamite Kid. The Powers of Pain were the "survivors".
- APJW Heavyweight Battle Royal '89 (January '89) = Smith won the Battle Royal.
- AJPW International Bash (February '89) = The British Bulldogs fought to a draw with the Rock-n-Roll Express. Pat O'Connor was the special referee.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June '89) = The British Bulldogs lost to Stan Hensen & Terry Gordy.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December '89) = The British Bulldogs defeated Danny Kroffat & Doug Furnas.
- AJPW Real World Tag League '89 = The British Bulldogs competed in the league, which was won by Stan Hensen and Genichiro Tenryu.
- AJPW Giant Baba's 30th Wrestling Anniversary (September '90) = The British Bulldogs defeated Joe and Dean Malenko.
- WWF Royal Rumble '91 = Davey Boy competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Wrestlemania VII ('91) = Davey Boy pinned the Warlord.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #29 (April '91) = Davey Boy competed in a "Battle Royale", which was won by Mr. Perfect.
- WWF Summerslam '91 = Smith, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat and Kerry von Erich defeated Paul Roma, Hercules, and the Warlord.
- WWF Survivor Series '91 = Smith, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Bret "The Hitman" Hart and Virgil fought in an "Elimination" Match against Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, the Mountie and the Warlord. Smith was eliminated by Flair. Flair was the "survivor".
- SWS Super Wrestle (December '91) = Smith and Ashura Hara defeated Yoshihaki Yatsu and Haku.
- WWF Tuesday In Texas (December '91) = The Bulldog pinned the Warlord.
- WWF Royal Rumble '92 = Smith competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Yokozuna.
- SWS Tag League '92 = Smith & Naoki Sano competed in the league, which was won by King Haku & Yoshiaki Yatsu.
- WWF Summerslam '92 = Davey Boy won the WWF Intercontinental Belt from Bret Hart.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #31 (October '92) = Smith lost the WWF I-C belt to Shawn Michaels.
- WCW Superbrawl III ('93) = Davey Smith managed to defeat Bill Irwin.
- AJPW Champion Carnival '93 = Smith competed in the tournament, which was won by Stan Hansen.
- WCW Slamboree '93 = Davey Smith lost to then-WCW World Champion Big Van Vader, via disqualification.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIII (June '93) = Davey Smith, Sting and Dustin Rhodes lost to "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious.
- WCW Beach Brawl '93 (July '93) = Smith and Sting defeated Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV (August '93) = Davey Smith was beaten by the WCW World Champ Vader.
- WCW Fall Brawl '93 = Davey Smith, teamed with Sting, Dustin Rhodes, and the Shockmaster, beat Vader, Sid Vicious, and Harlem Heat in a War Games Match.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '93 = Davey Smith fought to a draw with WCW TV Champion Steve Regal.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXV (November 10, '93) = Davey Smith and Sting were beaten by the Nasty Boys.
- WCW BattleBowl (November 20, '93) = Smith and Kole lost to Rip Rogers and Hawk.
- WWF Survivor Series '94 = Smith, Razor Ramon, the 1-2-3 Kid and the Headshrinkers fought in an "Elimination" Match against Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Jeff Jarrett, Owen Hart and Jim Neidhart. Smith was eliminated after being counted out. Ramon was the "survivor".
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December '94) = Davey & Johnny Smith beat the Falcon & the Eagle.
- WWF Wrestlemania XI ('95) = Davey Boy and Lex Luger defeated Jacob and Eli Blue.
- WWF In Your House 1 (May '95) = The Bulldog wrestled to a draw with Owen Hart in a dark match.
- WWF In Your House 2 (July '95) = Smith and Lex Luger lost to Yokozuna and Owen Hart, who retained their WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF In Your House 3 (September '95) = Davey Boy defeated Bam Bam Bigelow. Later in the night, Smith (subbing for Owen Hart) and Yokozuna lost the WWF Tag Belts to Diesel and Shawn Michaels (the titles were later returned).
- WWF In Your House 4 (October '95) = The Bulldog won, via DQ, over then-WWF World Champ Diesel.
- WWF Survivor Series '95 = Smith, Shawn Michaels, Psycho Sid and Ahmed Johnson fought in an "Elimination" Match against Yokozuna, Razor Ramon, Dean Douglas and Owen Hart. Smith, Michaels and Johnson "survived".
- Stu Hart Tribute Show (December 15, '95) = Smith lost to the WWF World Champ Bret "Hitman" Hart.
- WWF In Your House 5 (December 17, '95) = Smith again lost to Bret Hart, who retained the WWF World Title.
- WWF Royal Rumble '96 = The Bulldog competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Shawn Michaels.
- WWF In Your House 6 (February '96) = The Bulldog lost, via DQ, to Yokozuna.
- WWF Wrestlemania XII ('96) = The Bulldog, Owen Hart and Vader defeated Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
- WWF In Your House 7 (April '96) = Davey Boy and Owen Hart defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Ahmed Johnson.
- WWF In Your House 8 (May '96) = Smith and WWF World Champ Shawn Michaels fought to a No-Contest.
- WWF King of the Ring '96 = Smith lost to the WWF World Champ Shawn Michaels. Mr. Perfect was the special referee.
- WWF In Your House 9 (July '96) = Smith, Owen Hart, and Vader defeated Shawn Michaels, Psycho Sid and Ahmed Johnson.
- WWF Summerslam '96 = Smith was pinned by Psycho Sid.
- WWF XPerience (August '96) = Smith and Owen Hart won, via DQ, over the WWF Tag Champs the Smoking Gunns.
- WWF In Your House 10 (September '96) = Smith and Owen Hart won the WWF Tag-Team Titles from the Smoking Gunns.
- WWF In Your House 11 (October '96) = Smith and Owen Hart retained the WWF Tag Titles by beating the Smoking Gunns.
- WWF Survivor Series '96 = Smith, Owen Hart and the New Rockers fought in an "Elimination" Match against Doug Furnas, Phil Lafon and the Godwin Brothers. Smith was eliminated by Lafon. Furnas and Lafon were the "survivors".
- WWF Middle East Cup Tournament (December 2, '96) = Smith lost in the first round to the eventual winner, Bret Hart.
- WWF In Your House 12 (December '96) = Smith and Owen Hart stayed the WWF Tag Champs by defeating Razor Ramon II and Diesel II.
- WWF Royal Rumble '97 = The Bulldog competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Steve Austin.
- WWF Triple Threat (January '97) = The Bulldog and Owen Hart lost, via Countout, to Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon, but retained the WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF In Your House 13 (February '97) = The Bulldog and Owen Hart lost, via DQ, to Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon, but retained the WWF Tag belts.
- WWF Wrestlemania XIII ('97) = The Bulldog and Owen Hart fought to a Double Count-Out with Vader and Mankind, retaining their WWF Tag-Team Titles.
- WWF In Your House 14 (April '97) = The Bulldog and Owen Hart lost, via DQ, to the Legion of Doom, but retained the WWF Tag Belts.
- WWF In Your House 15 (May '97) = The WWF Tag Champs Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart lost, via DQ, to the Legion of Doom in a dark match.
- WWF King of the Ring '97 = Davey Boy, Jim Neidhart and Owen Hart defeated Psycho Sid and the Legion of Doom.
- WWF In Your House 16 (July '97) = Smith, Owen Hart, Bret Hart, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Brian Pillman defeated "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Goldust, Ken Shamrock and the Legion of Doom.
- WWF Summerslam '97 = The Bulldog retained the WWF European Title, via DQ, over Ken Shamrock.
- WWF In Your House 17 (September '97) = Smith and Owen Hart lost a "Four Corners" Match to the Headbangers, who won the vacant WWF Tag-Team Titles. The Godwins and the Legion of Doom were the other participants.
- WWF One Night Only (September '97) = Smith lost the WWF European Title when he was TKO'ed by Shawn Michaels.
- WWF In Your House 18 (October '97) = Davey Boy and Bret Hart defeated Vader and the Patriot.
- WWF Survivor Series '97 = The Bulldog, Jim Neidhart, Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon fought in an "Elimination" Match against Vader, Goldust, Steve Blackman and Marc Mero. The Bulldog was the "survivor".
- WCW Superbrawl VIII ('98) = The Bulldog TKO'ed Steve "Mongo" McMichael.
- WCW Spring Stampede '98 = The Bulldog lost to Curt Hennig.
- WCW Fall Brawl '98 = The Bulldog and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart defeated the Dancing Fools(Disco Inferno & Alex Wright).
- WCW World War III '98 = The Bulldog competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Kevin Nash.
- WWF Unforgiven '99 = Davey Boy fought in a 6-man World Title match, with HHH winning the vacant World Title. Also competing: the Rock, Kane, Mankind, and Paul Wight.
- WWF Rebellion (Oct '99) = Smith defeated X-Pac.
- WWF No Mercy '99 = Davey Boy was pinned by the Rock.
- WWF Survivor Series '99 = The British Bulldog teammed with the Mean Street Posse in an Elimination match against Val Venis, Gangrel, Mark Henry, and Steve Blackman. The Bulldog was the last on his team pinned, by Val Venis. Venis and Henry "survived".
- WWF Armageddon '99 = Smith was pinned by Val Venis, who won the European Title over him in the Triangle match, also involving D-Lo Brown.
- WWF Royal Rumble '00 = The Bulldog competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by the Rock.
- WWF Insurrection (May '00) = Davey Boy defeated Crash Holly to win the Hardcore Championship.

Title Summary:
- Calgary Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Champion (82 - 8/82)
- Calgary Stampede International Tag-Team Champion w/ Bruce Hart (82 - 8/82)
- Calgary Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight Champion (8/82 - 3/83)
- Calgary Stampede International Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Bruce Hart (11/83 - 2/27/84)
- Calgary Stampede International Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Dynamite Kid (3/31/84 - 8/23/84)
- Calgary Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion (6/18/84 - 12/21/85)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Dynamite Kid (4/7/86 - 1/26/87)
- Calgary Stampede International Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Dynamite Kid (12/7/88 - 12/30/88)
- Calgary Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion(2) (3/24/89 - 4/28/89)
- WWF Intercontinental Champion (8/29/92 - 10/27/92)
- WWWA Intercontinental Champion (??/??/??)
- IWA Champion (??/??/??)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Owen Hart (9/22/96 - 5/26/97)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion (2/26/97 - 9/20/97)
- WWF Hardcore Champion (9/07/99)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion(2) (10/26/99 - 12/12/99)
- WWF Hardcore Champion(2) (5/06/00 - 5/09/00)

PWI Achievement Awards: (1 wins, 1 1st RUs, 2 2nd RUs, 2 3rd RUs)
- 1985 Tag-Team of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (British Bulldogs)
- 1986 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (British Bulldogs vs. Dream Team)
- 1986 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (British Bulldogs)
- 1992 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1992 Match of the Year (Smith vs. Bret Hart)
- 1995 Most Hated Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up