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The British Bulldog

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The British Bulldog

A vintage t-shirt gallery inspired by the legends of the squared circle.

Item #7: The British Bulldog

Year: 1990s

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Finishing Move: Running Powerslam

WWF Accolades: Tag Team Champion (The British Bulldogs), Intercontinental Champion (solo), “One of the most physically impressive individuals in WWE history.”

Davey Boy Smith hailed from North West England where he began wrestling at the age of 15 under the moniker Young David. Eventually he was scouted by the legendary Hart family and moved to Canada to train under their system. He landed his first big gig in Japan where he wrestled and lost to another Brit known as the Dynamite Kid.  The two immediately formed a tag team and after their first match in Japan they caught the eye of the WWF where they wrestled together for four years.

Davey Boy eventually went solo and won the intercontinental championship. After that he made a habit of leaving and returning to the WWF – finally going on hiatus from the sport in 2000 because of personal issues.

Sadly, David Smith suffered a fatal heart attack while on vacation in 2002. He was only 39 when he passed away – steroid and HGH abuse were rumored to be a key factor in his death.

Image Courtesy of: vintageretrowear

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