Davey Boy Smith wiki – Davey Boy Smith Biography
Davey Boy Smith wiki: David “Davey Boy Smith Born on 27 November 1962 – 18 May 2002 was a British professional wrestler. Born in Golborne, Lancashire, Smith is best known for his appearances in the United States with the World Wrestling Federation under his own name and under the ring name The British Bulldog.
He was trained by Ted Betley in Winwick, England before relocating to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to further his training under Stu Hart. While training with Hart, Smith met Stu and Helen Hart’s youngest daughter Diana, whom he married on 7 October 1984. One of their two children, Harry, is also a professional wrestler.
Smith won titles within the WWF in three decades, from the 1980s to the 2000s. He headlined multiple pay-per-view events in the WWF and WCW, in which he challenged for the WWF and WCW world heavyweight championships, and defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Championship in the main event of SummerSlam 1992. He was the inaugural WWF European Champion and holds the records for longest single reign (206 days) and total days as champion (253); he also held the title on the sole occasion where a match for that championship headlined a pay-per-view event, at One Night Only in 1997. Prior to finding singles success, Smith achieved stardom as one half of The British Bulldogs tag team, alongside his cousin Dynamite Kid.
Davey Boy Smith Early life
Smith was born in Golborne, where he grew up with his father Sid, mother Joyce, his brother, Terrence and sisters, Joanne and Tracy. Joyce was the sister of Bill Billington, the father of Tom Billington, also known as the Dynamite Kid, who was Smith’s frequent tag-team partner.
Davey Boy Smith Personal life
Smith and his wife Diana had two children, Harry (born 2 August 1985) and Georgia (born 26 September 1987). In early January 2000, Diana divorced him, with Smith being given shared custody of their children. At the same time, he entered a drug rehabilitation clinic at the behest and expense of Vince McMahon due to his problems with prescription painkillers and morphine since his back injury he suffered in WCW. He was released from the company shortly thereafter.
Andrea Redding who was his girlfriend from 2000 to his death has stated that she and Smith were planning to get married shortly before his death.
Davey Boy Smith Death
Smith died on 18 May 2002 after suffering a heart attack while on holiday in Invermere, British Columbia with his girlfriend, Bruce Hart’s estranged wife Andrea Redding. An autopsy revealed that past anabolic steroid use may have played a part in his death, but no certain reason was found. Bruce Hart claimed “Davey paid the price with steroid cocktails and human-growth hormones.” Two funeral services were held, one by Andrea and the other by the Hart family. Bret Hart attended both.
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