The British Bulldog, real name Davey Boy Smith, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020 as its fifth entrant, the news first broken by the official WWE podcast, WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves. A former tag-team, European and Intercontinental champion, Bulldog was trained by the legendary Stu Hart in the famous Hart Dungeon, and competed in the WWE in three different decades. Also Read - WWE Legend And 'British Bulldogs' Star Dynamite Kid Dies on His 60th Birthday
Smith grew up and trained alongside his cousin, the Dynamite Kid, in England, before they caught the attention of The Hart Family and trained themselves under the tutelage of Bret Hart’s father Stu. They entered the WWE, then WWF, in 1984 and won the tag-team titles at Wrestlemania 2.
After leaving the company briefly, Smith returned to the WWE, this time enhancing his reputation as a single’s competitor. The Bulldog and his real-life brother-in-law tore the house down at Summerslam in 1992 in one of WWE’s finest matches with Smith winning the Intercontinental Championship at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000-odd people.
In the latter half of the 1990s, Bulldog became the first-ever European Champion and engaged in the heated rivalry between the Hart Foundation and D-Generation X, led by Shawn Michaels and even won the tag team championships with Owen Hart. Bulldog jumped ships to the WCW where he competed for a year without winning any major title. He made a second return to the WWE and won the Hardcore title, defeating the Big Boss Man.
On May 15, 2000, Smith wrestled his last WWE match at an edition of WWE Heat before leaving the company again. He died on May 18, 2002 suffering a heart-attack, but his legacy was carried forward by his son Davey Boy Smith Jr, who competed in the WWE as part of the Hart Dynasty along with Tyson Kid.
Smith will rightfully take his place in the Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania 36, alongside Batista, the NWO, the Bella Twins and JBL.