Dynamite Kid passed away today on his 60th birthday. Millions of people all over the world were touched by his abilities in the ring and he influenced a generation of pro wrestlers with his diving headbutt and technical ability.
Even after leaving WWE, Dynamite Kid continued to wrestle for Stampede Wrestling and Japan among other places until his eventual retirement in 1996. During his prime, Dynamite Kid had a good run with WWE as a member of the legendary British Bulldogs alongside Davey Boy Smith.
Plenty of members from the pro wrestling community have already spoken about his sad passing to honor Dynamite Kid’s legendary name and now WWE has an official response to his passing.
WWE is saddened to learn that Thomas Billington, known to his fans as Dynamite Kid, has passed away at age 60. Born in Golborne, Lancashire, England, Billington pursued sports-entertainment as a means to avoid a life as a coal miner.
Although somewhat undersized, he possessed a ferocity and determination that earned him the nickname The Dynamite Kid. As a singles competitor, he made his mark in WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, developing a style that was both technically brilliant and wildly aggressive.
It was in Japan, however, where Dynamite Kid set a new standard for junior heavyweight competition in a legendary series of matches against Tiger Mask, which would influence an entire generation of competitors, and help set the stage for brands like WWE’s 205 Live. Dynamite Kid joined WWE in 1984 with his cousin, Davey Boy Smith, forming one of the most popular tag teams of their era, The British Bulldogs.
Alongside their mascot, an English bulldog named Matilda, the duo battled it out in classic matches against Bret “Hit Man” Hart & Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart of The Hart Foundation, and defeated Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake to win the World Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania II.
WWE extends its condolences to Billington’s family, friends and fans.
Ringside News and all of our staff are deeply saddened by Dynamite Kid’s passing and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who knew him and remember his incredible legacy.
We will keep you posted as more information is made known about this unfortunate situation.