Dynamite Kid

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Real Name - Tom Billington
Birthdate - n/a
??? - Manchester, England

Aliases - Tom Billington

Athletic background - Shootfighting, Boxing

Teachers - John Riley (Snake Pit)

Professional history - England(`76-`78), Stampede(`78-`85), New Japan(`81-`85), WWF(`85-`89), All Japan(`89-`91), Stampede(`89), England

Peak Years - `82-`88

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Flying Headbutt

Favorites -
- Missile Dropkick
- Snap Suplex
- Tombstone
- Lariat
- Headbutt

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 10
science - 5
aerial - 6
power - 10
strikes - 10

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 7
selling - 8
bumping - 10
carrying - 8
heat - 7
legacy - 8

Serious Injuries - Ruptured Discs (Required Surgery)

Place in History - Maybe no wrestler made a greater impact in every wrestling nation (aside from Mexico) than Tom Billington. As the Dynamite Kid, he was the junior who put the style on the map with his balls-to-the-wall version of it. In his homeland of England he was a quick hit. In Canada he was an even quicker hit and was the biggest star Stampede ever had as a tough-as-nails babyface and a ruthless heel. He tried his hand in the US and as a tag team wrestler for the WWF he managed to do things unprecidented for a man of his stature. It was in Japan though where he became a legend. There he played the heel counterpart to the great Tiger Mask in one of the greatest feuds of all time. The trendsetting nature of their matches and the stars it created remains truly remarkable. Both lived off that greatness for their remaining years and even when they were past their primes they were still very well received. Kid was forced out of action by a back injury caused by steroid use and crazy bumps. He was reduced to a bitter man in a wheelchair, who seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. His autobiography remains a testament to his style, its no-nonsense approach in which he pulls few punches about drug use, cruel ribs and even his opinions towards people. While it portrays him as a venomous personality, it is often considered one of the best wrestling books around.

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