Thomas Billington, better known in the world of professional wrestling as Dynamite Kid, has died today December 5, 2018, coinciding with the day of his birthday. The former wrestler had health problems in recent years, specifically mobility problems due to the blows and injuries suffered, and has finally died for reasons that are still unknown. Will Ospreay was one of the first to report what happened on Twitter, publishing the following message:
I heard news that Tommy Billington also know as the Dynamite Kid has passed away.
Thank you for all the work you’ve done for our country and inspiring so many wrestlers to take a chance on themselves.
RIP Dynamite Kid. pic.twitter.com/yzQ74Swhhz
— ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) December 5, 2018
Dynamite Kid is a legend in the world of professional wrestling but he will be remembered by many WWE fans for having been part, along with British Bulldog, of the team “The British Bulldogs”. They both won the WWE Tag Team Championships once in 1986 and defended it for almost 300 days, before losing them to The Hart Foundation.
In November 2013, WWE reported that Thomas Billington suffered a stroke and added more information, specifying that the former wrestler had suffered more than one stroke at that time.
Dynamite Kid fought between the 70s and 90s in World Wrestling Federation (WWE today), Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and New Japan Pro Wrestling, and had legendary rivalries with fighters of the likes of Tiger Mask, in Japan, and Bret Hart, in Canada. He is also considered one of the most influential wrestlers of new fighting styles in Mexico, Canada, and Japan.