Badseed's Bottomline Supplemental #9

Pure Dynamite
by Tom Billington

By Badseed

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   Tom Billington wrestled in the WWF as The Dynamite Kid, one half of the popular tag-team The British Bulldogs. As a child growing up, I used to love this tag-team and would constantly root for them as they attempted to take the tag-team straps from Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake. Every week I watched as they failed in their attempts, and the story just kept getting more interesting as time went on. Imagine how happy I was when they finally won those titles and Wrestlemania II. What a great team, but to me, Davey Boy Smith was the star of the squad and the Dynamite Kid was just a supporting player. I didn't know about wrestling like I do now. Who would have thought that the Dynamite Kid was such a fascinating star? Who would have known that while the British Bulldogs were winning matches and endearing us to them, they were actually falling apart behind the scenes? Who exactly knew that Dynamite Kid would never be able to walk again due to the sport he loved?

     Pure Dynamite is just a great read. I enjoy reading the book in the way the Englishman would actually talk. It was cool to read words that I would never ever think of using in every day conversation. However, the style of writing was not what captured my attention. I was enthralled with the way Dynamite Kid got into wrestling, how he continued to shine in his career and how he came crashing down to Earth without a safety net to stop his fall. From a young kid starting out in the British rings, to a main draw in Stampede Wrestling, the promotion owned by Stu Hart, Billington was a special wrestler who had a gift for taking bumps and wowing the crowd, much in the way Mick Foley has been doing for years.

     This book is chock full of interesting tidbits that really capture the reader's attention. It was cool to read about his rocky relationship with the Hart family, and his eventual friendship with Bret "The Hitman" Hart. In fact, these guys had some of the very first ladder matches ever in Stampede Wrestling. It was their awesome style of competitiveness that got them to the World Wrestling Federation. Billington has some interesting stories about the Hart family that even showcase a dysfunctional side to the group that would shed light to what is going on in that family, today. Billington has nothing to hold back.

     In addition to this, there are exciting stories about Dynamite Kid's matches with Tiger Mask that wowed crowds in Japan and Madison Square Garden. There are stories about how the Bulldogs went through Canada, Europe, Japan and America, dominating competition and winning titles along the way. It was interesting to read about Dynamite's relationship with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage and how he came to blows with the Rougeau Brothers, leading to an altercation that almost left him dead. There were just many intriguing tales about wrestling in general, and many funny stories about pranks Billington has played throughout the years. However, all that happiness goes downhill as steroid use and other drugs eventually lead to the end of Billington's career and the use of his legs. This book is funny and sad, but in the end it leaves you feeling good about the man who entertained us as hard as he could, no matter what. He always gave it his all. Pure Dynamite!

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