• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (December 5, 1987) – NWA World Championship Wrestling
On this day in 1987, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA World Championship Wrestling’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to ‘NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988’ event.
The card can be found below:
– Jim Ross’s 1st broadcast as host of World Championship Wrestling-
– BARRY WINDHAM vs. LARRY ZBYSZKO (JIP)
– Sting interview
– WARLORD & BARBARIAN vs. TOWERS/IDOL (1st TBS appearance of the Powers of Pain)
– Paul Jones w/ his stable interview
– Ron Garvin interview
– STEVE WILLIAMS vs. JERRY GREY
– Steve Williams post match interview
– STING vs. BOB COOK
– Road Warriors w/ Paul Ellering interview
– STAN LANE vs. KENDALL WINDHAM
– Dusty Rhodes pre taped interview w/ his bunkhouse boot
– Ric Flair w/ J.J. Dillon interview
– ARN ANDERSON & TULLY BLANCHARD vs. ROYAL & ITALIAN STALLION
– Anderson & Blanchard w/ Dillon interview
– NIKITA KOLOFF vs. MARK STARR
– Nikita Koloff post match interview
– KEVIN SULLIVAN vs. RICK RYDER
– Lex Luger w/ J.J. Dillon interview
– BOBBY EATON vs. REX KING
– MIKE ROTUNDO vs. THUNDERFOOT I
– Rock n Roll Express interview
– RIC FLAIR vs. MICHAEL HAYES
• WWE Issues Statement On Dynamite Kid’s Death, Wrestling World Reacts
As we noted earlier, former WWF Tag Team Champion The Dynamite Kid (Tom Billington) has passed away.
He wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1984 until 1988, mainly teaming up with his cousin “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith as ‘The British Bulldogs’.
Together they became the WWF World Tag Team Champions, when they defeated The Dream Team at WrestleMania 2.
For quite some years, Billington was in a wheel chair and had several other severe health problems, resulting from decades of drug abuse and wrestling a very risky & unhealthy style.
Today was his 60th birthday.
REST IN PEACE DYNAMITE KID
(December 5, 1958 – December 5, 2018)
Below issued the following statement regarding his death:
“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.”
Below is how the wrestling world reacted:
It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington the “Dynamite Kid.” ???I was really happy and glad I got to see Dynamite one last time last June in the UK. ?? ❤️?. Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionized pic.twitter.com/req7CWTdxm
— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) December 5, 2018
Thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of Tom “Dynamite Kid” Billington … a true in-ring pioneer in the professional wrestling industry… RIP…
— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) December 5, 2018
RIP dynamite kid! One of a kind! https://t.co/D9PnmvsEhq
— GANGREL (@gangrel13) December 5, 2018
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) December 5, 2018
Godspeed, Dynamite Kid. Rest well, sir. https://t.co/osSUOVDHqB
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) December 5, 2018
Gutted to hear about the passing of one of my hero’s and biggest inspirations. RIP Dynamite Kid, Tommy Billington. pic.twitter.com/knQuwNOZKQ
— Tyler Bate (@Tyler_Bate) December 5, 2018
RIP Dynamite Kid. One of the best to every come from these islands.
Everyone take seventeen minutes of your life to watch the man in action in his prime. https://t.co/Ob83Bqq9Lj
— Jim Smallman (@jimsmallman) December 5, 2018
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
Sad to hear about the passing of The Dynamite Kid. Just the other day I was watching this little gem of a music video.https://t.co/fHl3c5xnHi
A true pioneer and without a doubt one of the very best to lace up a pair of boots.#RIPDynamiteKid
— Flash Morgan Webster (@Flash_Morgan) December 5, 2018
Sad news to hear of the passing of Dynamite Kid. When you talk about great British Wreestlers, he’s up there with the very best. A true pioneer who’s matches would still hold up in the era.#RIPDynamiteKid ??
— Nathan Cruz (@Nathan_Cruz90) December 5, 2018
RIP Dynamite. Groundbreaking Genius. I was more than lucky to have shared some great moments with you Tommy lad. Is reeeeet.
— Robby Brookside (@RobbyBrookside) December 5, 2018