David Smith was an English professional wrestler best known for his work with WWF as British Bulldog. He is a former WWF Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion.
- Professional Wrestling Career
- Championships and Accomplishments
Professional Wrestling Career
Early Years (1978-1990)
In 1978, Smith began his professional wrestling career at the age of 15. He teamed up with Dynamite Kid to form a tag team called The British Bulldogs. Smith worked for various promotions in America, Japan, and UK and won several championships. In 198, The Bulldogs signed with WWF and began working in the tag team division.
At WrestleMania II, they won the WWF Tag Team Championships from the Dream Team. After losing the title, he spent a few months in the company before leaving it. Later, the team began working for Stampede Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
After disbanding the team, Smith returned to WWF and had a singles career. He was called The British Bulldog, and he became a huge attraction for the fans in the UK. After working in the mid-card division, Smith rose to prominence. In 1992, Smith defeated Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam, which took place in the UK. A few months later, Smith was released from the company.
Various Promotions (1992-1994)
After being released from the company, Smith worked for various promotions, such as ECW, AJPW, WCW, and ASW.
Second Return to WWF (1994-1997)
During his second return, they quickly inserted him into a storyline between Bret and Owen Hart. In 1995, Shawn Michaels, who won the rumble, eliminated him. Later, he formed a tag team with Lex Luger called Allied Powers. After WrestleMania, he joined Owen Hart and Yokozuna and disbanded Allied Powers.
Smith spent the year feuding with Bret and a rematch at SummerSlam, which Bret won. At WrestleMania XII, Vader, Smith, and Owen defeated Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson, and Jake Roberts. After Mania, Smith, and Owen defeated The Smoking Guns to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.
In 1997, he became the inaugural WWF European Champion. Later, he joined forces with Bret to form The Hart Dynasty during their feud against Steve Austin. After feuding with Austin and Michaels, Smith spent the rest of the year with the stable before leaving for WCW.
Final Years (1997-2000)
During his time with WCW, he formed a tag team with Neidhart but failed to win the titles. At Fall Brawl, Smith was involved in a serious injury that cost him six months and he got fired from the company. After the death of Owen Hart, Smith returned to WWF. Smith worked in the hardcore and European division. Smith also feuded with The Rock and lost. In 2002, Smith passed away after a heart attack. In 2020, Smith was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Championships and Accomplishments
|Championship||Number of Times|
|IWA Heavyweight Champion||1|
|Stampede International Tag Team Championship||2|
|Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship||1|
|Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship||2|
|Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship||2|
|Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight Championship||1|
|WWWA Intercontinental Championship||1|
|WWF European Championship||2|
|WWF Intercontinental Championship||1|
|WWF Hardcore Championship||2|
|WWF Tag Team Championship||2|
|WWE Hall of Fame||1|