The much troubled life of Davey Boy Smith ended last night of a heart attack at the age of 39. Smith was on a weekend vacation in Envereme, British Columbia with girlfriend Andrea Hart. We are awaiting other details.
This has been a few week period like no other in the history of this industry.
There are no words. Aw, man... not Davey Boy too.
I'm wondering how Bret feels about this. He and Davey weren't on the best of terms after Davey came back to the WWF. I'm sure we'll find out in his next column.
Here's what the Torch says:
"British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith died of an apparent heart attack last night at age 39, according to WrestlingObserver.com. Smith was on vacation in Envereme, British Columbia.
Smith had tagged with his son, Harry Smith, last weekend in Brandon, Manitoba and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Smith had been battling drug addiction. including from pain killers. He spent time in hospital last year for major health problems.
Bulldog originally became a major star in the U.S. as part of the British Bulldog tag team with Dynamite Kid. He later became a singles star in the WWF.
It will be interesting to watch how WWE handles the death, since Smith falls into a category of a wrestler dying too young for his age (unlike Lou Thesz and Wahoo McDaniel), and may add fuel to critics who decry that wrestling, as promoted by WWE, encourages dangerous lifestyles among wrestlers.
This is doubly sad for me. One, growing up on Stampede Wrestling, I watched Davey when he was skinny as a rail and one of the best cruiserweights in the business. Second, he died not 2 hours from my hometown. His story is a very sad one too. Hooked on drugs and steriods (some blame Tom Billington for this) early, he never had a chance to really enjoy his time in the ring. According to Diana Hart's book, he was manipulative and violent. His relationship with Andrea Hart apparent was going on behind both Diana's and Bruce's back (Andrea was married to Bruce the time they began seeing each other). He was a great talent who never really reached his full potential. Truly a tragic story. You will be missed Davey...
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Things seem to have gotten worse for him right after the major back injury. The WWF brought him in for a short time and looked as if they were ready to give him one last big push. He was fazed out and eventually dropped, apparantly because of his addictions.
Wrestling is definatly going through one of those fazes. With the plane ride, the wrestling related deaths, the firing for Scott Hall for his addictions. Add stupid things like the Jannetty story and wrestling looks like the dirty busines it is again.
Originally posted by Net Hack SlasherThe Hart Fondation curse continues. Pillman, Owen, Smith. Only Bret and Neidhart remain.
And let's look at where those two wrestlers - who once formed the WWF Tag Team Champion Hart Foundation - are now.
Bret: WWF Superstar - and eventually WWF Heavyweight Champion - following the dissolution of the Hart Foundation. Signed a foolish contract with Vince McMahon, who later backed out of the contract. Shortly thereafter, signed a lucrative contract with WCW, but effectively declined to pass the Title on the way out. Sharped out of the title in Montreal, in a move that helped lay the groundwork for the resurgence of the WWF. Completely misused in WCW, then injured by their rising star. Now given to railing against Vince for the destruction of his career and his brother; last seen consulting with a hokey spiritualist on network TV trying to connect with his dead brother and mother.
Neidhart: Perpetual second (or even third) banana following the dissolution of the Hart Foundation. Unremarkable careers in the WWF and WCW following the split. Now reduced to taking indy bookings through his Website - using ring attire very much like his Hart Foundation attire (probably to help the nostalgia appeal).
Not how you'd like to see your career wind down - especially when you can turn on your TV and see WWE Champion Hulk Hogan.
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I knew for some reason I didn't want to log onto the forum this morning. Geez. The more I think about this, the more I think we all picked the wrong obsession, with many of our favourites fated to early graves.
I think I'll watch the Euro final match with Owen and just be depressed for the rest of the long weekend.
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Originally posted by KawshenIt will be interesting to watch how WWE handles the death, since Smith falls into a category of a wrestler dying too young for his age (unlike Lou Thesz and Wahoo McDaniel), and may add fuel to critics who decry that wrestling, as promoted by WWE, encourages dangerous lifestyles among wrestlers.
I'm guessing we'll at least see an acknowledgement of it tonight or tomorrow on TV...WWE did put it up on their "News" section. Aside from that, it's media (re: "Jackyls" if you ask Gov Ventura) who always play up the "dying too young for their age" angle. WWE doesn't traditionally respond to that until some ratings-grabbing media sludge comes after them with it.
Man, I was so shocked when I read that. I really only know Davey from the WWF with the Dyamite Kid, they were the S**T back in the day, and I especially remember him with Owen. I really liked that team, because their different styles aided each other. The best memory I have was Canadian Stampede, which I have on tape. He was fired up in that one. Strange yet ironic how Canadian Stampede is suddenly going up in value historically.... May the sun smile upon you, Davey Boy.
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I'm sure he'll get a mention on RAW tomorrow, maybe (though I doubt it) on the PPV Tonight. Unlike the other wrestlers who have died in recent weeks, Smith played a very prominant role in WWF TV throughout much of the 1990's.
Unlike the recent spate of wrestling deaths, the memories that came to me first about Smith were bad ones.
1. Being Rock Bottomed on dog poo 2. Being fired from WCW while in the hospital 3. Being part of the infamous exploding boat angle in WCW 4. Being in the locker room after Montreal happened 5. Carrying DYK to the ring to lose the tag team titles
It's unfortunate that the good memories (the Bulldog matches, the match in London vs. Bret) I had to struggle to think about.
And what's up with his girlfriend being BRuce Hart's (ex?)wife? Between that and the whole Bret-Owen's window thing, the whole Hart clan just creeps me out.
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Hey, I saw the Bulldog a few weeks ago [I work at a movie theatre] and that guy was so broken down, maybe he wanted to die... Not trying to justify it, it's just that it was so sad to see how far he'd fallen... Poor guy... Rest in peace, Davey Boy.
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'Tis a shame. I remember him back around 1992... only problem is I don't have any good shows of him. My only wrestling tapes are Royal Rumble 1992, WM8, and WM2000. I always did mark out for him... of course, I wasn't really watching the WWF during his last run.
Can't get over the fact that people are at all surprised at this. Drug use is, and has always been, rampant in this industry. We all know it. A death like Davey Boy's happens so often, how could anyone express shock that it's happened again?
I mean, shoot, didn't Dick Dudley also drop dead this week?
Wrestlers need a goddamned UNION with a decent health plan that affords them detox and counseling and PAID LEAVE when one of them gets in trouble with painkillers.
-- and don't get me started on the subject of ephedra and steroids; we'll be here all day --
This is uncanny cuase htis week i had just finished re-rteading Under the Mat by diana Smith so this comes as quite a shock since daveyboy was in my mind recently. By the way he is discribed in the book this does not come as a shock in some ways. I wonder what Tom billighton 's feelingsa are on this matter. IT would be nice to know just as a reader of his autobiography.
RIP davey as a former stampete fan, old skool wwf fan thanx for the memories.
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