🤼‍♂ How Good of a Wrestler Were They Really? BREXIT EDITION! 🤼‍♀ #38 The British Bulldog 🇬🇧 🐶

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper scores a slightly disappointing but ultimately fair 3.36!

Wrestler Rating
Chris Jericho (3) 4.69
Kurt Angle (2) 4.55
Mick Foley (10) 4.55
Daniel Bryan (5) 4.38
Macho Man Randy Savage (12) 4.37
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) 4.36
Eddie Guerrero (8) 4.28
Ric Flair (11) 4.23
The Undertaker (7) 4.22
The Steiner Brothers (n/a) 4.22*
Shawn Michaels (6) 4.21
William Regal (18) 4.1
Bret Hart (9) 4.07
Owen Hart (21) 3.95
“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig (22) 3.91
CM Punk (16) 3.85
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (20) 3.81
The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom (106) 3.74
Diamond Dallas Page (41) 3.73
Booker T (48) 3.72
Charlotte Flair (34) 3.69
Vince McMahon (66) 3.55
Kane (19) 3.54
Brock Lesnar (30) 3.52
Triple H (13) 3.48
John Cena (17) 3.43
Rob Van Dam (47) 3.4
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (37) 3.36
Becky Lynch (28) 3.2
Ron Simmons (114) 3.18
Big Van Vader (58) 3.17
Shane McMahon (59) 3.17
A.P.A (90) 3.15
Sting (52) 3.12
The Big Boss Man(36) 3.1
Scott Steiner (55) 3.08
Stephanie McMahon (n/a) 2.36
Hulk Hogan (61) 2.33
D-X (n/a) 2.33
Goldberg (51) 2.3
JBL (n/a) 1.56

And now, one half of The British Bulldogs, a fifth of the Hart Foundation, Wigan’s favourite son, HE’S GOING TO TO WIN THE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE WHETHER HE WANTS TO OR NOT AND THE ROYAL RUMBLE BECAUSE HE IS, BIZARRE! HE WILL CALL YOU OUT IF YOU’VE FALLEN ON YOUR FUCKIN ARSE AND NOT AFRAID TO ASK “WHERE’S MAH TITLE SHOT?” HE IS BRITAIN’S MOST FAMOUS (WRESTLING) EXPORT FIGHTING WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE BLITZ (AND NOW BREXIT) IT’S…

DAVEY BOY SMITH!

So, How Good Was The British Bulldog Really?
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Best Match/Moment
  • Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid vs. Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart (WWF MSG Show Sep 23rd 1985)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Ricky Steamboat (The Wrestling Classic '85)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid vs. Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, WrestleMania 2 Chicago)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid vs. Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik (Tag 2 Out Of 3 Falls WWF Tag Team Titles Match, Saturday Night’s Main Event, May 1st 1986)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Greg Valentine (MSG Show Oct '86)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid & Tito Santana vs. Bret Hart & Danny Davis & Jim Neidhart - Commentator: Bob Uecker & Mary Hart (6-Person Tag, WrestleMania III)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid vs. Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart (WWF Tag Team Titles, MSG Show Jul '87)
  • The British Bulldogs, The Killer Bees, The Fabulous Rougeaus, Strike Force & The Young Stallions vs. Demolition, The Hart Foundation, The Head Shrinkers, The Bolsheviks & The Dream Team (“Survivor Series” Tag, Survivor Series '87)
  • The British Bulldogs & Koko B Ware vs. Bobby Heenan & The Headshrinkers (6-Person Tag, WrestleMania IV)
  • The British Bulldogs vs The Fabulous Rougeaus (SummerSlam '88)
  • The British Bulldogs, The Powers of Pain, The Rockers, The Hart Foundation & The Young Stallions vs. Demolition, The Brain Busters, The Bolsheviks, The Fabulous Rougeaus & The Conquistadors w/ Bobby Heenan, Mr. Fuji, Slick and Jimmy Hart (“Survivor Series” Tag, Survivor Series '88)
  • The British Bulldogs leave to go to AJPW where they would face the likes of The Malenkos, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and… The Nasty Boys?!
  • The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord (WrestleMania VII)
  • The British Bulldog, Ricky Steamboat & The Texas Tornado vs. Hercules & Paul Roma & The Warlord (6-Person Tag, SummerSlam '91)
  • The British Bulldog wins a 20-man Battle Royale at Royal Albert Hall! (Oct '91)
  • The British Bulldog, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper & Virgil vs. Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, The Mountie & The Warlord (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '91)
  • The British Bulldog vs. The Warlord (This Tuesday In Texas)
  • The British Bulldog (smacked out his heid on gak) vs. Bret Hart (WWF Intercontinental Title, SummerSlam '92)
  • The British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF Intercontinental Title Match, Saturday Night’s Main Event, Oct 27th 1992)
  • The British Bulldog & The Ultimate Warrior beat Tag Champs Money INC. Irwin R. Schyster & Ted DiBiase via Count-Out so not the belts, then both get fired for importing da 'roids from the UK!
  • Davey Boy Smith joins WCW, faces Bill “The Goon!” Irwin in his debut (SuperBrawl III)
  • Davey Boy Smith gets a title shot vs. Big Van Vader! (WCW World Heavyweight Title, Slamboree '93)
  • Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes & Sting vs. Big Van Vader, Rick Rude & Sid Vicious (6-Person Tag, Clash Of The Champions XXIII)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Sting vs. Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious (Beach Blast '93)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Vader II (WCW World Heavyweight Title, Clash Of The Champions XXIV)
  • Davey “He Fell on His Fookin Arse” Boy Smith & Dustin Rhodes & Sting & The Shockmaster!!! vs. Kane (Stevie Ray) & Kole (Booker T) & Sid Vicious & Vader (WarGames, Fall Brawl '93)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Lord Steven Regal (WCW World Television Title, Halloween Havoc '93)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Sting vs. The Nasty Boyz (Clash Of The Champions XXV)
  • The British Bulldog takes a year out in the U.K to return to WWF at Summerslam '94 for Owen vs Bret cage match, featuring that perm!
  • The British Bulldog, The Headshrinkers, Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Diesel, Jeff Jarrett, Jim Neidhart, Owen Hart & Shawn Michaels (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '94)
  • The British Bulldog thinks he’s won Royal Rumble '95 after starting all the way from number 2 only to be eliminated by entrant number 1, Shawn Michaels!
  • The British Bulldog forms the allied powers with Lex Luger for Wrestlemania XI vs The Blu Brothers in a terrible match! (WrestleMania XI)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Lex Luger vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks)
  • The British Bulldog & Yokozuna vs. Diesel & Shawn Michaels (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 3: Triple Header)
  • The British Bulldog vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (In Your House 3: Triple Header)
  • The British Bulldog the Canad-uhh, Brit finally gets a WWF World Title Shot in Canada and wins via DQ vs. Diesel because state of The New Gen, mate. (WWF World Heavyweight Title, In Your House 4: Great White North)
  • The British Bulldog, Ahmed Johnson, Shawn Michaels & Sycho Sid vs. Dean Douglas, Owen Hart, Razor Ramon & Yokozuna (“Survivor Series” Match,Survivor Series '95)
  • The British Bulldog vs. Bret Hart (WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, In Your House 5: Season’s Beatings)
  • The British Bulldog finishes in the final four of the Royal Rumble '96 but is, for the second year running, eliminated by eventual winner, Shawn Michaels!
  • The British Bulldog, Owen Hart & Vader vs. Ahmed Johnson, Jake Roberts & Yokozuna (6-Person Tag, WrestleMania XII)
  • The British Bulldog gets a shot at WWF Champ Shawn Michaels at the first attempt of his namesake PPV “Beware of the Dog”!
  • The British Bulldog gets a rematch and puts on a barnstormer vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, WWF King Of The Ring '96)
  • The British Bulldog, Owen Hart & [Vader vs. Ahmed Johnson, Shawn Michaels & Sycho Sid (6-Person Tag Match, In Your House 9: International Incident)
  • The British Bulldog vs. Sycho Sid (SummerSlam '96)
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart vs. The Smoking Gunns (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 10: Mind Games & In Your House 11: Buried Alive)
  • The British Bulldog, Owen Hart & The “New” Rockers Leif Cassidy & Marty Jannetty vs. The Godwinns & The Can-Am Express - Enforcer: Harvey Whippleman (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '96)
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart vs. Fake Diesel & Razor! (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 12: It’s Time)
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart implode! vs The Can-Am Express (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 13: Final Four)
  • The British Bulldog wins the inaugural WWF European Title Match vs. Owen Hart (Monday Night Raw Berlin, Feb 26th 1997)
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart make-up and regain the tag titles vs. Mankind & Vader (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, WrestleMania 13)
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart vs. The Legion of Doom (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 14: Revenge Of The 'Taker)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels & Steve Austin (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, RAW, May 26th '97)
  • The British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart & Owen Hart vs. The Legion of Doom & Sycho Sid (6-Person Tag Match, King Of The Ring '97)
  • The Hart Foundation vs. Team U.S.A: Steve Austin, The Road Warriors, Ken Shamrock & Goldust (10-Person Tag Match, In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede)
  • Davey Boy Smith & Owen Hart vs. Dude Love & Steve Austin (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, Monday Night Raw Jul 14th 1997)
  • The British Bulldog and some dog food vs. Ken Shamrock (WWF European Title Match, SummerSlam '97)
  • The British Bulldog & Owen Hart vs. The Headbangers vs. The Legion of Doom vs. The Godwinns (Fatal 4-Way Elimination Tag WWF Tag Team Titles Match, In Your House 17: Ground Zero)
  • The British Bulldog walks out after the “Montral Screwjob” and/or this match with Jim Neidhart & Can-Am Express vs. Goldust, Marc Mero, Steve Blackman & Vader “Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '97)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Steve “Mongo” McMichael (SuperBrawl VIII)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Curt Hennig (Spring Stampede '98)
  • Davey Boy Smith falls down a trap door injuring his spine, starting off a chain of events that would plague him until his death four years later, in which he gets depressed and addicted to painkillers while WCW fed-ex him his terminated contract due to him & Jim Neidhart vs. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno (Fall Brawl '98)
  • The British Bulldog returns to the WWF and demands his title shot vs. Triple H vs. Kane vs. Mankind vs. The Big Show vs. The Rock (“Six-Pack Challenge” WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, Unforgiven '99)
  • The British Bulldog returns to the U.K as a heel! vs. X-Pac (Rebellion '99)
  • The British Bulldog gets squashed by The Rock for some reason! (No Mercy '99)
  • The British Bulldog & The Mean Street Possee vs Gangrel, Mark Henry, Steve Blackman & Val Venis because Attitude Era baby! (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '99)
  • The British Bulldog vs. Val Venis vs. D-Lo Brown (Triple-Threat WWF European Title Match, Armageddon '99)
  • Royal Rumble 2000 Match
  • The British Bulldog’s final PPV Match vs. Crash Holly (WWF Hardcore Title Match, Insurrextion '00)
  • The British Bulldog’s final TV Match vs. Eddie Guerrero (WWF European Title Match, Sunday Night Heat, 23rd May 2000)
  • The British Bulldog is confirmed into the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame until COVID-19 postponed it by a year!

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(those last two matches are pretty heartbreaking)

and as he won’t be getting his/their own thread:

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How Good Were The British Bulldogs Really?
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really good when wrestling bret or owen. against anybody else, not so much

His match with Shawn at King of the Ring is fantastic as well, but otherwise, yes.

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At his peak he was incredibly impressive - sadly his career petered out due to boneheaded decision to put a trap door in a ring without telling him - leading to pain killer addiction (Davey was always prone to substance abuse but this really was the thing that took its toll)

Always adored him and own together. They clearly loved each other and it lead to really engaging chemistry

Shite promo though

Probably a 3.5 but I’ll round up to 4 as 3 seems harsh

That European Title match with Owen on Raw Berlin is legit one of the greatest free tv matches of the era if not all time

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they tracked that kid down recently

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Doesn’t seem particularly bad, but I’m struggling to think of anything I’ve seen that would bump him beyond a 2 for me. Doesn’t give a great promo and never been overly impressed by his ring work, but the British Bulldog gimmick is beyond doubt a great one.

Be good to hear what stands out for others here :slight_smile:

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I’m assuming you’ve seen the Wembley Summerslam?

Dynamite was incredible for his time, practically invented the 90s style single handedly and definitely paved the way for Owen, Bret and later Benoit and Storm


The idea this was 83 is genuinely insane
Still an absolute piece of shit, one of the most horrific humans to step in a ring
Bulldog was nothing special really but had a good look and for the early 90s at least a good engine for a big guy, 3
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what did he do (re: him being a piece of shit)?

Not an expert but by all accounts very abusive, stories of him holding a gun to his ex wife etc. Basically everyone at the time says he was a cruel prick.

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Still need to watch this so thanks for posting

So I’ve definitely seen the OSW potted highlights of it, but I’m not sure I could tell you if I’ve watched the actual match itself. Will go look it up :+1:

Not very good really.

!!! Didn’t this whole thing start because you thought HGWWTR British Bulldog would be a laff?!

It is well worth seeking