THE BRITISH BULLDOGS
Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid
1983 - 1990
WWF World Tag Team Champions
Stampede Tag Team Champions
Written by Canadian Bulldog
Not just because we share the last name.... but The British Bulldogs are one of my all-time favorite tag teams.
I first discovered Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid in 1985, when the two were doing hard-hitting and high-flying things on television that no (North American) team were capable of doing. By the time they captured the WWF World Tag Team Titles from Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake at WrestleMania II, I was absolutely hooked.
Although they had some incredible matches with the likes of The Hart Foundation, The Islanders and The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, The Bulldogs' reign in the WWF didn't last particularly long. By 1988, the two real-life cousins returned to their home promotion of Stampede Wrestling (as well as working in Japan) for a brief period. By 1990, the Bulldogs had ended their personal and professional relationship ahead of Dynamite Kid's sudden retirement.
Some 30 years after they debuted, The British Bulldogs' tenacious style is still emulated today and they (along with Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) helped to import the "Stampede style" to mainstream tag team wrestling. If you ever have the opportunity to track down a DVD called "The British Bulldogs in Japan", I would highly recommend it... as well as any number of their matches available on the WWE Network and elsewhere.