Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #45 - Davey Boy Smith
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than a 1994 white Ford Bronco containing an ex-football star (okay, slight exaggeration, the whole O.J. thing did get an FX series after all).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All", I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990., factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#45: "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith
Hailing From: Golborne, United Kingdom
Finisher: Running Powerslam
The neat aspect about Davey Boy's 90s run was that be small or major, he had his "Bulldog" teeth sunken into a hot angle or storyline in both the first and second half of the decade (at least in WWF, that is).
First, he found some real solid success in the 80s WWF as apart of The British Bulldogs with The Dynamite Kid. However, Dynamite Kid was was notorious for having an explosive personality (hey ohhh) so when Davey Boy returned to the WWF in 1990, Vince gave him the lone "British Bulldog" badge. This eventually led to a very memorable Intercontinental title win at Summer Slam 1992 where he pinned his brother-in-law Bret in front of his home country crowd at Wembley Stadium.
Then when the "Attitude" tide started changing, he was apart of one of the hottest (and unprecedented) factions that was The Hart Foundation, being equally adored in Canada as much as it was hated in The States.
Then after leaving the WWF in lieu of that whole Montreal Screwjob thing in late 1997, Bulldog returned to back to the WWF in the second half of 1999 where he won the Hardcore Championship and eventually feuding with The Rock for the WWF Championship. Not too bad of a stretch all things considered, which to be more specific "all things were considered" could be called his forgettable WCW stints during the decade, which is the main reason why he isn't higher in my Top 50.