WWE has confirmed the next inductee for this year’s Hall of Fame.
First announced on Corey Graves’ “After the Bell” podcast, “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith has been confirmed as the latest inductee for the upcoming Class of 2020 ceremony taking place during WrestleMania 36 weekend.
The news of the induction was reported a month ago, but confirmed today.
Beginning his career in 1978 in England, Smith would soon relocate to Canada along with his cousin, “Dynamite Kid” Tom Billington, to join Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede Wrestling. They would join WWE in 1984 and compete as The British Bulldogs, winning the Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 2. They would leave the company in 1988 after a number of backstage incidents.
Smith would return as a singles competitor in 1990. This run would culminate in him winning the Intercontinental Championship from Bret “Hitman” Hart at SummerSlam 1992 in Wembley Stadium, a match considered one of the best in WWE history. Smith would leave the company a few months later after he and Ultimate Warrior were caught getting shipments of Human Growth Hormone.
Smith would later spend time between WWE and WCW before finally leaving the company in 2000. Smith would pass away in 2002 at the age of 39 from a heart attack while on vacation.
This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 2 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, with Friday Night SmackDown and NXT TakeOver: Tampa Bay taking place Over the following two days in the arena.