One of the most influential Junior Heavyweight wrestlers of all time has passed away. Spoiler Free Wrestling is saddened to learn of Dynamite Kid’s passing as announced by Davey Boy Smith Jr earlier today.
His passing comes 60 years to the day he was born.
It deeply saddens me to announce the passing of Tom Billington the “Dynamite Kid.” 😭😢🙏I was really happy and glad I got to see Dynamite one last time last June in the UK. 🇬🇧 ❤️🙏. Dynamite was certainly an inspiration to myself and many others and really revolutionized pic.twitter.com/req7CWTdxm
— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) December 5, 2018
Several others who were influenced by Billington have also commented on the news.
Dynamite Kid and Tiger Mask made me want to be in New Japan when I was younger. Even more so than the WWF. My first ever real job in wrestling happened to be New Japan, as soon as i… https://t.co/jWQZLaeWCj
— 🇺🇸 TEDDY PLAYER ONE 🇵🇭 (@MegaTJP) December 5, 2018
Gutted to hear about the passing of one of my hero’s and biggest inspirations. RIP Dynamite Kid, Tommy Billington. pic.twitter.com/knQuwNOZKQ
— Tyler Bate (@Tyler_Bate) December 5, 2018
https://t.co/QE6p5yi62f Dynamite Kid matches available on World, I particularly enjoy the August 82 MSG match and his last chance at at Tiger Mask for the vacant NWA junior title in April 83.
— chris charlton (@reasonjp) December 5, 2018
WWE is saddened to learn that The Dynamite Kid has passed away. https://t.co/r41WiVPrOb
— WWE (@WWE) December 5, 2018
EXCELLENT WORKER INSIDE THE RING. TOUGH MAN OUTSIDE. GOD BLESS THE DYNAMITE KID pic.twitter.com/WWObV2gKE0
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) December 5, 2018
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) December 5, 2018
Saddened to hear about the passing of Dynamite Kid. There was a time I watched every Dynamite match I could get my hands on including this tribute video countless times. Despite many attempts of re-creating his magic I would never come close. https://t.co/OzLSl4JCW7 via @YouTube
— Kyle O'Reilly (@KORcombat) December 5, 2018
Other than a brief meeting I didn’t know Tom Billington, but the Dynamite Kid was an absolute game changer in wrestling. Technically and mechanically he ranks as one of the best ever.
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) December 5, 2018
— NWA (@nwa) December 5, 2018