Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a man that is a navy blue.
Wrestler: “Bulldog II” DH Smith (Davey Boy Smith Jr./David Hart Smith).
Background Information: DH Smith is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He began wrestling at the age of eight, having trained under his father Davey Boy Smith and uncle Bruce Hart.
He made an early appearance with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on October 5, 1996, at the age of 10 when he teamed with his cousin Ted Annis against TJ Wilson and Andrew Picarnia at a WWF house show in Calgary.
He made his professional debut at the age of fifteen at the Rockyford Rodeo and went on to become a mainstay of the Calgary-based Stampede Wrestling promotion.
In May 2002, he teamed with his father on two occasions, shortly before his father died. He was offered a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the summer of 2004, but opted to attend college and wrestle in Japan before signing.
In 2004, he began teaming with TJ Wilson as the Stampede Bulldogs, a reference to the British Bulldogs, the tag team composed of his father and his second cousin the Dynamite Kid.
In the same year, he formed a stable known as The Hart Foundation Version 2.0 with Wilson, Jack Evans, and Teddy Hart. The Hart Foundation Version 2.0 initially performed in Stampede Wrestling before expanding to the United States, where they competed in Major League Wrestling (MLW).
In January 2005, he went on a five week tour of Japan, wrestling with New Japan Pro Wrestling as Black Assassin and suffered a broken hand in the process.
Later that year, he left Stampede Wrestling and wrestled several dark matches for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), before embarking upon a second tour of Japan. He returned to Stampede Wrestling in October 2005, and on November 25, 2005, he was defeated by T.J. Wilson in the finals of a tournament for the vacant North American Heavyweight Championship.
He traveled to England in January 2006, appearing with One Pro Wrestling (1PW) at No Turning Back on January 6, 2006. He was billed as the mystery opponent of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett, ostensibly hand-picked by his uncle, Bret Hart.
On April 1, 2006, he and several of his relatives attended the induction of Bret Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame. While there, he met with WWE executives, John Laurinaitis and Carl DeMarco, and signed a developmental contract with on April 4, 2006. He wrestled dark matches for the company before his debut, defeating wrestlers like Rob Conway and Mike Knox, and losing to Randy Orton.
He debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), at the February 14, 2007 television tapings, in a tag team match with Kofi Nahaje Kingston in which they defeated The Belgium Brawler and Nicholas Sinn.
At the following taping, the duo of him and Kofi became collectively known as the Commonwealth Connection and faced La Résistance in a losing effort.
He was then sent to Deep South Wrestling (DSW) where he reformed the Stampede Bulldogs with T.J. Wilson.
After WWE ended its relationship with DSW, he moved to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He then joined up with his cousins Teddy Hart and Nattie Neidhart to form the Next Generation Hart Foundation. They debuted in a six-person mixed tag team match, losing to Mike Kruel, Vladimir Kozlov and Milena Roucka. They were later victorious in a non-title match against the OVW Southern Tag Team Champions, the James Boys.
He then returned to FCW to form another version of the New Hart Foundation, along with Hart, Wilson and Ted DiBiase, Jr.
Throughout his FCW career, he became a FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion and a Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed with FCW until he was called up to the main roster.
He made his television debut as DH Smith on the October 22, 2007, on an episode of Raw, defeating Carlito using his father’s trademark running powerslam.
On November 2, 2007, it was reported that he had been suspended for 30 days due to violations of WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. He returned to the active roster on December 17, 2007, by defeating Charlie Haas on Heat. After his return, he would wrestle primarily on Heat.
As part of the WWE Supplemental Draft on June 25, 2008, he was drafted to the SmackDown brand. However, he returned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) on August 26, 2008, without making his SmackDown debut. He made the decision to return to FCW on a full-time basis so he could mature and put more effort into developing his in-ring work and his personality.
On April 15, 2009, he was drafted to the ECW brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft without making any appearances on SmackDown. He made his ECW debut on May 12, 2009, as a villain, attacking Finlay during Finlay’s match with Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson), using the name David Hart Smith. He, Kidd and Natalya formed a new version of The Hart Foundation, named The Hart Trilogy at first, although on May 27, 2009, on an episode of ECW, the name was tweaked to The Hart Dynasty.
He was victorious in his first match for ECW, defeating Finlay on May 19, 2009, on an episode of ECW, with help from Kidd and Natalya.
On June 29, 2009, The Hart Dynasty were traded to the SmackDown brand and entered a feud with Cryme Tyme. At the WWE Bragging Rights pay-per-view in October 2009, he and Kidd competed in a seven on seven tag match with Chris Jericho, Kane, Finlay, Matt Hardy and R-Truth as Team SmackDown to defeat Team Raw. In December 2009, they challenged D-Generation X for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful.
The Hart Dynasty appeared at WrestleMania XXVI helping Bret Hart during his match against Vince McMahon and the following night on Raw, they defeated the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions ShoMiz (The Big Show and The Miz) in a non-title match at Hart’s behest, effectively turning face in the process.
On April 27, 2010, all three members of The Hart Dynasty were moved to the Raw brand as part of the Supplemental Draft. Eventually, both he and Tyson Kidd broke up as a tag team and went on as singles wrestlers.
He was released from his contract on August 5, 2011. The following week on Raw, CM Punk mentioned him being released from WWE. He announced on his Facebook that he would be going to wrestle in Japan.
On August 20, 2011, he made his return to the independent circuit using his real name defeating Dan Maff at Pro Wrestling Syndicate (PWS).
On August 27, 2011, he made his debut for Japanese Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) using his real name, losing to Hideki Suzuki.
On January 29, 2012, he made an appearance for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), teaming with Davey Richards in a tag team match, where they were defeated by The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson).
On August 4, 2012, he debuted for Crossfire Wrestling (CFW) and participated in CFW Heavyweight Championship tournament, in the first round he defeated Arrick Andrews but would lose to Shane Williams in the final.
In December 2011, he took part in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s India project, Ring Ka King under the ring name Bulldog Hart.
On November 25, 2011, he debuted for Billy Corgan’s Resistance Pro Wrestling and took on Kevin Steen in the semi final of RPW Heavyweight Championship tournament, the match ended in a time limit draw and therefore both progressed to the finals of the tournament.
On August 13, 2012, New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) announced that he would be returning to the promotion the following month as a member of Minoru Suzuki’s Suzuki-gun stable, forming a regular tag team with stablemate Lance Archer known as Killer Elite Squad (K.E.S.) using the ring name, Davey Boy Smith Jr.
He said that New Japan wanted a huge monster as Archer’s partner. Also, he received a good offer from All Japan Pro Wrestling, but he chose NJPW due to the previous relationship.
He wrestled his return match for NJPW on September 7, 2012, when he, Lance Archer, Minoru Suzuki and Taka Michinoku were defeated in an eight-man tag team match by Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Togi Makabe and Yuji Nagata, following a disqualification.
Throughout his NJPW career, he became a 2x IWGP Tag Team Champion. He competed with NJPW until he went to Pro Wrestling NOAH.
On January 10, 2015, K.E.S., along with the rest of Suzuki-gun, took part in a major storyline, where the stable invaded a Pro Wrestling NOAH show.
On May 6, 2015, Global Force Wrestling (GFW) announced him as part of their roster.
He still wrestles in Japan and the independent circuit to this day.
My Thoughts: DH Smith is a very talented individual. Even though he lacks in the character and charisma department, he has a great look, he has presence about him in and outside of the ring, and he’s a great wrestler. Bulldog!
Video: This video contains a match between DH Smith and Ryan Braddock on October 26, 2008.
My Thoughts: This was a good match from DH Smith here as he got to showcase his skills in the ring.
The strength and power that DH Smith displayed in this match was impressive. His running powerslam on Ryan Braddock was impressive as Ryan Braddock is a big dude. Impressive showing by DH Smith here as he showed a homage to his father, Davey Boy Smith, The British Bulldog.
Good match as it was a good showcase to show DH Smith’s skills in the ring.
It’s a shame that WWE didn’t use him well during his time there as he could have been a star for them in some capacity. However, I guess due to his relationship with Bret Hart and The Hart Family where Vince McMahon had a grudge against them, he wasn’t used to his full potential which is a shame because the man is very talented.
Luckily, he’s doing well in Japan and in the independent circuit so it’s all fine and good. Now, I don’t know if DH Smith will ever go back to WWE, but if he does, he has improved a lot since then and probably would have done a lot better if he goes to WWE again. Till then, I wish him the best in Japan and in the independent circuit because he is killing it right now. Bulldog!
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