Desperate plea from former pro wrestler
The wife of former Stampede Wrestling and WWE legend Dynamite Kid is asking his fans to help him return to his England home after suffering a stroke.
Dynamite, whose real name is Tom Billington, has been in a U.K. hospital since December of last year following a stroke.
The popular wrestler has been wheelchair-bound since the 1990s, after a horrific injury to his back left him paralyzed.
His wife, Dot, said in a statement that they haven’t received any royalties from World Wrestling Entertainment, nor has the couple received any help or support.
Dot has started a GoFundMe page and hopes to raise $20,000.
“We have never ever asked for help from anybody, but we have been left with no choice. This will save his life,” she said in the statement.
Former Stampede Wrestler and member of the famed Hart clan Bruce Hart said the WWE has to step up and help a man who had made them millions of dollars over the years.
“I was told about his condition being pretty grave. I’m going to throw the gauntlet down to Vince McMahon to endeavour to do something for him,” he said.
Billington got his start this side of the Atlantic in Stampede Wrestling, run by Hart family patriarch Stu Hart.
Teaming with his real life cousin, Davey Boy Smith, Billington went on to worldwide fame as one half of the British Bulldogs.
Smith died in 2002 of a heart attack.
Bruce initially spotted Billington while watching a show in England and told Postmedia that in his field, Dynamite was in a class of his own.
“He’s comparable to a Wayne Gretzky, or a Michael Jordan, he was that good,” Hart said.
Hart added that Dynamite was probably the most copied wrestler of the last 30 to 40 years, including guys like Owen Hart, Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels.
Often replicated, but never duplicated.
This isn’t the first time a wrestler has reached out to fans to try to get their life back on track, but rarely has it been this drastic.
Scott Hall, who made a name for himself as Razor Ramon in the WWE in the mid-90s, raised more than $100,000 to help pay the tab for a hip replacement surgery.
Fans who donated certain amounts would receive signed photographs of Hall, Skype phone calls or personalized messages from the wrestler.
After a career taking hard bumps in the squared circle, former ECW, WCW and WWE star Jerry Lynn also took to the Internet to raise funds to fix degenerative discs and fuse his vertebrae damaged by the wear and tear of professional wrestling.
The wife of former Stampede Wrestling and WWE legend Dynamite Kid is asking his fans to help him return to his England home after he suffered a stroke. Dynamite is also confined a wheelchair.