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The British Bulldogs were a legendary tag team, comprised of The Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith, best known for their work in the World Wrestling Federation and Stampede Wrestling. Real-life cousins, Dynamite Kid gained a solid amount of popularity, especially in Japan prior to Davey Boy Smith's career, but while in Canada, Dynamite was asked to show his cousin the ropes, and the British Bulldogs were created. They were an immediate sensation in Canada, especially in Alberta's Stampede Wrestling, capturing the attention of fans and other promoters. When the WWF bought out Stampede Wrestling, Vince McMahon eagerly brought in the Bulldogs, Bret Hart, and Jim Neidhart. The Bulldogs were an instant success amongst fans, winning the WWF Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 2.

WWF Tag Team champions British Bulldogs frequently defended their championship against The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff and Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake, but Dynamite suffered an injury in the ring in August and he was sidelined through the rest of the year. Vince McMahon insisted that he needed to take the titles off the Bulldogs, but Dynamite refused to lose to anybody except the Hart Foundation, so Vince conceded. They lost the titles to the Hart Foundation but remained the most popular tag team in the WWF.

In their pursuit to regain the WWF Tag Team titles, they challenged the Hart Foundation in a Best of Three Falls match on Saturday Night's Main Event, winning two straight falls but they did not regain the titles because the first fall ended in disqualification and the titles cannot change hands by count-out or disqualification. In subsequent Best of Three matches, the contracts were written to permit title changes as long as one winning fall ended by pinfall or submission.

Their pursuit of regaining the titles was sidetracked after their mascot Matilda was kidnapped by Bobby Heenan in conjunction with the Islanders. After a grudge match at WrestleMania IV, Bulldogs challenged Demolition for the tag team titles a few more times, but they were unable to unseat the new champions. Their last televised WWF match was against the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers at SummerSlam '88. Amidst real-life backstage issues with Jacques Rougeau, Dynamite left the WWF, mostly due to injury but also tired of the politics.

Vince McMahon wanted the British Bulldogs to return in 1989, mostly to put over the Brain Busters, but Dynamite refused and the Bulldogs never wrestled another WWF match. They did, however, wrestle a few matches for a dying Stampede Wrestling in hopes of regenerating its lost popuarlity, but analysts said that Bulldogs looked in as bad shape physically as the company was financially.

The WWF would not remain dogless forever, however, and "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith returned to their rings in 1991, where he wrestled off and on for the WWF and WCW until mid-2000. He passed away in May 2002. The Dynamite Kid returned to England, frail beyond his age, but he burned the candle at both ends, so he looks about the right age. He wrote an autobiography in 2003, and he lambasted Chris Benoit (who was identified as a pupil of his sytle after the double murders/suicide) in the press.

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