WWE legend Davey Boy Smith inducted into Hall of Fame after Daily Star campaign

Late British wrestling legend Davey Boy Smith has finally been inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame – following a Daily Star campaign.

Smith, known by his ring name the British Bulldog, was one of the biggest stars in the 90s until his death in 2001, but your Daily Star agreed with fans that felt he had been overlooked for a spot in the WWE's Hall of Fame.

Now the Wigan-born grappler has finally been inducted into the legends lounge class of 2020 – after last year's ceremony was cancelled due to Covid.

In a glitzy ceremony in Florida, Smith's widow Diana, daughter Georgia and son Harry – also a wrestler – accepted the posthumous honour on his behalf.

A beaming Georgia said: "My family and I have been waiting years for this. It is like a missing puzzle piece for my dad's wrestling legacy.

"I am so glad we are all together here for it despite everything that is going on. The WWE and us have come together in a celebration of my dad and I couldn't be happier."

Smith took up wrestling as a youngster in the north west of England when his dad, Sid, did some building work for legendary trainer Ted Betley.

He then moved to Canada where he worked for Stu Hart's famous Stampede Wrestling. It was while in Canada that he met and married Stu's daughter Diana.

Regarded as one of the best British wrestlers of all-time, he became a national hero in his 90s heyday and marched to the ring draped in the Union Jack.

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He won the Intercontinental Championship, the European Championship twice, the Tag Team Championship twice, and the Hardcore Championship twice.

The muscle-bound star was also the winner of the Battle Royal at the Albert Hall special showcase in 1991.

His crowning achievement came at Wembley Stadium in 1992 when he beat brother-in-law Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in front of 82,000 fans.

Tragically, Smith died of a heart attack in 2002 aged just 39 and fans had long campaigned for his legacy to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Speaking after the ceremony, Smith's widow Diana said: "What an honour to be inducted in this class of 2020. What a pedestal, Davey would be absolutely speechless to be included.

"Davey was like the bladerunner, the star that shines the brightest is the star that burns out the fastest. He left us a little soon, but what a legacy."

Son Harry, who wrestles under the name the British Bulldog Jr, said: "It is certainly long overdue. We are so thankful that it has happened and he is finally in the Hall of Fame."

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