Earlier this morning, Tom Billington, aka The Dynamite Kid, passed away on his 60th birthday. Dynamite Kid was a big influencer in Junior Heavyweight wrestling and one of the best technical wrestlers of all-time. The wrestling world took to social media to share their memories.
Professional Wrestling as we now it today. He flew high, and gave it his all every match. Thanks for everything and sad to have lost another family member. -- Rest In Peace Dyno. -- ---- -- ---- pic.twitter.com/0p57E6dLwx— Davey Boy Smith Jr. (@DBSmithjr) December 5, 2018
It's with great sadness I have to inform you all that THE "DYNAMITE KID" TOMMY BILLINGTON ON HIS BIRTHDAY HAS PASSED AWAY.. A TRUE BRITISH AMBASSADOR FOR WRESTLING WORLDWIDE RIP "KID' CONDOLENCES TO MARK & HIS FAMILY MARTY JONES pic.twitter.com/TRYbBTpTgf— Marty Jones (@martyleglockno1) December 5, 2018
I heard news that Tommy Billington also know as the Dynamite Kid has passed away.— ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) December 5, 2018
Thank you for all the work you’ve done for our country and inspiring so many wrestlers to take a chance on themselves.
RIP Dynamite Kid. pic.twitter.com/yzQ74Swhhz
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— ----TJ Perkins---- (@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
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
One of the most athletic, intense & spectacular wrestlers ever. Game-changer wrestler, LEGEND. #DynamiteKid RIP --— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) December 5, 2018
Dynamite Kid, R.I.P.— 小島 聡【SATOSHI KOJIMA】 (@cozy_lariat) December 5, 2018
I wanted to meet him once.
All the Japanese wrestlers are also sad.
He was a really strong man.
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
Thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends of Tom “Dynamite Kid” Billington ... a true in-ring pioneer in the professional wrestling industry... RIP...— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) December 5, 2018
Every wrestler under 200lbs likely owes a debt of gratitude to The Dynamite Kid. He inspired so many and help change the sport. In the ring he was incredible. The only wrestling T Shirt I ever purchased was a British Bulldogs shirt, which I wore to WrestleMania IV #RIP— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) December 5, 2018
Saddened to hear of the passing of Dynamite Kid, one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of wrestling boots. My dad said Dynamite Kid was his favorite person to… https://t.co/6mOCkSbVKM— Nattie (@NatbyNature) December 5, 2018
RIP Dynamite Kid (Tom Billington). One of my first favorites. One of the first to make me realize that amongst the larger than life “wrestling characters” in the 80’s, there were straight up incredibly athletic wrestlers. A true game changer in every sense of the word. God speed.— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) December 5, 2018
RIP Dynamite Kid. Hands down on of the most influential wrestlers of all time. I'll never forget the first time I saw him vs tiger mask, and the countless hours of trying everything they did. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Thank you for all your contributions! pic.twitter.com/GizS5aVqc1— BigMike (@MichaelElgin25) December 5, 2018
WWE is saddened to learn that The Dynamite Kid has passed away. https://t.co/r41WiVPrOb— WWE (@WWE) December 5, 2018