Wigan Council is ‘exploring choices’ on methods to recognise the lifetime of wrestling legend the British Bulldog, however it’s unlikely to be a star on his hometown’s ‘Walk of Fame’.
A petition for the Davey Boy Smith to be commemorated on this approach has obtained hundreds of signatures and follows the wrestler’s posthumous induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2020. The marketing campaign was created by fan Michael Finney and has since gained the help of the Bulldog’s household.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News about why he began the petition, Michael defined how a lot Davey Boy meant to him rising up.
He mentioned: “Davey was very important, especially to the British fans like myself. He was like the British version of Hulk Hogan to the UK fans and he inspired today’s generation of superstars.
“Georgia Smith, Davey’s daughter, has been very supportive to the campaign. Georgia has been sharing the petition the best she can on social media to raise the awareness.
“I’m glad that the followers is gathering collectively from not simply England however all around the world to signal this it.”
Davey Boy, wrestling under the name ‘The British Bulldog’, won the WWF Intercontinental Championship in a match against his brother-in-law Bret Hart, in front of 80,355 people at Wembley Stadium, in the main event of Summerslam 1992. To this day, the crowd is still the fourth largest in the history of the company and the match itself is regarded as a bona fide classic.
He died from a coronary heart defect, aged 39, in 2002.
Wigan Council mentioned that stars on the Walk of Fame are usually not awarded posthumously and are solely given to residing recipients who’ve ‘made a optimistic contribution to our borough ‘. A Town Hall spokesman mentioned that different methods of recognising his life are being explored, together with a blue plaque.
“We are aware of this petition and have been in contact with the family of Davey Boy Smith to explore potential options for recognising his life and the roots he has here in Wigan Borough,” a Wigan Council spokesman said.
“We are pleased that the British Bulldog is currently featured in the permanent exhibition at the Archives: Wigan & Leigh.
“Other options which are being explored include applying for a blue plaque, as well as the potential of creating an exhibition to celebrate his contribution to the local area, based in a key location such as the museum or library, where borough residents can visit to learn more about his life.
“Stars on the Walk of Fame are awarded on a case-by-case basis and are under constant review. They aren’t awarded posthumously but are given to living recipients who have made a positive contribution to our borough.”