Davey Boy Smith Jr., a former WWE Superstar and the son of the original WWF “British Bulldog,” says his grappling skills were a lifesaver this week when he used them to keep a woman from jumping off a bridge.
“I saw a girl crying and hanging off the bridge with someone trying to talk to her,” the nephew of Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Owen Hart wrote on Facebook.
Smith Jr., whose real name is Harry Francis Smith, says he was driving in Calgary when he saw the woman. He pulled his car over and hopped a barricade to help, and heard her threatening to jump as he drew closer, he said.
“With people on the ground waving to her not to jump I decided to grab a hold of her and not take any chances,” the current New Japan Pro Wrestling tag team champion continued. “She started to slide and want to go more as I grabbed a hold her. Luckily [from] my years of grappling and self defense I knew how to grab her HARD and how to pull her up from hanging off and jumping.”
“When I yanked her off the bridge finally, I established the mount position as you do in Grappling and did not let her budge,” he said. “She also said she had a gun too. She was crying and said she just wanted a hug. But as much as I wanted to hug her I told her I couldn’t hug her because she said she had a gun. And then she squirmed and demanded I get off her. I told her ‘Miss you’re not going to move unless I want you to, I’m an expert grappler and you’re not going to shoot me. We will get you help, life is a precious thing and I’m here to help to help you.'”
Read Smith Jr.’s full post below.
Smith Jr., who confusingly now also goes by “The British Bulldog,” is currently IWGP Tag Team Champion with Killer Elite Squad (K.E.S.) partner Lance Archer. Back in Smith Jr.’s WWE days, when we wrestled as David Hart Smith, he won tag team gold alongside partner Tyson Kidd.
No matter what you call him, Smith Jr. was released from WWE in 2011.