British Bulldog bolts from the WWF
By BILL KAUFMANN -- Calgary Sun
The British Bulldog has slipped his World Wrestling Federation leash with hopes of tearing at ring opponents in the rival WCW.
Calgary's Davey Boy Smith said he's hoping to join friend, brother-in-law and ex-WWF superstar Bret 'Hit Man' Hart
in the WCW.
Smith said his growing disenchantment with the WWF forced him to jump ship to the wrestling outfit owned by Atlanta communications magnate Ted Turner.
"I decided to do this about two weeks ago," Smith said from his Calgary home last night.
"The (WWF) show is too much involved with sex -- it's pretty pathetic and I don't want any part of it."
The move ends 12 years of grappling in the WWF for Smith, 35, who said he doesn't have any regrets in leaving, adding WWF honchos held the door open for him.
"I told them I was very unhappy and they said 'maybe you should get a job somewhere else' and I did," he said.
Linking up with buddy Bret in the WCW is a major plus, said the Bulldog.
"I think it's going to be very good -- hopefully."
But Smith said he must first recover from a severe knee injury suffered Nov. 9 when he fought to pull arch-rival and WWF boss Vince McMahon off of Bret in a dressing room rumble.
"McMahon spun around and tore my knee," he recalled.
"I've got three or four weeks left of rehab on my knee, so I'll take it from there."
Last fall, Hart defected to the WCW after claiming he was robbed of the WWF title and his dignity.
Hart says a WWF conspiracy cheated him out of the title belt a day before he was going to forfeit it and leave the federation as a champion.
He's to start grappling in the WCW ring in January after recovering from injuries in the fight with McMahon.
Bret's brother Owen
would also likely leave the WWF for Turner's organization if it wasn't for the 3 1/2 years remaining on his contract, said his brother, Smith.
"Turner pays them better ... Owen wanted to leave but he's got that contract holding him there," said Hart.
Compared to the 180 bouts a year with the WWF, Smith and Hart would fight 125 matches in the WCW.