Davey Boy Smith Jr was set to make his SmackDown debut as “The Stampede Stud”
Former WWE Tag Team Champion Harry Smith, FKA Davey Boy Smith Jr, has revealed that prior to his WWE release in 2021, he was set to make his SmackDown debut as “The Stampede Stud”.
During an interview with Inside The Ropes Liam Alexander-StewartCurrent NWA Superstar Harry Smith[FKA Davey Boy Smith Jr] would discuss his shock exit from WWE in 2021, revealing his debut was actually planned with a new name and gimmick, but an unfortunate bout of COVID would leave him out of action before he was finally released by the company in November 2021.
“John Cone said ‘next time you come to SmackDown it’ll be your debut’, you did really well [in your dark match]Vince really liked it”
So I was like, great, I’ll just wait, and then they asked me to do a dark game in Tampa and they were going to do some backstage vignettes with me and my dad’s leather vest.
They were going to show that for the documentary, and then luck be it, I ended up having COVID, really bad, so I was sort of out of commission for about three weeks or a month.
Then I was kind of forgotten, I came on TV once or twice… I was waiting to come back and then they called and Johnny [ Laurinaitis] said he wasn’t a fan of it [his release]he was not satisfied with the list of names he had been given but it was not his.
I don’t know what they were expecting, the only thing they told me was that I was going to make my SmackDown debut and they were going to call me “The Stampede Stud”.
It never happened, it wasn’t my fault. I showed myself in more than good shape. I saw Vince and he was like “oh you’re handsome”.
During my chat this afternoon with Davey Boy Smith Jr. AKA Harry Smith, he revealed ahead of his 2021 WWE release that he was set to make his SmackDown debut as “The Stampede Stud”.
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— Liam Stewart (@LiamAStewart) June 8, 2022
During the same interview, Smith would discuss his upcoming NWA World Tag Team Championship match at the Alwayz Ready PPV on June 11, why Martha Hart’s issues with his family kept him out of the AEW Cup. Owen Hart and his favorite prank from his father, the legendary, British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith have played before.
Many thanks to NWA for facilitating our conversation with Harry, be sure to check out NWA’s stacked Alwayz Ready PPV June 11th available to watch on FITE, featuring a can’t-miss fight between The Commonwealth Connection and Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf 450.
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