Former WWE Tag Team Champion Harry Smith, FKA Davey Boy Smith Jr, has revealed that, prior to his 2021 WWE release, he was set to debut on SmackDown under the name ‘The Stampede Stud’.
During an interview with Inside The Ropes own Liam Alexander-Stewart, current NWA Superstar, Harry Smith[FKA Davey Boy Smith Jr] would discuss his shock 2021 release from the WWE revealing that his debut was actually planned complete with a new name and gimmick however an unfortunate bout of COVID would leave him out of action before ultimately being released by the company in November of 2021.
“John Cone said “the next time you are going to come to SmackDown it’s going to be your debut”, you did really good [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 match in Tampa and they were going to do some backstage vignettes with me and my father’s leather vest.
They were going to show that for the documentary, and then luck be have it I ended up having COVID, really bad, so I was kind of out of commission for about three weeks or a month.
Then I was kind of forgotten about, I came to TV one or two times… I was waiting to come back and then they called and Johnny [ Laurinaitis] said he wasn’t a fan of it [his release], he wasn’t happy with the list of names he was given but it wasn’t from him.
I don’t know what they were waiting for, the only thing I was told was, I was going to be debuting on SmackDown and they were going to call me ‘The Stampede Stud’.
It just never happened, it wasn’t my fault. I showed up more than in shape. I saw Vince and he was like “oh you’re looking good kid”.
During my chat this afternoon with Davey Boy Smith Jr. AKA Harry Smith he revealed prior to his 2021 WWE release he was booked to debut on SmackDown under the name '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 June 11th Alwayz Ready PPV, why Martha Hart’s issues with his family prevented him taking part in the AEW Owen Hart Cup and his favourite prank his father, the legendary, British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith ever played.
Many thanks to NWA for facilitating our chat with Harry, make sure you check out NWA’s stacked Alwayz Ready PPV on June 11th available to watch on FITE, featuring a can’t miss bout between The Commonwealth Connection and Bestia 666 and Mecha Wolf 450.
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