Harry Smith made his long-awaited return to WWE before Friday’s live edition of SmackDown and says he is back in the company to show how much he has grown.
Smith previously competed as DH Smith in the company from 2007 until his release in 2011. Best remembered for his time in The Hart Dynasty along with Tyson Kidd and Natalya, Smith held tag title gold on two occasions. The son of the legendary British Bulldog played a key role in Bret Hart’s return to the company with The Hart Dynasty helping Hart defeat Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 26.
Since his WWE release, Smith has traveled the globe making a name for himself in the wrestling business. He competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling where he was a prominent member of the Suzuki-Gun faction alongside Killer Elite Squad tag team partner Lance Archer. Together Smith and Archer captured the IWGP World Tag Team Championship on three occasions. Smith also had a spell in his father’s homeland of England where he competed on the revived World Of Sport. Competing as British Bulldog Jr., he captured tag team gold there along with Scottish sensation and former IMPACT Wrestling star Grado.
Smith made his return in front of a packed live crowd before SmackDown went on the air, teaming with Austin Theory in a tag team victory. Harry Smith was the first man to make his entrance in front of the live crowd at the first event since WWE has resumed touring following the pandemic.
In an interview backstage after the match Smith laid out his reasons for returning to WWE:
“You know it’s great to be back in the WWE, especially in front of the WWE Universe live here in Houston, Texas. The atmosphere, the ambience, the energy that you can feel from a live WWE audience, nothing can touch that. And that’s why Harry Smith is back in the WWE. The past ten years I’ve been going around the globe, making myself the best competitor that I can be all over in Japan, all over in Europe. And that’s why I’m back in the WWE, to show exactly how much Harry Smith has grown over this past time.”
The first SmackDown back in front of fans in well over a year was capped off with a Fatal Four Way match between the four SmackDown representatives in the men’s Money In The Bank ladder match. Big E, Kevin Owens, King Nakamura, and Seth Rollins battled one another before Rollins came out on top.