John Hindley

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This article is about the wrestler. For the chairman of the National Coal Board, see John Hindley, 1st Viscount Hyndley.
John Hindley
Born (1965-08-07) August 7, 1965 (age 49)[1]
Warrington, England[1]
Resides Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Johnny Smith
John Savage
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Billed weight 248 lb (112 kg; 17.7 st)[1]
Billed from Warrington, England
Trained by Ted Bentley
Debut January 1982[1]
Retired 2003

John Hindley[1] (born August 7, 1965)[1] is a retired British professional wrestler best known by his ring name Johnny Smith.

Career[edit]

Early years in the UK (1982-1985)[edit]

Hindley was trained by his nephew Ted Betley firstly in Winwick Warrington and then Port Erin, Isle of Man. He made his debut in January 1982 at the age of 16 at Gloucester Leisure Centre, under the name John Savage. He wrestled in the United Kingdom for a couple of years having regular TV bouts with Alan Kilby and Drew McDonald before moving over to Canada with his wife Jane.

Stampede, New Japan, All Japan, and Indies (1985-2003)[edit]

Joining Stampede Wrestling in 1985, Hindley was billed as Davey Boy Smith's brother, Johnny Smith.[1] In 1987, he went on his first Japanese tour in New Japan Pro Wrestling. In February 1989, he followed The Dynamite Kid to wrestle for All Japan Pro Wrestling and replaced Davey Boy Smith as Dynamite Kid's tag team partner in September 1990, forming the tag team: The British Bruisers.[1]

In between tours in All Japan, Hindley would wrestle the independent circuit in the United States and Canada, as well as brief stints in Extreme Championship Wrestling.

On April 10, 2003, Hindley collapsed prior to his match at an All Japan Pro Wrestling show.[1] Paramedics were called to the Hiroshima Arena and Hindley was rushed to a local hospital, having lost feeling in some parts of his body, but was in stable condition at a local Japanese hospital.[1] The Japanese media is suggesting the collapse was related to the use of painkillers, Keiji Mutoh attempted to downplay this story in the Japanese media but with very little luck.[1] Sometime after the incident, Hindley retired.

Today, Hindley works as an English teacher at Stratford Central Secondary School.[1]

Reputation[edit]

According to Dynamite Kid's autobiography, Pure Dynamite, Hindley was an English gentleman and a modest personality, as he was one of the few gaijin wrestlers that did not negotiate anything at all, letting Giant Baba pay him what's fair. Another story was a Japanese fan made him a ring jacket, but misspelled his name "Jhonny." The fan was so nice and generous to him that he didn't have the heart to point out the mistake and kept and wore the jacket.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling
    • CRMW Heavyweight Championship (2 Times)[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Online World of Wrestling profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  2. ^ "Obsessed with Wrestling profile". Obsessed with Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-29. 
  3. ^ a b "WrestlingData profile". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1339
  5. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=2&nr=351&view=awards#awards