7 August 1965 |
|Residence||Stratford, Ontario, Canada|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Johnny Smith
|Billed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Billed weight||248 lb (112 kg; 17.7 st)|
|Billed from||Warrington, England|
|Trained by||Ted Bentley|
All Star Wrestling (1982–1985)
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 Wrestling (1985–1989)
Joining Stampede Wrestling in 1985, Hindley was billed as Davey Boy Smith's brother, Johnny Smith. He was there involved in a storyline in 1988 where they had a heated rivalry, eventually his storyline sister and brother-in-law Diana Hart and Owen Hart also got involved after Johnny disrespected the Hart family. In February 1989, he began feuding with Dynamite Kid after interfering during a British Bulldogs-Karachi Vice rematch, attacking him from behind and cutting his hair. In May, Dynamite had turned on Davey Boy Smith, and Johnny began teaming with Dynamite as The British Bruisers, feuding with Davey Boy and Chris Benoit.
New Japan, All Japan, and Indies (1987-2003)
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.
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 10 April 2003, Hindley collapsed prior to his match at an All Japan Pro Wrestling show. 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. Some believe this incident to be connected to a previous injury. Sometime after the incident, Hindley retired. He was planning to make a comeback in March 2004 for IWA Japan, but chose to remain retired due to health reasons.
Hindley is married to a woman named Jane.
According to Dynamite Kid's autobiography, Pure Dynamite, Hindley was an English gentleman and a modest personality, as he was one of the few foreign wrestlers that did not negotiate anything at all, letting Giant Baba pay him what he thought was 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.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Entrance themes
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Extreme Championship Wrestling
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- "Crash Landing" by Tony Banks (1987)
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Canadian Rocky Mountain Wrestling
- CRMW Heavyweight Championship (2 Times)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Stampede Wrestling
- Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2016
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- "Obsessed with Wrestling profile". Obsessed with Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
- "WrestlingData profile". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
- "Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame". Slam! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. April 3, 2016.