With Wade Barrett's recent victory on NXT, I thought it might be interesting to look at some of the other wrestlers that have made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean from the British Isles to the world of the WCW or WWF/E.
I also thought it would be interesting to take a look them from a time before they were famous.
Thomas Billington: The Dynamite Kid, one half of the British Bulldogs, made his WWF television debut on August 29, 1984, where he and Bret Hart defeated Iron Mike Sharpe and Troy Alexander in a match eventually shown on September 15, 1984 on the Maple Leaf Garden broadcast.
Teaming up again with his cousin, Davey Boy Smith, the Bulldogs are perhaps best remembered for their feuds with real-life friends The Hart Foundation.
Sadly, these days, Billington is disabled and confined to a wheelchair due to his years of drug abuse and the high-impact style of wrestling in which he engaged.
Below is a look at The Dynamite Kid from younger and happier times. Watching the video, it appears in British Wrestling that grandparents were permitted to wrestle in the 1970s and that the championship belt is actually just a normal belt that's worn to keep your pants up.
You can't have one Bulldog without the other so, having included The Dynamite Kid, I felt I had to include his cousin, Young David, or Davey Boy Smith, as he's probably better remembered.
The Bulldogs, along with Smith's brothers-in-law Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, were brought in to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after Vince McMahon bought out Stampede Wrestling.
Sadly, Smith passed away on May 18th, 2002, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Invermere, British Columbia with his girlfriend, Bruce Hart's estranged wife, Andrea Redding. He was 39 years old.
I think Young David was about 12 in the video below (and again, check out the title belt!).
No, not THAT Nature Boy; I mean "Nature Boy" Steve Regal, perhaps better known by his ring names Lord Steven Regal and William Regal, in the WCW and the WWF/E, respectively.
Having started his career wrestling on the carnival circuit in England, Regal moved on to wrestle around the world in countries such as Germany and South Africa, before being called up to World Championship Wrestling in 1993.
In 2000, after being fired from WCW, Regal joined the WWF/E, where he became commissioner. More recently, he has been general manager of Raw and also the 2008 King of the Ring.
In the video below, you'll have to excuse what appears to be some sort of male bonding/mating ritual by the Road Warriors early on, but here's a look at the young Nature Boy, wooo!