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Harry Smith
Ring name(s) Black Assassin[1]
David Hart Smith[2][3]
DH Smith
Harry Smith
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[3]
Billed weight 260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)[3]
Born August 2, 1986 (1986-08-02) (age 23)[4]
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Billed from Calgary, Alberta, Canada[3]
Trained by Davey Boy Smith[5]
Bruce Hart[5]
Chris Benoit[6]
Debut 2000[7]

Harry Smith[4] (born August 2, 1986)[4] is a Canadian professional wrestler of English descent, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown brand under the ring name David Hart Smith.[2][3] He has also wrestled under the name DH Smith ("D" for Davey Boy Smith, and "H" for the Hart family) for WWE's Raw brand and developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling.[8]

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Professional wrestling career

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Independent circuit (2000–2004)

Smith began wrestling at the age of eight,[4] having trained under his father Davey Boy Smith and uncle Bruce Hart.[5] He made an early appearance with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) on October 5, 1996 at the age of 10 when he teamed with his cousin Ted Annis against TJ Wilson and Andrew Picarnia at a WWF house show in Calgary.[4] He made his professional debut at the age of fifteen at the Rockyford Rodeo, and went on to become a mainstay of the Calgary-based Stampede Wrestling promotion. In May 2002, Smith teamed with his father on two occasions, shortly before his father died.[4] Smith was offered a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in the summer of 2004, but opted to attend college and wrestle in Japan before signing.[4][9]

In 2004, Smith began teaming with TJ Wilson as the "Stampede Bulldogs",[4] a reference to the "British Bulldogs", the tag team composed of his father and his second cousin the Dynamite Kid.[5] In the same year, Smith formed a stable known as The Hart Foundation Version 2.0 with Wilson, Jack Evans, and Teddy Hart. The Hart Foundation Version 2.0 initially performed in Stampede Wrestling before expanding to the United States of America, where they competed in Major League Wrestling.

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2005–2006)

In January 2005, Smith went on a five week tour of Japan, wrestling with New Japan Pro Wrestling as "Black Assassin" and suffered a broken hand in the process.[1][4] Later that year, Smith left Stampede Wrestling and wrestled several dark matches for World Wrestling Entertainment,[4] before embarking upon a second tour of Japan. He returned to Stampede Wrestling in October 2005, and on November 25, 2005 was defeated by T.J. Wilson in the finals of a tournament for the vacant North American Heavyweight Championship.[4]

Smith traveled to England in January 2006, appearing with One Pro Wrestling at No Turning Back on January 6, 2006.[10] Smith was billed as the mystery opponent of NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett, ostensibly hand-picked by his uncle, Bret Hart.[4][10]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006–present)

On April 1, 2006, Smith and several of his relatives attended the induction of Bret Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame.[9] While there, Smith met with WWE executives, John Laurinaitis and Carl DeMarco, and signed a developmental contract with on April 4, 2006.[4][9][11] He wrestled dark matches for the company before his debut, defeating wrestlers like Rob Conway and Mike Knox, and losing to Randy Orton.[7][12]

Developmental territories

Harry debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), at the February 14, 2007 television tapings, in a tag team match with Kofi Nahaje Kingston, in which they defeated The Belgium Brawler and Nicholas Sinn.[13] At the following taping, the duo of Harry and Kofi became collectively known as the Commonwealth Connection and faced La Résistance in a losing effort.[14] Smith was then sent to Deep South Wrestling (DSW), where he reformed the "Stampede Bulldogs" with T.J. Wilson.[5][15]

After WWE ended its relationship with DSW, Smith moved to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).[5] On June 26, Smith won a 21-man battle royal to become the first ever FCW Southern Heavyweight Champion.[5][16][17]

Smith then joined up with his cousins Teddy Hart and Nattie Neidhart to form the Next Generation Hart Foundation.[18] They debuted in a six-person mixed tag team match, losing to Mike Kruel, Vladimir Kozlov and Milena Roucka.[18] They were later victorious in a non-title match against the OVW Southern Tag Team Champions, the James Boys.[19] Smith then returned to FCW to form another version of the New Hart Foundation, along with Hart, Wilson and Ted DiBiase, Jr..[20] He appeared in a winning effort against Carlito in a dark match during a taping of Raw in the United Kingdom.[21][22]

On October 16, Smith lost the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship to Afa Jr..[17][23] He was unable to make the referee's ten count and was counted out, due to being in the United Kingdom with WWE.[23]

Debut and The Hart Dynasty

He made his television debut as "DH Smith" on the October 22, 2007 episode of Raw, defeating Carlito using his father's trademark running powerslam.[24] He dedicated the match to his father.[24][25] On October 29, Smith and Jeff Hardy defeated Carlito and Mr. Kennedy.[26]

On November 2, 2007, it was reported that Smith had been suspended for 30 days due to violations of "WWE's Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy".[27] Smith returned to the active roster on December 17 by defeating Charlie Haas on Heat.[7][28] After his return, Smith would wrestle primarily on Heat.[29][30][31]

Smith (left), Natalya (center) and Tyson Kidd (right) as The Hart Dynasty

As part of the WWE Supplemental Draft on June 25, 2008, Smith was drafted to the SmackDown brand.[32] Smith, however, returned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) on August 26, without making his SmackDown debut.[33] He made the decision to return to FCW on a full-time basis so he could mature, and put more effort into developing his in-ring work and his personality.[34] On October 30, Smith won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with TJ Wilson, defeating Joe Hennig and Sebastian Slater,[5] but they lost it to Tyler Reks and Johnny Curtis on December 11, 2008 at the FCW television taping.[35]

On April 15, 2009, Smith was drafted to the ECW brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft, without making any appearances on SmackDown.[36] Smith made his ECW debut on May 12, as a villain, attacking Finlay during Finlay's match with Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson), using the name David Hart Smith.[2] Smith, Kidd and Natalya formed a new version of The Hart Foundation, named the The Hart Trilogy at first, although on the May 27 episode of ECW, the name was tweaked to The Hart Dynasty.[37][38] Smith was victorious in his first match for ECW, defeating Finlay on the May 19 episode, with help from Kidd and Natalya.[37]

On June 29, The Hart Dynasty were traded to the SmackDown brand entering a feud with Cryme Tyme.[39] At the Bragging Rights pay-per-view in October, Smith and Kidd competed in a seven-on-seven tag match with Chris Jericho, Kane, Finlay, Matt Hardy and R-Truth as Team SmackDown to defeat Team Raw.[40] In December 2009, they challenged D-Generation X for the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful.

Personal life

Smith is the son of Davey Boy Smith and Diana Hart, and has a sister, Georgia.[41][42] He is very good friends with his cousin, Teddy Hart, and TJ Wilson, and used to live with Wilson.[42][43] Smith is also close friends with his cousin Nattie Neidhart, and the two lived together as children while their fathers were wrestling as a team.[44] Smith lists his father, his uncles Bret Hart and Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit as his influences.[41] He also cites Ted DiBiase as a big influence.[43]

Smith was involved in a minor controversy over steroids, when, discussing how his father's drug abuse contributed to his death, Smith commented "I hope to be as big as him someday", leading to concerns over Smith using steroids.[43] Smith claimed that the remarks were taken out of context and that he had learned from his father's mistakes.[43]

Smith appeared on an episode of Hogan Knows Best.[45] It was an episode where each one of the Hogans pick a candidate for Brooke to date. Hulk found him at a local gym and told Harry that he looked familiar. He replied, "I'm Davey Boy Smith's son." Soon after arriving, Brooke made crude remarks on his appearance, but then also told her dad she really liked him but was put off by his size.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Prairie Wrestling Alliance
    • PWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with TJ Wilson[4][7]
  • Other titles
    • NGW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[7]

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