A Foundation Rebuilt: Brian Pillman Jr. to tag with Davey Boy Smith Jr.


This past weekend, Brian Pillman Jr., the real life son of former WWE, WCW, and ECW great “Flyin'” Brian Pillman, took part in his first professional wrestling match, in a winning effort over Jonathan Wolf with Indianapolis Championship Wrestling. It was the culmination of a dream for Pillman, who was only three years old when his legendary father passed away from an undetected heart condition. It’s the completion of a near year long journey to the ring, that started with him reaching out to – and then training under – former ECW, WWE and WCW Superstar Lance Storm at Storm Wrestling in Calgary. Alberta. Canada. He trained with Storm from September to December.

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Only 24 years old, Pillman earned high praise from his opponent that night, calling him “the real deal.” Although it wasn’t long before one of the indie’s newest loose cannons, Joey Janela, called him out.

With such a high profile father to live up, Pillman is bound to get offers and challenges. He’s already announced for Black Label Pro‘s Rumble on January 13th in Indiana.

But one interesting match that’s been mentioned is one that has legendary historical ties between his tag partner and each of their fathers. On March 25, 2018, Pillman is scheduled to tag with Davey Boy Smith Jr. in Wrestle Club Pro, a new promotion in the UK. While originally mentioned by Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, we reached out to Wrestle Club Pro who confirmed the match was in the works (pending travel Visas). Their two fathers – Brian Pillman and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith – have teamed up several times. First in Stampede Wrestling in the 1980s, where he partnered with both British Bulldogs.

But many WWE fans remember the new Hart Foundation that helped kick off the Attitude Era, that featured Hart family members Bret “Hitman” Hart, Owen Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and British Bulldog. The only non-related member was someone the Harts always treated as family, Brian Pillman.

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It’ll definitely be an emotional night as these two second generation Hart Foundation progenies tag up for the first time.