A legacy reborn
From Randy Orton to The Rock, WWE has had its share of remarkable third generation Superstars. But never has there been a young rising star in WWE preceded by a legacy as great as Harry Smith's.
Smith is the son of the late British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith and Diana Hart, the sister of Bret "Hit Man" Hart and Owen Hart -- names synonymous with excellence in the realm of sports-entertainment.
At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, the 20-year-old Smith may be a new name to many WWE fans. Without question, he is one Superstar-in-the-making that is not only driven by a legendary bloodline, but also an insatiable hunger for success.
Developing the tools passed down through the legendary Hart family, perhaps the biggest question isn't Smith's ability but whether he can endure the tremendous pressure accompanied by his namesake as he embarks on his career.
In order to fulfill that dream, Smith began training to become a WWE Superstar at the ripe age of 16 in an environment known for breeding success: the Hart family Dungeon. Embarking on his career from the very location where names like Chris Jericho and Edge (and of course, the Harts themselves) started their careers, Smith went on to compete overseas in Japan.
Four years later, the incredibly framed Smith has honed his mat skills and inked a deal with WWE. Considering himself a "hybrid" athlete with the ability to overpower opponents much like his father, the British Bulldog, Smith is also surprisingly agile, displaying the mobility of his WWE Hall of Fame uncle, Bret.
"I want to be my own person; I don't want to be a British Bulldog No. 2," said a poised Smith. "I want to show [WWE fans] that I have heart and desire; I want them to respect me for who I am, not just because of what family I've come from or who my father is. I want to prove myself and go on my own merits."
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