Smith vows not to be the bridesmaid at the World Darts Championship

Smith is due to tie the knot in 2019 (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael Smith has vowed to turn his wedding bells into bullseyes if he wins the World Darts Championship.

Smith, hotly-tipped to finally hit the big time at Alexandra Palace, kicks off his campaign against Dutch left-hander Ron Meulenkamp on Wednesday.

Former protege of Gary Anderson, 'Bully Boy' is already planning a special wedding walk-on should be land the biggest prize of all on New Year's Day.

"The missus has been told when I come home with that trophy, she's waiting for me down the aisle in early January," said Smith.

"I will then come down the aisle with the trophy and my walk-on music. 

"The congregation will put their hands out for fistpumps and handshakes as ‘Shut Up And Dance’ is playing. She’ll get kicked off the altar and I’ll marry the trophy!

"The missus will also have to say ‘do you take World Champion Michael Smith to be your husband’.

"That’s what she’s been told. I won't tell you what her response was though!

"My missus is Polish are they are dead big on weddings, she's gone OTT a bit. As long as she enjoys it. Next year then for me after that it will be about working hard."

Smith has had highs and lows already at the Ally Pally, knocking out Phil Taylor four years ago but missing match darts last year to beat eventual champion Rob Cross. 

The St Helens star has spoken of his frustration at not going deep into the sport's show-piece to date.

He added: "I’m sick of hearing I’m the next big thing. I’m glad the beating Phil at the Worlds has gone now. 

"I used to get introduced as that on TV and even now I get introduced as the former World Youth champion.

"I don’t like being the former anything. I don’t want to be the next big thing. I want to be the big thing right now.

"I’m going into these Worlds with no pressure. Because every Worlds before I’ve put too much pressure on myself and then get into a winning position and then relax and lose.

“The Matchplay was an example of that. I was 7-1 up against Dave Chisnall, relaxed because I was in cruise control and blew it.

“It’s about mind management more than anything now. I’m learning that with every match to stay focused and concentrate, leg by leg.

“If I can nail that I’ll be fine. My action is right now, I don’t shake my head or anything. A little bit more focus and I’ll get it right.

"It's like being a kid being in darts. I started off crawling, now I’ve been walking but now I want to start sprinting.

"That’s what happened to Michael [Van Gerwen]. He had one good tournament, won the Grand Prix and never looked back. I need that to happen to me now.

"MVG said after he beat me recently in the Grand Slam that he’d done everyone a favour by stopping me. 

"They all know it’s going to happen with me at some stage. I know I can do a lot of damage in this game.

"Maybe the World Series when I missed five darts in the final to win it against Wadey, that could have been the switch. But maybe it could be the Worlds instead like it was for Adrian Lewis.”


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