Wrestling veteran Tracy Smothers has passed away at the age of 58.
He had been battling lymphoma, a type of cancer, for a short period and PWInsider broke the news today that his battle with the disease is sadly over.
Smothers was a true journeyman, working across a large number of companies and territories over his career, which began in 1982 in Memphis. The next few years took Smothers around the Southern United States including Florida Championship Wrestling and the Continental Wrestling Federation.
in 1990, he signed with WCW alongside Steve Armstrong where they competed under the team names The Southern Boys and The Young Pistols.
After his stint in WCW, Smothers landed in Smoky Mountan Wrestling where he enjoyed his most successful singles run. He won the Heavyweight title on two separate occasions and took part in feuds with heels such as Brian Lee, Chris Candido and Tony Anthony. He also teamed with Anthony in feuds against The Gangstas and The Heavenly Bodies.
In case you weren't aware just how crazy Tracy Smothers was, here's a video of him wrestling an actual bear. Plus Gordon Solue trying to commentate on it seriously, bless him.https://t.co/CpZQ13UJfB— Dean Ayass (@DeanAyass) October 28, 2020
From there, he moved to the World Wrestling Federation for a short run as happy go lucky jobber character called Freddie Joe Floyd. His only notable win coming in his debut against Justin ‘Hawk’ Bradshaw (JBL).
From there, Smothers moved on to probably his most prominent role during the high tide of the Attitude Era, in ECW. While there, he inexplicably played an Italian character as part of the Full Blooded Italians (FBI) stable that were so beloved of the ECW faithful. He stayed with the promotion until their closure in 2001.
The rest of his career was spent on the independent circuit, other than the occasional shot in nostalgia angles. He performed for WWE at the ECW One Night Stand PPV in 2005 where he accompanied his FBI teammate Little Guido to the ring. In 2010 he appeared in TNA as part of a similar ECW revival run.
Smothers announced he was battling cancer in December 2019 and passed away a little under a year later.
Our condolences go to the surviving relatives of Tracy Smothers.