Former WCW and WWE wrestler Tracy Smothers died on Wednesday at the age of 58.
Born in Springfield, Tennessee, Smothers began his wrestling career in the early 1980s as part of the Florida Championship Wrestling. He and his partner Steve Armstrong joined forces to become The Southern Boys, where they would fight with the likes of The New Breed and The Stud Stable.
The Southern Boys found themselves in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the early 90’s, where they feuded with the Fabulous Freebirds.
After a two-year stay at the WCW, Smothers went it alone in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He won two heavyweight titles and was part of the ascent in Tennessee before it was discontinued in 1995.
After Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Smothers found himself at the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996, where he appeared under the name of Freddie Joe Floyd. Smothers then landed at ECW as “The Main Man” Tracy Smothers.
Smothers wrestled in ECW until 2000 and was active in the independent round for the rest of his career in the rings, which lasted until mid-2010.
In December 2019, Smothers announced on his Facebook page that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November of the same year. Just one day before his death, Smothers announced on Facebook that he was back in hospital after his condition had worsened after hernia surgery.
After the news of Smothers’ death, the wrestling world mourned as she expressed her condolences and told her stories about her beloved wrestler.
“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Tracy Smothers. I last saw him about a year ago. He was so happy in the ring. He was a good man. RIP Tracy,” wrote former WCW boss Eric Bischoff.
“Very sad to hear that Tracy Smothers has passed away. He was a great wrestler and an even better man. He was always chopping and shredding in the locker room… just a funny talented guy who was always smiling. A spectacular wrestling career as you can imagine in his years,” wrote former ECW wrestler and current AEW talent Taz.
“I just heard the sad news of Tracy Smothers’ death. We lost a good man today – a great worker who made everyone he worked with better. Tracy was a good friend for 30 years – we worked together at CWF, WCW, ECW, WWE, IWA Japan and countless Indians,” wrote former wrestler Mick Foley.
Tracy was the first name I ever worked with. He taught me so much on the first night, and he’s been doing that for years. He loved working in shows full of young kids and always helped to pass on his knowledge. He always asked me if I would like to swim and eat cans of tuna. 1/5
– Players/Coaches (@CMPunk) October 28, 2020
Tracy Smothers took two young children from Canada who were trying to âtour the south of the United States, spending $1.50 a day on food, saw a dilemma we were putting ourselves in to gain experience, and took us under his wing. He knew that we wanted it. For this reason and because of his big heart, 1/3
– Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) October 28, 2020
That really sucks.
Tracy Smothers was the man, plain and simple.
I wish I had had the chance to be around him much more often.
My thoughts are with his friends and family.
– Kevin (@FightOwensFight) October 28, 2020
Tekk.tv expresses its condolences to the Smothers family and the wrestling community in this difficult time.