Another serious bereavement has hit the wrestling world. Tracy Smothers, a former wrestler who played in WCW, ECW and WWE, passed away at the age of 58 due to lymphoma from which he had been suffering for a while. He also appeared on Impact in 2010 during the storyline relating to the return of the ECW Originals.
It was in the federation of Paul Heyman that he became the protagonist of the formation of a legendary stable, that of the Full Blooded Italians (FBI) together with Little Guido, Tommy Rich and many others. In WWE he wrestled under the name of Freddie Joe Floyd, sharing the ring with the likes of Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
From 2001 to today, however, he has continued to perform in numerous independent federations, becoming a true veteran of the circuit. The diagnosis of the disease was in November last year, but recently Tracy admitted that she had heart problems and also suffered from a hernia.
The posts of condolence from his colleagues and friends were many.
Tracy Smothers dies at age 58
Tracy Smothers competed in essentially every major professional wrestling company during his long and successful career with his first big break coming in Florida Championship Wrestling where he teamed with Steve Armstrong.
The duo made their way to WCW in the early 1990s as the Southern Boys and then the Young Pistols. In WCW, Smothers and Armstrong feuded with Michael "PS" Hayes and Jimmy Garvin of the Fabulous Freebirds and they held the WCW United States Tag Team Championships.
Smothers made the move to Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling in 1992, and he performed as one of the promotion's top stars until 1995, winning the SMW Heavyweight Championship twice. The Springfield, Tennessee, native joined WWE in 1996 and wrestled under the name Freddie Joe Floyd until 1998.
While Smothers was essentially an enhancement talent in WWE, he faced some of the biggest stars in the history of the business during his stint, including "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Triple H. During and after his time in WWE, Tracy Smothers also worked for ECW where he was part of the Full Blooded Italians (FBI) stable.
Smothers held the ECW Tag Team Championships once with Little Guido. Smothers continued to wrestle well into his 50's and had a match as recently as September 2019 when he faced current AEW star Marko Stunt in GCW. While Smothers was never a top star in any of the biggest wrestling companies, he was a headliner in the southern territories and his influence was felt throughout the wrestling world.