Tracy Stanton Smothers (September 2, 1962 – October 28, 2020) was an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, and Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1982–1990)
Smothers was from Springfield, TN. He graduated from Springfield High School, where he played football, golf, and wrestled. Smothers was the first person in Springfield High School history to go to the state championship in wrestling. Smothers started his career in the Memphis promotion on Saturday morning TV. Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers started teaming as The Wild-Eyed Southern Boys in Florida Championship Wrestling in 1987 where they feuded with The New Breed. They moved on to Southeast Championship Wrestling where they feuded with The Stud Stable. In 1989, he won the CWF Tag Team Championship in the newly renamed Continental Wrestling Federation. While in Continental, Smothers wrestled an unmuzzled bear that was announced as 550 lbs; Tracy took the bear to the mat several times. The bear, incapable of understanding the situation, thought they were playing.
World Championship Wrestling (1990–1992)
Smothers and Armstrong competed in World Championship Wrestling for a number of years and were known as the Southern Boys and later the Young Pistols upon turning heel. Smothers and Armstrong had a long feud with The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin). Smothers' last major appearance for WCW was on January 21, 1992 at Clash of the Champions XVIII, as he teamed with Terry Taylor in a loss to Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Brian Pillman.
Smoky Mountain Wrestling (1992–1995)
Smothers achieved his greatest singles success in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling promotion which was based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Between 1992 and 1995, "The Wild Eyed Southern Boy", competed as a babyface for SMW and won the Heavyweight title twice, the tag team titles once (with "Dirty White Boy" Tony Anthony, known as the "T.H.U.G.'S"), and the "Beat the Champ" TV title on three separate occasions. Smothers had notable feuds during this time against "Prime Time" Brian Lee, Chris Candido, Tony Anthony, The Heavenly Bodies, and The Gangstas. He also competed as a heel in the United States Wrestling Association during the SMW vs. USWA feud in 1995.
United States Wrestling Association (1995–1997)
After SMW folded, Smothers continued to work for the USWA (and the WWF). Smothers at one point even joined the USWA branch of the Nation of Domination, changing his name to Shaquille Ali (a take off of NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and legendary boxer Muhammad Ali).
World Wrestling Federation (1996–1997)
In the summer of 1996, Smothers began wrestling in the WWF as Freddie Joe Floyd, a babyface jobber to various up and comers, most notably Hunter Hearst-Helmsley and Stone Cold Steve Austin. His only meaningful win under the Floyd gimmick was an upset of Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw in his debut, which resulted in Bradshaw beating Floyd in a subsequent rematch. He also scored a count out win over Triple H, thanks to Mr. Perfect distracting Helmsley. His entire gimmick was a rib on Gerald Brisco and Jack Brisco, as they both came from Bowlegs, Oklahoma (the same home town Freddie Joe Floyd was billed as being from). Jack Brisco’s real name is Fred Joe Brisco, and Gerald’s full name is Floyd Gerald Brisco.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1997–1999)
Later in his career he joined Extreme Championship Wrestling as "The Main Man" Tracy Smothers. He was often mocked by the crowd with chants of "Freddy Joe!!" regarding his WWF stint and was most notably remembered for doing a goofy dance, that ECW announcer Joey Styles often commented on by saying "what the hell is with that awful dance." He was part of The Full Blooded Italians (FBI), a comedy heel tag team, which also included Little Guido, "The Big Don" Tommy Rich, and (briefly) the "Italian Stallion" John T. Smith. Smothers, long associated with being a stereotypical southern wrestler, was billed as being from "Nashville, Italy" or "Southern Italy" during this time.
Smothers wrestled at both of the June 2005 ECW reunion shows, defeating The Blue Meanie at Hardcore Homecoming with the help of J.T. Smith, and accompanying Little Guido to ringside for his match with Yoshihiro Tajiri and Super Crazy at ECW One Night Stand 2005. On June 18, 2005 at a Championship Wrestling event, Smothers challenged WWE employee John "Bradshaw" Layfield to a fight after JBL shot on The Blue Meanie during a brawl at the end of One Night Stand. He also wrestled at all four of the Hardcore Homecoming events.
Independent circuit (2001–2019)
Smothers competed on a regular basis in various independent promotions throughout the country, although based largely in the south/mid-south/midwest area. He formed a tag team with fellow SMW and ECW alumni Chris Hamrick known as "Southern Comfort" and together they won several tag team championships on the indy circuit.
In late 2005 and early 2006, Smothers worked a full-time schedule at various independent promotions in Tennessee and around the midwest and eastern United States. He also toured the United Kingdom and teaming with Chris Hamrick on One Pro Wrestling shows as 'Southern Comfort', where they competed in a tag team ladder match for the Tag Team Championship against Team SHAG (Darren Burridge and Colt Cabana) and Jonny Storm and Jody Fleisch, eventually losing to Team SHAG.
On February 25, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Smothers defeated Corporal Robinson to win the Pro Wrestling Unplugged Hardcore Championship.
Smothers was the Cleveland All Pro Wrestling heavyweight champion until he was defeated by the Blue Meanie on June 3, 2007.
Smothers also showed up in Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South wrestling from 1996 to 2019. On October 19, 2008 in Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South's Double Death Tag Team Tournament, Smothers teamed with Corporal Robinson to face Cult Fiction's Vulgar Display of Power, Brain Damage and Deranged managed by Halfbreed Billy Gram. Smothers turned on his partner and joined Cult Fiction.
Smothers also appeared on shows for Cleveland-based Absolute Intense Wrestling as a singles wrestler and teaming with Little Guido as The F.B.I.
Juggalo Championship Wrestling (2007–2015)
Tracy Smothers debuted in Juggalo Championship Wrestling by cutting a series of promos in which he insulted the company, the owners (Insane Clown Posse), and the Juggalo fanbase. Tracy quickly became the company's main villain by defeating much of their roster and ending most of his matches by choking out his opponents. He attacked hero 2 Tuff Tony in the sixth episode of the internet wrestling show SlamTV!, causing Tony to be knocked out of action for several weeks. Per storyline, Smothers was arrested just days before Tony's return on the eighth episode, leaving Tony with no way to seek revenge. At Bloodymania, Smothers lost to Ron Killings.
Tracy and 2 Tuff Tony continued their rivalry into season two. In the first episode, both men faced off in a match which saw Tracy win after a fast count by the referee, who was later revealed as Tracy's illegitimate daughter, Isabella. Two weeks later, Tracy caught Isabella listening to Boondox, the rapper who sings 2 Tuff Tony's entrance music. The following week, 2 Tuff Tony attacked Tracy after his match. Tracy later caught Isabella engaging in sexual actions with Boondox, through storyline, and assaulted him. Tracy and Isabella Smothers were then scheduled to face Boondox and 2 Tuff Tony at Bloodymania II. However, Isabella was replaced by Bull Pain after she injured her leg, and Smothers and Pain lost to Tony and Boondox.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010)
On August 8, 2010, Smothers took part in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's ECW reunion show, Hardcore Justice, where he, Little Guido and Tony Luke defeated Kid Kash, Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger in a six-man tag team match. On the following edition of Impact!, the ECW alumni, known collectively as Extreme, Version 2.0 (EV 2.0), were assaulted by A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Robert Roode, James Storm, Douglas Williams and Matt Morgan of Ric Flair's Fourtune stable, who thought they didn't deserve to be in TNA. The following week TNA president Dixie Carter gave each member of EV 2.0 TNA contracts in order for them to settle their score with Fourtune.
In July 2016, Smothers was named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred traumatic brain injuries during their tenure and that the company concealed the risks of injury. The suit was litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE. US District Judge Vanessa Lynne Bryant dismissed the case in September 2018.
Smothers announced on his Facebook page in December 2019 that he was diagnosed with lymphoma on November 14, but that it was not terminal. Despite this, Smothers died from the illness on October 28, 2020 at the age of 58.
Championships and accomplishments
- All-Star Wrestling
- ASW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- ASW Southern Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- All-State Wrestling
- ASW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Bad 2 The Bone Wrestling
- BBW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Bruiser Wrestling Federation
- BWF Championship (1 time)
- Celtic Wrestling
- CW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Central Wrestling Federation
- CWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Paul Diamond
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Armstrong
- Coliseum Championship Wrestling
- CCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling
- CAPW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Cloverleaf Radio Hall of Fame
- Class of 2008
- Continental Wrestling Association / Championship Wrestling Association
- CWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with John Paul
- NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Destination One Wrestling
- D1W Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Extreme Championship Wrestling
- ECW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Little Guido
- Georgia Wrestling Federation
- GWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Heroes And Legends Wrestling
- HLW Legend Championship (1 time)
- HLW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bobby Fulton
- Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
- IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Chris Hamrick
- International Wrestling Association of Japan
- IWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Cactus Jack
- International Wrestling Cartel
- IWC Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Chris Hamrick
- Jersey All Pro Wrestling
- JAPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Little Guido
- Main Event Championship Wrestling
- MECW Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Midwest Wrestling United
- MWU Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Mountain Wrestling Association
- MWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- National Wrestling Federation
- NWF World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Golfer
- New Focus Wrestling
- NFW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with "Marvelous" Mitch Ryder
- New South Championship Wrestling
- NSCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Mid-South
- NWA Mid-South Unified Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Southern Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Armstrong
- Omni Wrestling Productions
- OWP Mid-South Championship (1 time)
- Premier Destination Wrestling
- PDW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked him #371 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003
- Pro Wrestling Unplugged
- PWU Hardcore Championship (1 time)
- Smoky Mountain Wrestling
- SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship (3 times)
- SMW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- SMW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dirty White Boy
- SMW Carolina Cup Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dirty White Boy
- Southeastern Championship Wrestling / Continental Wrestling Federation
- CWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Armstrong
- NWA Southeastern Continental Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Armstrong
- Southern Wrestling Alliance
- SWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Steel Domain Wrestling
- SDW Television Championship (1 time)
- Southern States Wrestling
- SSW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Supreme Wrestling
- AWA Central States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- United States Wrestling Association
- USWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Jesse James Armstrong
- World Championship Wrestling
- WCW United States Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Steve Armstrong
- Wrestle Zone Wrestling
- wZw British Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Wrestlers Of West Virginia
- West Virginia Championship (1 time)
- WOW Appalachian Championship (1 time)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Improved Wrestler (1993)