Wrestling has lost a Full Blooded Italian. Wrestling social media erupted earlier today with the news that wrestling legend Tracy Smothers had passed away at the age of 58. The veteran has worked for almost every company under the sun from the brightest lights to the dingiest bingo halls.
WWE is saddened to learn that Tracy Smothers passed away today at the age of 58.
WWE extends its condolences to Smothers’ family and friends. https://t.co/wdclVdB1n0
— WWE (@WWE) October 28, 2020
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 28, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tracy Smothers. We offer our condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/9gfXKDHOZe
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 28, 2020
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Tracy Smothers.
The wrestling world will never be the same. pic.twitter.com/EoI3V2CMOL
— NWA (@nwa) October 28, 2020
Former WWF, WCW and ECW wrestler Tracy Smothers has died at age 58 after a battle with lymphoma.
“In life, you think you’re invincible,” he told SI in February. “In wrestling, the show must go on. But this is the toughest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life.” pic.twitter.com/f2d6c8W8NH
— SI Wrestling (@SI_wrestling) October 28, 2020
Every reaction from those he wrestled alongside is full of praise for the man who always seemed to give to those coming up in the business and make even the most stoic of veterans crack a smile.
Very sad to learn that Tracy Smothers passed. He was a great wrestler and an even better person. He was always cutting up and busting chops in the locker room…just a fun talented dude always smiling. A spectacular career wrestling everywhere you could imagine over his years! pic.twitter.com/L0RERBn7ve
— taz (@OfficialTAZ) October 28, 2020
If every veteran of wrestling and life were as kind, giving, and patient with rookies as Tracy was, wrestling and life would be much better places.
There will never be another like him. I could watch his mid-match impromptu heel promos all day. https://t.co/0lhczcJhJp
— Bryce Remsburg (@dabryceisright) October 28, 2020
Fresh from a shower, covered in soap and barely holding a towel to his body he fought police dogs during a riot in ECW. He was one of a kind.The Wild Eyed Southern Boy, and he left his mark on the wrestling business. I love Tracy Smothers. Rest in power Tracy, watch the cheese5/5
— player/coach (@CMPunk) October 28, 2020
Tracy once asked me if I knew to apply a Flying ToeHold? When I said “no,” he stepped on my toe and started flapping his arms like a bird. 😁🤷🏻♂️ https://t.co/lrv2wZGEWq
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) October 28, 2020
Tracy Smothers took two young kids from Canada trying to “tour” the southern United States, with $1.50 a day to spend on food, saw a dilemma we put ourselves in to try and get experience, and took us under his wing. He knew we wanted it. Because of that, and his huge heart, 1/3
— Adam (Edge) Copeland (@EdgeRatedR) October 28, 2020
My great friend Tracy Smothers has passed, it is with a heavy heart that I share the news. Lots of great times with Tracy, I had just spoke with him last week RIP my friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Tracy's family and loved ones at this time. Ricky Morton pic.twitter.com/FMFYSTv1sw
— School of Morton (@RealRickyMorton) October 28, 2020
I just heard the sad news about Tracy Smothers passing. We lost a good one today – a great worker who made everyone he worked with better. Tracy was a good friend for 30 years – we worked together in CWF, WCW, ECW, WWE, IWA Japan, and countless indies. #RIPTracySmothers pic.twitter.com/kjap5FEFQw
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) October 28, 2020
I’m saddened to hear the passing of dear friend Tracy Smothers. Thanks for the years of friendship. Tracy & I had been checking in w each other every couple days regarding the health situation both of us are going through. This is another hard loss in the sport of pro wrestling. pic.twitter.com/APy9F7ifSY
— Bobby Fulton (@TheBobbyFulton) October 28, 2020
I'm trying to process this one. I saw it coming but it still doesn't HURT any less. Myself and a lot of wrestlers owe their careers to Tracy Smothers. He was a leader and a teacher who gave more than he received. Rest in peace Tracy. I love you more than words can convey. pic.twitter.com/nI2myvrysw
— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) October 28, 2020
Another member of the wrestling community gone. RIP Tracy Smothers. Never heard a bad word about him. I toured Ireland with him in 2007 & was struck by how, even after so many years in the game, he was just so down to HAVE FUN wrestling. We’re better for having had time with him.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 28, 2020
Tracy Smothers meant a great deal to me from when I started in this #Industry till today.
Tracy bravely fought the inevitable and will remain in my thoughts and my heart.
My deepest condolences to Tracy's family.
— ec3 (@therealec3) October 28, 2020
There are no words to describe how saddened I am to learn of the passing of Tracy Smothers. He was my friend and mentor for years. Last year I roomed w/ him over WM weekend, something I always enjoyed because nobody could tell stories like he could. Devestated. #RIPTracySmothers
— Shark Boy (@SharkBoy24_7) October 28, 2020
There are also a few prominent fan accounts sharing clips of Tracy’s time working across the industry and doing what he did best.
R.I.P. Tracy Smothers, fuck cancer manpic.twitter.com/18WWV6wnfK
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) October 28, 2020
R.I.P. Tracy Smothers.
I loved listening him threaten anybody who dared chant TRACY SUCKS at him with "ultra mega mass homicide."
There's so many great tag matches with him and Steve Armstrong to recommend but right now here's him going to war with the Juggalos. pic.twitter.com/oBMhuuBZR7
— forever tired (@Maffewgregg) October 28, 2020
WrestleZone sends its condolences to Tracy’s family, friends, and fans.