Tracy Smothers passed away at 58-years-old. He left an incredible impression on the pro wrestling world, and without him we might have never met Edge and Christian.

Smothers’ passing caused people throughout the pro wrestling world to speak up and mourn his passing. Edge released three tweets that told a very personal story about how much Tracy Smothers truly meant to his career.

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, he drove us to make the next town so we could eat our next meal. He found floors, couches or other talent who had spare space in their hotel rooms for us to sleep. On those drives he dispensed his knowledge. Always with a laugh and a twinkle in his eye. And we soaked it up.

He was a great man. He truly knew what paying it forward meant. I will miss him.


Our thoughts are with Tracy Smothers’ family, friends, fans, and everyone else mourning the loss of this incredible man. His name didn’t light up any WrestleMania marquees, but without him, the entire pro wrestling world would be a very different place.

Felix Upton

Felix Upton is a seasoned writer with over 30 years of experience. He began his career writing advertisements for local newspapers in New York before transitioning to publishing news for Ringside News. His expertise includes writing, editing, research, photo editing, and video editing. In his free time, he enjoys bungee jumping and learning extinct languages.

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