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Behind Closed Doors with Tracy Smothers

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The wild-eyed Southern boy doesn't ever disappoint!

 

Tracy Smothers has been here, there and everywhere! This 20+ year veteran sits down for another edition of Behind Closed Doors! Some of the topics covered...
- Memories of his favorite wrestlers as a kid.
- How he got into the business.
- What Steve Keirn's biggest mistake was.
- How hard it was to manage working a regular job and trying to be a wrestler.
- Tojo Yamamoto's thoughts on him as a wrestler.
- His first big break.
- His time in Florida.
- Working with New Breed.
- His time in Continental.
- Working with The Stud Stable.
- How he met Steve Armstrong.
- How he got into NWA/WCW.
- Why Dusty Rhodes hated him and Steve Armstrong.
- His first trip to Japan with Los Brazos.
- Working with The Midnight Express.
- Why 'The Southern Boys' became 'The Young Pistols'.
- Working with The Master Blasters.
- Thoughts on the constant booker changes in WCW & how it affected him.
- Which bookers he liked and which he disliked.
- Why Steve Armstrong left WCW.
- What he did after WCW released him.
- Going to Japan to work for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
- Wrestling with Steve Williams, Terry Gordy & Joel Deaton.
- Who convinced him to return to the wrestling world?
- Thoughts on Jim Cornette & Smokey Mountain Wrestling.
- A special description of the typical Southern wrestling fan in the mountains.
- What he thinks Jim Cornette wanted to accomplish with SMW.
- How good did guys get paid by Cornette?
- Thoughts on The Gangstas in SMW.
- Why he had to step in and stop the police from going after New Jack once.
- Thoughts on a young Chris Candido.
- Working his first ever ladder match.
- Why he thinks SMW eventually folded.
- Comparisons between Jim Cornette & Paul Heyman.
- Working W*ING as Jason The Terrible.
- Thoughts on Mr. Pogo and the time Pogo shot on him.
- Why nobody wants to work with Mr. Pogo.
- His opinion on the hardcore style of W*ING and IWA Japan.
- The Gilberts shooting over in Japan.
- Thoughts on some of the younger All Japan guys at the time he was over such as: Misawa, Akiyama, Kawada, Taue & Kikuchi.
- Working with Giant Baba.
- Who gave him the Freddie Joe Floyd gimmick & how the name was thought up.
- Thoughts on his old SMW buddies getting gimmicks such as T.L. Hopper & Santa Xlaus.
- What did Jim Cornette think of the gimmicks.
- The only good thing the WWF did with him.
- How he got into ECW.
- Who he was brought in to put over.
- Thoughts on the ECW locker room.
- Great story about New Jack kicking a fan out of the locker room.
- How the FBI was formed.
- His thoughts on fellow FBI members.
- Memories of his famous ECW promos.
- Did Paul Heyman ask him to do anything else beside wrestle?
- Training wrestlers in the WWF development camp.
- Working WWF weekend shows like Jakked & Shotgun.
- Who got him into XPW.
- His thoughts on Rob Black & the XPW roster.
- Returning to ECW/WWE for 'One Night Stand'.
- Working Hardcore Homecoming.
- The differences between the two shows.
- Was there any heat from the guys who weren't working both shows?
- What was the locker room like at 'One Night Stand'?
- How much power did Paul Heyman really have that night?
- ***The incident between JBL & The Blue Meanie including his own involvement.***
- What happened when everyone finally got backstage.
- His thoughts on JBL & why he shouldn't be compared to other Texas such as Dick Murdoch & Stan Hansen.
- The story behind his internet tirade on JBL a few days later.
- Does he still feel the same as he did on that day?
- Has he had any contact with JBL since that night?
- His thoughts on the independant scene across the United States.
- Why indies aren't drawing these days.
- What's wrong with some of the younger wrestlers he has come across.
- Why he has to sometimes take things into his own hands in the ring.
- Thoughts on wrestlers who have passed away such as Curt Hennig, Chris Candido & Eddy Guerrero.
- Story about meeting Eddy Guerrero & Chris Benoit at the ECW One Night Stand PPV
- What he noticed about Eddy that really scared him...
- What he noticed about Benoit that really scared him...
- Promoters ripping him off.
- Memories of an infamous match against Lex Luger in February 2005. (***INCLUDES FOOTAGE!***)
- Thoughts on Terry Gordy before & after his OD.
- Drugs in wrestling.
- Can the early deaths in wrestling be stopped?
- His own medical problems throughout his career including a recent heart condition scare.
- How much longer does he think he has left?
- What would he like to accomplish before he retires?
- Special message for his fans & one special fan in particular... JBL!
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