Wrestlers are gearing up for the big event
By Sparta Live | July 18, 2013 12:00 am
In just a few weeks, some of wrestling’s top former superstars will be battling it out at the White County Agriculture Complex.
One such super star, Tracy Smothers, says he’s excited to come to Sparta for the big event.
“I’m excited to be a part of Summer Fest on Aug. 3 in Sparta,” he told the Expositor.
Smothers is originally from Springfield, TN. He graduated from Springfield High School. There, he was a four-sport letterman in football, wrestling, baseball, and golf. He then went to Carson Newman on a wrestling and football scholarships.
He also spent a lot of his time working.
“Growing up, I had to work on a farm picking up hay, cutting tobacco, and cutting wood,” Smothers said. “The guy I worked for was a big wrestling fan. I would go over to his house to watch wrestling because my family didn’t like it.”
Smothers’ employer would also take him to Nashville to watch wrestling matches live.
“I grew up watching Jackie Fargo, Jerry Jarrett, Tojo Tammatto, Len Rossi, Bearcat Brown, Jerry Lawler, Dutch Mantell, and Bill Dundee,” he said. “My influences to be a pro wrestler were Bob Armstrong, Jack Briscoe, Bob Orton, Jr., and Lou Thesz,” he said.
Smothers was trained by Steve Kiern, Stan Lane, the Fabulous Ones, Tojo Yammatto, and Bob Armstrong. Smothers adds that he received a lot of advice from Jackie Fargo.
He started wrestling in 1983 working for USWA, Mid-South, FCW, Continental, World Class, WCW, WWE, SMW, TNA, ECW and many others.
“Bill Dundee gave me my first full-time job as a wrestler in 1986,” he said.
Since then, Smothers has done 21 tours of Japan, 10 of the UK and Europe.
He’s also performed shows in Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Diego, Garcia and many military shows.
And, in just a few weeks, Smothers will be at the White County Agriculture Complex.
“I am honored to be on the same card with greats like Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, the NWO, Bill Dundee Viscera, The Hurricane (Shane Helms), Brian Christopher Lawler, and Hammerjack,” Smothers said. “This type of event does not come around often. I hope to see all of the great wrestling fans Aug. 3,” he said. “I can’t wait to see you there!”
Tickets are still available. Some advance tickets allow for a special meet-and-greet session with the wrestlers before the show.
The matches begin at 7 p.m.
Visit www.slam-pro.com or call (931) 265-6507 for more information or to order tickets.