Most of the time when a top wrestler passes away, people talk about the memories they provided in the ring, or their accomplishments.
When Tracy Smothers passed away after a battle with cancer, after years of health issues, the modern generation talked about little of that.
Smothers, who was 58 when he passed away on 10/28, was talked about for being a mentor to a generation of people who started out working long road trips to small shows for very little money. Most of them made little money but created lifelong memories, including of Smothers, a one-time star who loved the business more than anything and kept at it until he physically could no longer, and still, while near death, longed for one last match.
Others made it big. But they never forgot the one guy who was always smiling, always encouraging, and always fun to be around in the dressing room that they had seen growing up and was still having fun.