CM Punk Pays Homage To This Legendary Professional Wrestler In New TV Series “Heels”

CM Punk plays the role of Ricky Rabies in the Heels series. He’s been working on this character for some time. Now he has revealed the inspiration behind this character.

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According to CM Punk, the inspiration for Ricky Rabies is late wrestler Tracy Smothers. He revealed that Smothers was the first professional wrestler he had ever wrestled and spoke about his experience working with him.

“Ricky Rabies is Tracy Smothers. We lost Tracy a few years ago and he was a guy. It was the first name I have ever struggled with. I wrestled with Tracy Smothers in a barn in southern Indiana in 1999 or 2000, something like that. And he just walked up to me and said ‘hey man’. I saw you work, you are good. Look, I don’t remember shit, so is it okay if we go out and do it? I cannot memorize this and that. We can talk about it, but I’ll forget it. So can we get out? And I was terrified because at this point in my career I had to sit down and say “you wanna do this and then I’ll do that and then we’ll go do that?”

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Tracy Smothers showed CM Punk how to be a professional wrestler

Not only did he reveal how much Tracy Smothers had inspired him, but also the incident, which helped him understand how to work as a professional wrestler. As it turns out, it was an act by Smothers that helped him figure out how to be an entertaining professional wrestler.

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“So I went over there and Tracy knew what he was doing. And I remember at one point in the game he grabbed someone’s nachos. And he had the nacho cheese in his hand. Now I’m in a barn in South Indiana, there’s no shower, there’s nothing. I drive from Chicago all the way down, half past five, six o’clock, then we get the car and come back. And we are lucky if we get the money for gas.

“He’s about to hit me with that and he’s going to block it.” Hit me with the cheese brother. I was like ‘f ** k yeah!’ I learned to work thanks to Tracy Smothers. I only wish he was here to see this ridiculous shit, because I think he would love it. H / t Wrestling Inc

Currently, CM Punk is actively working with AEW and his first opponent is Darby Allin at AEW All Out on September 5, 2021.

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