LifeBlood member Tracy Williams discusses how he got the name “Hot Sauce,” what it meant for him to be from Brooklyn and get to wrestle in Madison Square Garden, his in-ring wardrobe malfunction and more.
1. I’m sure you get this question a lot, but how did you get the nickname “Hot Sauce?”
I do get that question a lot -- enough for me to give up on coming up with lies for my answers. Years ago, some friends and I had a group chat where we would come up with absurd wrestling names, and Chuckie T threw out the name that I’m now forcing announcers all over the world to say out loud into a microphone.
2. If you hadn’t gone into pro wrestling, what do you think you’d be doing for a living?
I’d probably be living under a bridge or something. Wrestling is the only thing I’ve ever actually wanted to do. There was no other path for me.
3. What’s the best advice you’ve been given about the pro wrestling business and who gave it to you?
One of the people who trained me in wrestling from Day One was Cesaro, and before he went to WWE his last bit of advice to me was just to wrestle as often as I possibly could. It might seem like simple advice, but at the time I was mainly wrestling for my home promotion. If I had remained complacent instead of getting into that mindset of just getting out there and doing as much as I can, I don’t think the sequence of events that led me to where I am now would have happened.
4. What’s a subject you’d like to know more about?
I’d like to be able to read music. I learned a bunch of songs on the piano by ear when I was younger. Now after years of not playing, all that muscle memory is gone, my hands are dumb again, and I’m back to square one.
5. What’s something that’s popular that you just don’t see the appeal of?
Curved TVs were a thing for a while and I thought they were really dumb. They’ve since fizzled out, so I feel like I was right. Also, watching a whole baseball game on TV. No chance.
6. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I try not to let guilt get in the way of perfectly good pleasures. If I had to give you an answer though, I’d go with singing like Michael McDonald in the shower.
7. What is your most embarrassing moment in wrestling?
One time in Maryland I got knocked out by a flying elbow strike, and while I was on dream street my opponent picked me up for a deadlift brain buster, but as he yanked me down for the impact he pulled my junk out of the bottom of my trunks. So I had been concussed, then brain bustered, and unceremoniously exposed upon impact all within the span of like a minute. That was pretty embarrassing.
8. You grew up in Brooklyn, so can you express what it meant to you to perform at Madison Square Garden for G1 Supercard?
It was huge for me. When I was a little kid, my dad took my brother and I to MSG for the first wrestling show I’d ever seen. Wrestling in that building was absolutely a goal of mine throughout my whole career. I walk past that place all the time, so even walking in the back door and being in the hallways and locker rooms was crazy. Walking down that ramp and sliding in the ring to go right into a standoff with Minoru Suzuki was such a surreal and fun experience.
Seeing Ring Of Honor go from this small, underdog of a company running their shows out of the Hammerstein Ballroom, to going around the corner in the most famous arena in the world is incredible and I’m proud to be a part of it.
9. When Juice Robinson invited you to join LifeBlood, why did you think it was a good fit for you?
I think everyone would agree that Ring Of Honor is in a state of flux with all the changes happening in the wrestling world. Juice, myself, and all the other members of LifeBlood share the same mindset: that this great company needs to be set back on the course that got it to where it is today. In my opinion, Ring Of Honor’s foundation has always been that it’s where you turn to when you want to see the best in-ring wrestling that the United States has to offer.
Years ago, when the wrestling on TV was giving you giant characters who couldn’t actually wrestle for 30 seconds to save their lives, Ring Of Honor was giving you the greatest professional wrestlers on the scene giving it everything they could in the ring. Now that Ring Of Honor has the spotlight and the platform that it does, LifeBlood is here to bring the focus back to what makes Ring Of Honor special: passion, ability, grit, and pardon the cliche, but HONOR.
10. Any final words for ROH fans?
Yes. I’m only just getting started. LifeBlood is only just getting started. Our work is cut out for us now more than ever. All I can promise is that every time I’m given the chance to do what I do in that ring, I’m going to bring the kind of fight that made me want to come to this company in the first place. Thank you to anyone who has supported me thus far, and if you’re not familiar with me yet, keep your eyes open.