Curtis Hughes

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Curtis Hughes
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Curtis Hughes under his "Mr. Hughes" gimmick
Ring name(s) The Big Cat[1][2]
Big Cat Hughes[2]
Gotch Gracie[3]
Curtis Hughes[2]
Mr. Hughes[1]
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1][4]
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg)[4] (formerly 375 lb (170 kg))
Born (1964-12-07) December 7, 1964 (age 49)[3]
Kansas City, Missouri[3]
Resides Atlanta, Georgia[4]
Billed from Kansas City, Missouri
Trained by Sonny Myers[2]
Bob Geigel[2]
Debut 1988[1]

Curtis Hughes (born December 7, 1964) is an American professional wrestler, better known under the ring name Mr. Hughes. He is best known for his stints in World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. He also worked on TV for the American Wrestling Association, the American Wrestling Federation and Extreme Championship Wrestling. He currently traines wrestlers at WWA4 Wrestling School and wrestles on the independent circuit.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

While briefly attending Kansas State University, Hughes played on their football team.[4] After leaving university, he trained professional wrestling under Sonny Myers and Bob Geigel. He debuted in 1987 for Central States Wrestling, before moving to the American Wrestling Association as a face under the ring name Curtis "The Cat" Hughes.

World Championship Wrestling[edit]

He moved to World Championship Wrestling in November 1990, where he was called Big Cat. At Starrcade 1991 in Tokyo Dome, he was billed as Big Cat Hughes, and subsequently became known as Mr. Hughes, a heel enforcer gimmick with a suit and constant frown. He was a member of factions The York Foundation,[4] and also teamed frequently with Lex Luger, Cactus Jack and Vinnie Vegas. In summer 1992, near the end of his WCW run, he turned face and became Big Cat again, teaming with Junkyard Dog to feud with The Vegas Connection.

World Wrestling Federation (1993)[edit]

After a short stint in the United States Wrestling Association, Hughes had another in the World Wrestling Federation, as part of the feud between The Undertaker and Harvey Wippleman. Hughes stole The Undertaker's urn, but then lost every match between them and relinquished it. He left WWF soon after. During his stay, he also lost to Mr. Perfect by disqualification in the 1993 King of the Ring.

Eastern/Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–1996)[edit]

In October 1993, Hughes debuted for Eastern Championship Wrestling. After the promotion was renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1994, he became bodyguard for Shane Douglas during Douglas' first and second ECW World Heavyweight Championship reigns. He frequently teamed with Douglas, as well as wrestling in singles matches, nicknamed "The Ruffneck".

Hughes (right) with Chris Jericho, during his short stint as Jericho's enforcer in 1999.

Returns to the WWF (1997, 1999)[edit]

Hughes made two more brief appearances for the WWF, first as Hunter Hearst Helmsley's bodyguard in 1997 (before being replaced by Chyna[5]), then as Chris Jericho's bodyguard (as Curtis Hughes) in 1999 (before Jericho turned on him during a tag team match).

Mr. Hughes in a wrestling match in 2009.

World Wrestling Alliance and the independent circuit (1999–2012)[edit]

In 1999, Hughes began working on the independent circuit and later became head trainer at the Atlanta-based World Wrestling Alliance's WWA4 Wrestling School. In 2006, WWA4 launched a locally-aired professional wrestling program, which Hughes co-hosted with announcer and the executive producer, Taylor McKnight. When Mcknight left WWA4 for Great Championship Wrestling, Dave Wills co-hosted with Hughes. After beginning classes at the WWA4 school, Hughes' weight dropped from 310 pounds to 250 pounds.[4]

In 2007, Hughes began a high-profile Memphis Wrestling feud when he called Jerry Lawler a "sell out" for not showing up for a scheduled match against Hulk Hogan (Lawler worked for World Wrestling Entertainment, who objected to the match). Hughes shoved Lawler's real life girlfriend, Renee, on an episode of Memphis Primetime, and the two battled three weeks later at Sam's Town River Palace Arena in Tunica, Mississippi. The match ended when Hughes kneeled and apologized to Lawler, before hitting him with a low blow and punching Renee in the face, thus losing by disqualification.

In March 2011, Hughes headlined the inaugural Redneck Wrasslin Organization card in Springfield, Illinois, teaming with Pretty Boy Floyd and Beast to defeat Team Dragonfire.

On February 18, 2012, Hughes won a 34-man battle royal for the vacant Peachstate Wrestling Alliance Heritage Championship.[6]

In wrestling[edit]

Mr. Hughes in 2009

Championship and accomplishments[edit]

  • Galaxy Wrestling Federation
    • GWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[11]
  • Independent Wrestling Network
    • IWN Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]
  • International Wrestling Union
    • IWU Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Peachstate Wrestling Alliance
    • PWA Heritage Championship (1 time)[6]
  • Southern States Championship Wrestling
    • SSCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[3]
  • Other titles
    • ASW Brass Knuckles Championship (1 time)[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "OWOW profile". 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Cagematch profile". 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Accelerator3359 profile". 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "WWA4 profile". 
  5. ^ Mick Foley (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins. p. 213. ISBN 0-06-103101-1. 
  6. ^ a b "PWA champions roll call". 
  7. ^ a b c Curtis Hughes' profile at WrestlingData.com
  8. ^ "Bruno Lauer's OWOW profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Managers". 
  10. ^ "Wrestlers managed". 
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  12. ^ http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/pwi/pwi500yr.htm

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