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Curtis Hughes
Ring name(s) The Big Cat[1][2]
Big Cat Hughes[2]
Gotch Gracie[2]
Curtis Hughes[2]
Mr. Hughes[1][2]
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1][3]
Billed weight 250 lb (110 kg)[3]
Born December 7, 1964 (1964-12-07) (age 45)[2]
Kansas City, Missouri[2]
Resides Atlanta, Georgia[3]
Billed from Kansas
Trained by Sonny Myers[2]
Bob Geigel[2]
Debut 1988[1][2]

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 the World Wrestling Federation. In addition to the WWF, Hughes has also worked for World Championship Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association, the American Wrestling Federation, and Extreme Championship Wrestling. Hughes currently trains up-and-coming wrestlers in the WWA4 Training School and wrestles on the independent circuit in southeastern states.

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Career

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Early life and early career

While briefly attending the [KANSAS STATE UNIV[Hughes began playing on the university's football team.[3] After leaving college, Hughes began training with Sonny Myers and Bob Geigel to become a professional wrestler. In 1988, he made his debut and began competing with the American Wrestling Association before moving on to World Championship Wrestling, where he began using the gimmick of "The Big Cat". Within a few months, he adopted an enforcer gimmick who commonly wore a suit and tie to ring and frowned a lot. Hughes became a prominent member of factions such as the York Foundation, the Rat Pack and the Darkside.[3]

World Wrestling Federation (1993)

After stints in several independent promotions, Hughes signed a short-term deal with the World Wrestling Federation and was brought in as a part of the feud between The Undertaker and Harvey Wippleman. During the feud, Hughes managed to hold his own against Undertaker and even stole his urn before being ultimately defeated by him, after which Hughes left the company.

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–1996)

Mr.Hughes in a wrestling match in 2009.

After his departure from the WWF, Hughes made his Extreme Championship Wrestling debut as the bodyguard for Shane Douglas during Douglas' first and second World Heavyweight Championship reigns. In addition to aiding Douglas, Hughes also competed in several singles matches during which he was nicknamed "The Ruffneck".

Return to the WWF (1997, 1999)

Hughes made two more short-lived appearances for the WWF, the first being as the bodyguard for Triple H in 1997, before being replaced by Chyna.[4] He made his final appearance for the WWF as the bodyguard for Chris Jericho in 1999 before being turned on by Jericho himself during a tag team match.

World Wrestling Alliance and the independent circuit (1999–present)

In 2003, the "All World Wrestling League presents Big Time Wrestling" was started by the sons of the Original Sheik, Ed and Tom Farhat, and Mr. Hughes was one of the wrestlers booked for them. Now Hughes works on the independent circuit and has also become the head trainer at the WWA4 Wrestling School, the training school of the Atlanta-based World Wrestling Alliance. In 2006, WWA4 launched a professional wrestling program which is televised in local markets and available on the internet. Hughes co-hosts the show alongside wrestling announcer and the broadcasts executive producer, Taylor McKnight. Since beginning classes at the WWA4 school, Hughes' weight has steadily dropped from 310 pounds to 250 pounds.[3] Despite the weight loss, he has retained his "enforcer" gimmick.

In 2007, Hughes became the focus of Memphis Wrestling, when he called Jerry Lawler a "sell out" for not showing up for a scheduled match against Hulk Hogan (due to WWE's legal issues with the match). After his statement, Hughes began a feud with Lawler. After shoving Lawler's real life girlfriend Renee on an edition of Memphis Primetime, the two battled three weeks later at Sam's Town River Palace Arena in Tunica, Mississippi. The match ended when Hughes got down on his knees and apologized for his actions, but moments later He hit Lawler with a low blow and punched Renee in the face, losing via disqualification. This action led to a rematch in Tunica a month later, where Hughes battled both Renee and Lawler in a handicap match.

Hughes is credited for breaking in several of his students to Memphis Championship Wrestling, including Sam Shaw, Cameron Valentine, Reece Royale, Chris Deal, and Mike Black. Taylor McKnight, who was an announcer before meeting Hughes, still credits Hughes for his recent work in Memphis and other bigger promotions in the area.

On March 22, 2008, Hughes debuted for the Independent Wrestling Network. He later won the IWN Heavyweight Championship after defeating Buff Bagwell and Rob Adonis in a triple threat match on April 4.

In wrestling

Mr. Hughes in a wrestling match in 2009.

Championship and accomplishments

  • Independent Wrestling Network
    • IWN Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "OWOW profile". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/c/curtis-hughes.html.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Cagematch profile". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=595.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "WWA4 profile". http://wwa4.com/WWE_MrHughes.html.  
  4. ^ Mick Foley (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins. p. 213. ISBN 0061031011.  
  5. ^ "Bruno Lauer's profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/h/harvey-wippleman.html. Retrieved 2009-08-03.  

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