Jim Ross has discussed how former WWE Superstar Mr. Hughes almost found himself fired from the company after falling asleep at the airport.
Curtis Hughes made his World Wrestling Federation debut in March 1993, beginning what would only be a five-month stint with the company on that occasion. According to Jim Ross, however, Hughes was lucky to last that long with the company after one of the company’s top agents saw the star fast asleep in an airport.
“He almost got fired after WrestleMania 9 because he fell asleep at the airport. Chief Jay Strongbow said, ‘He’s high. Oh, look at that guy. I’ve gotta tell Caesar.’ Caesar, of course, is Vince. ‘We gotta get rid of this guy.’ He’d arrived to that conclusion by sitting across the way with his wife and me, ready to fly back to Connecticut, and there was Curtis on the other side dozing off… until we found out he had a sleep disorder, narcolepsy, whatever the hell it’s called, I’m probably naming it wrong. But Curtis battled through it and I liked Curtis.”
Although Hughes kept his job a while longer, by August 1993 he was gone from the company. Mr. Hughes resurfaced in the WWF in 1997 as the bodyguard for Hunter Hearst Helmsley before reprising the same role for Chris Jericho in 1999. Despite only being in the role as Jericho’s heater for a month, Jim Ross says he doesn’t think it added anything to Chris Jericho’s presentation:
“I don’t know that Chris needed a heater. That was the kind of trend at that time. Diesel [Kevin Nash] became Shawn Michaels’ heater. ‘This guy’s got a heater…’ I don’t know where that [idea of superstars receiving bodyguards] came from.”