There was such a surprise at WrestleMania this year as Curt Hawkins had his first victory after returning to WWE in the summer of 2016. Hawkins is a great competitor, very charismatic, consequently crowds always pop for him. Hawkins’ gimmick was originally a parody of Chuck Norris and even used Eva Marie’s original main roster gimmick, by putting matches off with lame excuses. Hawkins has even been in and out of WWE more times than Big Show has turned heel, moreover, after his 2016 return Hawkins has gained a reputation as a looser, losing what WWE has claimed to be 269 matches (prior to his streak being beaten). This isn’t too surprising, as even a casual fan can note some of the memorable times WWE has lied about the numbers, from WrestleMania attendance, to Goldberg’s undefeated streak; the numbers don’t add up when it comes to WWE.
Initially when I heard about the streak, I wondered, What was his real streak? I, myself was confused when I found out that Hawkins’ kayfabe streak was lower than his actual loss record, with an impressive number of losses tracked down to 255. After a bit of research, I decided to figure out what his televised record was (loss record without Dark Matches or Live Events), because, who knows, maybe WWE was right with his count.
For Research I found out that Hawkins’ first match back was against Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Smackdown Live #898, where Ziggler retained the Championship via pinfall. Hawkins kept loosing from this point on, but surprisingly, on Smackdown Live #899, Hawkins managed to beat Apollo Crews.
Turns out, Hawkins wouldn’t pick up another televised victory until his 2019 WrestleMania victory. Curt Hawkins went to WrestleMania with a TV plus Live Event loss streak of 255 (previously mentioned) and a TV loss streak of 71. The important question is to ask, where did the number come from? There must be some reality considering Hawkins and WWE fell in love with this idea so much that Hawkins even admitted to asking to keep his losing streak, when he told Sam Roberts,
“My main priority has always to do the best that I can, or whatever situation that I have been placed in I have always tried to do my best, or whatever match I am in I try to steal the show in regards to what I am allowed to be doing so I was just doing my thing. What really sparked it all was that there was some online article that said that Curt Hawkins just lost his 100th match in a row. I think that, I’m not taking shots at anyone else, but most of my colleagues would be upset at that sort of thing.
“There’s been times since that article where I was having matches; in particular I had a match on Main Event against Heath Slater that I was supposed to win, but I thought, wait, hold it, no, please, no. This could be something. There’s no sense of ending this story on Main Event. Who begs to lose matches? I literally did that though where I said that I can’t win matches, and they were cool about it in the first place where they were telling me that I did a good job and that I am going to win a match. But I was like, no, you don’t understand.”
Turns out, the number might actually be realistic, considering that most sources could be off by a few numbers, even Hawkins admitted to ALMOST losing track of his losses (not actually losing it, but almost losing it), when he said on the same podcast,
“It’s tough at times because I am doing the live events. I am doing this thing that say I lose to someone at a live event, I would then say that I wasn’t ready. It was BS and I’m not going anywhere until I have another opponent. And then Braun Strowman comes out, so I end up losing like six times a weekend before I get to TV. It’s got to the point rather quickly that I have to put [the streak number] on my Instagram and Twitter profile after every match otherwise I will forget because I don’t remember where it’s at.
“Another thing that sparks it that I have to end up doing is that when fans meet me now and want my autograph, more times than not they ask me to write where I am at like, how many losses in a row I have had. It’s like 4:30 in the morning and my brain isn’t fully working at the moment, so I have to check on Twitter or Instagram, so it really helps to have that information. I have been racking them up at certain points.”
As fans, it might be important to suspend your disbelief, but that may not be necessary considering WWE might have actually used his losses, which is rare in addition to the fact that it could serve as an interesting model for both them and other companies (namely, All Elite Wrestling who is claiming to “make wins and losses matter”)
The Sources used for this article were both cagematch.net and the sources found at the bottom of Hawkins’ Wikipedia page. A special thanks to WrestleTalk for the podcast transcription.