Memories and passions of childhood have helped Barrington Hughes catapult up the ranks of Major League Wrestling and beyond.
By Michael Melchor, Executive Editor
Weighing in at 469 pounds, Barrington Hughes cuts an imposing figure in the ring.
Looking past his size and dominance in MLW since its return, though, there’s something different about Hughes. The colorful ring gear. The velour cape he displays during his entrance. Even his nickname – “The Caramel Colossus” – belies the fact that, while he may be laying waste to MLW’s roster on a regular basis, there’s something different about him. Something fun.
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— Barrington Hughes (@HughesyPoo) April 30, 2018
In addition to ruling the ring, Hughes has quickly become one of the most charismatic members of the MLW roster. The seven-year pro is now getting a worldwide platform to let his dry, quick wit shine.
“What you see on TV is basically me – that dry, quick kind of wit,” Hughes recently told The Gorilla Position during an exclusive interview. “I’ve always been that way – just making quick quips, nodding and being like, ‘just follow along with me, follow my lead, it’s okay.’”
Pro wrestling left a very lasting impression on Hughes very early. “I have two memories of wrestling,” Hughes said. “The very first time I remember seeing it was The Undertaker – who scared the shit out of me because I was 4 years old.”
But it was the conclusion of one of wrestling’s most famous stories that convinced him it’s where he wanted to be. “The next time I remember [seeing pro wrestling], I was watching with my grandfather in New York. I remember seeing The 1-2-3 Kid beat Razor Ramon. I remember that blew me away to see this little underdog beat this big guy. I was hooked from then on.”
Later in childhood, Hughes would come to discover another promotion on television in his home state of Florida. Almost as if fate was giving him a heads-up, Hughes discovered the first iteration of Major League Wrestling on the Sunshine Network. “I loved MLW when it was around before,” Hughes said. “The match that stands out to me was Sonjay Dutt vs. Christopher Daniels in the finals of the Cruiserweight Championship. I remember seeing Sonjay do a triple-flip into an armdrag that blew me away!”
But it would be years later when that early memory of watching Raw would play a big hand in Hughes becoming a competitor, as it was his grandfather who convinced him to take the plunge. “The last thing he said to me before he died was to pursue my dreams and live life without any regrets,” Hughes said. “I took those words to heart and decided to go for it.”
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Hughes brought another interest with him into pro wrestling that would define both his style and his personality. “I went to school for art in Junior High and I’ve always had an interest in it,” Hughes said. “I was making and designing my own gear when I first started out.”
In the past seven years, Hughes has risen up the ranks in his stomping grounds of South Florida working for several promotions including REAL Pro Wrestling, Inspire Pro Wrestling, Coastal Championship Wrestling, Ronin Pro Wrestling and IGNITE Wrestling. But it was the return of an old favorite that would catapult Hughes to the television spotlight.
“Once I heard MLW was coming back, I sent my stuff to them and told them I wanted to be a part of it,” Hughes said. “They got back with me and said they had something for me. The rest, as they say, is history.”
As part of the Major League Wrestling roster, Hughes has access to some of the best minds in the business – and regularly takes advantage of the opportunities to learn from a kindred spirit.
“I sit and talk to MVP whenever I can,” Hughes said. “We have a common background – both being from Miami and in wrestling. Whenever I get a chance to talk to and learn from him, I make sure to. Low Ki as well – both of those guys are pretty close. With Low Ki, he has that voice and you have to listen – mainly because he’ll only say it once. I spent my birthday one morning having breakfast with Low Ki, just picking his brain and talking to him. That was a really cool experience.”
In addition to learning his craft in the ring, Hughes concurrently followed a childhood pursuit outside of it. Reaching back to middle school, Hughes employed his training in art to also start his own business, Kongo Kustoms.
“I’d seen that everybody in wrestling looked the same – black trunks, black boots, black kneepads,” Hughes said. “I started reaching out to some guys and seeing if they wanted some new gear designed for them. I had guys reaching out to me to design new gear for them. I did designs for Johnny Gargano. I did quite a few for Daniel Bryan – a lot of what he wore during his US Title run was designed by me.”
For now, Hughes says he is content in wrestling. With his imposing abilities inside the ring and his eye-catching skills outside of it, the memories of the past could serve to catapult him into the future.
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