IMPACT’s Brian Myers may be known as ‘The Most Professional Wrestler’, but as Curt Hawkins in WWE he was known as the man with the 269 Match Losing Streak.
All things must end though, and during WrestleMania 35’s pre-show, Hawkins ended his losing streak as he and tag partner Zack Ryder defeated The Revival for the Raw Tag Team Titles. Myers recently spoke about the match with Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp, and spoke about how last minute the whole affair was:
"We left that RAW, six days out, we weren’t even sure that we’d have the match or if that was really happening. It was kind of a - not to steal from another podcast - it was rumour and innuendo. No one had told us officially or anything.
“I’m pretty sure we were at an Axxess appearance or something and our phones started to blow up that someone had gotten the program and it was in that thing of all the matches and stuff on it. Maybe later that day the producer contacted us like, ‘Hey, I got your match. It’s happening.’ So, it was very, very last minute. I want to say Matt and I were sitting together at the signing for Axxess and it was like Twitter, everything, all the above. It was all happening at the same time.”
The result was seen as an upset, but the hometown team of Hawkins and Ryder got a huge ovation from the New York/New Jersey crowd, and it made the losing streak worth it:
"It all happened so fast. I really had no time to think about it. It was such a whirlwind, really. But, I mean, it all worked out. It was, for real, a dream scenario. Hometown. Literally in front of my wife and daughter. I got a kiss from them in the front row after I wont he belts with my best friend in my hometown in Jets inspired gear in the stadium that I’d go to as a fan. There was a lot of things attached to it which is just surreal.
“It was a whole week of that. We had all of these awesome appearances and we had our second ever live Major Pod show. That was a big success. Matt and I, we just had a really, really incredible week. Even the next night, Barclays was rocking. We had another really good one with Revival and it was just really, really cool. Not that even matters, but Kofi’s one of our friends for fifteen years. We started developmental when all of us literally couldn’t be next to nothing nobodies and to see him on the same show do what he did.
“Like, there’s just so many good feelings attached to that day and that week. I’ll never forget it. I’ll forever be grateful for that. At the end of the day, if I never wrestle for WWE again - I don’t want to say who cares, but I’ll always have that moment. You know? It’s pretty special.”