Barrett Brown accomplished his lifelong wrestling dream by winning the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title on August 12, 2017, from Mr. USA in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The 23-year-old from Seven Points, Texas had wrestled for the prestigious belt back in 2012, but Brown came up short against then World Champion Kevin Douglas. Five years later, with the belt in his possession, he is ready to take on the world! Wrestleville had a chance to talk to him about his match, his win, and his future plans.
Q: What does it mean for you to have won the NWA Junior Heavyweight World Title?
A: It’s a dream come true. It is something I have worked my entire adult life for. It is something that goes back to my original trainer (Cody Cunningham), and it was something that we had always talked about. We said if I was ever to win this championship that my career would have come full circle and everything would have paid off. It’s a huge responsibility that comes along with holding this championship, and it’s one that I am willing to take on. Everything just came full circle for me.
Q: When you look at the list of names that have held that title before you, what goes through your mind?
A: It is absolutely humbling. When I see names like Danny Hodge, Verne Gagne, and Chavo Guerrero Sr., it blows my mind. I was looking at the Wikipedia page after the match and it was already updated that night. To see my name on that list with those guys is absolutely very humbling.
Q: Was this the first time that you wrestled Mr. USA? What kind of opponent was he?
A: It was the first time that we had ever met and he was a very good opponent. I think the match went about 12 or 15 minutes. We were the main event at NWA Mid-South in Dyersburg, Tennessee. It was a very competitive back and forth match. He’s is a very good opponent and was a deserving champion.
Q: Is there talk about defending the title in a rematch against him any time soon?
A: Not currently. Mr. USA and I had talked about it after the match, but there is nothing set at this time.
Q: It’s been five years since you had the opportunity to wrestle for the NWA Junior title again. What did it feel like waiting for such a long time to get another shot at that belt?
A: It felt like an eternity. I had my first shot when I was only 18 years old. It was humbling just to be able to say that I was able to wrestle for that belt. I feel like all the traveling that I have done, and all the experiences that I’ve had in wrestling since then has finally paid off. It feels like an eternity but I do feel like it was all worth it.
Q: Now that you are Champion, do you think that you’re going to be fighting tougher competition, and who do you think some of your challengers might be?
A: Absolutely. I know for sure that my very first championship defense is going to be on September 16th in Arkansas against Chavo Guerrero Jr. He is definitely going to be a worthy opponent for that championship. It’s very ironic because I know that his father also held the same championship. It’s going to be very cool to defend the belt to a former Champion’s son.
Q: Now that you are a champion, what can we expect from you?
A: I don’t want to be one of those wrestlers that disrespect the championship. This is a holy grail for me. Being a champion comes along with the responsibility to raise the prestige of this championship as much as possible. Anytime that the NWA can find an opponent for me, I will defend it as much as possible, and I will travel as far as I can against the best in the world just to prove that I am a worthy champion. I want to make this championship a household name.
Q: When you look at the current NWA title holders, what does it mean for you to know that you are associated with that same class of Champions?
A: It’s very humbling. It’s funny too because Tim Storm is someone who I consider to be my wrestling Godfather. He has taught me so much and has given me so much advice over the last five years. All the advice and critiques that he has given me, it has helped me grow so much. The fact that he and I are both the World Heavyweight Champion and the World Junior Heavyweight Champion at the same time, I just find it ironic that I am listed along with him as a World Champion.
Q: When we talked the first time, you said that if you ever were to win the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title, that the first thing that you would do is take the title back to your original trainer Cody Cunningham and show him that you had won it. Have you had a chance to do that yet?
A: Yes I did. I won the championship on Saturday and on Sunday I traveled back home. That night, I got in touch with him, and I met him at his house so I could show him. It was such a good moment and he was close to tears because I had won it. Everything that we had ever talked about had finally come true. It was a really good moment.
Favorite wrestler: Shawn Michaels
Career highlight: Winning the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title from Mr. USA on August 12th, 2017, in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
Favorite band: Aerosmith
Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys
Hobbies: Traveling, working out, and playing video games.
Dog person or cat person: Dog person
A state that you’ve never been to Wyoming and Rhode Island.
Favorite food: Pizza
A movie that you’ve seen multiple times: Warrior
Favorite actor: Tom Hardy
Favorite color: Blue
Barrett Brown vs Gregory James in a dog collar match.
Barrett Brown vs Jason Kincaid.