"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan -Special Event
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017
(Doors open at 5:30 PM)
Old School, Special Events, Hot Ticket
16 & over
Two items minimum
A true red-blooded American, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan always marched to the ring with a 2×4 slung over his shoulder and a red, white and blue flag gripped tightly in his hand. Often going up against underhanded foreign villains, Duggan would always get the crowd behind him by inspiring massive chants of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" that would shake the rafters and intimidate his opponents.
Duggan joined the WWE in 1987. Wasting no time in displaying his patriotism, "Hacksaw" immediately locked up with the massive Russian known as Nikolai Volkoff and had many hard-hitting matches with the dangerous Soviet. The following year, "Hacksaw" had one of the biggest victories of his career when he won the inaugural Royal Rumble by eliminating One Man Gang. The victory was proof that Duggan was the real deal.
In the years that followed, the patriot continued to cultivate a massive fan following through his heroic battles against hated villains like Dino Bravo, Bad News Brown and Boris Zhukov.
Throughout the early '90s, Duggan's reputation as a fan favorite carried on, but he eventually suffered a series of disappointing losses to the likes of Yokozuna and Bam Bam Bigelow. The losing streak led "Hacksaw" to make a surprising change when he joined World Championship Wrestling in 1994. The move proved to be a good one for him, though, as he defeated "Stone Cold" Steve Austin to win the United States Championship on his first night in the company. Duggan would battle the likes of Big Bubba Rogers and Diamond Dallas Page over the next four years before something changed his life forever.
In 1998, "Hacksaw" was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The disease was an intimidating opponent for a man who had locked up with the likes of Andre the Giant, but Duggan refused to go down without a fight. Thanks to early detection and "Hacksaw's" unbreakable spirit, he beat cancer and amazingly returned to the ring with little time off.
Duggan has made sporadic appearances in WWE over the last few years, but his popularity has never waned. Still carrying his 2×4 and waving Old Glory proudly, "Hacksaw" is a bona fide legend in the ring and truly deserving of his spot in WWE’s Hall of Fame class of 2011.