WEIGHT: 280 lbs
PRO DEBUT: 1977
TITLES HELD: WCW
United States Title (1), WCW Television Title (1, last champ), WWF "King" (1)
XWF INC. APPEARANCES:
March 20th, 2003
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is a famous name from the big 1980's
WWE machine. He was a part of the new entertaining style
introduced by Vince McMahon with the intent of merchandise and
getting more kids to watch wrestling. Jim Duggan adopted a
nickname and began carrying out a 2X4 wood board with him to the
ring. With that, fans began buying up styrofoam 2X4's.
Jim Duggan always played the
face, with one exception late in his career. His character was always patriotic and got the crowd
behind him with a simple thumb in the air and shouting "HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!".
Duggan was mainly used in the WWE as midcard entertainment and he
did it well. Duggan, although he wasn't pushed to the main
event in the WWE, is famous for two things. One, he was the
first ever winner of the Royal Rumble in January of 1988 (non-PPV
event, televised on USA Network). Secondly, he defeated King
Haku to become the WWF King. He was one of the few faces ever
to be crowned a "king" in the WWF or WWE, outside of the
King of the Ring events. Duggan was also a personality on the
"Prime Time Wrestling" shows that would later become
Monday Night RAW. He was usually used as fodder for Bobby
Heenan cutdowns, as was Hillbilly Jim.
Like many other wrestlers who
were now used as TV personalities and not wrestlers, Jim Duggan
jumped over to WCW in 1994 after Hulk Hogan was signed. Duggan
immediately began feuding with "Stunning" Steve Austin and
beat him for the United States title, as well as several successful
title defenses against Austin. Duggan would essentially become
a midcard fixture in WCW, as he once did in the WWF, for many years
until Duggan had some adversity in 1998 (I believe of the
kidneys?). Jim Duggan returned a year later to an emotional
return on Nitro.
Duggan's career was then made
into a mockery when Vince Russo joined WCW. First, Russo
turned Duggan into a janitor. While a janitor, Jim Duggan
eventually found the WCW TV title that Scott Hall threw away in the
trash. Duggan then began to "defend" it on WCW
Saturday Night, which was actually entertaining. Then, in an
ultimate mockery of his career, Duggan turned heel and joined Team
Canada. Duggan didn't join up with the WWE when WCW was bought
up, but he was a part of the XWF (not this XWF) that Jimmy Hart
started in 2001 to possibly become competition to the WWE.
Duggan now tours various independents and was very well received
when he showed up on an XWF Inc. event in March of 2003, signing
autographs and defeating Cuban Assassin.
Duggan, unlike many other
former WWF superstars, is still in great shape and looks like the
same wrestler he did 20 years ago. This is despite beating
cancer or overcoming any other in-ring injury, as well as old age.
(Partial Credit to Pro
Wrestling Illustrated's "2004 Wrestling Almanac and Book of
Facts, 9th Edition")