"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

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Real Name - James Duggan
Birthdate - 1/14/54
6'3" 275 lbs. - Glens Falls, NY

Aliases - none

Athletic background - Football (Southern Methodist University), Wrestling (High School) (High School)

Teachers - n/a

Professional background - Texas?, WWWF, Georgia, Mid South/UWF(`81-`87), WWF(`87-`94), WCW(`94-`01), Indies(`01-)

Groups - Rat Pack

Peak Years - `82-`88

Career Highlights -
- Defeats Ted DiBiase at the Superdome
- Beats Krusher Kruschev in a "Coal Miner's Glove" match in front of a huge house
- Captures the North American title (later the UWF title) from Dick Slater
- Wins the WWF's first Royal Rumble in 1988
- Beats Steve Austin in his WCW debut to capture the WCW US title

Finisher(s) -
- 3-Point Stance (Football Charging Lariat)
- Old Glory (Jumping Kneedrop)

Favorites -
- Spear
- Lariat
- Bodyslam
- Haymaker

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 0
aerial - 0
power - 8
strikes - 7

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 8
selling - 5
bumping - 4
carrying - 4
heat - 9
legacy - 4

Serious Injuries - Wrist, Kidney Cancer

Place in History - Jim Duggan was a big roughhouse brawler, who's hard work and charisma got him past many of his limitations. Doing the "good-natured and semi-intelligent jock" act, Duggan was able to get over in his interviews very well. In the ring, he was able to really get the crowd behind him with all his chanting, stomping, gesturing and signature "hoo." Under Bill Watts, Duggan was the perfect babyface whose affable character melded well with the drama of company. He could've been a major star if the UWF had succeeded, but he left and they fell. In the WWF, Duggan was a midcard goon, who was able to get over because of his same ol' mannerisms. Kept in the midcard babyface spot, Duggan had pointless feuds for the rest of his time there and that role was recycled by WCW. While he'd once been a star on the threshold, Duggan became a combination of a comedy act and generic brawler. Unfortunately his years in the WWF spoiled his potential and in recent times he's become on of the indy "legends."