(Carrollton, GA) – Local professional wrestling fans are in for a huge treat this Saturday night when the legendary “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer, makes an appearance in the squared circle as part of a Peachstate Wrestling Alliance event in Carrollton at the VFW Fairgrounds.
Hacksaw will team up with fan favorites Nigel Sherrod and Rick Michaels to do battle with “The Exotic Ones” Simon Sermon, Tommy Too Much, and Stoney Hooker in a six-man tag team match.
The 59-year-old Duggan is well-known among wrestling faithful (as well as mainstream culture) for his work in the ring for over three decades. Duggan has competed with the biggest stars in the history of the sport including Hulk Hogan, Harley Race, Ric Flair and countless others. He has held numerous titles in many wrestling organizations world-wide and was the winner of the very first WWE “Royal Rumble” match in 1988.
Duggan is best recognized for carrying a 2×4 piece of lumber to the ring along with an American Flag. His patriotic character often elicits chants of “U.S.A.” from his adoring fans.
The wrestling veteran has performed in all 50 states as well as 23 other countries around the globe including Australia, Japan, and several parts of Europe. He still makes appearances for the WWE and wrestled as recently as 2012 in the Royal Rumble Pay Per View in St.Louis, Missouri.
In anticipation of this weekend’s upcoming show in Carrollton, the Glen Falls, New York native was gracious enough to answer a few questions and share some thoughts for HeardCitizen.com via phone interview Wednesday evening.
When asked about his greatest moment in the sport, Duggan did not hesitate in responding: ”Wrestling Andre the Giant in the main event at a sold-out Madison Square Garden in 1988 was a huge thrill. For me personally, growing up in upstate New York and being in the garden as a kid — to wrestle in the Garden was a thrill in and of itself — but then of course to be in there with Andre was something I will always remember.”
He also cherishes the moment in Atlanta just a couple of years ago when he was honored with a place alongside pro wrestling’s most prestigious athletes and entertainers.
“In 2011 there in Atlanta I was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by a very good friend of mine Ted DiBiase and that is something I will never forget,” said Duggan. “It is always nice to be remembered.”
Duggan adds that DiBiase is his best friend from the world of wrestling. “I have wrestled the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase thousands of times all over the world. I have known him for years and we have become good friends. Teddy is a second generation wrestler and those guys are always more polished.”
The general public often underestimates the physical toll that the sport can take on the human body and Hacksaw is no exception. He has seen his fair share of injuries while competing.
“The most debilitating injury I have had was a torn achilles tendon which put me out for almost five months. I also had a devastating head injury back in mid-south wrestling and a torn pectoral muscle. I am just pretty torn up (in general),” said Duggan.
While the in-ring injuries have obviously been difficult, Duggan’s biggest challenge was a bout with kidney cancer — an illness he was diagnosed with during his time with World Championship Wrestling in the late 1990′s. He credits early detection as the key to his survival of the difficult disease.
Duggan recounts many stories from his life in a recent autobiography entitled “Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story.” He reflects on his early life before his wrestling career as a student-athlete on the Southern Methodist University football squad. He also shares how an injury-plagued rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons curtailed his football ambitions and paved the way for a brighter career in the world of professional wrestling. He characterizes the book as a positive look at professional wrestling.
PWA promoter Shane Noles is very excited about having Duggan on Saturday’s card. “The Peachstate Wrestling Alliance is honored to have a legend the caliber of Hacksaw Jim Duggan compete at a PWA event this Saturday in Carrollton,” states Noles. “Many stars and superstars from television have wrestled at PWA, but we’ve never had a WWE Hall of Famer in action at one of our events. Jim is excited to return to his roots so to speak, and we’re delighted to have him.”
Tickets for the show are $10 at the door and also will be available for only $8 in advance Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Big Lots and K-Mart in Carrollton. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds and the bell time for action is 7:30 p.m. For ticket inquiries, call 770-328-1162 or e-mail PWA at email@example.com.
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