Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story

Offering expert wrestling lovers a ringside seat into his adventurous existence, WWE corridor of repute wrestler Jim Duggan recounts for the 1st time key moments and mythical bouts either inside and out the hoop. identified to thousands of fanatics as a charismatic patriot—with an American flag in his correct hand and his signature two-by-four in his left—Duggan right here displays on his youth as a student-athlete at the Southern Methodist college soccer squad. Drafted by means of the Atlanta Falcons, Duggan stocks how an injury-plagued rookie season curtailed his soccer objectives and lead the way for a brighter profession in expert wrestling. emerging to repute within the chilly War–era Eighties, Duggan instantly positioned himself at odds with anti-American “heels” and engaged in mythical feuds with essentially the most mythical names within the game, together with the Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, and Andre the large. during this who’s who of top-tier wrestling, Duggan finds not just the excessive issues of championship bouts but in addition the low issues that happened far-off from the television cameras and screaming enthusiasts, together with his struggle opposed to kidney melanoma through the top of his profession. With every one web page peppered with Duggan’s captivating wit, fanatics will locate a lot to take pleasure in and observe in regards to the guy they as soon as knew purely as “Hacksaw.”

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Forty four Hacksaw_ptr. indd forty four 1/19/12 8:49 AM Birth of a Hacksaw Manny Fernandez used to be one other unpredictable personality. He and that i went to a strip joint one evening. After we’d been there for your time, I needed to visit the lavatory, and while I got here again out, Manny was once in a fight with a few man. For a few cause, the stripper up on degree determined to leap on Manny, so he became and popped her. might be it’s simply the best way my dad raised me, yet something I’ve by no means had persistence for is a guy placing his fingers on a lady, so i used to be horrified. I definitely wasn’t delighted with Manny, yet I knew we wanted to get out of there. We took off, and because we had gotten out of there ahead of any law enforcement officials confirmed up, we idea that used to be the tip of it. a few week later, i used to be out back with Manny. This time we have been with Tully Blanchard, son of promoter Joe Blanchard, and the hotshot quarterback I had met many years previous on my SMU recruiting journey. It was once approximately 2:00 AM. Tully had simply gotten this gorgeous white Cadillac, and we have been all piled within. The bars in Texas shut at 2:00, so we made up our minds to visit Shoney’s for a few breakfast. At one of many different tables used to be the stripper from the fight per week previous, together with her boyfriend. it seems that, she noticed us as we have been leaving, simply because this man used to be popping out of the eating place and towards us within the car parking zone. He walked up and stated, “Hey, Manny. ” subsequent factor we knew, he had made 3 or 4 speedy jabs, and Manny was once simply gushing blood from the part and the arm. the fellow had a knife! Manny used to be squirting beautiful reliable, and as he propped himself up on Tully’s Cadillac, he was once screaming for Tully to take him to a clinic. Tully appeared with horror at his new, white Cadillac (now with crimson smears) and instructed Manny, in a really planned tone, “Don’t fear, the ambulance is on its method. It’s coming. ” the next day to come, we have been taping television, and whilst I acquired to the sector, there has been Tully’s brand-new Cadillac, an identical stunning coloration of white, apart from a space close to front bumper, the place it appeared like anyone had began to paint the automobile pink! I by no means had an incident that undesirable, yet after a express in Corpus Christi, a coastal city in southern Texas, i used to be out with one other wrestler, a burly, forty five Hacksaw_ptr. indd forty five 1/19/12 8:49 AM Hacksaw rough-looking personality named “Bruiser” Bob Sweetan. once we labored the convey, i wished to hit a comfort shop, choose up a number of provisions, and get out of city. We pulled in and bought out of my Trans Am (the similar one who bastard Vince had reduce the tires on), went into the shop for a number of issues, and got here out, while one other motive force rattling close to ran me over ahead of I’d made it 20 toes! I spun round and threw my Gatorade bottle, and it hit the part of the guy’s automobile. men bailed out of the auto as I acquired into the Trans Am and began it up. one of many men from the auto reached into my open window and punched me within the face! That was once adequate for me—I obtained out and dropped the man who’d punched me. the opposite man, who had this immense Afro, used to be dancing round like he idea he was once Muhammad Ali.

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