'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan is coming to beat up people
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan is on the bill for Friday's Big Time Wrestling show at The Maryland Theatre. Duggan said he likes the opportunity to meet fans and compete with up-and-coming wrestlers. When he wrestles, Duggan's favorite props are an American flag and a two-by-four. (Submitted photo / March 28, 2013)
Another standout moment, he said, was when he was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2011.
“Everyone wants to be in the hall of fame. Most of the guys who say they don’t care about it aren’t in the hall of fame,” he said.
In recent years, Duggan participated in “WWE Legends House,” a reality TV show similar to “Big Brother,” where several professional wrestlers were sequestered without TV, cell phones or computers.
The show has not aired yet, but Duggan said it was a good time. “It worked out or else we’d all kill each other,” he quipped.
Duggan keeps a steady presence on Facebook and Twitter, but getting up to speed on technology wasn’t easy for him.
“My daughter got me a smart phone for Christmas. I told her to get me the same one she has so she could teach me everything about it,” he said.
She must have done a good job. Duggan has more than 1,100 Facebook fans and 9,400 Twitter followers.
Although he never achieved the titles of world champion or tag-team champion during his days with the WWE, Duggan said he is proud of his legacy, which appealed to the average guy.
“I’d like to be remembered as the people’s champion,” he said.
In addition, he released a book in 2012, “Hacksaw: The Jim Duggan Story,” by “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan with Scott E. Williams. Duggan said he is proud of the book, which came into fruition after he was approached by Triumph Books out of Chicago.
Duggan said he was not pleased with the way professional wrestlers were portrayed in the 2008 movie “The Wrestler,” which starred Mickey Rourke as a down-on-his-luck former wrestler hoping for a comeback.
“I thought the movie painted us in a bad light,” he said, which is another reason why he was excited about getting the chance to tell his story.
“It was a nice surprise (to be asked),” he said. “And it’s done relatively well for a wrestling book.”
As he continues to wrestle in the United States and beyond, Duggan offered aspiring wrestlers a bit of advice.
“Always chase your dreams,” he said. “Just make sure, like with anything else, you have something to fall back on.”
If you go ...
WHAT: Big Time Wrestling featuring Ric Flair, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Kevin Nash, The Patriot Robbie E and more
WHEN: Friday, March 29; meet and greet at 6 p.m., bell time is 8:30
WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown
COST: Tickets cost $25 to $70 plus fees; go to www.mdtheatre.org or call 301-790-3500
MORE: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is online at www.hacksawjimduggan.net, on Facebook at OfficialHacksawJimDuggan and on Twitter at @HacksawJDuggan