‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan delights Labrador Wrestling fans

Derek Montague
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WWE hall of famer waves Labrador flag and autographs two-by-fours

Labrador wrestling fans witnessed a legend in action on May 22, when WWE hall of famer ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan came to Happy Valley-Goose Bay with Legend City Wrestling.

Duggan has been a fan-favourite for most of his wrestling career, which spans more than 30 years. The wrestler, known for wielding a two-by-four into the ring, won the first-ever WWE Royal Rumble back in 1988.

Duggan’s popularity with wrestling fans, especially the younger ones, carried over during his visit to Labrador. Before and after his match against “The Answer,” Duggan took the time to pose in photos and autograph miniature two-by-fours for his adoring fans.

When it was Duggan’s time to face his opponent in the ring, he delighted the crowd by waving around a Labrador flag — alluding to his old gimmick of waving an American flag before his matches.

The fans roared in approval when Duggan finished his match on top.

For wrestling fans who grew up watching Duggan on television, the show in Happy Valley-Goose Bay was an incredible one-time opportunity.

Long-time wrestling fan Mike Peach remembers watching Duggan hit Andre the Giant with a two-by-four on TV. Seeing him wrestle up-close-and-in-person was a great experience.

“It’s really great. He doesn’t look his age. To me he looks the way he did back then,” said Peach.

But Duggan wasn’t the only highlight of the show. In total, the LCW put on five entertaining matches at the arena, including a championship title match between “Kowboy” Mike Hughes (the LCW heavyweight champion) and “Hot Shot” Danny Duggan. The match ended in a no-contest, due to outside interference.

What delighted fans the most was how, before and after the matches, they could meet and talk to the wrestlers. That’s a luxury one doesn’t usually get when attending a huge WWE wrestling show.

“You get to see a lot of up-and-coming stars; they could be the future,” said Happy Valley-Goose Bay resident Robin Pardy.

“It’s more personal here. You can walk up and talk to the wrestlers more here. You can’t do that (at bigger venues). They’re just in and out and surrounded by security.”

derek.montague@thelabradorian.ca

Organizations: WWE Royal Rumble

Geographic location: Labrador, Happy Valley, Goose Bay

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  • Jason
    June 05, 2014 - 23:02

    I hope I can move that good when I'm 60!