Jim Duggan

Jim Duggan
Jim Duggan
United States
6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
270 lb (122 kg)
Date of Birth
January 21, 1954


James Edward Duggan Jr., widely known as “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, was born on January 14, 1954, in Glens Falls, New York. Duggan began his wrestling career in the late 70s and quickly gained fame for his rugged, patriotic American character.

Career History and Evolution

Duggan’s wrestling career started in 1979, wrestling for various regional promotions. His break came in 1982 when he joined Mid-South Wrestling, where he developed the “Hacksaw” character.
In 1987, Duggan moved to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and became a popular mid-card performer known for his enthusiastic “USA, USA” chants and his two-by-four plank of wood that he carried to the ring.
In 1994, Duggan joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) where he remained until 2001. After short stints in various promotions, Duggan returned to WWE in 2005 and continued to make sporadic appearances over the years.

Titles Won and Biggest Matches

While Duggan was more of a beloved character than a titleholder, he did have his share of championship gold. He held the United States Heavyweight Championship in WCW and won the inaugural Royal Rumble match in WWF in 1988.
One of Duggan’s biggest matches was his flag match against Dino Bravo at WrestleMania VI, which cemented his patriotic character.

Biggest Rivalries and Tag Team Partners

Duggan had feuds with some of the biggest names in wrestling history, including Andre The Giant, King Haku, Yokozuna, and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. As for tag team partners, he regularly teamed with Sgt. Slaughter, reflecting their shared patriotism.

Family Life

Jim Duggan is married to Debra Haynes since 1989, and they have two daughters together, Celia and Rebecca.

Finishing Move, Clothing, and Entrance Music

Duggan’s finishing move, the “Old Glory knee drop,” was a fan favorite. He was known for his simple wrestling attire: blue trunks and boots, and a taped fist which he used for his signature move, the “Three Point Stance Clothesline.”
His entrance music, especially in the WWF, was a patriotic-themed track that suited his character and got the crowd cheering even before he stepped into the ring.


“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan’s enduring appeal lies in his blue-collar, patriotic character that resonated with fans. His enthusiasm and charisma endeared him to fans worldwide. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011, a testament to his significant impact on the wrestling industry.