James Edward Duggan Jr was born on 14th January 1954 in Glens Falls, New York. He is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and is currently signed to WWE on a Legends contract. His character is best known as that of an American patriot and sees him use a 2x4 length of wood as a weapon and uses the battle cry “Hooo!” And the “U-S-A Cheer”.
In the WWF (now WWE) he was the winner of the first ever Royal Rumble match in 1988. In WCW he was a one-time United States Heavyweight Champion and one-time World Television Champion. Jim
became a star athlete in high school where he was a letterman in football, track, wrestling and basketball. In wrestling he won the New York State High School Championship, Unlimited Weight Class division and was the first wrestler from Glens Falls to do so.
Training at the Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas as well as training with Peter Maivia (a Samoan wrestling promoter) he caught the attention of Vince McMahon Sr and the WWF. After a short stint with the WWF Jim began to work for Georgia Championship Wrestling, during this time he was known by 2 aliases, in the USA he was known as “Big” Jim Duggan and in Hawaii he was known as “The Convict”.
After wrestling for a promotion based in Birmingham, Alabama he began wrestling for a promotion based in San Antonio, Texas which is where he adopted his famous “Hacksaw” nickname. Jim signed for WWF in January 1987, where he made his first major appearance at WrestleMania III and this was also his Pay-Per-View debut. His first WWF major match was at the first ever Survivor Series Pay-Per-View in 1987 and he was a member of the winning team in this event.
Duggan returned to wrestling in WWE with an appearance at the 2012 Royal Rumble and entered the Royal Rumble match as the #19 entrant and was eliminated by Cody Rhodes. On the February 3, 2012 episode of SmackDown, Duggan teamed with Santino Marella in a losing effort against the WWE Tag Team Champions Primo and Epico. On April 10, 2012, Duggan made an appearance on SuperSmackDown LIVE: Blast from the Past, where he lost to Hunico by disqualification. Later that year, he appeared on the July 3 SuperSmackDown LIVE: The Great American Bash event, teaming with Sgt. Slaughter and Santino Marella to face Hunico, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre.
On 2nd April 2011 Jim was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his fellow inductee and For The Love Of Wrestling guest “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.