By the time that 1993 rolled around, Hacksaw Jim Duggan had fallen from the top of the card in the WWF. Although he still had an important role to play.
The super-heavyweight Yokozuna had debuted in the WWF in 1992, initially performing as Kokina. In the months that followed, Yokozuna squashed numerous stars, literally in many cases, carving a path towards the WWF Championship.
It was a path which was cemented by victory in the 1993 Royal Rumble. However, before the future Hall of Famer had his date with destiny, he was challenged by The American Patriot, Jim Duggan. With Yokozuna’s manager Mr Fuji badmouthing America, Duggan stepped up to face the giant star.
This led to a match on Superstars where Duggan would win if he could knock Yokozuna off his feet. Despite Yokozuna having left his feet before, the match was promoted heavily around the angle. Duggan actually won the match, but the aftermath is what’s remembered.
Yokozuna laid out Duggan with three Banzai Drops putting Duggan out for a number of months.
“That was kinda my spot – to get the monsters over. Actually, that’s good, because as a babyface, it’s easier to get sympathy wrestling somebody bigger than you.”
Reflecting on the match with Yokozuna, Duggan said that he was happy to put the young star over, describing him as a “good guy.”
“Good. I’m glad I did a good job for him. Yoko was a good guy.”
After the beatdown, Duggan eventually returned to the WWF months later, feuding with Shawn Michaels, before leaving for WCW in 1994.
Meanwhile, Yokozuna went on to briefly win the WWF Title at WrestleMania IX from Bret Hart, before being pinned by Hulk Hogan the same night.