WWE Hall Of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan has revealed the origins of his trusty 2×4 and says his wooden companion was born out of necessity.
Most fans of the WWE or WWF will remember Duggan as the friendly All-American hero who waved the Stars and Stripes with one hand while swinging a length of wood with the other. Before those days, however, Duggan was a hated villain in Mid-South wrestling where he had formed The Rat Pack with Ted DiBiase and Matt Borne.
Speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes’ own Findlay Martin for issue 9 of Inside The Ropes magazine, Hacksaw Jim Duggan discussed where his 2×4 originated and how it was less a weapon to tackle opponents inside the ring and was more to keep those outside the ring in check:
“This was long before sports entertainment [laughs]. As a bad guy, walking back and forth to your car was dangerous. Walking back and forth to the ring, people would spit at you and kick at you. They really hated you. That’s where the 2×4 came from.”
“I was wrestling out in West Texas—Amarillo, Lubbock—and I’m sitting back there [in the dressing room], all covered in [saliva] and bruises from the fans, spitting and kicking on me, and Brody comes in and says, ‘Duggan, if you carry something to the ring, carry something you can use.’ And I’m sitting there in that old, nasty dressing room, and I looked down and I’m, like, ‘Here’s a piece of wood.’ So I came out there, yelling and waving that 2×4 around. It was like the parting of the Red Sea: people scattered.”