A WWE Hall Of Famer has given his opinion on championships in professional wrestling and says to him, they’re just something extra to carry.
‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan is probably best remembered for his career in the World Wrestling Federation where he carried his trusty 2 x 4 and an American flag to cheers of adulation to those watching. Duggan never won gold in the company but he does lay claim to winning the inaugural Royal Rumble match in 1988.
Prior to joining the WWF, Jim Duggan competed for Mid South Wrestling where he shared the ring on three occasions with NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair. Duggan won one contest by disqualification, while Flair won one after the two men drew their first bout, meaning Duggan never captured that title.
Speaking exclusively to Inside The Ropes‘ own Findlay Martin for Issue 9 of the Inside The Ropes magazine, Jim Duggan opened up about exactly how much – or how little – holding title belts meant to him:
“It was just business. Titles never meant nothing to me. It was something extra to carry, especially when I was North American Champion in MidSouth. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of that belt. That was, like, a 50-pound belt I had to drag around.”
Duggan held the North American Title for two months in 1986 and was the last man to hold the title after it was retired following the takeover by the Universal Wrestling Federation.
‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan also held tag team gold with both Magnum TA and Terry Taylor throughout his illustrious career. In 1994 he began his only reign as WCW United States Champion when he defeated Steve Austin at that year’s Fall Brawl event.
Duggan also lays claim to one of the most inauspicious title runs in wrestling when he ‘won’ the WCW World Television Championship by finding it in a trashcan after it had been disregarded by previous champion Scott Hall. He became a WWE Hall Of Famer when he was inducted into the Class of 2011.