WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan Hospitalized, Underwent Emergency Surgery

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVOctober 20, 2021

Wrestling: Legends of Wrestling: Hacksaw Jim Duggan carrying USA flag as he approaches fans and ring before fight at Citi Field. 
Flushing, NY 6/7/2015
CREDIT: William Baker (Photo by William Baker /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
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WWE Hall of Famer Jim Duggan underwent emergency surgery Wednesday morning.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan @OfficialHacksaw

Back where we don't want to be. Please pray for Jim and his doctors as he has emergency surgery this morning. Thank you, Debra <a href="https://t.co/U7DmqIgE3U">pic.twitter.com/U7DmqIgE3U</a>

Hacksaw Jim Duggan @OfficialHacksaw

Out of surgery and back in his room. Everything went well. Thank you for your prayers, good vibes and good thoughts. You can keep them coming in. <a href="https://t.co/gPUWI4N6Wq">pic.twitter.com/gPUWI4N6Wq</a>

The 67-year-old was briefly hospitalized in September 2019 for what his wife called a "severe infection." 

Duggan was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1998, which caused him to briefly put his wrestling career on hold. He eventually returned to the ring with WCW and subsequently made sporadic appearances for a number of promotions.

The New York native first rose to prominence with Mid-South Wrestling in the early 1980s before his career took off with the WWF. He and Ted DiBiase engaged in a legendary feud in Mid-South.

Shortly after signing with the WWF, though, Duggan and the Iron Sheik were arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey in May 1987. He told Pro Wrestling Torch's Wade Keller in 2012 he thought the arrest ruined any shot he had of winning a championship with the promotion.

Carrying his signature two-by-four, Duggan nonetheless became a fan favorite over the years. He also won the first-ever Royal Rumble match in 1988.

In 1994, Hacksaw joined the growing number of WWF stars to sign with WCW and beat Steve Austin for the United States Championship in his first match at Fall Brawl.

WWE enshrined Duggan into its Hall of Fame in 2011.


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