In a sad turn of events, legendary pro wrestler “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan is in the hospital and having an emergency procedure.
The news was announced by Duggan’s wife, Debra, who took to social media to keep family, friends and fans updated. In her post, Duggan is bedridden at a hospital. She provides a bit of context with her caption, but not much.
“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,” the wife of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan wrote.
As TMZ points out, Duggan has had multiple health issues in the past few years. He had an irregular heartbeat and was put in the ICU in 2018. To reiterate, the current condition leading to his hospitalization is unknown.
The post has seen a ton of positive response, as fans and friends alike reach out and express their appreciation for Duggan and hopes that the surgery will go well.
“Prayers going up,” one user writes. “I even haven’t met Jim or his wife yet. But I do know a mighty God we serve that can and will bring strength and healing for my brother.”
Other fans channeled the legendary catchphrases of “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
“Thoughts and prayers for your entire family. Be strong tough guy!! HOOOOOOO”
Fellow wrestling icon Hulk Hogan and other wrestlers also reached out to share their support.
“Love you my brother, praying for only perfect health HH,” Hogan wrote.
The Legacy of ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
Anyone that followed wrestling in the 1980s and 1990s knows who Hacksaw is. During wrestling’s first major boom with Hulkamania, Duggan was a major player with WWE after the zeitgeist got underway. Signing with WWE in 1987, Hacksaw became one of the most recognizable names in wrestling.
Carrying a 2×4 block of wood, screaming “hooooo” and starting “U-S-A” chants, Duggan’s character is one of the most memorable of the era. It fed into what was working for WWE at the time, which was carrying the patriotic momentum Hulk Hogan found success with.
This eventually led to him winning the first-ever Royal Rumble, one of WWE’s biggest events of the year. Besides that legendary accolade, he also faced off against many of the greats of that time like Harley Race and The Honky Tonk Man.
Eventually, he would leave WWE for WCW and won the United States Heavyweight Championship and World Television Championship. When WCW folded, Duggan did work independently and in TNA, but did return to WWE for a limited role in the 2000s. For the better part of the past 15 years, he’s mostly popped up on WWE programming with another independent run in the mix.