WWE Icon Jim ‘Hacksaw’ Duggan Announces He Has Prostate Cancer

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

WWE legendary professional wrestler Jim “Hacksaw” Duggan announced on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Duggan’s wife Debra sent out a photo of Duggan in the hospital on Friday and added an update on his health.

“Jim’s surgery went as planned,” she wrote. “He is resting comfortably now. Thank you for your prayers, good vibes and well wishes. Please continue them as he continues to heal. #physicalssavelives”.

Here’s that picture of the WWE icon from Friday.

Duggan also went on Instagram on Thursday, announcing his diagnosis to the world in a video.

WWE Legend Started His Lengthy Career With Mid South/UWF Organization

His WWE career also started out with a stint when it was still the WWF (World Wrestling Federation).

But his pro wrestling career started in the Mid South Wrestling/Universal Wrestling Federation territory between 1982-86. Even at that time, Duggan’s character would go to the ring with a 2×4 and yelling “Ho!” very loudly. Also, he was known to bring an American flag to the ring with him at times.

He left that organization to join Vince McMahon’s WWF between 1987-93. Duggan would become the first winner of the initial “Royal Rumble” event.

The first big feud Duggan had in the WWF was with Nikolai Volkoff, whose Russian bad-guy role was played to the hilt. Other feuds in this first run included former NWA champion Harley Race and Dino Bravo. He also feuded with Ted DiBiase.

Duggan Would Join World Championship Wrestling, First Feud With Steve Austin

He would leave to go join the rival World Championship Wrestling organization between 1994-2001. His first feud would be with Steve Austin, who had not started his time as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin yet.

In 1998, Duggan had to step away from pro wrestling while battling kidney cancer. He did return once he finished his recovery.

He left WCW in 2001 and spent four years wrestling on the independent circuit and for TNA.

Duggan went back to WWE between 2005-09, then left for the indies again, before making one last run in WWE between 2011-12.

Another Pro Wrestling Legend, Ric Flair, Was Released By WWE This Year

This has been a year when WWE released a number of its stars.

One of the biggest names was Ric Flair, the “Nature Boy.”

Throughout his career, Flair has been a multi-time world champion in the NWA. But he’s been playing the role of a heel or bad guy recently in the WWE.

Flair said upon his release that he and WWE have a different vision for his future. He wished WWE success and said he had nothing but “respect” for the organization.