Q & A – “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan
How are things currently going for you in the wrestling business?
Well, I have been working back and forth for the WWE – just on Smackdown a a month or so ago and just did a WWE Special involving some Legends of Wrestling that will be coming up in the fall. Things are going well though. Obviously I am not as busy as I used to be, but I am still involved in many events that have those fans from back in the day
Any big events planned for the rest of 2012?
I do a lot of book signings. My book, Hacksaw the Jim Duggan Story, that came out in April signing so promoting that has been one of my bigger projects for sure. Other than that, whenever the WWE calls, I get involved with that and have been doing some independent shows as well. The small shows and it is great to get back to that traditional style of wrestling. The other week I was working with a kid at an event and punched him ten times and you could hear the fans counting with the punches “1, 2, 3, 4, 5..” which is great. It is always nice to go back to that traditional style
What drew you to start going to Minor League Baseball games?
Jonathan Gold out of NY approached me about doing them a year or so ago and he has been setting them up for the most part. I am a fan friendly guy and my character lends well to the atmosphere, whether its getting them to chant U-S-A or getting them pumped with a loud “HOOOOOOOOOOOO”. Getting the chance to meet the fans and interact and thank them is a big part of these events that I enjoy.
What do you enjoy the most about coming to baseball stadiums?
Interacting with the fans is really special. When you are at wrestling events, whether it was back then or even now, it is tough with security to interact with the fans when it comes to security and such. Coming to these events is very unique. It gives me the chance for those traditional fans to come out and be able to talk. Wrestling fans are some of the most loyal in the world, which makes it very enjoyable for me.
How many stadiums do you have on your list for visits this year?
Ive got a total of seven on the year. I have appeared in Lakewood, Hickory, Memphis and thus far and have one in Myrtle Beach later in the year.
Does all the travel between wrestling and minor league events take a toll?
At this stage in the game, I don’t work as much as I used to back with the WWF where I would go 54 days without a day off because of being on contract. I pretty much just work weekends, during the week every once in a while. It’s good because it gives my family a break from me and gives me a break to go on the road. I’ll tell you this much though, flying has lost its glammar. Lifetime mileage is probably over five million when it comes to flying. Back in the old days it was tough but it is definitely not as bad as it could be. Later this year I will be flying from Myrtle Beach to Long Island in one day, so that should be intersting. I will have the family with me though, which will make it a good time.
Anything you want to say to the Keys fans in preparation of your appearance on July 27th?
Let em know to be prepared…should be a great night combo of a pro wrestling and baseball. It is a great tie in with each other. Tell them they can bring an American flag and their 2 x 4’s! It should be a great night with a family friendly atmosphere and I am looking forward to it.
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