Vince McMahon is often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling. WWE Hall of Famer “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was a stalwart of the company for many years. The vivacious wrestling veteran is however reserved when discussing Vince McMahon.
Duggan recently discussed the circumstances that led to McMahon’s recent removal from the leadership of WWE in an exclusive interview with Wrestling Inc. He was similarly conciliatory in his remarks. Since Vince “was one of the first guys to the building and one of the last guys to depart” when the shows were over, Duggan did not criticize his old boss.
Oh, I don’t talk to Vince too much. I never was an office guy. I never went to Bill Watt’s house, I never went over to Fritz’ house, I’ve never been to Vince’s house – I’m not an office guy. The last thing I would want to be was an agent for WWE. I knew Vince really loved the business and who knows what goes on at that level – that’s far removed from me. But it would have to take something like that to get Vince out of office. That guy, he’s like Flair – he is the business, he loves the business, the ring is his whole deal. I think he’d be there to the very end.
Duggan also recounted the time when he was doing voiceovers, and suddenly heard Vince give notes. “I’m [thinking], ‘Holy smokes, he’s here listening to rehearsals.’ The guy was a workaholic.” Duggan claimed that despite his extensive history in the independents, WCW, and the territories, people are still interested in discussing that time period.
‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan has kicked out from a lot of serious health issues in the past several years. Duggan has battled cancer twice. This Saturday’s Pro Wrestling Revolver “Tales From The Ring” will be streamed on FITE, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will make an appearance.
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