So I heard on Monday Night Raw that Hacksaw Jim Duggan is an entrant into the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame.
No Bruno Sammartino. No Randy “Macho Man” Savage. But yes, the WWE has room for Duggan.
Don’t get me wrong – Duggan had a unique charisma in the 1980s that far outstretched his limited ring skills. He played the patriotism card perfectly, carrying his 2×4 and American flag as a defender of the United States against the likes of Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik. He was different than Sgt. Slaughter and a huge improvement over Corporal Kirchner.
And few will ever forget his war cry of “Hoooo!” throughout his matches. I remember on many occasions exiting the old Boston Garden after the monthly WWF pro wrestling cards, and if Duggan had appeared, the crowd heading out would be yelling “Hoooo!” either in the stairwells of the arena or in the nearby subway station.
But is Duggan Hall of Fame material? I guess in Vince McMahon’s warped sense of a Hall of Fame, maybe he is. You’ve already got people like Koko B. Ware and Mr. Fuji, so why not Duggan?
Believe me, I understand that the Hall of Fame is more a marketing gimmick than anything. It helps sell WrestleMania weekend and also is a nice feature when each year’s Mania DVD is released.
But Duggan didn’t build the foundation of the WWF/WWE in the 1960s and 1970s, like Sammartino did. Duggan didn’t carry Hulk Hogan to good matches when Hogan needed it, like Savage did.
The bottom line is that McMahon hand picks the Hall of Famers, and he simply doesn’t get along with Sammartino and Savage these days.
Thus, the WWE Hall of Fame is a joke, and Duggan is just the latest punch line.