In the mid-1980s, the WWF started to lose some of its early icons who were big just as the national expansion began. Yes, Hulk Hogan was the star, but right underneath him playing important babyface roles were Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Sgt. Slaughter.
When Snuka left the federation, Vince McMahon tried to replace him with look-a-like “Superfly” Sivi Afi, but the problem was Afi didn’t have the charisma or unique moves of Snuka, so the fans turned on him.
When Slaughter left for the AWA and the short-lived Pro Wrestling USA, McMahon again tried and failed to create a copycat American hero: Corporal Kirchner.
The WWF claimed Kirchner was Continue reading
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 Continue reading