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"This is the best wrestling book I've read in over a year."  —ProWrestling.About.com

About the Author

Hacksaw Jim Duggan was one of the nation’s most popular professional wrestlers in the 1980s. He lives in Lugoff, South Carolina. Scott E. Williams is the author of two previous books, including Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore. He lives in Dickinson, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600786863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600786860
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was 1988, and I watched Hacksaw Jim Duggan being interviewed on the Brother Love show. Dino Bravo and Frenchie Martin interrupted the interview, obviously a set-up by Brother Love. Brother Love insulted Duggan (calling him "Brother Doogan"), and pointed out that Bravo had a sculpted bodybuilder physique. He did look stronger than Duggan. Duggan puffed his chest up and made a great observation, "There's no question that Dino Bravo's a strong man. But Hacksaw Jim Duggan's no barbell. I'll fight back, tough guy! Hooooo!"

It is an honor and a privilege to buy Hacksaw Duggan's book after all these years. I took my family to see him at WWF house shows in the late eighties, and saw him in person at the 1990 Royal Rumble. I watched his move to WCW, and his comeback appearance on RAW where he insulted Edge and his girlfriend Lita (Hoooo!) Now you can read about his exploits for the first time.

Starting in High School with a solid football and amateur wrestling background, the reader might be surprised at the intellectual prowess Duggan also possesses. I really would have liked to see a chess match between Duggan and one of the heels he fought over the years (resulting, of course, in the chess board being tossed aside when the bad guy starts losing). Duggan relates being picked up by the Atlanta Falcons, and expresses admiration for those who manage to do that sport season after season. Entering professional wrestling in 1980, Hacksaw quickly found a top place in the regional territories as Vince McMahon began his "Rock n Wrestling" takeover of the wrestling scene.

Their paths eventually connected, and Hacksaw gained national prominence as he fought King Haku, Ted Dibiase, Andre the Giant, the Big Boss Man, Hercules Hernandez, Earthquake, and the Macho Man Randy Savage.
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I had a bad experience reading "The Rock Says..." a number of years back, and I probably wouldn't have spent time reading another wrestling-related book if it weren't for Mr. Williams's wife, who I know personally. Her husband is a qualified author who wrote well-informed wrestling articles in the local newspaper for years. So I knew he would treat Hacksaw's story right. I just had a feeling that the ghost writer of "The Rock Says..." wasn't a sincerely devoted wrestling fan, especially since I noticed chronological errors in its contents that The Rock didn't have the time or concern to correct.

Fortunately, Hacksaw waited until his career had slown down to write his memoir, and it's a grand one indeed. Hacksaw was never one of my very favorite wrestlers since I prefer guys with ring skills like Bret Hart and personalities like Ravishing Rick, but still, it was hard not to like the guy. When I initially started watching wrestling around 1997, he was one of the first guys I noticed in WCW. He really stands out compared to a lot of other wrestlers. And as much as I prefer the heels over the faces, it's hard for me not to laugh when I hear the big, "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" by both Hacksaw and his audience.

This book gave me insight to a lot of things. To my surprise, one of Hacksaw's biggest rivalries was with Ted Dibiase, long before his WWF days. Sometimes I don't realize how much these guys have paid their dues to be where they are. I sometimes think that WWE just finds a few big guys somewhere and says, "Hey, want to be on TV? We'll train you." But it sure wasn't like that with Hacksaw and Dibiase. They trudged through the independent leagues for years, battering themselves into bloody pulps until they earned enough recognition to be taken into the WWF.
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I was a fan of Hacksaw's and I like him as a person.
When I heard this book was written, I was excited to read it.

It actually makes me feel bad to say that I was disappointed.

In fairness to Duggan, the book reads just like Duggan speaks...so there is a certain "honesty" in the book.
But Scott Williams co-wrote it!
Scott - Why didn't you help EDIT this book??

It's a short/fast read.
For a guy who had such a long career, his stories are brief.
Abbreviated.
Condensed.

Sometimes, it "jumps around" in time periods...could have been a more fluid read.

Often, he starts to tell a story...shares an 'off topic' ancedote...and before you know it, you realize he never went BACK to the first story! How can you sum up entire periods of your career in one page?!

Jim, I'll always be a fan of your work...but this book was was NOT a satisfying compliation of your life's work.
It was more like a nice night out for beers and nachos and wrestling road stories.

...But thanks for sharing.
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This is a great memoir for those of us who grew up on old school wrestling (or rasslin' if you prefer). Many do not remember that Hacksaw Jim Duggan was one of the biggest stars in the industry and quite a brawler in his day. There are parts of this book that made me laugh, smile, and appreciate his love for his family. You will enjoy reading these behind the scene stories and chapters of the life of a ring veteran!
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The one thing I can tell you about this book, is that he is not the dumb buffoon he plays on TV. Fist of all he is one of the few that actually saved his AND kept his marriage together. This is up there with many of the better wrestling books I have read recently (see my reviews). His is bluntly honest in his feelings about many people you are familiar with between the 80's and today. I will not spoil it but he candid about Vince McMahon, Curt Henning, One Man Gang, the WCW dark days, Randy Orton and many more. If you want to full story of his and the Iron Sheik getting busted with drugs, you will hear it all in true honesty.

I always like the books where the wrestler was a legitimate tough guy. Hacksaw was one of the few that gained respect not by his years in the business but also through the fact that no one screw with him and his wicked temper.
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