WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan recently sat down with Will Rook of Betway Insider to discuss the Royal Rumble match. When asked for the keys to winning the match itself, Duggan revealed the strategy that helped him win the first-ever Rumble match:
“The whole thing is about longevity,” Jim Duggan revealed. “That’s why when you watch the Royal Rumble, everyone goes straight to the corners. That’s a safe place. It’s very different to a singles fight. I liked being able to control the pace in a fight, but in a battle royale or a Royal Rumble, forget about it. Nobody’s controlling nothing, it’s like the Wild West out there.”
When asked if there is much difference between the Rumbles of yesterday and today, Duggan believes the talent today is better athletically, but his era was better creatively:
“I think overall the talent nowadays is much better in terms of athletic ability, but my generation of guys were much more creative,” Jim Duggan said. “We didn’t have a board of guys coming up with our character – I own Hacksaw Jim Duggan and trademarked it long before I went to WWE – so we were much more willing to try something new.”
Matches like the Royal Rumble worked for Jim Duggan because he’d be the first to admit to you that he wasn’t really a wrestler…he was a brawler:
“I wasn’t a wrestler. People ask, ‘Hacksaw, what was your favorite move?’ I kick and punch, I’m a brawler,” Jim Duggan said. “I would work with [Ric] Flair sometimes, get beat 1-2-3 in the middle, grab a 2×4, hit Flair, hit the referee, hit the timekeeper. HOOOO! I didn’t win the match, but I’d win the fight. I was a tough guy.”
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