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“That was a hell of a sign of respect out there” – Vince McMahon To WWF Legend After Surprise Royal Rumble Appearance

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Old School WWF Legend ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan famously won the first ever Royal Rumble in 1988, and has entered four more Royal Rumble matches after that, including the 1991, 1992, 2009 and 2012 editions.

While he was still a regular WWF Superstar in 1988, 1991 & 1992, Duggan entered the 2009 and 2012 30-man Royal Rumble matches as a surprise entrant, that made the LIVE fans go crazy and pop for him.

During a recent episode of his new ‘The Hacksaw Hour’ podcast, Jim recalled his time in the 2009 Royal Rumble and how all the boys sold for him, which even impressed WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

Here’s what Hacksaw said:

“That was great, man, it really was. Nobody expected it, including me, it was a great pop, it really was. Of course, they put me over, I went down there and everybody was taking bumps for me, the bang, the boom. I think The Big Show put me out.

When I went back through the curtain, Vince McMahon was there and he says, ‘That was a hell of a sign of respect out there the kids showed you’. I said, ‘Yeah, I appreciate that, everybody really put me over, even the top guys’.”

After a successful 1982-1986 run with Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling promotion, Jim Duggan joined the World Wrestling Federation in early 1987 and stayed with the company until 1993, before joining Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1994.

He wrestled for WCW until they were sold to the WWF in 2001 and eventually returned to (the now renamed) WWE for one last run from 2005 till 2008.

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