Remember When ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan was the WCW U.S. Champion?

If not, then you’re in for a treat! It true that the legendary ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan’s highest career achievement was not just winning the 1988 WWF Royal Rumble (as awesome as that is), but for a three-month period in 1994-1995, ‘Mr. American Pride’ himself was the United States Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in World Championship Wrestling.  He would win that title at WCW Fall Brawl be defeating another wrestling legend, the soon-to-be Texas Rattlesnake, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.

During 1994 in WCW, Steve Austin feuded with former World Heavyweight Champion Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, who was at that time in the twilight of his career, and was essential in developing Austin’s craft as a solid heel in the promotion.  Steamboat would end Austin’s eight-month US Title reign at Clash of the Champions, but after suffering an injury, Steamboat relinquished the title less than a month after winning it. Then-WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel awarded the title to Austin  at Fall Brawl, under the condition that Austin defend the title at the PPV against a mystery opponent.

And guess who shows up to fight Austin? Former WWE mainstay, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. Despite Austin’s constant refusal to face Duggan and failed attempts to exit the ring, Duggan would later pin Austin only moments later, and was crowned the new United States Champion.  Despite how popular Jim Duggan was — and is today — this win would be the pinnacle of his career, along with winning the 1988 Royal Rumble. I wish he could have won a singles title in the WWE, but it’s easy to suspect that Duggan to too low on the babyface ladder compared to guys like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, etc.

Oh well, say it with me: HO-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

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