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Jim Duggan Recalls Bobby Heenan Wanting Him to Use an Eagle for His Gimmick

February 2, 2023 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Mid-South Wrestling 6-16-1984 Jim Duggan Image Credit: WWE/Peacock

– During a recent AdFreeShows watch along for the original 1988 Royal Rumble, WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan shared some stories about his career. Below are some highlights (via WrestlingInc.com):

Jim Duggan on his character going a more cartoonish route: “I think as my career went on, the character got a little crazier and sillier as it went on, but, folks, you don’t last 40 years in the ring chopping meat.”

On how Bobby Heenan wanted him to start using an eagle when he was ‘King Duggan’: “When I was the ‘King of Wrestling’ I had the cape, the crown, the flag, the board, the thumb, the tongue, the ‘ho,’ cross eyes, and Bobby Heenan’s like, ‘You know, Vince [McMahon], Duggan needs an eagle! We should get Duggan an eagle!’ I’m like, ‘Bobby, shut up! He’ll get me an eagle as a rib! You know?’ But yeah, the character did change over the years as it evolved.”