COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hacksaw Jim Duggan rang many opponents’ bells with his 2-by-4 during his professional wrestling career. On Tuesday, the WWE Hall of Famer rang a different kind of bell -- one that has much more meaning.
Duggan, 68, celebrated the completion of his 39th and final radiation treatment for prostate cancer by ringing a bell, with nurses and hospital personnel at The Cancer Center at South Carolina Oncology Associates in Columbia cheering him on, according to Bleacher Report.
Take that, tough guy.
Duggan, who first announced he had prostate cancer in an Instagram post in October 2021, said he was cancer-free two months later. However, three months ago he said the cancer had returned. That led to radiation treatments five days a week for eight weeks.
Duggan was a fixture in the WWE (then known as WWF) from 1987 to 1993, during the promotion’s “golden era.” The Glens Falls, New York, resident won the inaugural Royal Rumble in 1988 and touts himself as “a legendary professional wrestler and a true American patriot” on his website.
With his trademark “Hoooooo!” catchphrase and hard-hitting style, Duggan was a fan favorite among pro wrestling fans.
After leaving WWE, Duggan competed in WCW from 1994 through 2001, according to Bleacher Report. He returned to WWE for a four-year run beginning in 2005 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Duggan will go back on the road again this week to appear at the Really Cool Comic-Con in Flint, Michigan.
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