The men and Women of World Of Hurt brought their form of non-stop wrestling excitment to The Glens Falls High School last night.
Being this was my very first Indy Show I had ever been to, I didn’t know what to really expect. The place was jam-packed,and buzzing
with excitement over the return of their hometown hero,Hacksaw Jim Duggan!! Before the show began,Duggan posed for pictures,and signed autographs
with friends and fans. The show was about to begin as Ring Announcer,Shawn O did a tremendous job to get the fans on their feet and get loud,as he also announced that this show will be airing on IPPV at gfl.tv in a few weeks.
Match 1/ J.P Black defeat “Mr. One Night Stand” Steve Cruz in an impressive opener.
The next segment brought out the very flamboyant,Kenny Cassanova for a very special ceremony for Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
WOH Commissioner,Michael Anthony,Shane Alden,and Cassanova were all in-ring when the place went bananas as “HOOOO” rang out over the loudspeakers!! Hacksaw made his way to the ring as a very “This Is Your Life” type segment began. The first guest came out,and the one Duggan was most pleased to see was his former High-School Wrestling Coach. Duggan won Glens Falls it’s first State Championship back in 1973 under him. Also it was noted that Jim Duggan still holds numerous records for the school,including a 64 ft. shot-put throw!! Other dignitaries included a Congressman,Jim’s 3 Sisters,along with Glens Falls Mayor John Diamond who dedicated August 10th as “Jim Duggan Day” in honor of Hacksaw,and his late father,Jim Duggan Sr who served as Chief Of Police,and 40 years of service to the city of Glens Falls. Cassanova ordered everyone out of the ring except for Hacksaw,as he had one more surprise for him. Suddenly the theme from “Baywatch” hit,and Duggan’s opponent for the night,Vince Beach approached the ring holding a group of balloons that read “Over The Hill”,and “Happy Retirement”. Cassanova at this point really worked the crowd,and got them riled up as he urged Hacksaw to just go away and retire. Vince Beach then appeared to present Duggan with a retirement cake, which Beach ended up getting put back in his face and fell back to the arena floor,and kept slipping and bumping on the mat on the cake. (If anyone has not seen Beach or Cassanova,Youtube them. These guys are a phenomenal heel tandem) Kenny Cassanova incited the crowd to the point where that “One in a crowd” physically attacked him on his way to the locker room, and ejected and arrested appropriately.
Match 2/ Featured an inter-gender tag team match,and I apologize for not catching the names,but I was trying to clean up all the splatted cake that was on me. But I do remember the babyfaces won….
Match 3/ 20-man over the top rope Battle Royal with Manger Mr. Mann’s services awarded to the winner. Mr. Mann is another amazing heel manager that worked the crowd to a feverish pitch and worked the mic the entire match. The last 4 combatants came down to Viper The Ninja,..Timmy Aight,..Big Vigo,..and Foxx Vinyer, with the giant Big Vigo winning the match.
Match 4/ In a Brother vs Brother match for the WOH Heavyweight Chamiopship, Punk pinned older brother Hoss after gaining control of a foreign object and hitting a Kryptonite Crunch type maneuver.
Match 5/ Finals of WOH Tag-Team Tournament: Pure Dynamite defeated the team of “Retro” Kyle Bradley & “Buttery” Bert Williams to win the Tag TeamTitles.
Match 6/ WWE Hall Of Famer, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan pinned Vince Beach after the 3-point stance clothesline. This was Duggans first match in his hometown in 13 years and the crowd really ate it up. There was a lot of interaction between Hacksaw and his former Coach and his Wife who were sitting right behind me. I could see the sparkle in his eyes and the giant grin on his face, Duggan’s Coach was gleaming with pride watching his formr student.Truly a touching moment…..
There was a brief intermission to set up the steel cage for the Main Event. Hacksaw,along with the other Superstars of WOH came out and interacted with fans and signed autographs and photos.
Match 7/ Main Event featured a six-man “War Games” style steel cage match. It was billed as “WOH Past vs WOH Future”. Swinger Sidusky along with Eric Alden & Shane Alden beat the team of Jim Tanner,Jeff Starr,and the monstrous Danger. The ending came as after being press-slammed by Danger over the top of the steel cage (Crazy Bump!!), Sidusky landed a Superfly Splash from top of the cage on Danger for the pile-up pin.
It was one heck of a show,and the capacity crowd was into every match. These guys really busted their butts,giving every thing they had. For an Indy Show,the production was very good,with music,lights,lasers,ect. World Of Hurt Wrestling definitely has a bright,bright future coming their way. I am looking forward to their next spot in the area.
GLENS FALLS -- "Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was just as daunting back in the days when he was known around Glens Falls as “Moose” as he still is in the wrestling ring.
“I have to tell you, I have gone up against him before. It was not a pleasant experience,” said Todd Feigenbaum, the owner of a local dry cleaning chain.
And the impact Feigenbaum, a Glens Falls High School football teammate of Duggan in 1973, recalled was only in a practice drill.
Nostalgic tales of youthful sports valor were told and retold around Glens Falls last week, in the days leading up to Duggan’s homecoming wrestling match.
Curiously enough, the names of some of the local residents who claimed to be teammates of Duggan didn’t show up on the football team roster published in the 1973 Glens Falls High School yearbook on file at The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library.
But as the Irish — who settled in the city’s East End neighborhood where Duggan grew up — like to say, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story,” particularly when you’re laying claim to a local sports legend.
“He’s (Hacksaw Duggan) been a great ambassador for Glens Falls — between him and (NBA player Jimmer) Fredette,” said 1st Ward Supervisor Dan Girard. “That’s our greatest resource — our people.”
Duggan, the professional wrestling legend, wrestled at Glens Falls High School, where he lettered in the 1970s in football, basketball, wrestling and track.
He still holds the school’s boy’s shot put record of 56 feet, 5.5 inches.
The Glens Falls wrestling team had three home matches with an astounding 1,000-plus attendance in the 1973 season that led up to Duggan becoming the first state high school wrestling champion from Glens Falls, according to the yearbook.
At his homecoming Friday, in front of a crowd about as big as he drew while wrestling in 1973, the 58-year-old Duggan didn’t mind whether people called him “Hacksaw” or “Moose,” so long as they didn’t mention the word “retirement.”
When Vince “The Log Bay Legend” Beach brought a retirement cake into the ring, Duggan smashed the cake in his opponent’s face.
In an interview before the event, Duggan said he has no plans to retire.
“There’s a lot more going on with ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan than tonight,” he said. “Weeks, months, years later, I’ll be doing what ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan does best — beating people up, tough guy.”
World of Hurt Wrestling, promoters of the event, presented him with a lifetime achievement award, and Glens Falls Mayor John Diamond — nicknamed “Jack the Knife” — proclaimed Friday “Chief and Hacksaw Jim Duggan Day,” in honor of the wrestler and his father, longtime Glens Falls Police Chief James Duggan Sr.
“One carried a nightstick, the other carries a two-by-four. ... Both men have brought honor and distinction to their hometown with their many colorful and noteworthy escapades,” Diamond read from the proclamation, which he presented to Duggan in the ring.
Duggan, the father, served in the Glens Falls Police Department from 1943 to 1987.
He was acting chief twice in 1965 and 1966, and was chief from 1968 on.
Duggan, the wrestler, said he was honored to share recognition with his father.
“I don’t mind taking second place to Chief Duggan, that’s for sure, because that was a true American hero. But it’s great to be recognized in your hometown,” he said in an interview before the event.
Girard, the 1st Ward supervisor, said Duggan, as a teenager, always showed respect to his father.
“His father wasn’t ‘Dad.’ His father was, ‘the Chief.’ And it was, ‘Yes, sir’ and ‘No, sir,’ ” recalled Girard, who grew up in the same neighborhood as the Duggan family. “For the mother, it was, ‘Big Jim’ and ‘Little Jim.’ And it was funny because he (the son) wasn’t so little.”
Duggan, the wrestler, is known for his brute strength.
Duggan, the father, was known for his strength of character.
The Warren County Bar Association presented Chief Duggan with its Liberty Bell Award in May 1985, the year after Duggan was treated for stomach cancer and underwent three major operations and chemotherapy.
“Cancer foolishly thought it could lick him. Cancer should have talked to the South Street tough guys who thought the same thing,” Post-Star columnist Don Metivier wrote at the time. “He called on his Irish resources and beat it back, just like he would do to some guy swinging a beer bottle.”
Duggan, the wrestler, is famous for his patriotism.
Duggan, the father, an occasional Post-Star columnist, also had deep feelings of patriotism.
Duggan wrote in August 1981 about “a new patriotism emerging” after the Vietnam War and “the collapse” of the Nixon administration.
“There’s a new patriotism taking shape in America today brought on mainly by the younger generation’s desire to face up to facts, to tell things as they really are. It will not be the old ‘blind patriotism’ but a love of country based on fact,” he wrote.
“The young should not put down the elders who still believe in the old patriotism. With all its faults, it got us through the first 200-plus years, served our best interests at the time and saved our country from many disasters,” he continued. “Young people should help the oldsters see why we need new attitudes today, new understanding, new approaches, the same in patriotism as in technology — progress!”
The father’s spirit still resonates with the son.
“My dad was my biggest influence in my life,” said Duggan, the wrestler. “He was my best man in my wedding. He was my best friend. He was my role model. He was my hero, the man I really looked up to.”
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