In a recent episode of "The Hacksaw Hour," WWE legend "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan took a nostalgic dive into his unexpected appearance in the 2009 Royal Rumble match. While Duggan holds the prestige of winning the very first Royal Rumble, it was his 2009 re-entry that struck a chord with fans and insiders alike.
"I couldn't believe it myself. The crowd's reaction was electric," Duggan said. "When I stepped into that ring, I felt the energy surge through the arena. I was humbled by how the younger talent allowed me to showcase some moves.
It was an incredible experience, one that you can't put a price on."
Jim Duggan 2009 Milestone
Indeed, the 2009 Royal Rumble stood as a milestone for Duggan in more ways than one. Not only did he garner an overwhelming fan reaction, but he also set an unprecedented record for the longest interval between Royal Rumble appearances.
His participation in the match wasn't mere window dressing either; Duggan displayed a considerable amount of offense, catching the eyes of the WWE brass. "As soon as I walked backstage, Vince McMahon was there to greet me," Duggan shared.
"He said, 'The respect those young guys showed you out there, that was something.' And I have to agree, it felt like a monumental moment for me. The up-and-coming superstars really made an effort to elevate me, even if for a short while." Duggan's 2009 appearance was far from a curtain call, however.
He again graced the Royal Rumble stage in 2012, less than a year after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. The icon would go on to make several more appearances for the company before hanging up his boots. "The Royal Rumble has evolved significantly since I first competed in it," Duggan reflected.
"It's become a spectacle that holds immense meaning for both wrestlers and fans. To have been a part of that evolution feels like a tremendous accomplishment." For fans and wrestlers alike, Duggan's 2009 Royal Rumble return serves as an endearing reminder of his indelible impact on the sport — an impact that continues to resonate through WWE's history.
As the road to the next Royal Rumble approaches, one can't help but wonder what surprises may await. But for now, the reminiscing of yesteryears by the legendary "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan offers a special brand of nostalgia that is truly unparalleled.