A man got a lot more than he bargained for when he broke into a South Carolina home and got caught by the armed homeowner, who turned out to be pro wrestling legend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
Duggan, one of the most recognizable names in pro wrestling, revealed that he needed to put some of his famous moves to good use when he came face-to-face with an intruder in his home earlier this month.
“Hacksaw” revealed in a new interview with Wrestling Inc. that his home was broken into on December 8 and that he dealt with the uninvited guest himself.
The 68-year-old told the wrestling news outlet that a man in his mid-20s entered through the front door of the home he shares with his wife Debra.
Duggan said he took the man down by himself and grabbed his .44 caliber pistol and held the man at gunpoint.
The retired wrestler added that he heard more people outside and thought there could be more trouble, so he turned off his Christmas lights and told the man to keep silent.
Duggan said the man appeared to be “visibly frightened” while being held at gunpoint by the WWE Hall of Famer.
He reportedly told Duggan that he was hiding from people in the neighborhood who were coming to kill him.
Duggan said he called the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department to help take care of the matter.
“Thank God we didn’t shoot him,” Duggan told Wrestling Inc.
On Saturday, Duggan tweeted photos from the incident and thanked authorities in a statement.
“We would like to thank the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department for their prompt and professional response last week,” Duggan’s statement read.
“A man who we had never seen before climbed out fence, ran through our yard to our front door, and was pounding on our glass doors.
“Before we could get to the door, he opened it and fell into our house.
“I held him at gunpoint while Debra called 911.
“We are safe with no damage,” he noted.
“Thanks to everyone for the concern and well wishes.”
Thank you to the @KershawCountySC Sheriff's Office and thank you to my fans and friends for the well wishes!https://t.co/DtR7TcnI9V pic.twitter.com/Jek2eVLjzx
— Hacksaw Jim Duggan (@RealHacksawJim) December 17, 2022
Duggan didn’t appear to need a foreign object in the matter.
During his wrestling days, he would come down to the ring with a 2×4.
Hacksaw’s pre-match entrances were legendary.
Duggan was the first-ever Royal Rumble winner in 1988 and was World Championship Wrestling’s first U.S. heavyweight champion.