A Slammy Awards retrospective

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December 13, 2012

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and Harley Race brawl throughout the 1987 Slammy Awards

At the 1987 edition of the Slammys, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan was given the task of presenting the “Best Ring Attire” award. On this formal occasion, the die-hard patriot showed up in his finest tuxedo T-shirt and put a spiffy bowtie on his trademark two-by-four. What happened on this December night was anything but classy, however.

King Harley Race, Duggan’s rival at the time, won the award. He and his manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, not satisfied with just the Slammy, tried to make Duggan bow before “The King.” Duggan refused, as his only loyalties are to the Stars and Stripes. This set off a brawl that lasted the rest of the night and went throughout Caesar’s Atlantic City.

The two future WWE Hall of Famers hit each other with everything but the kitchen sink, using stools, makeup and even a fish. The melee ended shortly after “Hacksaw” and Race burst through a video screen and tumbled onto the stage. Hillbilly Jim reunited Duggan with his board, which gave Race enough time to escape and Gorilla Monsoon the opportunity to restrain “Hacksaw,” saving the show from more destruction.