Wrestling fans in the Exploits Valley have been spoiled over the past few years, with two independent organizations bringing some of the top local and international talent to communities like Botwood and Grand Falls-Windsor.
Fans have seen the likes of some of the biggest names in wrestling like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Brett Hart, Rhino, and Ted DiBiase make stops in the region. Now WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan is joining the ranks.
Duggan will be part of the 2013 Legend City Wrestling (LCW) Fall Tour, with several dates across the province including one in Grand Falls-Windsor on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium.
"(Duggan) has been an icon in the wrestling world for about 30 plus years, he's most known for his stint with the WWF back in the 80s with his trademark two-by-four, which he carries around with him," said LCW promoter Jim Thompson. "He's wrestled all over the world with some of the biggest stars in the world."
Thompson added that unlike the other stars they've had on tour, Duggan contacted LCW about joining their Newfoundland show after hearing good things from fellow wrestling superstar Ted DiBiase.
"The word for LCW is getting around, so that's pretty cool. We're getting a reputation to be known as a good place to work and Newfoundland as a good spot to come. The crowds are good, the (wrestlers) always enjoy it here in Newfoundland."
In an interview with the Advertiser last week Duggan said though he has wrestled in Newfoundland a handful of times over the years, he's looking forward to this week's tour.
"As you get older you start to appreciate things much more. Back in the day when we were up there with the WWE it was at the hotel, it was at the nightclub, it was at the arena and then back at the airport. I tend to take my time a little bit and smell the roses nowadays," he said. "I kind of enjoying being up in Newfoundland, living in South Carolina how often do you get the opportunity to go up to that part of the world, it's beautiful."
Duggan said though he's been wrestling for over three decades, he still gets a thrill out of visiting different places and connecting with fans.
"I would hope (I can give) fans get a little flashback from back in the glory days. Obviously at this stage in my career I'm not able to do a lot of the stuff I was physically (able to do) before but I still love to get out there, I still love to compete, and I hope the fans have a good time with me," Duggan said.
"I was never WWE heavyweight champion or world champion or tag team champion but I was always kind of the peoples' champion - I always seem to relate good to the folks. It's always fun, even at this stage in my life, to get out there and perform."
Thompson said, as always, fans coming to the show can expect a family friendly environment.
Tickets are available at the Joe Byrne box office and the Mount Peyton Hotel. Bell time is at 7 p.m.
Fans can also count on seeing their old LCW favourites like Kowboy Mike Hughes and Mr. Fantastic, as well as some new acts.
"We have a few surprises (this tour) as far as the direction of some of the characters and the storyline," Thompson said.