";s:4:"text";s:9446:" Animal's partner for the night would find himself in legal trouble. However, it took place before the title was renamed the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Both members of the Legion of Doom thought the gimmick was stupid, as did most of the fans and it led to Hawk quitting the WWF, leaving Animal on his own for the first time in nine years. The angle abruptly ended when the Powers of Pain left the NWA after finding out they were booked against the Road Warriors in a series of Scaffold Matches and they did not want to get hurt by falling off the scaffold.. Hegstrand died on October 19, 2003 in the early morning in his home in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. HH. Sharkey thought that Hegstrand, along with Joe Laurinaitis, Rick Rood and Barry Darsow could make it big in professional wrestling. You can unsubscribe at any time. a The Road Warriors reign with the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship, with Genichiro Tenryu, began December 7, 1988 after Ted Turner's purchase of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling from Jim Crockett, Jr. and having it renamed World Championship Wrestling.  They were so in demand that they started to split their time between the AWA and the National Wrestling Alliance until finally leaving the AWA for big money contracts with the NWA and a huge push for the monster duo. With his tag team partner Michael Hegstrand, who was known as Hawk and died in 2003 aged 46, the Legion of Doom were two-time champions in the heydays of WWE when the business was known as the WWF. With their power wrestling and no-selling style, Animal and Hawk were considered one of the most influential tag teams in the history of professional wrestling. While the Road Warriors never officially broke up, Animal started making an increasing number of solo appearances after they left the WWF as Hegstrand struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and generally did not appear at many wrestling shows during this time. It read: "At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joseph Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60. Laurinaitis and Hegstrand became born-again Christians in 2001 and appeared at a number of Christian wrestling events run by Ted DiBiase and Nikita Koloff hoping to reignite their tag-team career. 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That victory also led to Team USA winning the International Tournament held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Daily Star's FREE newsletter is spectacular!  In November 1997 the Legion of Doom faced the newly formed New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) and shockingly lost the titles to the upstart team.. Just over a year after signing with the WWF, the Legion of Doom won the WWF World Tag Team Titles from The Nasty Boys at SummerSlam 1991 and held them for about six months. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. He dedicated his final WWE run to his Road Warriors teammate. 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The team won the World Tag Team Titles on two occasions and were eventually enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.". Real name Joseph Laurinaitis, Animal was part of the wrestling duo that would later be lauded as the greatest to ever enter the ring. On June 22, 2002 International Wrestling Superstars, Road Warriors Animal & Hawk defeated the Headshrinkers for the World Tag-Team Championship. ) However, fans did not react as strongly to this new Demolition team as they had to the original configuration, and the feud was considered a disappointment. In June 1990, the pair signed with the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and debuted as the Legion of Doom, a name they had used at times early in their run with manager Paul Ellering.  The two dominated NJPW's tag team ranks for a while through their two wins of the IWGP Tag Team Championship, but no North American promoter thought about bringing them as a team, due to Sasaki's affiliation with NJPW. He was best known as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as The Road Warriors (The Legion of Doom in WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. L.O.D.  The move paid off instantly as they won the inaugural Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament and feuded with the top stars of the NWA such as The Four Horsemen and The Russian Team (which included the Road Warriors’ old training buddy Barry Darsow, then wrestling as Krusher Khrushchev).  Hawk left ECW in 1994.  The storyline found the Legion of Doom crumbling as Hawk repeatedly showed up to matches apparently drunk or under the influence of drugs, and began demonstrating suicidal tendencies.
A tweet from Road Warrior Animal's official account confirmed the sad news. Hegstrand started his career as part of the Traveling All-Stars. ", The team was an instant hit, revolutionizing the tag-team scene with their power moves, no mercy attitudes, and innovative face paint that would spawn many future imitators in wrestling. On an episode of Monday Night Raw, L.O.D. To this day, no team has ever been able to truly capture the aura that made the Road Warriors such a massive attraction during their peak. were repackaged as Legion of Doom 2000 with manager Sunny, although she did not stay with the team for long. Outside of The Road Warriors, Hawk was a sporadic challenger for world heavyweight championships on pay-per-view from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.