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Road Warriors

Road Warriors, Koloff, Robinson enshrined in PWHF

By GREG OLIVER - SLAM! Wrestling
AMSTERDAM, NY - These days. a tag team is rarely put in the main spot. But Saturday night, at the 2011 induction ceremony for the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, it was a real rush to see the Road Warriors, with manager Paul Ellering, on the top of the card.
 Road Warrior Animal (Joe Laurinaitis) and Ellering, in attendance at the 10th induction ceremony, were gracious during their acceptance speech, paying tribute as well to their late colleague, Road Warrior Hawk (Michael Hegstrand).
  • May 22, 2011: Full story

    Animal's Road Warrior book personal and powerful

    By MARSHALL WARD - SLAM! Wrestling
    On the surface, it's a tale of carnage and calamity. But at its core, it is a story about companionship.
     "You've got to understand, the relationship that Hawk and I had, we were just like brothers," Joe Laurinaitis (better known as Road Warrior Animal) told SLAM! Wrestling from his home in Edina, Minnesota. His new memoir, The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling delves deep into the bittersweet story of the Legion of Doom, the most dominating tag team in wrestling history.
  • Apr. 13, 2011: Full story

    Animal proud of double Hall of Fame honours for Road Warriors

    By MARSHALL WARD - SLAM! Wrestling
    What a rush it must have been when Joe Laurinaitis (better known as Road Warrior Animal) heard that the Legion of Doom would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
      "I've always envisioned it, and year after year I thought we were going in," Laurinaitis told SLAM! Wrestling from his home in Edina, Minnesota. "I've always said that I would love to be inducted, then a while back a couple good friends of mine who are writers said, 'We heard the news that you're going into the Hall of Fame!' And I said, 'Well, I wish I knew, 'cause I hadn't heard anything.' Most of the time, the wrestlers are the last ones to find out these kind of things."
  • Mar. 28, 2011: Full story

    Ellering deservedly shares in laurels for Road Warriors

    By MARSHALL WARD - SLAM! Wrestling
    It was in a dream that Paul Ellering first envisioned himself as a manager.
      "I think it was while I was in wrestling camp that I had a premonition-like dream, seeing myself not as a wrestler, but managing wrestlers," Paul Ellering recently told SLAM! Wrestling from his sports bar in Grey Eagle, Minnesota. "I started out as a wrestler, wrestling for five years on my own, but it wasn't until Ole (Anderson) gave me the opportunity to manage did I say to myself, 'Yeah, that's what I'm supposed to do.'"
  • Mar. 14, 2011: Full story

    Koloff, Road Warriors, Sheik, Bruiser, Lawler headline PWHF Class of 2011

     The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Class of 2011 features former world champions, wild men, the toughest tag team of all time, a feared shooter, a King, and, perhaps the most polarizing man in pro wrestling history.
      It's the tenth class for the PWHF, which is located in downtown Amsterdam, New York, just off the Interstate highway.
  • Nov. 27, 2010: Full story

    Animal released by WWE

     The legacy of the Road Warriors may now be finished, as WWE has released Joe Laurinaitis from his contract.
  • June 5, 2006: Full story

    Road Warriors DVD a rush to watch

    By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
     It has been said that the 1980s were a golden era for tag team wrestling in North America.
      With teams like the Hart Foundation, the British Bulldogs, the Fabulous Freebirds, the Rock and Roll Express and The Midnight Express, tandem wrestling across the industry was hotter than it had ever had been or likely ever will be; and while these and other teams certainly laid their claims to wrestling immortality, there were non greater that the Road Warriors.
  • July 15, 2005: Full story

    DVD offers last look at Hawk

    By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling
     When a wrestler dies, many fans will remember the legacy he left behind, others will remember him outside of the ring and in the public eye, but only a few fans will remember the last time he stepped through the ropes. The recently-released Main Event DVD contains a very special match: Road Warrior Hawk's last.
  • March 1, 2005: Full story

    Animal in spotlight at Hawk tribute show

    By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
     BIRCH RUN, Mich. -- Despite being surrounded by hundreds of fans and a locker room full of friends and colleagues, never has a man looked quite as alone in the ring as Road Warrior Animal did on Saturday night during a tribute show to his late partner Hawk.
      In full make-up, and wearing the spiked shoulder pads, Animal addressed the crowd after intermission at the debut show for a promotion dubbed Legends of Entertainment in Birch Run, Michigan. "There will never be another Hawk. There will never be another Road Warrior," he cried out in his famed, short bursts of growl.
  • Nov. 3, 2003: Full story

    Friends remember Hawk

    By GREG OLIVER - Co-producer, SLAM! Wrestling
     There's a high wind advisory tonight, and I'm not talking about the winds here in Pennsylvania due to Hurricane Isabel. Which happens to be cutting out my cable, stupid storm. No, I'm talking about the winds of change in the WWE. Two titles are on the line tonight as Kurt Angle defends the WWE Championship in a one-hour Ironman match, and Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjiman also put their belts on the line. Michael Cole and Tazz join us from the campus of North Carolina State.
  • Oct. 21, 2003: Full story

    Road Warrior Hawk dead at 45

    By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
      Road Warrior Hawk, one half of The Road Warriors, the most dominant tag team of all time, died early this morning in his sleep. Hawk, whose real name was Michael Hegstrand, was 45 years old.
      He had been in the process of packing up and moving out of his condo with his wife, Dale. At about 8:30 pm, he complained about feeling extremely tired, and went to lay down. Believing that his exhaustion was due to the move and the excitement of the impeding move to Tampa, Florida, she didn't think anything of it and found him dead hours later.
  • Oct. 19, 2003: Full story

    Road Warriors hitting stride

    By DOUG LUNNEY -- Winnipeg Sun
     If you ever dropped in for a beer at Gramma B's in Minneapolis in the early 1980s, you were wise to behave.
     The bar had five bouncers who were a tad larger and nastier than your average fellas
  • July 24, 2002: Full story