Road Warrior Animal

Professional Wrestler
Born Jan 26, 1960

Joseph Michael "Joe" Laurinaitis is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring names, Road Warrior Animal and Road Warrior. He is the brother to John Laurinaitis, who was formerly WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and former general manager of both Raw and Smackdown brands of the WWE. Along with Road Warrior Hawk, Laurinaitis was one-half of the tag team known as the Road Warriors or also dubbed as Legion Of Doom.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Road Warrior Animal.


1960 Birth Born on January 26, 1960.


1982 22 Years Old Joe made his debut in November 1982, competing as The Road Warrior using a biker gimmick. … Read More
In 1988, the Road Warriors engaged in a violent feud with The Powers of Pain (The Barbarian and The Warlord) the first team that could truly match the Road Warriors in power (and who were one of the most well known Road Warrior clones). … Read More


1990 - 1992 2 More Events
1995 35 Years Old On January 4, 1995, Animal seconded Hawk in his match against Scott Norton in New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Tokyo Dome show. … Read More
1997 37 Years Old 1 More Event
After leaving WCW they returned to the WWF where the Legion of Doom took part in the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. the Hart Foundation feud, siding with Austin against the Harts. The Legion of Doom also became 2 time tag team champions on October 7, 1997 when they defeated The Godwinns.
1998 38 Years Old In 1998, the Legion of Doom became involved in their most controversial angle, playing off Hegstrand’s real life drug and alcohol problems. … Read More


2001 41 Years Old In 2001 Animal landed a prominent position in WCW as the “Enforcer” of the stable known as The Magnificent Seven with the objective to protect WCW World Champion Scott Steiner. … Read More
2002 42 Years Old 1 More Event
The Road Warriors appeared in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in late 2002-early 2003 as part of a group that opposed Vince Russo’s faction Sports Entertainment Xtreme but only wrestled one actual match for the federation. Animal and Hawk made a surprise appearance on RAW on May 12, 2003 when they took on Kane and Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship. … Read More
2005 45 Years Old Animal made a return to WWE on the July 14 episode of SmackDown! in 2005, where he was challenged by the then-WWE Tag Team Champions MNM to a title match at The Great American Bash. … Read More
2006 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In his final WWE appearance, Animal defeated Paul Burchill on the May 6, 2006 edition of Velocity.
2007 47 Years Old On June 17, 2007, Road Warrior Animal returned to TNA on the Pay-Per-View, Slammiversary, with Rick Steiner; he replaced Scott Steiner, who was out with an injury. … Read More


…  Coincidentally, it was on Right After Wrestling in March 2011, hosted by Arda Ocal and Jim Korderas, that Animal stated he never feuded or faced Hawk, because neither believed there was any psychology behind it. … Read More
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