Road Warrior Animal
professional wrestler
Road Warrior Animal
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.
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Royal Rumble 2006 Review: Booyaka Booyaka
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
In this series, we look back on every Royal Rumble event to date. Up next: Royal Rumble 2006, featuring Rey Mysterio setting a new mark for longest time in the match to win. Event: Royal Rumble 2006 Date: January 29, 2006 Location: American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida Time: 1:02:12 Winner: Rey Mysterio Last Eliminated: Randy Orton Iron Man: Rey Mysterio Quickest Out: Booker T/Sylvan Most Eliminations: Rey Mysterio This was an emotional match because it came so soon after the death of Eddie Guerrero. Mysterio's victory was in tribute to him, as Rey came out from the number two position with an Eddie shirt driving a lowrider. Viva La Raza! Mysterio also set a new mark for time spent in a Rumble at 1:02:12, a staggering number. Triple H, who entered at number one, lasted all the way to the final three and also went for over an hour in the match. He was in rare form here, too, almost looking as good as he did in his best years around 2000 and 2001. The first half ...
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PETA targets video for Katy Perry's 'Roar'...
USA Today - over 3 years
Animal Humane Association comes to pop star's defense
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NCBI ROFL: How long does roadkill linger on the pavement?
Discover Magazine - almost 4 years
I know you’ve thought about it: will that roadkill still be there for dinner on the way home from work? Well, the data’s in, and… it depends. If you’re looking at small animals, you’d better pick that up now. Bigger animals can wait until you’re done with the filing. How long do the dead survive on the road? Carcass persistence probability and implications for road-kill monitoring surveys. “BACKGROUND: Road mortality is probably the best-known and visible impact of roads upon wildlife. Although several factors influence road-kill counts, carcass persistence time is considered the most important determinant underlying underestimates of road mortality. The present study aims to describe and model carcass persistence variability on the road for different taxonomic groups under different environmental conditions throughout the year; and also to assess the effect of sampling frequency on the relative variation in road-kill estimates registered within a survey. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FI ...
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Police Blotter: Heroin Sends Person to Hospital, Many Mailboxes Damaged
Buffalo Grove Patch - over 4 years
ALCOHOL Mariya S. Busse, 20, of the 700 block of East Independence Drive, Palatine, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to extinguish bright lights at 1:25 a.m. Nov. 17 on Arlington Heights Road at Plum Grove Circle. Vytautas Abaris, 37, of the 2400 block of Randall Lane, Arlington Heights, was charged with driving under the influence, illegal backing, driving without insurance and traffic control violation at 2:15 a.m. Nov. 18 on Buffalo Grove Road at Lake-Cook Road. Wilma Torres, 31, of the 1-100 block of LeJardin Court, Buffalo Grove, was charged with driving under the influence and disregarding an emergency vehicle at 4:10 a.m. Nov. 18 on Lexington Drive and Lake-Cook Road. ANIMALS A resident of the 100 block of Bernard Drive reported having two stray dogs in her backyard at 3 p.m. Nov. 18. An officer retrieved the two beagles and brought them to the station. The owner called the station and was advised to pick up the dogs. COMPLAINT A resident rep ...
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Police Blotter: Residents Disturbed by Noisy Neighbors
Buffalo Grove Patch - over 4 years
ALCOHOL Luis A. Rivera, 21, of the 300 block of Rosewood Avenue, Buffalo Grove, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a DUI charge at 9:10 p.m. Oct. 8 on the 300 block of Rosewood Avenue. Arena, Dominique R. Arena, 20, of the 300 block of Persimmon Court, Bartlett, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of license, possession of cannabis, illegal lane usage and disobeying a red light at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 8 on Lake-Cook Road at Buffalo Grove Road. ANIMALS A resident reported catching a dog that was running loose at 3 p.m. Oct. 8 near Buffalo Grove Road and Deerfield Parkway. The brown Shiba Inu did not have a collar or tags. An officer located a microchip and contacted the owner, who retrieved the dog from the police station. BURGLARY A resident of the 600 block of Dunhill Drive reported that someone entered her car and removed the navigation system between 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 8. ...
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WWE Raw 1000: List of names reportedly confirmed to appear on the show
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE color commentator Jerry Lawler told us there is a list of almost 30 names confirmed to return at tonight's (July 23, 2012) 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw. We know a short version of the list thanks to advertisements from the company itself. D-Generation X is confirmed to return, though the ads make it seem as though the group will only consist of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. However, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac are all reportedly going to be there tonight, so we could get a much bigger reunion. Sorry, no Chyna. Unless Sergio decides to break out his drag uniform and hop a flight to St. Louis. The Rock announced he would make his big return and reiterated his claim that he would be going after the WWE championship. Who knows how that will play out with John Cena challenging CM Punk for the title in the main event. "The Great One" is expected to get his own segment. Brock Lesnar is also coming back to answer Triple H's Summerslam challenge. He'll be featur ...
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Video: Road Warrior Animal returns to WWE on Smackdown to squash Heath Slater
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The Heath Slater squash by a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend has moved to Smackdown. Indeed, last night's (July 20, 2012) episode featured Slater vowing to break the streak of embarrassments he's suffered on Monday Night Raw courtesy of a long list of legends from times past that includes but is not limited to: Mick Foley, Vader, Sycho Sid, Cyndi Lauper, Wendi Richter, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page, Doink the Clown, and Bob Backlund. You can add Road Warrior Animal to the list, as he returned to deliver more punishment to "The One Man Band." Unless we get another segment like this on the 1,000th episode of Raw next week, this could be the last one. Anyone else as sad as me about that?
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Girl Scouts Give To Humane Society
Golden Valley Patch - almost 5 years
Nineteen Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 12771 of Plymouth, made their second field trip to the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society to donate hundreds of pounds of needed pet supplies and handmade pet blankets May 8. These fifth grade Junior Scouts have earned the coveted Bronze Award, the highest award that can be achieved as a Junior. It all started two years ago, when Troop 12771 Brownies literally and figuratively crossed the bridge into Juniors, earning their Brownie Wings and Junior Bridging Patch, they embarked on a mission to answer the call to help the unwanted pets in their community. Following a girl led activity, the vote of the then 25 Juniors was to earn their Bronze Award and begin making pet blankets and  pet toys and gathering supplies listed on the Humane Society’s Wish List. Building girls of courage, confidence,and character, Troop 12771 leaders Audrey Fresh, Val Hagan and Teri Reutiman, helped guide the girls through various requirements. Their Girl Sc ...
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Police Blotter: Two Hospitalized After Hotel Fight
Buffalo Grove Patch - almost 5 years
ALARM Officers responded to an active alarm at 9:35 a.m. May 5 on the 1300 block of Barclay Boulevard and found a door unlocked. The interior was checked and was found in order. The door was secured and a message was left for an official. ALCOHOL David Ordaz, 28, of the 1200 block of Lota Court, Wheeling, was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license, speeding, driving without insurance and no seat belts at 2:30 a.m. May 6 on westbound Dundee Road at Arlington Heights Road. ANIMALS A resident of the 900 block of Pine Tree Circle South reported that her upstairs neighbor’s dog barks at all hours, day and night. An officer did not get an answer at the neighbor’s door. The dog was not barking when the officer left. A message was left for the neighbor. Nine previous complaints have been made. COMPLAINT A resident reported that his neighbor’s son was skateboarding on his driveway at 7:55 p.m. May 4. An officer spoke with the boy and his babysitte ...
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Police Logs: Child Found on Side of the Road, Strange Trash Left in Mailbox
Burlington Patch - almost 5 years
Following are excerpts from the Burlington Police Department log. Note that this is a sampling of activity in the log, not a complete account. We report all arrests included in the daily police log. April 17 At 7:33 a.m. a caller from Dunkin Donuts, 112 Mall Road, reported a male in his 50s wearing a long white shirt and brown khaki pants was creating a disturbance in the store and took money from the tip job. Suspect fled the scene and police were unable to locate. At 8:11 a.m. a caller from Kimball Towers reported their her neighbor was harassing her and her mother because they smoke in the apartment. Caller stated that her neighbor made a threat against her. Police tried to reach neighbor but they were not available at that time. At 10:06 a.m. a Paige Road caller reported that someone stole a part of his boat over the winter. Caller sta ...
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Police Log: Disturbance at Cornell's, Indecent Exposure
Hopkinton Patch - almost 5 years
Friday, April 13 4:00 p.m.: A motorist reported that a landscaping truck was leaking fuel on Main Street. The truck was gone when an officer arrived. 9:28 p.m.: A 911 caller reported hitting a deer on East Main Street. Officers responded but were unable to find the deer. 9:34 p.m.: Several callers reported a disabled motor vehicle on route 495. The state police were contacted and responded. 10:19 p.m.: A caller reported a dead cat in the road on Wood Street. An officer responded and found that it was a dead beaver, not a cat, and removed it. Saturday, April 14 10:29 a.m.: A North Mill Street resident found a dog without tags that appeared to be the boxer breed. The person brought the dog to Baypath Humane Society where the owners eventually picked it up. 1:33 p.m.: A motorist reported an erratic driver on Hayden Rowe Street crossing in to Milford. 1:42 p.m.: Officers attempted to check on a person at West Main Street. They were unable to locate the person and we ...
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Interim Animal Care Director to Get Full-Time Job
Rosemont Patch - almost 5 years
Not only has the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation been without a permanent director for nearly two years, the position doesn't even exist. Amid recent budget cuts, the department's director position was eliminated. It's been filled by the head of Sacramento County Code Enforcement, and by the Bradshaw Road animal shelter's kennel supervisor. Now, Interim Director and Kennel Supervisor Dave Dickinson may finally get the permanent title. Dickinson is scheduled to be appointed the department's full-time director at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. He was the top pick among 29 applicants and seven interviewees, according to a staff report. "He organized and developed the successful shelter animal rescue program and has worked with local cities, councils, coalitions, associations, advocate groups and citizens to insure that the Sacramento County Department of Animal Care and Regulation continues to be the premier animal she ...
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Police Blotter: Four Teens Charged with Marijuana Possession
Buffalo Grove Patch - almost 5 years
ALCOHOL Juan S. Diaz, 30, of the 1100 block of West Pratt Avenue, Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence, no valid driver’s license, speeding and improper signal at 12:40 a.m. April 6 on Dundee Road at Old Arlington Heights Road. ANIMALS A resident reported April 5 that the neighbor’s dog barks at them whenever the dog is outside. This is an ongoing problem. The officer suggested to both the resident and the neighbor that they work together and acquaint the dog to the neighbor so it does not feel threatened and have a need to bark. Both agreed to work on it. A resident reported that a woman in the neighborhood continually walks her dog off leash. The resident has confronted the woman but she continues to walk her dog off leash. An officer spoke with the woman, who stated that since the resident confronted her she has been putting her dog on a leash. DRUGS A resident reported four youths behind a shed smoking pot at 3 p.m. April 5 on the 700 block of Grov ...
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Police, Fire Logs - Nashoba Publishing
Google News - over 5 years
PM 12:58, Walker Road, animal complaint; 2:29, Center Road, Fire Dept. service call; 3:39, Center Road north of Hazen Road, safety hazard, services rendered; 4:47, police station, officer wanted; 6:33, Chapel Street, larceny, investigated; 9:04,
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Torrington's emergency operations center put to the test during Irene's stormy ... - Torrington Register Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
Dalla Valle said that there was no flooding at the Bogue road animal control facility and all of the animals that were removed were returned on Sunday. The city also experienced minimal power outages — only about 500 he said, and on Wednesday,
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Brazos Animal Shelter Moves Out Remaining Animals From Old Facility - KBTX
Google News - over 5 years
The remaining dogs and cats at the Brazos Animal Shelter's Finfeather facility are going to a new home on Leonard Road. Animal Shelter Board President Judy LeUnes tells us the relationship with Bryan is over. "Today we will have the animals and our
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La Grange Man Kills Bat That Bit Him - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
26 while it was in his house near 47 th Street and Park Road. Animal control tested the bat that day and told the resident he would be notified by telephone that day if it tested positive for rabies, said Dr. Donna Alexander, director
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64 animals, including 10 horses, 40 cats, doing well after being seized in ... - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
On Friday, Livingston County Animal Control officials seized and rescued the 64 animals from the residence on Argentine Road. Animal Control officials were assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department and the Humane Society of the United
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Road accidents claim 565 lives in six months - DAWN.com
Google News - over 5 years
Factors such as deposit on the road, insufficient illumination, speed-breaker, dilapidated road, animal on carriageway, road, under-construction road, open manholes and unleveled manholes, improper road markings, open sewerage line, rain, fog,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Road Warrior Animal
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 51
    In 2011, Laurinaitis released an autobiography titled The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling, published by Medallion Press, Inc. The book talks about the rise of The Road Warriors, shares funny stories of life on the road, and offers candid behind-the-scenes accounts of the wrestling industry. In July 2016, Laurinaitis was named part of a class action lawsuit filed against WWE which alleged that wrestlers incurred traumatic brain injuries during their tenure and that the company concealed the risks of injury.
    More Details Hide Details The suit is litigated by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against WWE.
    WWE announced on March 28, 2011 on WWE Raw that the Road Warriors would be inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Animal also spoke openly about his future induction on Right After Wrestling just minutes after the announcement on WWE Raw. Animal told hosts, Arda Ocal and Jim Korderas that the WWE was going to create a physical Hall of Fame in Tampa and he was going to donate his trademarked 'spiked-shoulder pads' to that Hall. On the July 20, 2012, episode of WWE SmackDown on Syfy, Animal returned to face Heath Slater in honor of Raws 1,000th episode. He went on to squash Slater. He then reappeared on the actual 1,000th episode on July 23 with other WWE Legends to help Lita take down Slater.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2nd round as the 35th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, and played with the Rams through the team's final season in St. Louis in 2015, after which he moved to the New Orleans Saints.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    On June 26, 2006, Animal was released from his WWE contract.
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    In his final WWE appearance, Animal defeated Paul Burchill on the May 6, 2006, episode of Velocity.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Finding a new tag team partner in Heidenreich, Animal went on to defeat MNM for the titles, dedicating the win to Hawk by saying, "Hawk, this one was for you, brother!" The two would team up for a few months in a new chapter of the Legion of Doom, with Heidenreich adopting the L.O.D.'s shoulder pads, face paint, and mohawk haircut. However, this came to an end with Heidenreich's release from WWE on January 17, 2006. On the March 3, 2006, episode of SmackDown!, Animal teamed up with Matt Hardy to face MNM. After he and Hardy lost the match, Animal turned heel for the second time in his career by attacking and injuring Hardy's knee. Animal reasoned that he had realized that Hardy and Heidenreich were screw-ups and that Road Warrior Hawk was the only tag team legend and partner for him. After the heel turn, Animal, once again known simply as The Road Warrior, would drop many aspects of the well-known Road Warrior gimmick, losing the face paint, and shoulder pads. Animal's look at this time was similar to his old Road Warrior gimmick in the early 1980s he had prior to teaming up with Hawk.
  • 2003
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although Hawk and Animal came up short in their attempt to become three-time champions, it was clear that Hawk had defeated the demons that had once kept him from competing, and the Road Warriors had hopes of returning to WWE. However, Hawk died on October 19, 2003.
  • 2002
    Age 42
    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 would only wrestle one actual match for the promotion.
    More Details Hide Details On June 17, 2007, Road Warrior Animal returned to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on the pay-per-view, Slammiversary, with Rick Steiner; he replaced Scott Steiner, who was out with an injury. They ended up losing to Team 3D.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Magnificent Seven split up shortly before Vince McMahon purchased WCW; Animal's contract was not one of the contracts the WWF picked up.
    Also a sporadic singles competitor, he headlined the 2001 WCW pay-per-view event Sin, in contention for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details While living in Chicago, Laurinatis met Michael Hegstrand, later known as Road Warrior Hawk, and the two became close friends. When Laurinaitis was around eight years old, he and Hegstrand both moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota Laurinaitis grew up in Minnesota, having to work for a living from a very early age. He attended Irondale High School. Because of his size and love of power lifting, Laurinaitis was an imposing figure and thus a very effective bouncer. He worked as a bouncer at Grandma B's in the Twin Cities where he caught the eye of Eddie Sharkey, a well known wrestling trainer. Sharkey thought that Laurinaitis and Mike Hegstrand, Richard Rood, and Barry Darsow could make it big in professional wrestling, and trained all four of them.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 38
    In 1998, the Legion of Doom became involved in their most controversial angle; playing off Hegstrand's real life drug and alcohol problems.
    More Details Hide Details Hawk started to show up drunk or "unable to perform" on TV. As Hawk proved more and more erratic and unreliable, a third L.O.D. member, Puke, was introduced to team with Animal while Hawk dealt with his personal issues. The storyline ended with accusations that Puke had been the "enabler" of Hawk's problems, exploiting them to take Hawk's place in the team. During the controversial segment, Hawk was shown to have fallen off the Titan Tron. Neither Hegstrand nor Laurinaitis approved of the WWF exploiting Hegstrand's personal problems, which caused them to subsequently leave the WWF. 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.
  • 1997
    Age 37
    In November 1997, the Legion of Doom faced the newly formed New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn) and lost the titles to the upstart team.
    More Details Hide Details After several unsuccessful challenges the L.O.D. were repackaged as Legion of Doom 2000 with manager Sunny, although she did not stay with the team for long. At the same time, Paul Ellering returned, but sided with D.O.A., whom L.O.D. were feuding with at the time; Ellering and Animal explained on the Road Warriors DVD that it was hard for Ellering to work with another team against the Road Warriors and difficult to rip on his former team on promos.
    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 two-time tag team champions on October 7, 1997, when they defeated The Godwinns.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    On January 4, 1995, Animal seconded Hawk in his match against Scott Norton in New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Tokyo Dome show.
    More Details Hide Details For the next couple of years, Laurinaitis stayed out of the wrestling ring, collecting on an insurance policy from Lloyd's of London while Hegstrand competed all over the world. Near the end of 1995, Laurinaitis' back had finally recovered enough for him to return to active competition. Three years after everyone thought the Road Warriors had ended, they reunited and signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling. Upon their return in January 1996, they immediately started a feud with the Steiner Brothers, who returned in March, and Harlem Heat, before moving on to challenge the WCW Tag Team Champions Sting and Lex Luger. The Road Warriors had several shots at the champions but never won the title in the six months they were with the company. The Steiner Brothers also arrived shortly after the Warriors did, and feuded with them to try to prove who the best team of all time was. The Steiners got the better of the feud and the Warriors left WCW in June 1996.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    During a handicap match in Japan against the Beverly Brothers in September 1992, Laurinaitis legitimately injured his back from a botched double suplex and had to take a lengthy hiatus.
    More Details Hide Details His last match was a victory over Papa Shango in San Francisco, CA on October 16th. After this his back was too injured to allow him to wrestle. Laurinaitis made some non-wrestling appearances in WCW in 1993. On August 18, at the Clash of the Champions, Animal made his appearance, getting out of a black Camaro Z28 indicating his partner Hawk was Dustin Rhodes' mystery partner against Rick Rude and The Equalizer. On September 19, at Fall Brawl, Animal was the advisor for Sting's team, consisting of Sting, Davey Boy Smith, Dustin Rhodes, and The Shockmaster for WarGames, defeating Big Van Vader, Sid Vicious, and Harlem Heat.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 30
    The Road Warriors immediately signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1990 and were pushed into a feud with the most famous of all "Road Warrior Clones", Demolition, a group which included their old training partner Barry Darsow.
    More Details Hide Details Due to the ailing health of one of Demolition (Bill Eadie/"Ax") he was replaced by Crush but the magic of the original Demolition was gone and the feud did not live up to the high hopes of the fans. Just over a year after signing with the WWF, the Legion of Doom won the WWF Tag Team Championship and held it for about 8 months. When they lost the titles, they briefly left the WWF, only to return with longtime manager Paul Ellering by their side, as well as a wooden ventriloquist dummy called "Rocco". Both members of the L.O.D. thought the Rocco gimmick was stupid, and it led to Hegstrand walking out of the WWF immediately following SummerSlam 1992, leaving Laurinaitis on his own for the first time in 9 years. Animal went ahead and finished his contractual obligations with the WWF, as a singles wrestler and occasionally teaming with former rival Crush, formerly of Demolition.
  • 1988
    Age 28
    1The 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.
    More Details Hide Details 2Hawk and Animal's reign with this championship also happened after Ted Turner bought and renamed the promotion. However, it took place before the title was renamed the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
    Near the end of 1988, the Road Warriors captured the NWA World Tag Team Championship from The Midnight Express whom they mauled in short order to win the titles.
    More Details Hide Details After being the "Uncrowned champions" for a long time the Road Warriors' run with the tag team titles was short lived. Teddy Long used a fast count to cheat the Road Warriors out of their titles. In their last year with the NWA, the Warriors feuded mainly with The Varsity Club, The Samoan Swat Team, and The Skyscrapers before leaving the NWA in the summer of 1990, due to conflicts with Jim Herd.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The Powers of Pain even went so far as to injure Animal's eye (kayfabe) during a weightlifting competition. When Animal returned, he initially wore a hockey goalie mask to protect his eye. 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.
  • 1982
    Age 22
    Laurinaitis made his debut in November 1982, competing as The Road Warrior using a biker gimmick.
    More Details Hide Details After only a few matches as a singles competitor, Joe’s career and life would change forever thanks to an idea by Paul Ellering. When Paul Ellering was looking to put together a stable of heels in Georgia Championship Wrestling called "The Legion of Doom", it was decided to put Laurinaitis together with his good friend Mike Hegstrand and change their names to "Animal" and "Hawk" respectively. Thus, the Road Warriors were born. They first started out as biker gimmicks; on The Road Warriors DVD, Animal said he felt like one of the Village People. To look more intimidating, the two shaved their heads into Mohawks and started wearing studded dog collars, spiked shoulder pads, and face paint. The look and name were taken from The Road Warrior, helping to paint the two as no-mercy monsters. Their interview style was vicious, yet charismatic and a bit humorous.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 0
    Born on September 12, 1960.
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