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Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal)

  

Real Names - Michael James Hegstrand & Joseph Aaron Lauranaitis
Lifespan/Birthdate - 1/26/57 -10/19/03 & 11/12/60
Hawk - 6'3" 275 lbs. - Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Animal - 6'1" 305 lbs. - Wayzata, MN

Athletic Background - Football (Moorehead State), Baseball (High School) [Animal]

Teacher(s) - Eddie Sharkey

Professional Background (together) - Georgia(`83-`84), Memphis(`84), AWA(`84-`86), All Japan, NWA, WWF(`91-`92), WCW(`96), WWF(`97-`98), Indies(`98-`02), XWF(`01)

Aliases - Crusher von Haig (Hawk) & Joe Lauren (Animal)

Groups - Legion of Doom

Peak Years - `85-`92


Finisher(s) - 
- Doomsday Device (both)
- Powerslam (Animal)
- Flying Clothesline (Hawk)

Favorites -
- Shoulder Tackle (both)
- Double Lariat (Animal)
- Press Slam (Hawk)
- Bearhug (Animal)
- Big Boot (Hawk)


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set6/5
 Science3/0 
 Aerial3/2 
 Power10/10
 Strikes6/5 



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment8/6
 Selling6/4 
 Bumping4/3 
 Carrying6/5 
 Heat10 
 Legacy

  
Place in History - One of most recognizable and innovative tag teams to ever come down the pike. Without their gimmicks they would've just been too muscleheads who could have gotten over with their physiques and aggressive brawling, but how far they would've gotten is hard to say. However, they were fitted with post-Apocalyptic looks: facepaint, spikes and crazy haircuts, that, in addition to their intense interviews made them superstars almost instantly. Given the monster push, which was rare, the Roadies ran over everyone. After being heels for a time, they found their niche as monster faces. The Road Warriors were tricky because they demanaded to stay strong and had to bounce around a bit. Their characters were copied everywhere from other companies to even wrestling games. As time weared on, their bodies wore down and Animal stepped out and Kensuke Sasaki took his place (as the Hell Raisers in New Japan). They eventually hooked back up and enjoyed runs in WCW and WWF that were plagued by their legacy. The WWF tried best they could to use the Warriors to get over new guys and even tried to redesign them, but nothing worked. A team who were great in their day due to their originality and people they were paired with that struggled when the steroids-era died down. After Hawk's death in 2003, the more reserved Animal was able to return to the WWE and help bolster the legacy of the Road Warriors through a documentary, a book and a Hall of Fame induction.
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