WWE Pays Tribute to Road Warrior Animal in the Best Way Possible

Published 09/24/2020, 12:47 AM EDT


The latest episode of WWE NXT featured a rare Gauntlet Eliminator match. The last man standing would be the #1 contender for Finn Balor’s NXT Championship.

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The five NXT Superstars who took part in this match were – Kushida, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes, Kyle O’Reilly, and Timothy Thatcher.

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The match saw several notable moments. However, one moment ventured towards a sentimental aspect. This was when Bronson Reed performed a power slam on Kyle O’Reilly, paying tribute to WWE legend Road Warrior Animal, who tragically passed away the day before.

In fact, WWE acknowledged this exemplary show of respect by Reilly.

While executing a power slam, the wrestler performing it falls on the opponent’s body, bringing them down. This was one of the signature moves used by the legendary Road Warrior Animal.

Additionally, other former and current Superstars paid their tributes to the great warrior. Some names include Ric Flair, Triple H, Kane, Corey Graves, Dustin Rhodes, and others. Moreover, to pay homage, the company posted a video showing the highlights of his career.

Road Warriors was part of one of the greatest WWE Tag Teams

Road Warrior Animal had a legendary career with WWE.

The Hall of Famer was famous for his intensity and power. He made his mark in the WWE as both an individual champion and as one half of The Road Warriors.

The Road Warriors won titles across the globe even before they made their WWE debut. In fact, Animal and Hawk were regarded as one of the greatest tag teams in pro-wrestling, and not just WWE. Together, they won titles in WWE, AWA, and even NWA.

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Hawk commenced the journey to his heavenly abode on October 19, 2003.

As of today, one of the greatest tag teams in the history of wrestling is no more. Their impact, memories, and legacy will continue to thrive for years to come.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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