WWE Superstars React to the Demise of Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal

Published 09/23/2020, 11:34 AM EDT


WWE Hall of Famer Joe Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal passed away at 60. His official Twitter account announced the unfortunate news. The wrestling world is in shock.

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The news became public on September 23. The short tweet said his family will release a statement later in the day.

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Animal and Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) started teaming together as The Road Warriors in 1983. They are widely regarded as the greatest tag team of all time. They won many titles throughout their career, including the tag team titles of WWE/F, NWA, AWA.

Hawk passed away on October 19, 2003, and the team retired. The team became Hall of Famers with their Class of 2011 induction.

Laurinaitis’s last match was for WWE on July 17, 2012, where he defeated Heath Slater on SmackDown. He appeared on the 1,000th episode of RAW days later to join other WWE legends in beating down Slater.

The wrestling world pays its respects to Road Warrior Animal

Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan was the first to pay his respects to the deceased legend.

The official account of WWE posted gave their condolences as well as the rival AEW.

The Ascension member Vik posted a heartfelt message. Ascension is heavily influenced by Road Warriors. The members, Vik and Big Kon, are open about their admiration for the legend.

 

Former WWE and current AEW superstar Scott Dawson (Dax Harwood) paid his respects.

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The former WWE Cruiserweight champion revealed Road Warrior’s influence as he tweeted

Road Warrior is survived by his wife and three children. We share our deepest condolences to his family and fans. May he rest in peace.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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