Dammit. I, as many, was a HUGE fan of both Road Warriors and I still think that they rank number 1 as my favorite tag team of all time. I also offer my condolences to his family, friends and Animal.
One semi-retarded question though- Is Philly cursed? I went to the Raw show where Freddy Blassie made his final live arena WWE appearance (telling D-Von to "Get The Tables), and that was also the show where the LOD made their last WWE appearance. I might just have to skip the Royal Rumble in January just to make sure that I'm not seeing wrestlers and legendary managers for the last time.
Molly, Stacy and Daffney all in WWE? I suddenly lost all my will to complain about anything regarding the WWE. Hope I don't lose my street cred for this.
TS, the greatest Wiener rated 6.1554 ever to live!! Oops, I mean 5.5...4.5?? Oh, dammit! I guess Notorious FAB was right.
Well you know something, Mean Gene... My favorite memory of The Road Warriors was when they went on their first Japan tour and terrorized everybody they faced, with when they gouged Dusty's eye out being a close second. If there was ever a book on how to be a monster heel, there would be a chapter about The Road Warriors. Sad to see Hawk pass away.
My favorite all time LOD moment was probably the 1991 Royal Rumble, which was the first time Undertaker was ever in a Rumble and he just came in and started eliminating people left and right because, well, he was the Undertaker in "unstoppable undead" mode, and then eventually Hawk and then Animal came in, and they started beating down on the Undertaker, and then UT grabs them both by the throat as if for a double chokeslame (and the crowd goes "OHHHHHHHH") and then Hawk and Animal kick him double square in the stomach and in unison punch him in the head several times, then run back against the ropes and double-clothesline him out of the ring and the crowd goes apeshit.
Well, this caught me off-guard. I mean, I was unfortunately somewhat expecting this to happen eventually, for him to end up "one of them" as you can only become conditioned to. But you just never are prepared for it, and it just never feels right. Its rather crushing, whether I got to watch them in their prime or not, to see these figures go...especially in these circumstances. Rest in Peace.
Well, I'll admit that I was never a huge Road Warrior fan. I preferred the heels as a kid. I also always enjoyed smaller wrestlers (I was always a skinny kid, so I couldn't help root for the underdogs). However, the Road Warriors were entertaining. Especially on the mic.
In fact, the first wrestling video I ever bought was SummerSlam 1990, where the Legion of Doom made their WWF debuts, costing Demolition their match with the Hart Foundation. I still get chills hearing the AWESOME pop they got when the came out from the back. I used to watch that tape CONSTANTLY, and Hawk's quote in his promo afterward of "(Demolition) You're micro-mini men in a big man's world, and where the big men! OOWWWWWWW WHAT A RUSH! A rush for us. A bum trip for you!" became a running gag in my house for years to come.
Wow ... this is really sad ... To me, the Road Warriors were and always will be the greatest tag team of all time ... I used to get chills as a kid watching them enter to Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" ... There will NEVER be another team like the Road Warriors ...
My condolences to Hawk's family and his partner Animal.
Ralph Wiggum: "We're going to Africa; land of lions and giraffes and Santa and balloons ... "
Wow. I remember anxiously awaiting their WWF debut back in the day, and being shocked that they were allowed to keep essentially the same gimmick they had in the AWA and NWA. Truly shocking for its time.
Hawk and Animal represented a renaissance for tag team wrestling, no doubt about it. They probably would have been able to keep their legend better intact had they retired shortly after bowing out at SummerSlam 92, perhaps had one last big match in Japan (where they were truly treated like legends), but either way -- 20 years after their debut, the wrestling world is STILL searching for the next Road Warriors. What does that say about the impact they had?
You hope that things like this could be a wake-up call to the independent guys, ex of WWF and WCW fame, still partying and doing drugs like it's the 80's. I'm not saying that's what happened to Hawk -- I have no idea for sure -- but I'll admit it's the first thing that pops into my mind.
They say these things happen in threes, so you eerily wonder who will be next.
Condolences to the family of Michael Hegstrand. You were a legend of a legendary era.
Go back to a time when wrestling DIDN'T SUCK with a special 'retro' edition of Inside The Ropes!!!
Hawk also won some titles in Japan with Kensuke Sasaki as a team called either the Hell Raiders or the Hell Raisers. Besides LOD being the only team to win the AWA, NWA (WCW) and WWF tag team titles, they won titles in All-Japan, I believe. Hawk was part of ECW before it became really extreme as well. Quite a storied career.
My favorite saying by them in an Apter mag was when he referred to someone as a "Neo-Maxi Zoom dweeb." It just seemed funny as hell.
Thanks for the memories, Hawk.
"I wasn't surprised at all. In fact, I thought, why stop there? Why not add the Big Show, or Chris Jericho, or the whole state of Nebraska for that matter? And don't you think a wrestling ring is a little old school, Lilian? Why not put the match in a shark tank, with real live sharks? Hungry sharks! And the only way to beat your opponent is to stuff him down a shark's throat, and pin the shark. Wouldn't that be a hoot?"
Just yesterday I had popped in a video tape of unknown content. Well it had the Monday Nitro with the Return of the Stiener brothers verus the LOD. I don't know how numb the rest of you all are but I feel pretty darn sick considering I have quiet a few of there matches spanning from 1989 to there WWE appearance to lose to RVD and Kane. Gosh...you probably couldn't find another more entertaining, intimindating, and dangerous idvidual earily in his career. Once "banned" for being to "VIOLENT" in the earily 80's in some parts of the NWA. Anyways...once again my condolences to his family, IWC who care, and friends.
REST IN PEACE
PS, HAWK GIVE GOD AN AAAAAAAWWWWW WWWWWWWHHHAAATTTT AAA RRRRRRUUUSSSSHHHH! For me ;-)
Banned Once! The independant thought alarm went off, knew to much about b*tching.
I thought that I heard something about that on the radio today. And I have to say that this one hits a little closer to home than some of the other ones. When I was younger and played wrestling with my friends. I was always Hawk, weather I had a partner or not.
I remember tearing a trashbag in half so I could make leg chaps. And doing the "neck thing". He used to pop a choker off of his neck without using his hands. And how he would take a pile-driver and would immediately stand back up and throw a clothesline on some poor bastard. And the voice, I had already mastered it at a young age.
I have actually stopped watching wrestling for a little while now. But I think I will tune back in. Because these people are risking their lives to entertain us. And once they're gone, they're gone. So I might as well capture as many memories as I can. It is their choice but it's still sad to see all of these people suddenly pass away and there is hardly an eyebrow raised.
"NOW YOU GET YOUR WHININ ASS OUTTA HERE!!" Sid Vicious after slapping Bret Hart
I would like to see RAW offer a moment for both Stu and Hawk tonight.
My favorite Road Warriors moment?
I like the match where they destroyed the Midnight Express so badly the MX turned face.
I remember the NWA Russian weighlifting contest where Animal almost lost his eye.
I remember that they were impossible to beat on the WWF arcade game.
I love the old "we snack on danger, we dine on death" line.
But the Warriors' legacy is as the ultimate power team. You look at the APA or Doom and it's just no contest. They had the music (best entrance music ever?), the props, the make-up, the hair, the Doomsday Device; forget it, no one tops them for presentation and ring presence.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
This is either going to work out very well for all involved (like CM Punk) or this will totally kill any goodwill WWE has with indie fans and the IWC. I hope it will be the first, because oh my..WWE just signed themselves the best in the world.