Road Warrior Animal(Joseph Laurinaitis) gone at age 60:Another Professional Wrestler Gone Way Too Soon!!!


Joseph Michael Laurinaitis, a.k.a. Road Warrior Animal, has reportedly passed away at the age of 60.

Hulk Hogan first tweeted about Laurinaitis’ passing earlier this morning.

Laurinaitis’ family is planning to release a statement later today. No other details are known.

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 WWE/F Tag Team Championship, the NWA World Tag Team Championship and the AWA World Tag Team Championship.

Their last match as a team was defeating The Shane Twins in Japan in July of 2003, months before Hawk passed away on October 19, 2003. The team was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011 with Laurinaitis and Paul Ellering accepting the induction.

Laurinaitis continued to wrestle following Hegstrand’s passing. His 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.

Hulk Hogan

RIP Animal, love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family, one love4Life. HH

2 thoughts on “Road Warrior Animal(Joseph Laurinaitis) gone at age 60:Another Professional Wrestler Gone Way Too Soon!!!

  1. from Jason Powell at the Pro Wrestling Torch:

    Powell’s POV: Animal and Hawk (Mike Hegstrand) were one of the most popular and successful tag teams of all-time. They were both trained by Eddie Sharkey and managed by Paul Ellering during their peak years.

    Animal is the brother of WWE executive John Laurinaitis, and their brother Marcus also wrestled as The Terminator.

    Animal’s son James was a standout football player at Ohio State University and went on to play for the Rams and Saints in the NFL.

    On a personal note, I had the pleasure of appearing on a couple of radio shows with Animal in the Twin Cities.

    As someone who grew up watching the Road Warriors in the AWA and elsewhere, it was truly an honor to have that experience.

    My condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans.

  2. I wonder what ever happened to the Lumbee Warrior???

    He was over at Grimsley High School the night Buddy Landell tore down the house, and he tore down the door to the boy’s locker room at Grimsley HS…

    Bruce Mitchell was there, and so was John Hitchcock, and Ed Ross, Bam Bam Coalson and Dan Grondy….

    They were there, and so was I.

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