“Tell ‘em, Hawk”: Former AWA, NWA, WWE World tag champions The Road Warriors to be inducted into WWE Hall of Fame
Hawk (Mike Hegstrand) and Animal (Joe Laurinaitis), The Road Warriors–one of my favorite tag teams from the ’80s–will be inducted into the 2011 class of the WWE Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made, fittingly enough, in the Warrriors’ adopted hometown of Chicago in the final hour of last night’s fantastic Monday Night RAW from the Windy City. As one of my readers pointed out, it’s a shame that Hawk isn’t still alive, as that would be one hell of an acceptance speech. Still, there’s hope that WWE includes Paul Ellering, the pair’s legit manager and the mastermind behind the Legion of Doom, as part of the proceedings to articulately say more than a few words.
When WWE announced Atlanta as the sight of this year’s WrestleMania, most observers assumed longtime Peachtree State favorites like the Warriors, the Freebirds, Arn Anderson, possibly even Tommy Rich or Mr. Wrestling II, along with WCW stars Goldberg, would be natural selections. (Rich was contacted but ultimately cut from consideration.) Only the Warriors made it, along with Georgia Championship Wrestling stars “Bullet” Bob Armstrong and Abdullah the Butcher (who also operates a popular rib joint in the city). For Animal, the timing couldn’t be better, with the release of his new book, The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling, which is available below for just $14.20. I’ve read the first three chapters, up to the point Ole Anderson discovers Animal and Rick Rude working as bouncers and decides to book them at the urging of their trainer Eddie Sharkey. Pretty good read so far, but the warning flag went up immediately in the first chapter when Animal talks of their tag-title win over the Nasty Boys in kayfabe fashion, which he also did at times in the WWE DVD release featuring the team (also available below).