Road Warrior Animal was a wrestling legend and passed away at the age of 60
The wrestling world lost a legend of the game as WWE confirmed that Road Warrior Animal had passed away at the age of 60.
Animal and his tag team partner, Hawk, could be considered as pioneers of the tag team division. The Road Warriors won several titles across the promotions they performed in, and they are not only remembered for their wrestling skills but the characters they were.
The other name that the Warriors were known as was the Legion of Doom. Many of the top wrestling tag teams still use moves brought up by the pair and this is another major loss to the wrestling world.
Animal, real name Joe Laurinaitis, will be remembered not only for the “What a rush” slogan but the spike jackets and face paint worn.
His partner, Hawk, also did the same and the pair remain one of the most iconic teams in wrestling history.
Wrestling world reacts
Several WWE stars reacted to the news of the legend passing away. WWE didn’t provide any details of the death of Animal, however, his family posted an update on his Twitter handle:
At this time, we would like to confirm the passing of Joseph Laurinaitis aka Road Warrior Animal at the age of 60. The family is planning to release a statement later today. At this time we ask for you to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers. #OhWhatARush
— RoadWarriorAnimal (@RWAnimal) September 23, 2020
A couple of NXT stars, Bronson Reed and Damian Priest, tweeted about the passing away of Animal.
— Damian Priest 🏹 (@ArcherOfInfamy) September 23, 2020
It's no secret the road warriors are one of my favourite tag teams of all time. They're on my wall in the gym and I use that image for inspiration.
Thank you Animal, Rest In Power! https://t.co/6Xq5J0Trjx
— Bronson Reed (@bronsonreedwwe) September 23, 2020
Drew Gulak and Lince Dorado, from SmackDown, also shared their reactions after learning of the demise.
— Drew Gulak (@DrewGulak) September 23, 2020
— Lince Dorado (@LuchadorLD) September 23, 2020
Ric Flair, who had a huge rivalry with the Road Warriors, also posted a touching tribute to the fallen legend:
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) September 23, 2020
It wasn’t just the WWE stars who felt a huge loss after the news. Many AEW stars also commented on the passing away of Animal.
RIP such a nice dude, would always let me mess around with his shoulder pads which weighed half of me…. https://t.co/OVcC4zP4MB
— “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela (@JANELABABY) September 23, 2020
RIP Joe Laurinaitis aka @RWAnimal Very saddened to hear this awful news. A true icon of tag team wrestling, and a gentleman. We did this tribute to him and Hawk on a few occasions, and he was nothing but complimentary of it and very gracious. I will miss you my friend. Godspeed pic.twitter.com/IxRxCErQJ5
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) September 23, 2020
Shocked to hear of the passing of @RWAnimal.
An iconic figure in our business who I was looking forward to seeing this Saturday night in Jackson, Tennessee at the @JerryLawler celebration.
Condolences to Joe’s family and friends. 🙏🤠
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) September 23, 2020
— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) September 23, 2020
The Hall of Famer left an impact on Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler, FTR, and the pair highlighted how much of an influence he was to them:
— Dax FTR (@DaxHarwood) September 23, 2020
The Road Warriors were larger than life. They made it possible for so many others to live their dreams. Rest in Power, Animal.
— CASH (@CashWheelerFTR) September 23, 2020
This is another huge loss to the wrestling world and we send our condolences to the family to Animal.
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