“Larger than life”, “Iconic” – Wrestling world saddened by the passing away of Road Warrior Animal


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 Road Warriors are a legendary tag team
The Road Warriors are one of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history (WWE)

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:


A couple of NXT stars, Bronson Reed and Damian Priest, tweeted about the passing away of Animal.

Drew Gulak and Lince Dorado, from SmackDown, also shared their reactions after learning of the demise.

Ric Flair, who had a huge rivalry with the Road Warriors, also posted a touching tribute to the fallen legend:

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.



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:

This is another huge loss to the wrestling world and we send our condolences to the family to Animal.

More WWE news

Follow our dedicated WWE page for instant WWE news and updates