The world of professional wrestling has lost yet another legend. WWE Hall Of Famer Road Warrior Animal, whose real name is Joseph Laurinaitis, has passed away at the age of 60 today. The cause of his passing has not yet been determined.
As one half of the Legion Of Doom, Animal and Hawk cemented themselves as one of the greatest tag teams in professional wrestling history. He first laced his boots back in 1982 and went on to dominate the competition with his partner Hawk. In 2011, the tag team were inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame with manager Paul Ellering.
WWE released the following on Wednesday morning regarding Animal’s passing:
Road Warrior Animal passes away
WWE is saddened to learn that Joe Laurinaitis, known to WWE fans as Road Warrior Animal, has passed away at the age of 60.
One of the most intense Superstars to ever step into the squared circle, the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Animal spent the majority of his career alongside his tag team partner, Hawk. Together, they formed what was arguably the most successful, popular and feared tandem of all time — The Road Warriors.
With their intimidating face paint, outfits covered in metal spikes and impressive array of power moves, the duo captured titles and destroyed opponents wherever they roamed. Their dominance made them so popular that the phrase “Road Warrior pop” has been used in locker rooms to describe particularly deafening reactions from the crowd ever since.
The Road Warriors thrived in multiple stints with WWE, where they were known as The Legion of Doom. The team won the World Tag Team Titles on two occasions and were eventually enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.
We would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to Animal’s friends and family during this sad time.