The Road Warriors (also known as The Legion of Doom or L.O.D.) were a Professional WrestlingTag Team who competed in essentially every major promotion in the world (WWE, THE NWA, WCW, AJPW, NJPW, TNA, and the AWA). The team consisted of wrestlers Michael "Hawk" Hegstrand (September 12, 1957 – October 19, 2003) and Joseph "Animal" Laurinaitis (born on January 26, 1960) with manager "Precious" Paul Ellering (born on August 22, 1953).The Road Warriors were one of the biggest acts of The Eighties and The Nineties, comparable to Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. They introduced several things into wrestling still seen today, such as their tag team finisher, the Doomsday Device, and face paint, still used today by wrestlers such as Jeff Hardy. They also popularized the Zubaz workout pants within the industry, which they helped develop with bodybuilders Bob Truax and Dan Stock.They are the only team to have ever held the AWA World Tag Team Titles, the NWA World Tag Team Titles and the WWE World Tag Team Titles.They attempted a comeback in mid-to-late 2003 but nothing came of it. Sadly, Road Warrior Hawk (the guy sticking his tongue out) died of a heart attack on October 19, 2003. Road Warrior Animal returned to WWE in 2005, teaming up with Heidenreich, but unfortunately, the new combination didn't take off, even with Christy Hemme as their valet.You can find the basics about their career at The Other Wiki.
"WELLLLLLLL!, the following tropes are associated with the ROAD WARRIORS!"
Breakup Breakout: Kensuke Sasaki (Power Warrior) was successful teaming with Hawk Warrior but he eventually held all three major Japanese World Titles (New Japan's IWGP, All Japan's Triple Crown, Noah's GHC).
Enemy Mine: While they and the Midnight Express were usually intense enemies, at NWA The Great American Bash 89, the LOD joined forces with the MX (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) and Dr. Death Steve Williams to defeat the Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) and the Samoan Swat Team (Fatu [Rikishi] and Samu) in the War Games match.
Implied Death Threat: As the Quotes page demonstrates, they were famous for threatening to perform acts of violence on their opponents that would at times stretch the limits of what is humanly possible. In a vignette to hype their scaffold match against the Midnight Express ("Loverboy" Dennis Condrey and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, w/Jim Cornette) at NWA Starrcade 86, they dropped a pumpkin off of a fire escape.
Legion of Doom: Well, they started as one anyway, one that had both the Original Sheik and the Iron Sheik, but were eventually reduced to just two members, Hawk and Animal, who would occasionally bring in someone else. On the 2005 Road Warriors: The Life And Death of the Most Dominant Tag Team in Wrestling History DVD, Animal admits that they got the name "from the Superfriends cartoon."
Lightning Bruisers: Big, strong, fast and practically unstoppable without massive heaps of interference a lot of the time.
Minnesota Nice: Defied. Despite being natives of Minnesota, The Road Warriors always claimed to be from Chicago simply because "Minnesota Nice doesn't cut it in Professional Wrestling".
Screw This We're Outta Here: Hawk eventually left the WWF due to their gimmick where they brought around a ventriloquist dummy named Rocco. Animal attempted to fulfill their commitments, teaming with Demolition Crush, but left due to injury.
Shout-Out: Other than the obvious Superfriends and Mad Max references, on the October 3, 1987 episode of NWA World Championship Wrestling, Hawk offered up an unlikely one during their post-match interview.
Squash Match: This was how they got over, running in and splattering their opponents all over the mat usually in less than five minutes.
They once had one on WWF Shotgun Saturday Night that was so fast that the sound guy barely had time to stop and restart their music.
Start My Own: Helped start the Zubaz company, which produced athletic pants for wrestlers.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute - Power Warrior (Kensuke Sasaki), who filled in for Animal when he was injured (New Japan; 92-95) and for Hawk when he passed away (All Japan; 2007). In 1996, he was more of a Sidekick, as all three were together by that time.
Tag Team: As Jim Ross once said, "They are the Legion of Doom and they have defined tag team wrestling. They are tag team wrestling."
Tiered by Name: At one point, they were repackaged in 1998 as LOD 2000, with little changing except more colorful shoulderpads and the addition of Sunny as their manager. This lasted for about six months.
Wrestling Family: Road Warrior Animal is the older brother of John Laurinaitis and of Marc Laurinaitis, aka Fury of the Wrecking Crew (WCW/CWA [Catch Wrestling Association in Austria/Germany]/AJPW) or the Terminator. Other than those three promotions, he also competed in "Cowboy" Bill Watts's Universal Wrestling Federation (Louisiana/Oklahoma) and in Florida independents.
"We snack on danger, and we dine on death, and dead men don't make money!"