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'''The Road Warriors''' (also known as '''The Legion of Doom''' or '''L.O.D.''') were a ProfessionalWrestling TagTeam who competed in essentially every major promotion in the world (Wrestling/{{WWE}}, THE [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], Wrestling/{{WCW}}, [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling AJPW]], [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling NJPW]], Wrestling/{{TNA}}, and [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation 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 TheEighties and TheNineties, comparable to Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/RicFlair. 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 Wrestling/JeffHardy. 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 [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Titles]], the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/midatlantic/nwa/ma-nwa-t.html NWA World Tag Team Titles]] and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/ww/wwe-world-t.html 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 [[Characters/{{TNA}} Christy Hemme]] as their valet.

You can find the basics about their career at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Warriors The Other Wiki]].

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!!! "WELLLLLLLL!, the following tropes are associated with the ROAD WARRIORS!"
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Spawned several, including the Powers of Pain (The Warlord and Wrestling/TheBarbarian), (arguably) Wrestling/{{Demolition}} and the Blade Runners ([[Wrestling/{{Sting}} Flash [Sting]]] and [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Rock [the Ultimate Warrior]]])
* AmericanNewspapers: In their early days, Ellering would carry copies of the ''New York Times'' or the ''Wall Street Journal'' to the ring.
* ArchEnemy: The Four Horsemen, Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress, the Russians (Wrestling/IvanKoloff[=/=]Wrestling/NikitaKoloff[=/=]Krusher Khrushchev [Barry Darsow]), the Powers of Pain, Wrestling/{{Demolition}}, Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, the Natural Disasters ([[Wrestling/JohnTenta Earthquake]] and Typhoon), Money Inc. ([[Wrestling/TedDiBiase "The Million-Dollar Man" Ted [=DiBiase=]]] and [Wrestling/MikeRotunda Irwin R. Schyster]]), Wrestling/TheNationOfDomination, the Godwinns, [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]]
* [[{{Biography}} Autobiography]]: Animal's ''The Road Warriors: Danger, Death and the Rush of Wrestling.''
* {{Badass}}
* {{The Band Minus The Face}}s: After Hawk died in October 2003, Animal tried doing the Road Warriors with Heidenreich and Christy Hemme but it didn't work.
** Comebacks in Japan with Power Warrior were a bit more successful.
* BashBrothers
* BreakupBreakout: 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).
* TheCameo: [=Hawk=] made some appearances in [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling]] in 1993-1994, even teaming with [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-h.html NWA ECW Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/{{Sabu}} in the main event of the first ''November to Remember'', where they successfully defeated [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html NWA ECW Television Champion]] Wrestling/TerryFunk and Wrestling/KingKongBundy, with Sabu pinning Funk to win the title, after Bundy turned on Funk.
* CatchPhrase: "WHAT A RUSH!" Also, if Animal spoke first during a promo, he'd end his part by saying "Tell 'im, Hawk!" and Hawk would open by shouting "WELLLLLLLL!"
** They used to end interviews by saying, "We snack on danger and we dine on death!"
* CelebrityResemblance: When they debuted, Ellering bore one to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Sam Uncle Sam]].
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}
* CrowdChant: "L-O-D, L-O-D, L-O-D!"
* DistaffCounterpart: Legion Of Womb (Jetta and Skye) in Triple X Wrestling and Bellatrix. The Divas Of Doom (Wrestling/BethPhoenix and Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart) in WWE
* DoomsdayDevice: [[CaptainObvious Well, duh]]. It was only the name of their ''FinishingMove'', a top-rope clothesline by Hawk to an opponent who is seated on Animal's shoulders.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom
* EnemyMine: 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 Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams to defeat the Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) and the Samoan Swat Team ([[Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} Fatu [Rikishi]]] and Samu) in the [[GimmickMatches War Games]] match.
* [[EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether Everyone Went to Wrestling School Together]]: They, Wrestling/RickRude and Barry Darsow all trained with Eddie Sharkey together in Minneapolis.
* EyeScream: Spike in the eye of Wrestling/DustyRhodes!
* FacialMarkings: Hawk and Animal's face paint, Heidenreich when he joined animal too
* HellBentForLeather: At the beginning.
* HypercompetentSidekick - Precious Paul Ellering. In RealLife, Ellering personally booked the Road Warriors/Legion of Doom's matches, scheduled their flights, set up hotel reservations, and kept track of expenses. He is a member of [[UsefulNotes/{{Mensa}} MENSA]] and was a wrestler himself, holding the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/cwa/awa-s-h.html Southern (Memphis) Heavyweight Title]], the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tn/cwa/awa-s-t.html Southern (Memphis) Tag Team Title]], and the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/japan/iwe/iwe-t.html IWE IWA (Japan) World Tag Team Title]], thus qualifying for the designation of GeniusBruiser.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: As the [[Quotes/TheRoadWarriors 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 [[GimmickMatches scaffold match]] against the Midnight Express ("Loverboy" Dennis Condrey and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, w[=/=]Wrestling/JimCornette) at ''[=NWA=] [=Starrcade=] 86'', they dropped a pumpkin off of a fire escape.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Not many guys purposefully draw attention to their bald spots, much less intentionally create them.
* LargeHam
* LegionOfDoom: [[CaptainObvious 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' cartoon."
* {{Lightning Bruiser}}s: Big, strong, fast and practically unstoppable without massive heaps of interference a lot of the time.
* MinnesotaNice: [[DefiedTrope 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".
* MoodDissonance: On the ''Road Warriors'' [=DVD=], in re their AWA run, Animal talks about the contrast between them rushing out to Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man" and Wrestling/DickTheBruiser and Wrestling/TheCrusher coming out to polka music.
* NoIndoorVoice
* NoSell: A lot of times, it wasn't even an issue because they would win the match so quickly that their opponents wouldn't have had a chance to try any offense in the first place.
* OneSteveLimit: After the Animal[=/=]Heidenreich team broke up, Animal was renamed "The Road Warrior" because Wrestling/TripleH's buddy Wrestling/{{Batista}} was now using the RedBaron "The Animal."
* PowerStable: The Legion of Doom started this way, including Wrestling/TheIronSheik, Wrestling/ArnAnderson, King Kong Bundy, [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], [[Wrestling/BuzzSawyer "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer]] and the Spoiler, before it was reduced to just Hawk, Animal and Ellering.
* RealSongThemeTune: Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man"
* [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere 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 [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Crush]], but left due to injury.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: In the second interview mentioned on the [[Quotes/TheRoadWarriors Quotes page]], Ellering said, "Wrestling/KevinSullivan, you are an unctuous miscreant. You have been reduced to the lowest common denominator of life."
* ShouldersOfDoom
* ShoutOut: 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.
-->'''HAWK''': "'''WELL''', Tony Schiavone, ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld, as far as me and Animal are concerned. Clamheads and [[Film/TheBreakfastClub Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebies]]."[[note]]Here, the LOD were the Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebies and the Clamheads were the [=Four Horsemen=].[[/note]]
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: They absolutely were this when they started.
* SpikesOfDoom
* SquashMatch: 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 ''[[{{BShow}} WWF Shotgun Saturday Night]]'' that was so fast that the sound guy barely had time to stop and restart their music.
* StartMyOwn: Helped start the Zubaz company, which produced athletic pants for wrestlers.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - 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.
* TagTeam: As Wrestling/JimRoss once said, "They are the Legion of Doom and they have defined tag team wrestling. They '''are''' tag team wrestling."
* TieredByName: At one point, they were repackaged in 1998 as LOD [[{{Trope2000}} 2000]], with little changing except more colorful shoulderpads and the addition of Sunny as their manager. This lasted for about six months.
* {{Trope 2000}}: Known as "L.O.D. 2000" when [[Characters/WWEDivas Sunny]] reintroduced them at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XIV'' with a new look.
* WrestlingFamily: Road Warrior Animal is the older brother of Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis 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.
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-->'''"We snack on danger, and we dine on death, and dead men don't make money!"'''
-->'''"UHHHHHHH, WHAT A RUSHHHHHHHH!!!!!!"'''