WWE Hall of famer Joe Laurinaitis popularly known as Road Warrior Animal, died at the age of 60 on Wednesday, 23 September.
Joe Laurinaitis’s officially verified Twitter account confirmed the news of his demise on Wednesday morning. As of now, the cause of death has not been disclosed, however his family would give a statement soon.
All you need to know WWE Hall of famer Joe Laurinaitis!
Joe Laurinaitis was born and brought up in Chicago. In the 1980s he collaborated with Michael Hegstrand popularly known as Road Warrior Hawk to head a legendary tag team called as the Road Warriors and Legion of Doom.
WWE’s official account on Twitter also paid homage to the star and stated that, Joe Laurinaitis was one of the most spectacular superstars to step in the squared circle and he spent most of his career in the WWE ring with his teammate Road Warrior Hawk(Michael Hegstrand). Their alliance formed the most successful and popular team of all times. WWE also extended condolences to the star’s family, friends and fans.
The pair also won tag team titles in the Wrestling Alliance along with the American Wrestling Association in 1991 and 1997. Later, in 2003 Michael Hegstrand passed away due to cardiac arrest and Joe Laurinaitis won the final WWE team tag title accompanied by Jon Heidenrich in 2005 and he dedicated his achievement to his late partner.
In 2011, the duo were accredited in the WWE Hall Of Fame.
Laurinaitis and Hegstrand impressed the audiences with their unique facial paint, outfits of metal spikes and powerful moves. They use to destroy opponents and capture titles wherever they use to go. Their dominance acquired huge fan base, that the phrase “Road Warrior Pop” is still been used in locker rooms to get overwhelming response from the crowd.