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Road Warriors

Article: Is That Really The Legion of Doom?

Title History

  • NWA National Tag Team titles winning a Tournament (June 11, 1983);
  • NWA National Tag Team titles defeating Buzz and Brett Sawyer (January 28, 1984);
  • NWA National Tag Team titles defeating Junk Yard Dog and Sweet Brown Sugar (May 20, 1984);
  • AWA World Tag Team titles defeating Baron von Raschke and The Crusher (August 25, 1984);
  • NWA Six-Man Tag Team titles w/Dusty Rhodes defeating The Koloffs and Baron von Raschke (May 17, 1986);
  • NWA Six-Man Tag Team titles w/Dusty Rhodes defeating Ric Flair and Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (July 9, 1988);
  • NWA International Tag Team titles defeating Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu (March 12, 1987);
  • NWA World Tag Team titles defeating The Midnight Express (October 29, 1988);
  • NWA Six-Man Tag Team titles w/Genichiro Tenryu [Animal defeated Dusty Rhodes] (December 7, 1988);
  • WWF Tag Team titles defeating The Nasty Boys (August 26, 1991 – Summerslam);
  • WWF Tag Team titles defeating The Godwinns (October 13, 1997 – RAW);
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year (7 out of 10 Years);
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Decade;
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Century;
  • (Australia) i-Generation Tag Team titles defeating Public Enemy (July 28, 2000 in Wollongong, Australia);
  • (Australia) i-Generation Tag Team titles defeating Public Enemy (July 30, 2000 in Sydney, Australia);
  • IPW Hardcore Tag Team title defeating The Shane Twins (March 1, 2003);
  • PCW World Tag Team titles defeating Chicanos In Action and The Grave Diggers (June 7, 2003);

Career Highlights

Georgia Championship Wrestling:

  • Animal and Hawk were originally placed in a tag team together by Ole Anderson in Georgia to create The Road Warriors.
  • The Legion of Doom faction originally consisted of Hawk, Animal, Jake Roberts, The Spoiler, and manager Paul Ellering.
  • June 11, 1983: The Road Warriors won a Tournament to be crowned the NWA National Tag Team champions.
  • October 23, 1983 – The Last Battle of Atlanta: Jimmy Valiant and Pez Whatley vs The Road Warriors (Double DQ).
  • November 19, 1983 – Mid South Wrestling: The Road Warriors defeated Mr. Wrestling II and Magnum TA.
  • January 28, 1984: The Road Warriors defeated Buzz and Brett Sawyer to win the NWA National Tag Team titles.
  • May 20, 1984: The Road Warriors defeated Junk Yard Dog and Sweet Brown Sugar to win the NWA National Tag Team titles.
  • 1984: Hawk and Animal began pulling double duty for both the NWA and Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association.
  • June 30, 1984 – FLORIDA Lords of the Ring: Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda (US Tag Champions) beat The Road Warriors by DQ.

American Wrestling Association:

  • August 25, 1984: The Road Warriors defeated Baron von Raschke and The Crusher to capture the AWA Tag Team titles.
  • March 9, 1985: The Road Warriors debuted for Giant Baba’s All Japan Pro Wrestling.
  • March 30, 1985 – Mid South Wrestling Superdome Extravaganza: The Road Warriors participated in a 4-WAY Tag Team match.
  • ~~~The RockNRoll Express b The Road Warriors and The Dirty White Boys and The Freebirds (Gordy/Roberts) in a 4-WAY.
  • April 27, 1985: The Road Warriors vs Larry Hennig and Jerry Blackwell.
  • ~~~Hennig and Blackwell rough up the young Road Warriors, who, until that time, refused to sell moves for their opponents.
  • May 21, 1985 – Owen Promotions 60th Anniversary Show: Larry and Curt Hennig defeated The Road Warriors by DQ.
  • July 6, 1985 – Great American Bash: Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff vs The Road Warriors ended in a DOUBLE DQ.
  • September 2, 1985 – FLORIDA Battle of the Belts: The Road Warriors vs Harley Race and Stan Hansen ended in a Double Count Out.
  • September 28, 1985 – AWA SuperClash: The Road Warriors defeated Freebirds (Gordy/Hayes) to retain the AWA Tag titles.
  • January 21, 1986 – PORTLAND: The Road Warriors and Magnum TA defeated Ivan and Nikita Koloff and Timothy Flowers.
  • February 2, 1986 – MoscaMania: Road Warriors defeated Nikita Koloff and Baron von Raschke in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • February 14, 1986 – FLORIDA Battle of the Belts II: The Road Warriors participated in a 6-Man Tag Team match.
  • ~~~The Road Warriors and Blackjack Mulligan vs Kevin Sullivan and Mark Lewin and Maya Singh ended in a Double Count Out.

Jim Crocket Promotions:

  • April 19, 1986 – Crockett Cup: The Road Warrior won the first ever Crockett Cup Memorial Tag Team Tournament.
  • ~~~Round #1: The Road Warriors defeated Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood to advance to the next round.
  • ~~~Round #2: The Road Warriors defeated The Midnight Express to advance to the next round.
  • ~~~Finals: The Road Warriors defeated Ronnie Garvin and Magnum T.A. in the finals to win the Crocket Cup!
  • April 20, 1986 – AWA WrestleRock: The Road Warriors defeated The Freebirds (Garvin and Hayes) in a “Steel Cage” match.
  • April 28, 1986 – AWA/NWA Rage in a Cage: The Road Warriors beat Ivan and Nikita Koloff in a “Steel Cage” match.
  • May 17, 1986: The Road Warriors and Dusty Rhodes beat The Koloffs and Raschke to win the 6-MAN Tag Team titles.
  • July 5, 1986 – Great American Bash: The Road Warriors defeated Ivan and Nikita Koloff in a Russian Chain match.
  • July 26, 1986 – Great American Bash: The Road Warriors and Baby Doll beat The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette in a Cage match.
  • September 1, 1986 – FLORIDA Battle of the Belts III: The Road Warriors vs Ed Gantner and Kareem Muhammad (Double DQ).
  • November 28, 1986 – Starrcade: The Road Warriors defeated The Midnight Express in a Scaffold match.
  • March 12, 1987: The Road Warriors defeated Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu to win the NWA International Tag Team titles.
  • April 10-11, 1987 – Crockett Cup: The Road Warriors beat Shaska Whatley and Tiger Conway Jr in the first round.
  • ~~~The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated The Road Warriors in the second round.
  • May 9, 1987 – FLORIDA Eddie Graham Memorial: Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez vs The Road Warriors ended in a Double DQ.
  • July 4, 1987 – Great American Bash: The SuperPowers defeated The Four Horsemen in a classic War Games Cage match!
  • ~~~The SuperPowers = (Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff and The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering).
  • ~~~The Four Horsemen = (Ric Flair and Arn Anderson and Lex Luger and Tully Blanchard and JJ Dillon).
  • September 20, 1987 – WWC 14th Anniversary: The Road Warriors vs Terry and Dory Funk Jr. ended in a Double DQ.
  • November 26, 1987 – Starrcade: Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard defeated The Road Warriors by DQ.
  • March 27, 1988 – NWA Clash: Road Warriors and Dusty Rhodes defeated Powers of Pain and Ivan Koloff (Barbed Wire Match).
  • April 22-23, 1988 – Crockett Cup: The Road Warriors defeated Shaska Whatley and Tiger Conway Jr in the first round.
  • ~~~The Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian) beat The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) in the second round.
  • July 9, 1988: The Road Warriors defeated Ric Flair and Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard for the 6-MAN Tag Team titles.
  • July 10, 1988 – Great American Bash: The Road Warrior’s Team defeated Kevin Sullivan’s Team in a Tower of Doom Cage match.
  • ~~~The Road Warriors Team: Steve Williams and Ron Garvin and Jim Garvin and Road Warriors.
  • ~~~Kevin Sullivan’s Team: Kevin Sullivan and Mike Rotundo and Ivan Koloff and Al Perez and Russian Assassin I.
  • October 29, 1988: The Road Warriors defeated The Midnight Express for the NWA World Tag Team titles.
  • December 26, 1988 – Starrcade: Dusty Rhodes and Sting beat The Road Warriors by DQ (Warriors retain Tag titles).
  • February 15, 1989 – NWA Clash: Road Warriors and Genichiro Tenryu vs Varsity Club (Rotunda/Sullivan/Williams) DOUBLE DQ.
  • February 20, 1989 – Chi Town Rumble: The Road Warriors defeating Steve Williams and Kevin Sullivan.
  • April 2, 1989 – NWA Clash: Mike Rotunda and Steve Williams defeated Road Warriors to win the Tag Team titles.
  • May 7, 1989 – WrestleWar: The Road Warriors defeated The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda and Steve Williams).
  • July 23, 1989 – Great American Bash: The Road Warriors Team defeated The Freebirds Team in a War Games Cage match.
  • ~~~The Road Warrior’s Team: Hawk and Animal and The Midnight Express and Steve Williams.
  • ~~~The Freebirds Team: The Freebirds and The Samoan Swat Team.
  • October 28, 1989 – Halloween Havoc: The Road Warriors defeated The Skyscrapers (Sid Vicious and Dan Spivey) by DQ.
  • September 12, 1989 – NWA Clash: The Road Warriors defeated Samoan Swat Team.
  • November 15, 1989 – NWA Clash: The Freebirds defeated The Road Warriors by Disqualfication.
  • December 13, 1989 – Starrcade (Night of the Iron Men): The Road Warriors defeated Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed).
  • ~~~The Steiner Brothers beat Road Warriors | Road Warriors beat The SST to win the Iron Man Tag Team Tournament.
  • February 6, 1990 – NWA Clash: The Skyscrapers (Mark Callous and Dan Spivey) defeated Road Warriors by DQ.
  • April 14, 1990: The Road Warriors defeated Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) in Houston, Texas.
  • April 14, 1990: The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering defeated Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed and Teddy Long).
  • April 19, 1990: The Road Warriors and The Steiners defeated Doom and Minnesota Wrescking Crew II.
  • April 21, 1990: The Road Warriors defeated Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) in Charleston, West Virginia.
  • May 19, 1990 – Capitol Combat: The Road Warriors and Norman The Lunatic beat Bam Bam Bigelow and Kevin Sullivan and Cactus Jack.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • Summer 1990: The Road Warriors signed with the World Wrestling Federation and became known as the “Legion of Doom”.
  • August 27, 1990 – Summerslam: The Legion of Doom interfered in a match and cost Demolition the Tag Team titles.
  • October 13, 1990 – SNME: The Ultimate Warrior and The Legion of Doom defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash and Crush).
  • November 22, 1990 – Survivor Series: Ultimate Warrior and Kerry von Erich and LOD beat Mr. Perfect and Demolition.
  • January 19, 1991 – Royal Rumble: Hawk and Animal both participated in the Royal Rumble match.
  • February 1, 1991 – SNME: The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Orient Express (Kato and Tanaka).
  • March 30, 1991: The Legion of Doom defeated Hulk Hogan and Genichiro Tenryu by Count Out at the Tokyo Dome.
  • March 24, 1991 – Wrestlemania 7: The Legion of Doom defeated Power and Glory in 59 seconds.
  • August 26, 1991 – Summerslam: The Legion of Doom defeated The Nasty Boys to win the Tag Team titles!
  • October 3, 1991 – Royal Albert Hall: The Legion of Doom defeated Hercules and Paul Roma to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • November 27, 1991 – Survivor Series: The Legion of Doom and Big Bossman defeated IRS and The Natural Disasters.
  • December 12, 1991: The Legion of Doom defeated Earthquake and Typhoon in Tokyo, Japan.
  • January 19, 1992 – Royal Rumble: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake/Typhoon) defeated The Legion of Doom by Count Out.
  • April 5, 1992 – Wrestlemania 8: The Legion of Doom brought Paul Ellering back to the WWF to manage them.
  • ~~~It became ridiculous when Paul Ellering began bringing a vantruiloquests dummy named Rocco to ringside.
  • April, 19, 1992 – UK Rampage: The Legion of Doom defeated Col. Mustafa and Dino Bravo .
  • August 29, 1992 – SummerSlam: The Legion of Doom w/Paul Ellering defeated Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase and IRS).
  • September 1992: Hawk quit the WWF and Animal briefly teamed with Crush before leaving the WWF himself.
  • Animal injured his back and began collecting on his Lloyds of London insurance policy.

Wrestling in Japan:

  • Hawk began wrestling in Japan forming a tag team with Kensuki Sasaki (Power Warrior) as “The Hellraisers”.
  • December 14, 1992: The Hellraisers defeated Tony Halme and Scott Norton to win the IWGP International Tag Team titles.

World Championship Wrestling – Return of the Road Warriors:

  • January 29, 1996 – Nitro: The Road Warriors defeated The Faces of Fear.
  • February 5, 1996 – Nitro: Sting and Lex Luger defeated The Road Warriors to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • February 11, 1996 – Nitro: Sting and Lex Luger battled The Road Warriors to a Double Count Out.
  • February 26, 1996 – Nitro: The Road Warriors defeated Harlem Heat.
  • March 10, 1996 – Nitro: The Road Warriors defeated The Steiner Brothers.
  • March 17, 1996 – Nitro: The Road Warriors defeated The Nasty Boys.
  • March 24, 1996 – Uncensored: Sting and Booker T defeated The Road Warriors in a Chicago Street Fight.
  • April 1, 1996 – Nitro: The Steiner Brothers defeated The Road Warriors and The Nasty Boys in a Triangle Match.
  • April 29, 1996: Hawk and Animal and The Power Warrior defeated The Steiner Brothers and Scott Norton in Tokyo.
  • May 19, 1996 – Slamboree Lethal Lottery: Hawk and Lex Luger vs Animal and Booker T ended in a NO CONTEST.

World Wrestling Federation II – Legion of Doom:

  • February 1997: The Legion of Doom resurfaced in the World Wrestling Federation.
  • February 24, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom (surprise return) defeated The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher).
  • March 17, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Savio Vega and Crush by Disqualification.
  • March 23, 1997 – Wrestlemania 13: Ahmed Johnson and Legion of Doom defeated The Nation of Domination in a Chicago Street Fight.
  • April 14, 1997 – RAW: The Godwinns (Henry O and Phineas I) defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • April 20, 1997 – Revenge of the Taker: Legion of Doom defeated Owen Hart and British Bulldog by DQ when Bret Hart interfered.
  • April 28, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon.
  • May 5, 1997 – RAW: Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • May 12, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated PG-13 (JC Ice and Wolfie D).
  • May 26, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Brian Pillman and Jim Neidhart by Disqualification.
  • June 2, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels (Tag Champs) by Count Out.
  • June 9, 1997 – King of the Ring: Owen Hart and The Bulldog and Jim Neidhart defeated The Legion of Doom and Sycho Sid.
  • June 10, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom and Ahmed Johnson defeated Farooq and Crush and Savio Vega.
  • June 23, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I.).
  • June 30, 1997 – RAW: Farooq and DLo Brown defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • July 6, 1997 – Canadian Stampede: The Hart Foundation defeated Steve Austin and Ken Shamrock and Goldust and Legion of Doom.
  • July 14, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom vs The New Blackjacks ended in a No Contest.
  • July 28, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Los Boriquas by Disqualification.
  • August 3, 1997 – Summerslam: The Legion of Doom defeated The Godwinns (Henry O. and Phineas I.).
  • August 11, 1997 – RAW: Hawk defeated Henry O. Godwinn.
  • August 18, 1997 – RAW: Owen Hart and The British Bulldog defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • August 25, 1997 – RAW: Hawk defeated The British Bulldog (European Champion) by Disqualification.
  • September 1, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom vs Los Boriquas ended in a No Contest.
  • September 7, 1997 Ground Zero: The Headbangers defeated Owen/Bulldog and Legion of Doom and The Godwinns.
  • September 15, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated The Truth Commission (Sniper and Recon) by Disqualification.
  • September 22, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Farooq and Kama Mustafa.
  • October 5, 1997 – Bad Blood: The Nation (The Rock and Kama and DLo Brown) defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • October 6, 1997 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Hawk.
  • October 13, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated The Godwinns to win the Tag Team titles.
  • October 27, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Los Boriquas to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • November 9, 1997 – Survivor Series: Ahmed Johnson and Ken Shamrock and Legion of Doom defeated The Nation of Domination.
  • November 24, 1997 – RAW: The New Age Outlaws defeated The Legion of Doom to win the Tag Team titles.
  • December 6, 1997 – Degeneration-X: The New Age Outlaws defeated The Legion of Doom by DQ to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • December 8, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom vs The Godwinns ended in a No Contest.
  • December 15, 1997 – RAW: The Legion of Doom defeated Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
  • January 18, 1998 – Royal Rumble: The Legion of Doom defeated The New Age Outlaws by Disqualification.
  • January 26, 1998 – RAW: Jeff Jarrett and Barry Windham defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • February 9, 1998 – RAW: Jeff Jarrett and Barry Windham defeated The Legion of Doom by Disqualification.
  • February 23, 1998 – RAW: The New Age Outlaws defeated The Legion of Doom to retain the Tag Team titles.

World Wrestling Federation II – LOD 2000:

  • March 29, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 w/Sunny won a 15-Team Invitational Battle Royal.
  • ~~~This was an attempt to freshen up the Legion of Doom gimmick with a new manager and new costumes.
  • March 30, 1998: LOD 2000 w/Sunny defeated Los Boriquas.
  • April 4, 1998 – Mayhem in Manchester: LOD 2000 defeated The New Age Outlaws (Tag Champions) by DQ.
  • April 26, 1998 – Unforgiven: The New Age Outlaws defeated LOD 2000 w/Sunny to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • April 20, 1998 – RAW: The New Age Outlaws and Triple H defeated LOD 2000 and Owen Hart.
  • May 4, 1998 – RAW: DX (HHH/XPac/Roaddog/Billy Gunn) defeated LOD 2000 and Disciples of Apocalypse.
  • May 11, 1998 – RAW: The Disciples of Apocalypse defeated Hawk in a Handicap match.
  • May 18, 1998 – RAW: The Disciples of Apocalypse defeated LOD 2000.
  • May 25, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 and Droz defeated The Disciples of Apocalypse.
  • June 1, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 and Droz vs Disciples of Apocalypse ended in a NO CONTEST in a Street Fight.
  • June 8, 1998 – RAW: The New Age Outlaws defeated LOD 2000 to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • July 6, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 Hawk vs Darren Drozdov fought in a Brawl4All match and ended in a Draw
  • July 20, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 Animal vs Skull ended in a No Contest.
  • July 26, 1998 – Fully Loaded: Disciples of Apocalypse w/Paul Ellering defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • July 27, 1998 – RAW: The Godfather and Mark Henry defeated LOD 2000.
  • August 3, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 Hawk defeated Jeff Jarrett.
  • August 10, 1998 – RAW: Southern Justice vs LOD 2000 (Animal and Droz) ended in a NO CONTEST.
  • August 31, 1998 – RAW: LOD 2000 and Droz defeated The Oddities.
  • October 12, 1998 – RAW: The New Age Outlaws defeated LOD 2000 (Animal and Droz) by Count Out to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • October 18, 1998 – Judgment Day: LOD 2000 and Droz defeated DOA (Skull and 8Ball) and Paul Ellering.
  • October 19, 1998 – RAW: The Headbangers defeated LOD 2000 (Animal and Droz).
  • November 16, 1998 – RAW: Edge and Gangrel defeated LOD 2000 (Animal and Droz) by Count Out).

World Championship Wrestling:Semi-Retirement:

  • June 22, 2002: The Road Warriors defeated The Headshrinkers in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • December 18, 2002 – NWA^TNA: Road Warriors make an unadvertised appearance attacking the three top TNA Tag Teams!
  • December 21, 2002 – SCWA: Road Warriors won four-way over Cannabus and Creeping Death, Sweet Daddy and Barbarian and UNOD.
  • January 8, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Jeff Jarrett and Roadwarriors are attacked by S.E.X. but are saved by the surprise Dusty Rhodes!
  • January 15, 2003 – NWA:TNA: Vince Russo/Low Ki/Chris Daniels/Elix Skipper defeat Dusty Rhodes/Road Warrios/Jeff Jarrett.
  • March 1, 2003: The Road Warriors defeated The Shane Twins to capture the IPW Hardcore Tag Team titles in Yokohama, Japan.
  • March 7, 2003 – Big Time Wrestling: The Road Warriors defeated the Ballard Brothers.
  • May 12, 2003 – RAW: Kane and Rob Van Dam defeat the returning Legion of Doom to retain the World Tag Team titles.
  • May 15, 2003 – SmackDown: Legion of Doom defeated CM Punk and [INSERT] in a dark match.
  • June 7, 2003: The Road Warriors w/Paul Ellering won the PCW World Tag Team titles to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
  • ~~~The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated Chicanos In Action and The Grave Diggers in a 3-WAY in Chicago, Illinois.
  • July 7, 2003: The Road Warriors defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Riki Choshu in Miyagi, Japan.
  • October 18, 2003: Michael Hegstrand, known as Hawk to wrestling fans, passes away in his sleep, at the age of 46.