Is That Really The Legion of Doom?
A Look At Bad Legion Of Doom Moments
May 21, 2003 - by Emer Prevost
Our first stop takes us back to 1992. Here, I will introduce you all to Rocco.
Now, this isn't Rocko, Mankind's Rock themed sock puppet, this is the second
manager of the Legion of Doom. After recently reuniting with their original
manager, Paul Ellering, we heard that there was a secret to the LOD's success.
That secret was this little puppet that Paul shoved his hand into named Rocco, a
leather jacket clad Pinocchio. How badass is a tag team riding down the isle on
Harley's if they are managed by a decent manager with his hand up a puppet's
On a recent RAW, fans young and old got to see one of the greatest tag teams of
all time, The Legion of Doom (or the Road Warriors, whatever floats your boat)
make another return to the WWE. But, this return was another bad memory for the
I'm guessing that some of your are asking, "What bad memories? The LOD has
always kicked ass until their RAW match."
Well, loyal reader, let's gas up that old Wayback machine (that sucker is going
to get a lot of miles as long as I'm writing), and look at some of the bad
tastes that have been left in our mouths by Hawk and Animal.
Now, whoever the hell thought that this was a good idea, should have been shot.
While Rocco was supposed to be cute, Ellering's voice for the puppet (as well as
the worthless nuggets of wisdom that would spew from the creatures wooden
mouth), were so gratingly annoying that it drove fans away. Soon after his
debut, the WWE unceremoniously dumped Rocco. I, personally, hope that the damn
puppet was put through a wood chipper and the ashes set aflame.
Back into the Wayback, kiddies. We must be moving along...
We now take a trip only five years ago, to 1998. At WrestleMania XIV (that's
14, for those who don't know Roman numerals), The LOD returned to the WWE, but
they have changed. Now, Animal is wearing short tights (which is a little scary
looking, if you ask me), and the team is now managed by gold digging ring rat,
Sunny (Tammy Lynn Sytch). And, to date the team, they have a new name, LOD
2000. But, have no fear, for Sunny doesn't hang around long after WrestleMania,
but someone almost as bad has taken her place.
To help spice up LOD 2000 (as well as get a cheap push on a decent mid card
star), Hawk and Animal were joined by Darren "Puke" Drosdov, who has now been
With Droz as a member of the team, and the lack of six man tag matches, one
member of the team begins to feel as if he's being phased out. So, like
Demolition before them, LOD 2000 begins to crumble.
The crumbling begins when Hawk's gimmick is changed from a Chicago badass to a
Scott Hall/Steve Austin/Jake Roberts drunk. To help push the fact that Hawk is
now a drunk, they would have Hawk go on commentary during Animal & Droz's
matches. With slurred speech and incoherent babble, we get a portrait of
alcoholism that makes anything made by Lifetime look tame by comparison.
The madness of Hawk's boozing comes to a head one Monday night. During another
lackluster LOD 2000 match, Hawk left the announce table after making an ass out
of himself again, and proceeded to scale the TitanTron. The match was stopped,
and Hawk's teammates rushed to his aid. Now, Hawk, the "drunk" that he was,
actually made it up to the top of the TitanTron and threatened to jump. Soon,
referees, security, Animal, Droz, and even now enemy Paul Ellering were standing
underneath Hawk trying to talk him down.
Quick, we have one more stop to make, and the Wayback is starting to run out of
Now, if you ever want to see the wrong way to break character in wrestling,
watch this moment from RAW (if you can find it). There is such bad acting here
(as if Hawk's already terrible drunk impression wasn't bad enough) to make "Plan
Nine From Outer Space" look like "The Godfather" (aside from being a wrestling
fan, I am also a movie junkie).
After Animal and Ellering's pleas for sanity are shot down, Droz begins his
climb up. Now, here is where the fun really starts. Droz looks to talk to Hawk
for about five seconds before just grabbing Hawk and shoving him off the
TitanTron. We see a stick figure fall behind the TitanTron and what sounds like
a body landing about two seconds after science dictates that Hawk would have
Soon after, Hawk was rushed to the hospital and LOD 2000 wallowed in mid card
Hell for about another few months before Droz went solo and Animal left the
Here we are, WCW, 2000. With the lack of Hawk, Animal has become the bodyguard
for the Magnificent Seven. But, without Hawk, and the fact that WCW was almost
dead at the time, let's just skip all the "funerals" and Hawk beating up on
Well, there you have it, Rocco, Sunny, Droz, booze, a push, and the Magnificent
Seven. More than enough bad memories to make the match against Rob Van Dam and
Kane seem like a highlight rather than a lowlight. If the WWE can either scrap
the LOD entirely, or just send them to OVW and hope for some of that massive
amount of ring rust to be worked out. I say some because you know as well as I
do, that there is no way that all that ring rust will ever be completely gone.
Hell, look at Scott Steiner. He's been around for months, and he still has
enough ring rust to make his matches suck.
by Emer Prevost
Matt M wrote:
Alright since its been 2 years since this article was written, all of the
business was really being sent to hell. Take the way WWE handled
the Invasion of WCW and ECW. Piss all that money down the toilet,
plus with Triple H - Katie Vick. Surely we need no elaboration. The
bottom line is this, Hawk and Animal changed the way tag teams
are looked at and it is a tarnish to their legacy on whats been going
down the past decade over. Rocco, Sunny, Hawk the Drunk...we
have one person to thank for this only. Good Old Vinnie Mac. Why
he would approve of such lame-ass storylines such as these is truly
beyond me. Hawk and Animal, along with Precious Paul Ellering, are
one of the many reasons why I am such a fan of the industry today.
They had the best hard hitting quick-wit promos, did it their way when
the situation called for it, and won many championships along the way.
Their comeback against RVD and Kane should have culminated in their
winning the tag titles one more time, but the Powers That Be couldn't
see past this. Not like anything of significance was done with the
Basham Brothers or Team Angle either. Hawk cleaned up his act and
continues to be an inspiration to me even to this day. The only beef I
have with LOD today is that Animal is not managing Heidenreich and
another brawler. Think of it....when the metal band GWAR retires, they
will find new people to take over their roles ( as far as what they have
stated ). Why not with LOD ? This team is a legacy that will continue on.
Too bad all the smart marks out there believe different since they can
also check out the web and write some BS story that buries real men.
Vince Talbut wrote:
Your Article under the road warriors titled IS this really the road warriors?? was a piece a shit
the reseacher or article writer dosent know shit about hte road warriors, tell his ass to watch the dvd then write the article. because hawk really was drunk, and really was having problems like that.
so tell his ass to get it rigth and he needs to keep certain comments like that to him slef.
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