Road Warrior Hawk
Jan 18, 2010 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Michael J. Hegstrand
Weight: 245 lbs.
Date of birth: January 26, 1957
Date of death: October 19, 2003
From: Minneapolis, MN
Pro debut: June 6, 1983
Trained by: Eddie Sharkey
Finishing move: Doomsday Device
- Hawk debuted as Crusher Von Haig in Vancouver.
- Ole Anderson brought Hawk to Georgia Championship Wrestling, and teamed him up with partner Animal in the formation of the Road Warriors.
- The Legion of Doom, managed by “Precious” Paul Ellering, originally consisted of Hawk and Animal, the Spoiler, and Jake Roberts.
- On June 11, 1983, the Road Warriors won a tournament to claim the NWA National Tag Team title.
- On November 19, 1983, The Road Warriors beat Mr. Wrestling II and Magnum TA in New Orleans, LA.
- In 1984, Hawk and Animal worked for both the NWA and Verne Gagne’s AWA.
- The Road Warriors defeated Buzz and Brett Sawyer on January 28, 1984 to reclaim the NWA National Tag Team title.
- On May 20, 1984, Hawk and Animal defeated the Junkyard Dog and Sweet Brown Sugar to win the NWA National Tag Team title in Atlanta, GA.
- The Road Warriors defeated Crusher and Baron Von Raschke on August 25, 1984 in Las Vegas, NV to capture the AWA World Tag Team title.
- The Road Warriors made their All Japan Pro Wrestling debut on March 9, 1985.
- On April 19, 1986, the Road Warriors won the inaugural Crockett Cup Tag Team tournament in New Orleans, LA.
- The next night, Hawk and Animal defeated Jimmy Garvin and Michael “P.S.” Hayes at the AWA’s Wrestle Rock in Minneapolis, MN.
- On May 17, 1986, the Road Warriors and Dusty Rhodes defeated Ivan and Nikita Koloff and Von Raschke in Baltimore, MD to capture the NWA World Six Man Tag Team title.
- The Road Warriors captured the NWA International Tag Team title on March 12, 1987 from Jumbo Tsuruta and Genichiro Tenryu in Tokyo, Japan. The duo held the titles for more than a year.
- Hawk, Animal, and Rhodes defeated Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, and Arn Anderson on July 9, 1988 in Chicago, IL for their second NWA World Six Man Tag Team title.
- At the 1988 Great American Bash, the Road Warriors, the Garvins (Ronnie and Jimmy), and Steve Williams defeated Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Ivan Koloff, Al Perez and the Russian Assassin in a “Tower Of Doom” match.
- On October 29, 1988, the Road Warriors defeated the Midnight Express for the NWA World Tag Team title in New Orleans, LA.
- Hawk, Animal, and Gen’ichiro Tenryu claimed the NWA World Six Man Tag Team title on December 7, 1988 in Chattanooga, TN.
- At Chi-town Rumble ’89, the Road Warriors defeated Steve Williams and Kevin Sullivan.
- The Road Warriors, the Midnight Express and Williams defeated the Samaon Swat Team and the Freebirds at the 1989 Great American Bash in a “War Games” match.
- At Starrcade ’89 in Atlanta, GA, Hawk and Animal defeated Doom.
- At Capital Combat ’90, the Road Warriors and Norman the Lunatic beat Sullivan, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Cactus Jack.
- A short time later, the Road Warriors signed with the WWF, and the company referred to them as the Legion of Doom.
- At Wrestlemania VII in Los Angeles, CA, the Legion of Doom beat Power and Glory in a mere 59 seconds.
- On March 30, 1991, Hawk and Animal defeated Hulk Hogan and Genichiro Tenryu via count out at the Tokyo Dome before 46,000 fans.
- At Summerslam ’91 in New York, NY, the Legion of Doom defeated the Nasty Boys for the WWF World Tag Team title.
- On December 12, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan, the Legion of Doom defeated Earthquake and Typhoon.
- Hawk and Animal downed Money Inc. at the 1992 Summerslam in London, England. Days later, Hawk informed the WWF he had quit the company.
- Hawk traveled to Japan and won the IWGP International Tag Team title with the Power Warrior on December 14, 1992 from Tony Halme and Scott Norton.
- On December 19, 1992 in Bremen, Germany, Hawk defeated Rambo for the CWA (Catch Wrestling Association) title.
- The Hell Raisers (Hawk and the Power Warrior) defeated Halme and Rambo in Tokyo on February 16, 1993.
- On May 3, 1993, the Hell Raisers beat Masa Chono and Shinya Hashimoto in Fukuoka, Japan.
- On May 14, 1993, Road Warrior Hawk beat The Samoan Warrior and Don E. Allen in a “handicap” match at the ECW Arena.
- The Hell Raisers defeated Haku and John Tenta at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo on June 15, 1993.
- On August 3, 1993, the Hell Raisers downed the Nasty Boys at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo.
- Hawk and Sabu defeated Terry Funk and King Kong Bundy at the 1993 November to Remember at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
- On January 4, 1994, the Hell Raisers defeated the Jurassic Powers (Norton and Hercules Hernandez) for the IWGP International Tag Team title at the Egg Dome in Tokyo.
- IWGP Tag Champions the Hell Raisers defeated the Steiner brothers on May 4, 1994 at the Fukuoka Dome.
- Hawk pinned Tadao Yasuda on April 29, 1995, on New Japan’s “Collision in Korea” PPV in Pyonayana, North Korea before 170,000 fans.
- Hawk, Animal, and the Power Warrior beat Rick and Scott Steiner and Norton on April 29, 1996 in Tokyo.
- In February 1997, Hawk and Animal agreed to re-join the WWF.
- At Wrestlemania XIII, the Road Warriors and Ahmed Johnson defeated Savio Vega, Crush, and Faarooq in a “Chicago Streetfight” match.
- The Road Warriors defeated the Godwinns at the 1997 Summerslam in East Rutherford, NJ.
- On the October 7, 1997 edition of “Raw is War,” Hawk and Animal captured the WWF World Tag Team title from the Godwinns.
- At the 1997 Survivor Series, the Road Warriors, Ahmed Johnson, and Ken Shamrock defeated the Nation of Domination.
- Hawk and Animal became LOD 2000 at Wrestlemania XIV in Boston, MA and won a 15-team battle royal. The team was managed by Sunny.
- Hawk and Animal defeated the Disciples of Apocalypse at the 1998 “Over the Edge.”
- At Judgment Day ’98, LOD 2000 and Darren Drosdov defeated Skull, Eight Ball, and Paul Ellering.
- Hawk, Animal, and Johnny Ace defeated Kenta Kobashi, Jun Akiyama, and Hakushi on May 2, 1999 in Tokyo.
- On June 22, 2002, the Road Warriors defeated the Headshrinkers in Atlantic City, NJ.
- On December 18, 2002, the Road Warriors made a surprise appearance on a NWA TNA PPV.
- Animal and Hawk defeated Todd and Mike Shane in a IPW Hardcore Tag Team title match on March 1, 2003 in Yokohama, Japan.
- On July 7, 2003 in Miyagi, Japan, the Road Warriors defeated Shiro Koshinaka and Riki Choshu.
- On April 2, 2011, The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Dusty Rhodes in Atlanta, GA.