Hawk



Height: 6'3"

Weight: 277 lbs

Real Name: Michael Hegstrand

DOB: 1/26/1957

DOD: 10/19/2003

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Other Names: Crusher Von Hoag, Hawk Warrior(Japan)

Wrestler Since: 1983

Finishing Maneuver: Doomsday Device/Human Sacrifice

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #284(1999), #91(1998), #112(1997), #91(1996), #25(1995), #39(1994), #39(1993), #34(1992), #15(1991)

Official Website: http://www.roadwarriorsinc.com/

History: Article from PWI 2003 Wrestling Annual Magazine (Spring '04)

On October 18th, Road Warrior Hawk (whose real name was Michael Hegstrand) was found dead at his home in Indian Shores, Florida. His wife, Dale, checked on him several hours after he had decided to lay down and realized Hawk wasn't breathing. It was assumed that the 46-year-old had died of a heart attack in his sleep.

Managed by "Precious" Paul Ellering, the Road Warriors were known for their painted faces, spiked shoulder pads, and sheer brutality. Hawk and his partner, Animal, burst upon the Georgia scene in 1983 and quickly became the National tag team champions.

The Warriors, also known as the Legion of Doom, became undeniably the top team in the industry after defeating Barvon Von Raschke and the Crusher for the AWA World tag team title in 1984. But they probably made the most money while feuding with the Koloffs for Jim Crockett Promotions and during trips to the Orient, where they won the All-Japan International tag team championship. Their NWA World tag team title victory in 1988, and their capture of the WWF tag team belts in 1991, made them the only duo to win all three world tag team championships that existed at the time. Hawk and Animal won the WWF straps a second time in 1997.

Hawk teamed with Kensuke Sasaki to form the Hellraisers while Animal was sidelined with a back injury in the early-to-mid-1990s. Together, they captured the IWGP International tag team title. Hawk's hard-living ways caught up with him, though, and he suffered a heart attack during a 2000 tour of Australia. He and Animal wrestled very briefly in both NWA-TNA and WWE during the past year. Most recently, he espoused the virtues of Christianity and clean living while touring with Ted DiBiase's ministry.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (77 - 37, 1 Draw, 4 DCOs, 3 DDQs, 1 NC)
- NWA World Tag-Team Title Tournament (January 8, '84) = The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) fought to a Double Disqualification with Buzz Sawyer & Wahoo McDaniel. Don Kernodle & Bob Orton Jr won the tournament.
- NWA/AWA Star Wars (February 24, '85) = The Road Warriors stayed the AWA Tag Champions, beating Jerry Lawler & Baron von Raschke. Later in the night, the Road Warriors competed in a "Tag-Team Battle Royal", which was won by Sgt. Slaughter.
- AWA StarCage '85 (April 21) = The Road Warriors won, via DQ, over Larry & Curt Hennig.
- NWA Great American Bash '85 (July 6) = The Road Warriors, as the AWA Tag Champs, fought to a Double Disqualification with the NWA Tag Champions, Krusher Khruschev & Ivan Koloff.
- NWA/AWA Star Wars (August 16, '85) = The Road Warriors & Paul Ellering won, via DQ, over the Freebirds.
- AWA SuperClash (September 28, '85) = The Road Warriors kept the AWA Tag Titles, winning, via DQ, over the Freebirds.
- NWA/AWA Star Wars (December 29, '85) = The Road Warriors beat Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khruschev.
- NWA/AWA Star Wars (February 24, '86) = The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes took down Baron Von Raschke, Ivan & Nikita Koloff.
- NWA 1st Annual Jim Crockett, Sr., Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April 19, '86) = The Road Warriors defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood, Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey, and Ronnie Garvin & Magnum T.A. to win the tournament.
- AWA WrestleRock (April 20, '86) = The Road Warriors won a "Steel Cage" Match over the Freebirds.
- AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage (April 28, '86) = The Road Warriors won a "Steel Cage" Match over Ivan & Nikita Koloff.
- NWA Great American Bash '86 (July 5) = The Road Warriors won a "Russian Chain" Match over Ivan & Nikita Koloff.
- NWA Great American Bash '86 (July 26) = The Road Warriors & Baby Doll won a "Steel Cage" Match over Jim Cornette & the Midnight Express.
- NWA Starrcade '86 (November 27) = The Road Warriors won a "Scaffold" Match over the Midnight Express.
- NWA 2nd Annual Jim Crockett, Sr, Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April 10-11, '87) = The Road Warriors took down Shaska Whatley & Tiger Conway Jr, then fell to Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane. Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff won the tournament.
- NWA Great American Bash '87 (July 4) = The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff & Paul Ellering won a "Wargames" match over Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard & J.J. Dillon.
- NWA Great American Bash '87 (July 18) = Hawk lost, via DQ, to the NWA World Champion, Ric Flair.
- NWA Great American Bash '87 (July 31) = The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff & Paul Ellering won a "Wargames" Match over Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard & War Machine.
- NWA Starrcade '87 (November 26) = The Road Warriors lost, via DQ, to the NWA Tag Champs, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard.
- NWA Bunkhouse Stampede (January 24, '88) = Hawk won, via DQ, over the NWA World Champion, Ric Flair.
- NWA Clash of the Champions I (March 28, '88) = The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes won a "Barbed Wire" Match over Ivan Koloff & the Powers of Pain.
- NWA 3rd Annual Jim Crockett, Sr, Memorial Tag-Team Tournament Cup (April 22-23, '88) = The Road Warriors won over Shaska Whatley & Tiger Conway, Jr, then lost to the Powers of Pain. Lex Luger & Sting won the tournament.
- NWA Great American Bash '88 (July 10) = The Road Warriors, Steve Williams, Ronnie & Jimmie Garvin won a "Tower Of Doom" Match over Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Al Perez, Ivan Koloff & the Russian Assassin.
- NWA Starrcade '88 (December 26) = The Road Warriors lost, via DQ, to Dusty Rhodes & Sting. They kept the NWA Tag Titles.
- NWA Clash of the Champions V (February 15, '89) = The Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu stayed the NWA 6-Man Tag-Team Champions, fighting to a Double Disqualification with Mike Rotunda, Kevin Sullivan & Steve Williams.
- NWA Chi-Town Rumble (February 20, '89) = The Road Warriors retained the NWA Tag belts, beating Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan.
- NWA Clash of the Champions VI (April 2, '89) = The Road Warriors lost the NWA Tag Titles to Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams.
- NWA WrestleWar '89 (May 7) = The Road Warriors won, via DQ, over the NWA Tag Champs, Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams. Nikita Koloff was the special referee.
- NWA World Tag-Team Title Tournament (May/June '89) = The Road Warriors lost in the first round to the Fabulous Freebirds.
- NWA Great American Bash '89 (July 23) = The Road Warriors, the Midnight Express & Steve Williams won a "Wargames" Match over the Fabulous Freebirds & the Samoan Swat Team.
- NWA Clash of the Champions VIII (September 12, '89) = The Road Warriors defeated the Samoan Swat Team.
- NWA Halloween Havoc '89 (October 28) = The Road Warriors won, via DQ, over the Skyscrapers.
- NWA Clash of the Champions IX (November 15, '89) = The Road Warriors lost, via DQ, to the Fabulous Freebirds.
- NWA Starrcade '89 (December 13) = The Road Warriors won, via Countout, over Doom. They then lost to the Steiner Brothers, then beat Samoan Savage & Fatu to win the Iron Team Tournament.
- NWA Clash of the Champions X (February 6, '90) = The Road Warriors lost, via DQ, to the Skyscrapers.
- NWA WrestleWar '90 (February 25) = The Road Warriors won a "Chicago Street Fight" over the Skyscrapers.
- NWA Capital Combat (May 19, '90) = The Road Warriors & Norman defeated Kevin Sullivan, Cactus Jack & Bam Bam Bigelow.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #28 (September 18, '90) = The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) & the Ultimate Warrior won over Demolition.
- WWF Survivor Series '90 = The Legion of Doom, the Ultimate Warrior & the Texas Tornado fought in an "Elimination" Match with Mr. Perfect & Demolition. The LOD were DQ'ed. The Ultimate Warrior was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF Royal Rumble '91 = Hawk competed in the Rumble, which was won by Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Main Event V (January 28, '91) = The Legion of Doom took down the Orient Express.
- WWF Wrestlemania VII ('91) = The Legion of Doom easily defeated Power & Glory.
- WWF Summerslam '91 = The Legion of Doom won the WWF Tag Titles from the Nasty Boys.
- WWF At Royal Albert Hall (October '91) = The Legion of Doom retained the Tag straps, beating Power & Glory. Later in the night, Hawk competed in a Battle Royal, which was won by Davey Boy Smith.
- WWF Survivor Series '91 = The Legion of Doom & the Big Boss Man fought in an "Elimination" Match against Irwin R. Schyster & the Natural Disasters. The LOD were the 'survivors'.
- WWF Royal Rumble '92 = The Legion of Doom lost, via Countout, to the Natural Disasters. They retained the WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF UK Rampage '92 (April) = The Legion of Doom won over Col. Mustafa & Dino Bravo.
- WWF Summerslam '92 = The Legion of Doom defeated Money Inc.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (November 23, '92) = The Hellraisers (Hawk Warrior & Power Warrior) beat Riki Choshu & Hiroshi Hase.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome (January 4, '93) = The Hellraisers fought to a Double Countout with the Steiner Brothers.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (February 16, '93) = The Hellraisers stayed the IWGP Tag Champs, beating Tony Halme & Rambo.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (April 6, '93) = The Hellraisers won over Masa Chono & Takayuki Iizuka.
- NWA Grand Slam (April 17, '93) = Hawk fought to a No-Contest with Terry Funk.
- NJPW Fukuoka Dome (May 3, '93) = The Hellraisers defended the IWGP Tag-Team Titles, winning over Masa Chono & Shinya Hashimoto.
- ECW Arena (May 14, '93) = Hawk won a "Handicap" Match over Don E. Allen & the Samoan Warrior. Later that night, Hawk won, via DQ, over the ECW Television Champ, Jimmy Snuka.
- NJPW Budokan Hall (June 15, '93) = The Hellraisers defeated John Tenta & Haku to keep the IWGP Tag straps.
- NWA Grand Slam II (July 10, '93) = Hawk pinned Eddie Gilbert.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 2, '93) = The Hellraisers stayed the IWGP Tag-Team Champions, defeating the Barbarian & Haku.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 3, '93) = The Hellraisers kept the IWGP Tag Titles by winning over the Nasty Boys.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 4, '93) = The Hellraisers again retained the IWGP Tag-Team Titles, beating Genichiro Tenryu & Ashura Hara.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 5, '93) = The Hellraisers lost the IWGP Tag Titles to Scott Norton & Hercules Hernandez.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (August 8, '93) = The Hellraisers lost, via DQ, to the IWGP Tag Champs Scott Norton & Hercules Hernandez.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV (August 15, '93) = Hawk & Dustin Rhodes beat Rick Rude & the Equalizer.
- NJPW Battlefield Yokohama (September 18, '93) = The Hellraisers fell to Hulk Hogan & the Great Muta.
- NJPW Super Grade Tag League III (October/November '93) = The Hellraisers competed in the league, which was won by Keiji Mutoh & Hiro Hase.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXV (November 10, '93) = Hawk fought to a Double Countout with the WCW International Heavyweight Champion, Rick Rude.
- WCW BattleBowl (November 20, '93) = Hawk & Rip Rogers defeated Davey Boy Smith & Kole. Later on, Hawk competed in the "Tag-Team Battle Royal", which was won by Vader.
- WCW Starrcade '93 (December 27) = Hawk & Sting won, via DQ, over the WCW Tag Champs, the Nasty Boys.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome (January 4, '94) = The Hellraisers won the IWGP Tag-Team Titles from Scott Norton & Hercules Hernandez.
- NJPW Fukuoka Dome (May 4, '94) = The Hellraisers stayed the IWGP Tag Champs, taking down the Steiner Brothers.
- NJPW Super Grade Tag League IV (October '94) = The Hellraisers competed in the league, getting to the semi-finals.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (October 30, '94) = The Hellraisers lost to Masa Chono & the Super Strong Machine, in the semi-finals of the NJPW Super Grade Tag League IV.
- NJPW Tokyo Dome (January 4, '95) = Hawk defeated Scott Norton.
- WCW Kollision In Korea (April '95) = Hawk pinned Tadao Yasuda.
- NJPW Fukuoka Dome (May 3, '95) = Hawk & Scott Norton fell to the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Slamboree '95 (May 21) = Hawk fought to a Double Countout with Meng.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI (August 4, '95) = Hawk & Sting defeated Kurasawa & Meng.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '95 (October 29) = Hawk was pinned by Kurasawa.
- WCW World War III '95 (November 26) = Hawk competed in the WWIII Three-Ring Battle Royal, which was won by Randy Savage.
- WCW Superbrawl VI (February 11, '96) = In a dark match, the Road Warriors beat Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck.
- WCW Uncensored '96 (March 24) = The Road Warriors lost a "Chicago Street Fight" to Booker T & Sting.
- WCW Slamboree '96 (May 19) = Hawk & Lex Luger fought to a Double Countout with Animal & Booker T.
- WWF Wrestlemania XIII ('97) = The Legion of Doom & Ahmed Johnson won a "Chicago Street Fight" over Savio Vega, Faarooq & Crush.
- WWF Taker's Revenge (April '97) = The Legion of Doom won, via DQ, over the WWF Tag Champs, Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith.
- WWF Cold Day In Hell (May '97) = In a dark match, the Legion of Doom won again, via DQ, over Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith, who again kept the Tag-Team Titles.
- WWF King of the Ring '97 = The Legion of Doom & Psycho Sid were beaten by Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart.
- WWF Raw Tag-Team Tournament (June/July '97) = The Legion of Doom defeated the Godwinns, then fell to D'Lo Brown & Faarooq. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith won the tournament.
- WWF Canadian Stampede (July '97) = The Legion of Doom, Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock & Goldust lost to Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith & Brian Pillman.
- WWF Summerslam '97 = The Legion of Doom took down the Godwinns.
- Ground Zero (September '97) = The Legion of Doom lost a "Fatal Fourway" Match to the Headbangers, who won the vacant WWF Tag Titles. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith and the Godwinns were the other participants.
- WWF One Night Only (September '97) = The Legion of Doom again beat the Godwinns.
- WWF Badd Blood (October '97) = The Legion of Doom lost a "Handicap" Match to D'Lo Brown, Rocky Maivia & Kama Mustafa.
- WWF Survivor Series '97 = The Legion of Doom, Ken Shamrock & Ahmed Johnson competed in an "Elimination" Match against Rocky Maivia, Faarooq, D'Lo Brown & Kama. Hawk was pinned by Maivia. Shamrock was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF D-Generation X (December '97) = The Legion of Doom lost, via DQ, to the WWF Tag-Team Champions, the New Age Outlaws.
- WWF Royal Rumble '98 = The Legion of Doom won, via Countout, over the WWF Tag Champs, the New Age Outlaws.
- WWF Mayhem In Manchester (April 4, '98) = The Legion of Doom 2000 (Hawk & Animal) won, via DQ, over the New Age Outlaws, who kept the WWF Tag Titles.
- WWF Unforgiven '98 (April) = The Legion of Doom 2000 were beaten by the Tag-Team Champions, the New Age Outlaws.
- WWF Wrestlemania XIV ('98) = The Legion of Doom 2000 won a "Tag-Team Battle Royal".
- WWF Fully Loaded '98 = LOD 2000 fell to Skull & Eight Ball.
- WWF Over The Edge '98 (May) = LOD 2000 beat Skull & Eight Ball.
- WWF Brawl For All (June/August '98) = Hawk and Darren Drozdov fought to a Draw. Billy Gunn won the tournament.
- WWF Summerslam '98 = In a dark match, LOD 2000 were beaten by Too Much.
- WWF Judgment Day '98 (October) = LOD 2000 & Darren Drozdov defeated DOA & Paul Ellering.
- WWF Wrestlemania XV ('99) = In a dark match, the Legion of Doom competed in a Battle Royal, which was won by D'Lo Brown & Test.
- JCW Dennis Coraluzzo Memorial Show (September 9, '01) = The Road Warriors defeated the Moondogs 2000.
- UPW Santa Anna Show (October 17, '01) = The Road Warriors beat Justin Sane & the Hardcore Kidd.
- GCW Astoria Show (July 27, '02) = The Road Warriors defeated King Kong Bundy & Hercules Hernandez.
- MEP Canton Show (September 28, '02) = The Road Warriors & Dusty Rhodes defeated Jerry Lawler, Pumper & Spellbinder.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #27, January 15, '03) = The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes & Jeff Jarrett fell to Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki, Elix Skipper & Vince Russo.
- EWA Statesville Show (January 25, '03) = Hawk, Greg Valentine & South Sr won a "Handicap Tables" Match over Boom Boom Cannon & South Jr.
- WJ Magma-01 (March 1, '03) = The Road Warriors won the IPW Tag-Team Titles, beating the Shane Brothers.
- BTW Newark Show (March 8, '03) = The Road Warriors beat the Ballard Twins.
- TWWA Fountain Springs Show (April 11, '03) = The Road Warriors defeated Mark Mest & Max Crimson.
- WWE WrestleMania XXVII (April 3, '11) = The Road Warriors were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Title Summary:
- NWA National Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal (6/11/83 - 12/27/83)
- NWA National Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Animal (1/28/84 - 5/06/84)
- NWA National Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Animal (5/20/84 - 7/04/84)
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal (8/25/84 - 9/29/85)
- NWA World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal & Dusty Rhodes (5/17/86 - 2/12/88)
- NWA International Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal (3/12/87 - 6/10/88)
- NWA World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Animal & Dusty Rhodes (7/09/88 - 12/07/88)
- NWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal (10/29/88 - 4/02/89)
- NWA World 6-Man Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Animal & Genichiro Tenryu (12/07/88 - 89)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal (8/26/91 - 2/07/92)
- IWGP Tag-Team Champion w/ Kensuke Sasaki(Power Warrior) (12/14/92 - 8/05/93)
- CWA World Heavyweight Champion (12/19/92 - 7/03/93)
- IWGP Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Kensuke Sasaki(Power Warrior) (1/04/94 - 11/25/94)
- MEWF Tag-Team Champion w/ Ultimate Comet (11/11/94 - ??)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Animal (10/07/97 - 11/24/97)
- IPW Tag-Team Champion w/ Animal (3/01/03 - 03)

PWI Achievement Awards: (6 wins, 4 1st RUs, 4 2nd RUs, 1 3rd RU)
- 1983 Tag-Team of the Year (Road Warriors)
- 1984 Tag-Team of the Year (Road Warriors)
- 1985 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Road Warriors vs. Ivan & Nikita Koloff)
- 1985 Tag-Team of the Year (Road Warriors)
- 1986 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Road Warriors vs. Ronnie Garvin & Magnum T.A.)
- 1986 Tag-Team of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Road Warriors)
- 1987 Feud of the Year (Road Warriors & Superpowers vs. Four Horsemen)
- 1987 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (War Games: The Match Beyond)
- 1987 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Road Warriors)
- 1988 Tag-Team of the Year (Road Warriors)
- 1989 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Road Warriors)
- 1990 Tag-Team of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Legion of Doom)
- 1991 Tag-Team of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Road Warriors)
- 1996 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1997 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Road Warriors)