Biography

Michael James Hegstrand was an American professional wrestler. He is best remembered as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as the Road Warriors (WCW) or The Legion of Doom (WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. ) was an American professional wrestler. He was best known as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as The Road Warriors (The Legion of Doom in WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. Outside The Road Warriors, Hawk was a sporadic challenger for world heavyweight championships on pay-per-view from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. He headlined the 1993 edition of ECW's premier annual event, November to Remember While the Road Warriors never officially broke up, Animal started making an increasing number of solo appearances after they left the WWF as Hegstrand struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and generally did not appear at many wrestling shows during this time.In 2001 Hegstrand was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that stopped him from wrestling for a short while. He was able to overcome its effects and returned to a regular working schedule later on.

On June 22, 2002 International Wrestling Superstars, Road Warriors Animal & Hawk defeated the Headshrinkers for the World Tag-Team Championship. That victory also led to Team USA winning the Animal and Hawk made a surprise appearance on Raw on May 12, 2003 when they took on Kane and Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship.[38] Although Hawk and Animal came up short in their attempt to become three-time champions, it was clear that Hawk had defeated the demons that had once kept him from competing, and the Road Warriors had hopes of returning to WWE.

Later in 2003, Hawk made an appearance with the All World Wrestling League, a take-off of the 'original' Big Time Wrestling that was owned by The Original Sheik who died earlier that year; it was run by the sons of The Sheik, Eddie and Tom Farhat. They decided to book Hawk for an event in Holt, Michigan; that event was the second to last time Hawk wrestled. Two weeks before he died he wrestled his final match with Ted DiBiase in Oshawa, Ontario against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Marcus "Buff" Bagwell.

Death and legacy

Hegstrand died on October 19, 2003 in the early morning in his home in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. He was 46 years old. His friends said that he and his wife Dale had recently bought a condominium near their current home and were packing their boxes the night before. Hegstrand said that he felt tired and went to take a nap. When his wife checked on him at about 1 a.m., he had died of a sudden heart attack. At the time of his death, Hawk and Animal were working on a book about their careers.

Animal returned to WWE in mid-2005 and decided to dedicate his entire run to Hegstrand, including his tag team title victory with Heidenreich at The Great American Bash.

On the March 28, 2011 episode of Raw, it was announced that the Road Warriors would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011. On April 2, 2011, the night before WrestleMania XXVII they, along with Paul Ellering were inducted into the Hall Of Fame by Dusty Rhodes.

Road Warrior Hawk was included, along with his tag team partner, Road Warrior Animal, in the Attitude Era, in the game WWE '13.

Michael James Hegstrand was an American professional wrestler. He is best remembered as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as the Road Warriors (WCW) or The Legion of Doom (WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. ) was an American professional wrestler. He was best known as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as The Road Warriors (The Legion of Doom in WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. Outside The Road Warriors, Hawk was a sporadic challenger for world heavyweight championships on pay-per-view from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. He headlined the 1993 edition of ECW's premier annual event, November to Remember While the Road Warriors never officially broke up, Animal started making an increasing number of solo appearances after they left the WWF as Hegstrand struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and generally did not appear at many wrestling shows during this time.In 2001 Hegstrand was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that stopped him from wrestling for a short while. He was able to overcome its effects and returned to a regular working schedule later on.

On June 22, 2002 International Wrestling Superstars, Road Warriors Animal & Hawk defeated the Headshrinkers for the World Tag-Team Championship. That victory also led to Team USA winning the Animal and Hawk made a surprise appearance on Raw on May 12, 2003 when they took on Kane and Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship.[38] Although Hawk and Animal came up short in their attempt to become three-time champions, it was clear that Hawk had defeated the demons that had once kept him from competing, and the Road Warriors had hopes of returning to WWE.

Later in 2003, Hawk made an appearance with the All World Wrestling League, a take-off of the 'original' Big Time Wrestling that was owned by The Original Sheik who died earlier that year; it was run by the sons of The Sheik, Eddie and Tom Farhat. They decided to book Hawk for an event in Holt, Michigan; that event was the second to last time Hawk wrestled. Two weeks before he died he wrestled his final match with Ted DiBiase in Oshawa, Ontario against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Marcus "Buff" Bagwell.

Death and legacy

Hegstrand died on October 19, 2003 in the early morning in his home in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. He was 46 years old. His friends said that he and his wife Dale had recently bought a condominium near their current home and were packing their boxes the night before. Hegstrand said that he felt tired and went to take a nap. When his wife checked on him at about 1 a.m., he had died of a sudden heart attack. At the time of his death, Hawk and Animal were working on a book about their careers.

Animal returned to WWE in mid-2005 and decided to dedicate his entire run to Hegstrand, including his tag team title victory with Heidenreich at The Great American Bash.

On the March 28, 2011 episode of Raw, it was announced that the Road Warriors would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2011. On April 2, 2011, the night before WrestleMania XXVII they, along with Paul Ellering were inducted into the Hall Of Fame by Dusty Rhodes.

Road Warrior Hawk was included, along with his tag team partner, Road Warrior Animal, in the Attitude Era, in the game WWE '13.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1957-09-12

Day of Death 2003-10-19

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Also Known As

  • Road Warrior Hawk
  • Crusher Von Haig
  • Hawk
  • Hawk Warrior
  • The Legion Of Doom
  • Hawk 1

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 3 Unreleased
2014 WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1
2013 WWE: WCW War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches as Road Warrior Hawk
2012 WWE: The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions
2012 WWE: Falls Count Anywhere: The Greatest Street Fights and Other Out of Control Matches
2011 WWE Hall of Fame 2011
2005 Road Warriors: The Life & Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in Wrestling History as Road Warrior Hawk
1998 WWE Judgment Day: In Your House as Hawk
1998 WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House as Hawk
1998 WWE Over the Edge: In Your House as Hawk
1998 WWE Unforgiven: In Your House as Road Warrior Hawk
1998 WWE Mayhem in Manchester as Hawk
1998 WWE Royal Rumble 1998 as Hawk
1997 WWE D-Generation X: In Your House as Hawk
1997 WWE Survivor Series 1997 as Hawk
1997 WWE Badd Blood: In Your House as Hawk
1997 WWE One Night Only as Hawk
1997 WWE Ground Zero: In Your House as Hawk
1997 WWE SummerSlam 1997 as Hawk
1997 WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede as Hawk
1997 WWE King of the Ring 1997 as Hawk
1997 WWE In Your House 15: A Cold Day In Hell as Hawk
1997 WWE In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker as Hawk
1997 WWE WrestleMania 13 as Hawk
1996 WCW Slamboree 1996 as Road Warrior Hawk
1996 WCW Uncensored 1996 as Road Warrior Hawk
1996 WCW SuperBrawl VI as Road Warrior Hawk
1995 WCW World War 3 1995 as Road Warrior Hawk
1995 WCW Halloween Havoc 1995 as Road Warrior Hawk
1995 WCW Slamboree 1995 as Road Warrior Hawk
1995 WCW NJPW Collision in Korea as Road Warrior Hawk
1993 WCW Starrcade 1993 as Road Warrior Hawk
1993 WCW Battlebowl as Road Warrior Hawk
1993 WWE Raw (4 episodes) as Hawk (2 episodes) as The Legion Of Doom (43 episodes) as Road Warrior Hawk
1992 WWE SummerSlam 1992 as Hawk
1992 WWE Royal Rumble 1992 as Hawk
1991 WWE Battle Royal at the Albert Hall as Hawk
1991 WWE SummerSlam 1991 as Hawk
1991 WWE WrestleMania VII as Hawk
1991 WWE Royal Rumble 1991 as Hawk
1990 WWE Survivor Series 1990 as Hawk
1990 NWA Capital Combat 1990 as Road Warrior Hawk
1990 NWA WrestleWar 1990 as Road Warrior Hawk
1989 NWA Starrcade 1989 as Road Warrior Hawk
1989 NWA Halloween Havoc 1989 as Road Warrior Hawk
1989 NWA The Great American Bash 1989 as Road Warrior Hawk
1989 NWA WrestleWar 1989 as Road Warrior Hawk
1989 NWA Chi-Town Rumble as Road Warrior Hawk
1988 NWA Starrcade 1988 as Road Warrior Hawk
1988 NWA The Great American Bash 1988 as Road Warrior Hawk
1988 WCW Clash of the Champions I as "Road Warrior" Hawk
1988 NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988 as Road Warrior Hawk
1987 NWA Starrcade 1987 as Road Warrior Hawk
1987 NWA The Great American Bash 1987 as Road Warrior Hawk
1986 NWA Starrcade 1986 as Road Warrior Hawk
1986 NWA The Great American Bash 1986 as Road Warrior Hawk
1986 Jim Crockett Sr., Memorial Cup Wrestling Tournament 1986 as Road Warrior Hawk
1986 NWA Battle Of The Belts II as Road Warrior Hawk
1986 NWA Battle Of The Belts III as Road Warrior Hawk
1985 AWA Superclash as Road Warrior Hawk
1985 NWA The Great American Bash 1985 as Road Warrior Hawk
1985 NWA Battle Of The Belts I as Road Warrior Hawk

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