posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 04:20 PM
The Legion of Doom is synonomous with the word 'tag team', and are the depiction of tag team longevity. Hawk and Animal, along with their lifelong
friend and manager Paul Ellering, enjoyed success in almost all of the main wrestling promotions.
There is hardly a way to describe the impact The Road Warriors had on professional wrestling. In terms of tag team wrestling, they became the most
emulated wrestlers in modern history. The Road Warriors burst on to the scene in 1983 wearing mowhawks, dog collars and face paint. They were muscular
brutes who seemed impervious to pain. Indeed, they were like a modern version of Bruiser and Crusher. Their interview style was vicious, yet
charismatic and a bit humorous. For years tag teams have tried to emulate them, but none have ever come close to matching their unique style. The Road
Warriors wrestled across the globe, capturing many regional titles, the IWGP Tag team titles, as well as every American version of the World Tag Team
titles (WWF, NWA and AWA) a feat that no other tag team can claim.
There is no denying that The LOD made an impression on this business that made many young Superstars of today want to emulate. In a November RAW
Magazine issue, nearly 150,000 fans came to the conclusion that The Legion of Doom was the greatest tag team in WWE history. That covers a lot of
ground. When the fans heard "Ahhhhh, what a rush!" they were on their feet giving what is known backstage as a "Road Warrior pop." And when Hawk and
Animal came thru the curtain, they were energized as well. It usually meant an extra stiff night for their unlucky opponents!
Of course, the WWF was eventually responsible for the downfall of the Legion of Doom, as it seemed that one day their popularity was at an all-time
high, and the next they were doing angles with Hawk coming to the ring plastered. It was sad to see the times when LOD would come out to no crowd
reaction whatsoever. When this happened, it was game over for the Road Warriors. Try as the WWF might, they couldn't reinstill the popularity the LOD
once had. It was a complete joke when the WWF tried to have the LOD come back as LOD 2000, wearing goalie masks into the ring. The fans thought so
too, and the LOD didn't last much longer. However, they were a great tag team right too the bitter end.