Michael James Hegstrand

Michael James Hegstrand

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 (WWE), 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 WWE), 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 WWE 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. 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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Birthday
    9/12/1957
NWA Super Towns on The SuperStation
10
AWA: WrestleRock '86
AWA: WrestleRock '86
10
WCW Clash of The Champions V: St. Valentine's Massacre
WCW Clash of The Champions V: St. Valentine's Massacre
4
WWE WrestleFest '92
WWE WrestleFest '92
0
Road Warriors: The Life & Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in Wrestling History
Road Warriors: The Life & Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in Wrestling History
8.3
Battlarts Battle Fiction
0
ECW November to Remember 1993
0
NWA Grandslam
0
PNW Owen Family Super Extravaganza
0
WWE: Road Warriors - The Life & Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in Wrestling History
WWE: Road Warriors - The Life & Death of the Most Dominant Tag-Team in Wrestling History
8.2
NWA Starrcade '86: The Night of The Sky-Walkers
NWA Starrcade '86: The Night of The Sky-Walkers
7.7
NWA WrestleWar '89: The Music City Showdown
NWA WrestleWar '89: The Music City Showdown
0
NWA Great American Bash '86 Tour: Greensboro
NWA Great American Bash '86 Tour: Greensboro
0
WWE Battle Royal at the Albert Hall
WWE Battle Royal at the Albert Hall
6
Pro Wrestling USA Star Wars: December 1984
0
GCW at The Omni (December '83)
0
NWA Live: March 18, 1989
0
WWE Royal Rumble 1998
WWE Royal Rumble 1998
6.7
WCW Starrcade 1993
WCW Starrcade 1993
0
WWE Hall of Fame 2011
WWE Hall of Fame 2011
10
SMW Night of The Legends
SMW Night of The Legends
6
NWA Battle of The Belts II
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIV
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIV
0
PWUSA Star Wars
0
WCW War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches
WCW War Games: WCW's Most Notorious Matches
10
NWA The Great American Bash '88: The Price for Freedom
NWA The Great American Bash '88: The Price for Freedom
6.5
NWA Chi-Town Rumble
NWA Chi-Town Rumble
8.5
The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions
The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions
7.5
NWA Night of Champions
NWA Night of Champions
0
NWA The Last Battle of Atlanta
NWA The Last Battle of Atlanta
0
The First Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
10
AWA: SuperClash '85
AWA: SuperClash '85
7.9
NWA The Great American Bash '89: The Glory Days
NWA The Great American Bash '89: The Glory Days
8.5
WCW Halloween Havoc '89
WCW Halloween Havoc '89
6.7
Jeff Jarrett: King of the Mountain
Jeff Jarrett: King of the Mountain
10
NWA Lords of The Ring
NWA Lords of The Ring
0
The Second Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
0
WCW Battle Bowl
WCW Battle Bowl
0
AWA/NWA Night of Champions II
0
PNW 60th Anniversary Wrestling Extravaganza
0
WWE WrestleMania 13
WWE WrestleMania 13
7.4
WWE Unforgiven: In Your House
WWE Unforgiven: In Your House
9.3
NWA The Great American Bash '86: Livin' in the Promise Land
NWA The Great American Bash '86: Livin' in the Promise Land
0
NWA Starrcade '87: Chi-Town Heat!
NWA Starrcade '87: Chi-Town Heat!
5.2
NWA The Great American Bash '87: War Games
NWA The Great American Bash '87: War Games
7
NWA Starrcade '88: True Gritt
NWA Starrcade '88: True Gritt
7
WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1
WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1
0
NWA Superstars on The SuperStation
8.5
NWA Battle of the Belts III
0
NJPW Battle Formation '96
NJPW Battle Formation '96
0
WWE Survivor Series 1991
WWE Survivor Series 1991
7.8
WWE U.K. Rampage Tour '92: Munich
0
NJPW & WCW Collision In Korea
NJPW & WCW Collision In Korea
0
NJPW Hyper Battle 1993 - Day 11
0
2nd Annual Battle of the WWE Superstars
2nd Annual Battle of the WWE Superstars
10
WWE SuperTape vol. 4
WWE SuperTape vol. 4
0
WWE Mayhem in Manchester
WWE Mayhem in Manchester
0
WCW Starrcade '89: Future Shock
WCW Starrcade '89: Future Shock
7.4
NWA Battle of the Belts
8
AWA StarCage
8.5
NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 1993
NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 1993
0
WCW Clash of The Champions
WCW Clash of The Champions
8
WWE One Night Only
WWE One Night Only
7
WWE SummerSlam 1991
WWE SummerSlam 1991
8.2
WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede
WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede
9
WWE D-Generation X: In Your House
WWE D-Generation X: In Your House
7.8
NWA The Great American Bash 1985
NWA The Great American Bash 1985
0
NWA Bunkhouse Stampede
NWA Bunkhouse Stampede
6.5
TNA: The 50 Greatest Moments
TNA: The 50 Greatest Moments
10
The Very Best of Monday Nitro: Volume 2
The Very Best of Monday Nitro: Volume 2
10
The Monday Night War - WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro
The Monday Night War - WWE Raw vs. WCW Nitro
7.9
The Third Annual NWA Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament
0
WWE The Main Event V
WWE The Main Event V
0
WWE SuperTape vol. 3
WWE SuperTape vol. 3
10
WWE SummerSlam 1997
WWE SummerSlam 1997
8
WWE United We Slam: The Best of The Great American Bash
WWE United We Slam: The Best of The Great American Bash
10
WCW Clash of The Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun
WCW Clash of The Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun
0
WWE Invasion '92
WWE Invasion '92
0
WWE SuperTape '92
WWE SuperTape '92
0
WWE Survivor Series 1997
WWE Survivor Series 1997
8.8
WCW Slamboree 1995
WCW Slamboree 1995
0
WCW SuperBrawl VI
WCW SuperBrawl VI
9.4
AWA Wrestling For a Cure
AWA Wrestling For a Cure
0
NWA WrestleWar '90: Wild Thing
NWA WrestleWar '90: Wild Thing
7.8
WWE Rampage '92
WWE Rampage '92
0
WWE Survivor Series 1990
WWE Survivor Series 1990
8.2
WWE In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker
WWE In Your House 14: Revenge of the Taker
0
WCW Halloween Havoc 1995
WCW Halloween Havoc 1995
7
NJPW Battle Zone Space II
0
NWA Great American Bash '86 Tour: Charlotte
NWA Great American Bash '86 Tour: Charlotte
0
WWE Ground Zero: In Your House
WWE Ground Zero: In Your House
10
The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Vol.1
The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro Vol.1
7.9
WCW Clash of The Champions X: Texas Shootout
WCW Clash of The Champions X: Texas Shootout
0
WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House
WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House
9
WCW Uncensored 1996
WCW Uncensored 1996
0
WWE: Starrcade - The Essential Collection
WWE: Starrcade - The Essential Collection
0
WWE Survivor Series Showdown '90
4
WWE King of the Ring 1997
WWE King of the Ring 1997
0
WWE: Falls Count Anywhere: The Greatest Street Fights and Other Out of Control Matches
8
WWE: The Best Of In Your House
WWE: The Best Of In Your House
9
NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 1995
NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 1995
0
WWE Survivor Series Showdown 1991
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XXXI
WCW Clash of The Champions XXXI
5
WWE Royal Rumble 1991
WWE Royal Rumble 1991
7.8
WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 2
WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 2
9
WCW Clash of The Champions IV: Season's Beatings
WCW Clash of The Champions IV: Season's Beatings
0
WCW Capital Combat: The Return of RoboCop
WCW Capital Combat: The Return of RoboCop
5.9
Legends Never Die
0
WWE Judgment Day: In Your House
WWE Judgment Day: In Your House
8.7
WCW Clash of The Champions VIII: Fall Brawl '89
WCW Clash of The Champions VIII: Fall Brawl '89
6.3
WWE U.K. Rampage 1992
WWE U.K. Rampage 1992
5
WWE WrestleFest '91
WWE WrestleFest '91
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XXV
WCW Clash of The Champions XXV
0
WWE WrestleMania VII
WWE WrestleMania VII
7.3
WWE SummerSlam Spectacular '91
0
WWE WrestleMania XIV
WWE WrestleMania XIV
7.6
WWE Over the Edge: In Your House
WWE Over the Edge: In Your House
9
Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows
Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows
7.5
WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 3 Unreleased
WWE: Attitude Era: Vol. 3 Unreleased
0
WCW Clash of The Champions IX: New York Knockout
WCW Clash of The Champions IX: New York Knockout
0
WWE Badd Blood: In Your House
WWE Badd Blood: In Your House
7.1
WWE SummerSlam 1990
WWE SummerSlam 1990
6.3
WWE Royal Rumble 1992
WWE Royal Rumble 1992
7.3
WWE SummerSlam 1992
WWE SummerSlam 1992
9.1
WCW Slamboree 1996
WCW Slamboree 1996
0
WWE WrestleMania VIII
WWE WrestleMania VIII
8.1
WCW World War 3 1995
WCW World War 3 1995
0
WWE: 150 Best Pay-Per-View Matches, Vol 1
10
AWA Christmas Show 1984
0
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