WWE & TNA Roundtable: The Road Warriors: The Greatest Team of All Time

Tom Clark@tomclarkbrFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2011

Welcome to the second edition of the WWE & TNA Roundtable.  Here, you will find four featured columnists ranting on any given topic in the business of professional wrestling.  Just four fans who love to debate the sport, and who want your input.  What do you think?  Who's right?  Who's wrong? We want to hear from you!


Hawk and Animal, The Road Warriors.  Greatest tag team ever.  Bar none.

That was easy.  Next?

I know, there’s plenty of other choices out there, and David, I have to tell you man, right off the bat.  I love me some Horsemen.

Arn and Tully were two of the best wrestlers of all time, great ring technicians, great on the mic, the whole nine.  And as a tag team, they are definitely right up there in the Top 5.

But they’re not number one.

I’m sorry guys, Hawk and Animal are it.  They are the ones who made it happen, the ones that every team who followed tried to, well, follow.  They left some big boots to fill, and to this day I don’t believe that we have seen a team anywhere near the dominance of The Legion of Doom.

They were the best because they were the complete package.  They had a very unique look, they had great chemistry, and they could physically run over every team they were in the ring with.



Plus, they had the coolest music ever.  I’m not talking about the stuff they used in WWE. I’m talking about the tune they used in Jim Crockett Promotions, Black Sabbath’s Ironman.

Man, when the opening guitar riff of that song hit, the place just exploded.  It was instantly recognizable, and it was awesome.  And the best thing about the music is that it just added to their presence.

Hawk and Animal ran to the ring.  Think about that.  Two jacked-up guys, in face paint and spikes, racing to the ring with Sabbath blaring in the background.  They were sheer intimidation.  The devil himself would have crapped his pants at the sight of these two guys.

They were the most physically impressive tag team in the business, but on top of all that muscle and image, the fact is, they could work.  They were very believable in the ring, and could hang with any team they faced.  They were the real deal in every conceivable way.

Oh yeah, and then there’s also the fact that they drew big time money.  Big time.  Like, ungodly amounts of money.

Everywhere they went, the fans followed.  They loved The L.O.D, and it’s that drawing power that caused them to become the only team to ever win the NWA, AWA, and WWF World Tag Team Championships.   

Three different promotions, three different world titles, and The Road Warriors were given the ball every time.  They were the main attraction, and they put butts in seats.  That’s what matters. 

And I will also say that I believe you would be hard-pressed to find any teams, or for that matter, any wrestlers, in the business today that do not recognize Hawk and Animal as being the greatest of all time.  That is the kind of respect that they have, and that respect is doing nothing but growing more and more all the time.


Hawk and Animal did what every worker who has ever laced up a pair of boots wants to do. They filled the building, they made a huge impact and they left a legacy.  You can’t ask for more than that.


Alright Daniel Massey, let's hear from you, man.


To read Daniel Levin's column about his choice of Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard, click here!