One WWE Hall of Famer has revealed their love of drugs meant they loved being around the late Road Warrior Hawk.
The Road Warriors were one of the most prominent acts in the eighties with their popularity and legacy living on long after their heyday. Animal and Hawk were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011 taking their rightful place among the greats of the wrestling world.
Sadly, Mike Hegstrand – Hawk – passed away in 2003 at the age of just 46 while Animal – Joseph Laurinaitis – continued his wrestling career for several years after losing his tag team partner but ultimately died in 2020 aged 60.
WWE Hall of Famer had memorable encounter at a gas station with Hawk
Speaking on Sportskeeda WrestleBinge, Teddy Long recounted his relationship with the Road Warriors and admitted he loved spending time with Hawk because he knew drugs would be involved:
“Well, I loved Hawk and I wanted to be with Hawk because I loved the drugs. Okay. I know when I was with Hawk, we were going to have drugs and have a great time.
“Me and him was really tight though, man. I remember one time we were in Charlotte and stopped at a gas station to get some gas. I think I went in first to do something and then I got into it with some mark that was in the gas station. I don’t know. But anyway, it turned into a little bit of an argument, and the next thing I know, Hawk came in and Hawk saw me and this mark was arguing, and the next thing I know, Hawk just decked him and we just walked on out the gas station.”
Were the Road Warriors ever WWE Tag Team Champions?
Animal and Hawk are best remembered for their run in Jim Crockett Promotions in the eighties but they did have several spells in WWE. They captured the WWE Tag Team Championship for the first time in their careers at SummerSlam 1991 from The Nasty Boys.
When the pair returned to WWE in 1997, they won back the gold from The Godwinns before losing the titles in a memorable feud against the New Age Outlaws – Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. Animal had one more run as a tag team champion in WWE after Hawk’s death when he teamed with Heidenreich in 2005.