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Road Warriors: Danger, Death, & the Rush of Wrestling Hardcover – 1 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (1 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605421421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605421421
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A riveting memoir that pulls no punches and is every bit as powerful as the pair that once dominated the wrestling scene." --Mike Mooneyham, Post and Courier (March 2011) "In a business where so many copy so many others, the Road Warriors stand tall as originals in both performance and presentation and are undoubtedly the greatest professional tag team wrestling duo of all time." - Powerlifting USA "This excellent book will bring him back, hopefully to the WWE Hall of Fame."- Alan Wojcik, Gerweck.net: Pro Wrestling and MMA News (March 4, 2011) "If you are a fan of The Road Warriors, then you definitely want to read this book. The writing is easy to follow, and once you pick it up, you won't put it down. In the end, The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling was a 'rush.'" --Rick Rockwell, The Examiner "An extraordinary tour de force, enthusiastically recommended to wrestling fans in general and Road Warrior fans in particular." --James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review (March 2011) "A unique insight into professional wrestling... Laurinaitis speaks with a welcome candor." -- Publishers Weekly (February 2011)

About the Author

Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis is an internationally recognised professional wrestling superstar. He is the cofounder of sporting clothes company Zubaz and an avid motivational speaker to youth groups across the United States. He lives in Minnesota. Andrew William Wright is a writer and a video producer who has written for several newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press. He produced the video series The Hardy Show and the online show RVD TV. He lives in Ocean, New Jersey. "Precious" Paul Ellering is the former manager of the Road Warriors.


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Depending on your TV viewing habits, and your knowledge of American Wrestling, you might have caught the Road Warriors on Eurosport in the days of the NWA. Or you may know them from their WWF/WWE days as the Legion Of Doom. Whichever incarnation you might remember them from, you knew that they were a take no nonsense, hit them hard and often tag team, with an uncompromising and brutal style that made you actually think for once, that this wrestling game might NOT be as fake as you thought.

Of course, now we all know the score, but the memoirs of wrestlers new and old are fascinating reads and this is one of the better ones.

Joe Laurinaitis aka Animal, tells almost all, from the beginnings of becoming a wrestler to the highs and lows that followed it. He doesn't dish dirt, so if that's what you're looking for, this isn't the book for you. What it is however is a fond recollection of his life on the road, with his tag-team partner Hawk and Paul Ellering, who was more of a manager than you may have thought.

While he quickly deals with the beginnings, the reason you're reading the book which he acknowledges, is about the wrestling and we get some nice stories, from the infamous scaffold match to wrestling at Wembley for Summerslam. We even get his version of events of how the team split and how he managed to forgive Hawk before his passing away.

I don't think this is a better book overall than say Bret Hart's or Mick Foley's, but I'd probably put it in the same league as Chris Jericho's book. My only criticism was that it was a relative quick read, but it was an entertaining one all the time while I read it.
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I admit bought this book out of nostalgia. I was actually planning for Chris Jericho's second book to be the last wrestling book I bought simply because I stopped watching the trash that passes for pro-wrestling a few years (no offence to ROH as they are the one wrestling league I will willing watch), but that is a rant for another day. I bought this book at the last minute simply because I was and always will be a Road Warriors/LOD fan. MAN AM I GLAD I DID!!!!!!

From the first page of Animal's (Joe) writing suddenly I am a fan again. We all know wrestling is a "work" but the Animal manages ignite the spark in us all that want to believe that wrestling and our on screen heroes are real. Which as the book progress I realise was always the appeal of the Road Warriors. They were not two pumped up play actors pretending to be tough guys, as many stars of today are (the Blue Meanie by his own words). Hawk (Mike) & Animal (Joe) were/are legitimate tough guys playing tough guys in the ring. That is what made them believable as Mick Foley pointed out the most successful wrestlers were the ones who could base the characters on their own personalities. The books covers Animal's disastrous start as a singles character, to teaming up with his best friend and dominating tag team wrestling like nobody else. Also the member of his family's influence in wrestling. Starting with Animal's younger brother Johnny "Ace" who while wrestling was the originator of the ace crusher which was modified into the Stone Cold Stunner, The Whipper Snapper the Diamond Cutter, and RKO to name the most famous incarnations. Ace also works as a very successful WWE agent today. The books states Animals kid's achievements outside of wrestling.
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Bit of a shame really. I was looking forward to reading this book for ages but it makes them come across as arrogant thugs. Joe really talks himself up to sound like he was the strongest man in the world and that the LOD were one of the reasons why Wrestling is so popular today. I was impressed with the details in which he remembered each match from the 80's, but talking about how he enjoyed beating people up in real life is just a bit disappointing.
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I have read almost all of the wrestling bio's out there and can say this is one of the best! it is so indepth and I could not put it down, it covers all aspects from the early days, to drugs, steroid's, all wrestling companies and a whole lot of other things. Animal reveals all in this book and you are sure to find out something you did not know about them! this book is brilliant and I had been waiting to read it for a long time but it was priced at around £17.99 (worth it even at that price) it then dropped in price for the kindle edition to around £6.99 and I snapped it up! I am happy I did and I take my hat of to Animal for what he has accomplished in the wrestling business!
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I have the hard book version.

I couldn't put it down.

Not quite 5 stars, I don't know why but it doesn't lift the roof off.

It's a good recap of the life and times of Animal. It covers all the bases and I would completely reccomend this for the depth and stories.
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I'd been eagerly waiting the release of this book, which had been in planning since before Mike Hegstrand's death back in 2003. (RIP Hawk).
I remember Hawk & Animal from their WWF days, so it was very interesting to learn more about their early career - WWF tended to repackage wrestlers and not mention their past accomplishments; in an era before the internet (& the "smart mark") such information was not readily available.
I have so much respect for what these guys could do in the gym - Joe especially - they literally were supermen to be able to press & shrug such huge weights.
I was at SummerSlam '92 at Wembley Stadium, and remember their entrance on Harley Davidsons, wearing shiny gold shoulder pads & spikes, as clearly as if it were yesterday. I'd heard the story before about Hawk parking his motorbike in the wrong place (I won't spoil it for you) but actually had no idea he was completely drugged-up & out of it during the match against Money Inc. Now that I watch the footage again, he did look a little lethargic perhaps; but the match as a whole was OK - although they didn't finish it with the Doomsday Device (again, read the book for reasons they didn't) and the 80,000 plus crowd gave them an amazing reaction.
The book is a good read from start to finish, and I would happily recommend it to 'all you little Legion of Doomers out there'.
Ohhh, What a Rush !!!
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