Pro-Wrestling Road Warrior Page
Last updated 4 December 1999
The Road Warriors by Donald Brugel, Nicole Rossi, Christina Ramirez, and Sally Gould
We interviewed tag team wrestlers, The Road Warriors -
Animal and Hawk - of the National Wrestling Alliance, before
their match at the Nassau Coliseum recently. Animal and
Hawk, who wouldn't tell us their real names, have been
childhood friends, since growing up in Chicago. They've won
the NWA and AWA Tag Team titles, and the Jim Crockett Senior
Memorial Cup. They decided to go into wrestling while
watching it on TV; they didn't think there was anyone who
could beat them. They were right because they've been rated
either No. 1 or 2 since joining the sport five years ago.
They are married and live in Minneapolis, Minn.
Question:When did you start wrestling?
Hawk:We've kind of been doing it all our lives, but we
haven't been getting paid for it, if you know what I mean.
About five years a promoter saw some of our handiwork, and
he asked us to join him.
Question:Do your parents like profession?
Animal: They are happy if I can make money any way I can.
Hawk: My parents lost control of me since I was a little
kid, so they go along with anything I want to do.
Question:How often do you practice?
Hawk:We fight so much in a year's time, we really don't
practice. We're in shape all the time. We wrestle 100 times
a year. We stay in shape by doing road work and lifting
Question:Do you have enemies?
Hawk:Everyone is our enemy when we are in the ring. When
you are in a money match, you have to learn to put
friendships aside and we look out for each other all them
Animal: Anyone who fights the Road Warriors is making
themselves our enemy.
Question:Do you have any other hobbies besides wrestling?
Animal: No. It takes up too much time. All our time is
taken up with working out.
Question:What are your most dangerous moves?
Hawk:I think mine is the clothesline off the top. His
would be the slam off the top of the rope.
Animal: Our most devastating move is when I put the guy on
my shoulders and Hawk comes off the top of the ropes.
Question:How do you celebrate after a victory?
Hawk:Me and Animal have won so many matches that we're
tired of celebrating. We like to win.
Question:Why did you choose to join the NWA?
Animal: The quality of wrestlers themselves are better in
this league. I'm not going to put down the others because we
may one day wrestle there. There are a lot wrestlers in this
organization that we have scores to settle.
Question:Do you have a choice to be a bad guy or a good guy?
Animal: There are no bad guys or good guys in wrestling.
People make their own choices, they decide who they want to
be good or bad. In the beginning, when they saw us with our
mohawks and our style of wrestling, nobody liked who we
were. After a while people began to respect us because we
went out there - said exactly what we were going to do and
then we did it. Now people say we are good guys, when
actually we haven't changed a thing.
Question:What's your strategy for tagging out?
Hawk:There is no strategy, you tag when you are ready.
Sometimes you will do it when you want to do a tag team move
Question:Do you ever dream of a different career?
Hawk:We had no idea of what we wanted to do. We were
just young kids in a big city.
Question:Has anything embarrassing ever happened to you in the ring?
Animal: No. I think were the ones who have embarrassed
Question:Have you ever hurt a referee?
Animal: Sometimes a referee gets in the way. We never
intentionally hit a referee, that would result in a fine and
Question: How long does it take to put on makeup?
Hawk:It takes me about 10 minutes.
Question:What does your war paint represents?
Hawk:Our makeup takes about 10 minutes. It's just a way
to start up before going into the ring.
Q.. What do you do before you match starts?
Animal: We just try to build each other's confidence.