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See Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Emotional Tribute to His Late Friend 'Road Warrior Animal'

Busayo Ogunjimi
Sep 26, 2020
12:30 P.M.
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Retired professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Instagram with a heartfelt tribute to his late wrestler friend, Road Warrior Animal, who recently passed away.

As the world continues to mourn the death of the legendary WWE wrestler, Road Warrior Animal, former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently joined in the mourning with a tribute posted on Instagram. He wrote:

"RIP brother. Really saddened to wake up to this news yesterday. the passing of my friend, Joe Laurinaitis (on the left) aka ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL."

Wrestler, Road Warrior Animal during a WWE event on July 23, 2012. | Photo: Xander Hieken, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons


The Rock's tribute continued, saying that Animal and his tag team partner, Hawk, made the most intense and the toughest tag team in the history of professional wrestling.

Johnson recalled when he was still a novice in the game and remembered how Animal and Hawk took good care of him. He wrestled them many times, but they always made sure that he learned from them.


The Rock added that his old friend and his partner were good men who were also as tough as nails. He loved them very much and would remain grateful to them both.

The actor paid tribute to WWE star Shad Gaspard, whose body washed up in Venice Beach after he was declared missing ten days prior.

The lengthy touching caption accompanied an iconic photo of both Road Warriors, Animal and Hawk, standing side by side in their signature "war paint and spikes" regalia. Johnson's fans and followers joined him in mourning his friend.


Road Warrior Animal, whose real name was Joseph Laurinaitis, passed away on September 22, according to a post released on his Twitter account.

Road Warrior Animal was 60 years old and had lived an incredible life filled with adventures. Together with his tag team partner, Hawk, the wrestler left an inspiring legacy behind.


Also popularly known as the legion of doom, The Road Warriors brought premium entertainment, talent, and quality to the world of professional wrestling.

Through the 80s and 90s, they dominated the scene with their raw intensity, energy, and showmanship, all the while, sticking to each other's side.


Animal's passing came almost two decades after his partner, Hawk (real name: Michael Hegstrand), passed away at the age of 46 in 2003.

Animal was not the only WWE champion that The Rock and the rest of the world had to mourn this year. In May, the actor paid tribute to WWE star Shad Gaspard, whose body washed up in Venice Beach after he was declared missing ten days prior.

While Johnson and the world at large continue to mourn the loss of these great men, the unbeatable legacies that they left behind them would continue to live on.