Wednesday, February 13, 2008

When Wrestling Was Real: Carnage Unlimited

My two favorite wrestlers of all time. Road Warrior Hawk. Road Warrior Animal. The L.O.D. Hawk and Animal were probably the most unique wrestlers of all time. Once they stepped into the spotlight, the game changed. They mastered the "heel masquerading as hero" phenomenon way before The Rock could raise an eyebrow, or Stone Cold could crack open a beer. They'd just assume whup your ass, than say good morning to you. Don't believe me? Well take a look-see at this...

"I only got one thing to say. I don't care. He don't care. And Paul don't care either."

Now that's gangsta. And who's gonna argue with Animal? If you did, you went home with less teeth, a severe limp, or a speech impediment. Hell, if you played your cards right, maybe all three.

It's a damn shame that Hawk fell prey to his demons. All the years of hard living and hard drugs finally caught up with him, as he died at only 46 years old. By now, every sports fan is aware of James "Baby Animal" Laurinaitis who plays for the Ohio State Buckeyes. I won't hold that against him. I'll always respect him because his pops snacked on danger and dined on death.

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