Joseph Michael "Joe" Laurinaitis is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring names,Road Warrior Animal and Road Warrior. Along with the late Road Warrior Hawk, Laurinaitis was one-half of the tag team known as the Road Warriors or also dubbed as Legion Of Doom. Joe made his debut in November 1982, competing as The Road Warrior using a biker gimmick. When Paul Ellering was looking to put together a stable of heels in Georgia Championship Wrestling called The Legion of Doom, it was decided to put Joe together with his good friend Mike Hegstrand and change their names to "Animal" and "Hawk" respectively. The Road Warriors immediately signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1990 and were pushed into a feud with the most famous of all “Road Warrior Clones”- Demolition. Just over a year after signing with the WWF, the Legion of Doom won the WWF Tag Team Championship and held it for about 8 months. Laurinaitis made some non-wrestling appearances in WCW in 1993. On January 4, 1995, Animal seconded Hawk in his match against Scott Norton in New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual Tokyo Dome show. After leaving WCW they returned to the WWF where the Legion of Doom took part in the Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. the Hart Foundation feud, siding with Austin against the Harts. In 2001 Animal landed a prominent position in WCW as the “Enforcer” of the stable known as The Magnificent Seven. On June 22, 2002 Road Warriors Animal and Hawk defeated The Headshrinkers to win the IWS World Tag team Championship and the 2002 International Wrestlefest tournament. Animal and Hawk made a surprise appearance on RAW on May 12, 2003 when they took on Kane and Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship. On June 17, 2007, Road Warrior Animal returned to TNA on the Pay-Per-View, Slammiversary. WWE announced on March 28, 2011 on WWE Raw that the Road Warriors would be inducted into the 2011 Hall of Fame. In 2011, Joe Laurinaitis released an autobiography titled The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling, published by Medallion Press, Inc., based on both Hawk's and Animal's profiles.