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Michael James Hegstrand was an American professional wrestler. He is best remembered as Road Warrior Hawk, one half of the tag team known as the Road Warriors (WCW) or The Legion of Doom (WWF), with Road Warrior Animal. Hegstrand had started his career as part of the Traveling All-Stars. He was billed as Crusher Von Haig and wrestled in Vancouver. Their hard hitting style, no nonsense attitude, and winning ways made the Road Warriors fan favorites wherever they went; even when they were booked as heels, the fans refused to boo them. They were so in demand that they started to split their time between the AWA and the National Wrestling Alliance until finally leaving the AWA for big money contracts with the NWA. The move paid off instantly as they won the inaugural Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament. The Road Warriors signed with the World Wrestling Federation and were pushed into a feud with Demolition. Hawk competed as a singles wrestler in Europe and Japan and he won nearly every singles match he competed in. In August 1993 Hawk made sporadic appearances in World Championship Wrestling as a mystery partner of Dustin Rhodes. 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. Later in 2003, Hawk made an appearance with the All World Wrestling League. After an illustrious profile with significant statistics, Hegstrand died on October 19, 2003.
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