The Man, the Myth, the Legend Vol. 6: The Road Warriors
#2. Dawn of the face paint.
The Road Warriors were a sensation, but when the Mel Gibson film The Road Warrior debuted in theaters, they became true icons.
Since they were already calling themselves the Road Warriors, there were no copyright issues to worry about. Hawk and Animal copied the hairstyles and spiked garb of the maniacal roving gangs in the film, and added menacing face paint.
These days wrestlers, particularly in the WWE, have a lot help to design and create their ring gear. But the Warriors had to come up with their look all on their own. They ended up spray painting football pads black and adding metal spikes to them, though eventually, they would upgrade to professionally developed gear.
Now the Warriors had a great look to go with their already burgeoning talent. They moved past the original 'biker' gimmick, which had drawn unflattering comparisons to the Village People.