News broke on Wednesday morning that WWE Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal (Joe Laurinaitis) had passed away at the age of 60. His personal account broke the news, which was quickly followed by a statement from WWE — "WWE is saddened to learn that Joe Laurinaitis, known to WWE fans as Road Warrior Animal, has passed away.WWE extends its condolences to Laurinaitis' family, friends and fans." Animal's death sent shock waves around the pro wrestling world, as fans and wrestlers alike were heartbroken to hear he had died. You can see some of the reactions from wrestlers and fans in the list below.
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I Am More Than Saddened To Hear Of The Loss Of My Good Friend And GREAT Opponent Joe Laurinaitis Of The Legendary Road Warriors. They Were Iconic! The Road Warriors And The Four Horsemen Drew More Money And Had More Fun And Entertained Fans Worldwide At The Highest Level. RIP 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/eiZ2udqGNm— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 23, 2020
RIP Animal,love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family,one love4Life. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) September 23, 2020
Diamond Dallas Page
Wow this shocked me... My good buddy @RWAnimal passed today. What Great guy he was! My deepest sympathies go out to Marcus & Johnny and the entire family! You will be deeply missed my brother! RIP #RoadWarriorPOP Love you bro DDP pic.twitter.com/RWUpmbsU7p— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) September 23, 2020
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So sad to lose another dear friend. It was only last December in Anchorage that I got to see “Animal” Joe Laurinaitis of the Road Warriors/Legion of Doom. We spoke at length about being two of the few left from our generation. Over the years whether it was my fight with cancer, the loss of my brother Smith or Jim Anvil Neidhart, he was always there for me. Joe was a good man and I’ll miss him. All of “the boys” will be there to greet him at the gates. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
WWE, AEW, Impact Send Their Condolences
WWE is saddened to learn that Joe Laurinaitis, known to WWE fans as Road Warrior Animal, has passed away.
WWE extends its condolences to Laurinaitis' family, friends and fans. https://t.co/hurorEDVff— WWE (@WWE) September 23, 2020
AEW and the wrestling world mourn the passing of the legendary Road Warrior Animal, our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans. pic.twitter.com/xAzwv8gngw— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) September 23, 2020
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Animal - one half of the legendary Road Warriors tag team. We offer our sincere condolences to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/1v4KsUzF0D— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) September 23, 2020
The Dudley Boyz
I’ve often been asked ...
“Who is the greatest Tag Team of All Time?”
The answer has always been the same.
Rest in Power brother. 💪🏽September 23, 2020
My heart goes out to the family and friends of 1 1/2 of the greatest tagteam in the history of this business, Joseph Laurinaitis/animal from LOD. Thank you for showing the world how tag team wrestling is done. You will be missed and never forgotten.R.I.P my friend. #RoadWarriors pic.twitter.com/5VWd9o4O3f— D-von Dudley HOF (@TestifyDVon) September 23, 2020
No One Was Better
The Road Warriors were so great at promos - such intensity#RIPAnimal
Via @JustRasslinSeptember 23, 2020
Terrible news to wake up to this morning. Praying for Joe's wife and family. https://t.co/8dxBpEmQqL— Jerry Lawler (@JerryLawler) September 23, 2020
Sad news about Joseph Laurinaitis (Road Warrior Animal), an absolute legend in the wrestling world, and one part of arguably the greatest & most dominant tag team ever.September 23, 2020
Just found out that Road Warrior Animal has left us. Very sad to hear this, always such a nice guy whenever I would see him. So, I have a Tasmanian Devil tattoo on my right arm, he was my inspiration to get that before I started wrestling training. #RIP pic.twitter.com/iynxmE8pkb— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) September 23, 2020
Stunned to hear the news. RIP Animal. My heart goes out to his family.— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) September 23, 2020
I’m totally shocked to hear my friend and brother in Christ, Road Warrior Animal, has passed away. My thoughts and prayers as well as my heart, go out to the family. RIP my friend. 🙏— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) September 23, 2020
Heartbroken 💔— School of Morton (@RealRickyMorton) September 23, 2020
RIP Joe! (Animal)
My very close friend.
The wrestling world mourns. pic.twitter.com/Eo9Lc8xZEU
The greatest tag team of all time was the Road Warriors. Often imitated, never duplicated. Loved both of them as friends and idolized both as the GOATs. RIP Animal-love you my brother, my condolences to everyone affected by this tragic loss. pic.twitter.com/pf2DshCSnB— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) September 23, 2020
RIP to the legendary Animal. I don’t have the proper words right now, but thank you for goofing off with me at Cons. Thanks for all the years of entertainment and thanks letting this fan become a friend. pic.twitter.com/eUk2SafVkO— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) September 23, 2020