Friday, February 5, 2010

Via Wrestleview:


St. Charles, Illinois—January 22, 2010—Medallion Press Inc. is extremely excited to announce that legendary pro wrestling manager “Precious” Paul Ellering will write the foreword for The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling (formerly Road Warrior: My Life as Animal and a Regular “Joe”), by Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis with Andrew William Wright (March 2011). Ellering managed The Road Warriors during their rise to fame from the AWA to the WWE and is one of the most respected figures in wrestling history.

About The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling:

They snacked on danger, dined on death, and lived life on the edge.

The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling is the captivating true story of The Legion of Doom: The Road Warriors, presented by Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis. Alongside Mike “Hawk” Hegstrand, Laurinaitis stormed onto the wrestling scene. With a monstrous style and image like no other, the Road Warriors went on to become two of the most influential and celebrated wrestlers the world has ever known.

In his first book ever, Laurinaitis shares his perspective of the dangers of being in the ring, the death of his lifelong friend and tag team partner, “Hawk,” and the rush of leaving a legacy in tag team wrestling that is unmatched to this day.

Joe takes readers behind the scenes of their most famous matches, including what it was like to be twenty feet in the air on the scaffold at Starrcade ’86 as it nearly fell apart underneath, to legitimately injure J.J. Dillon during the first War Games at The Great American Bash in 1987, and to witness Hawk so inebriated during SummerSlam ’92 that it was miraculous he could even walk. From Hawk’s many backstage fights to Vince McMahon’s making them use the “Legion of Doom” moniker because of the Ultimate Warrior, Joe tells it all.

The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling is the story wrestling fans have been waiting for!

The Road Warriors: Danger, Death, and the Rush of Wrestling (March 2011) Nonfiction Biography Hardcover ISBN 9781605421421 Price: $25.95 U.S. 27.95 CDN

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About Joe “Animal” Laurinaitis:

Recognized as the greatest tag team in professional wrestling history, The Road Warriors are well-known as innovators. Animal & Hawk were the first wrestlers to popularize the use of face paint and were arguably the best at using their massive physiques and power moves to win over audiences. Whether entering the ring on motorcycle or at full sprint, they came at their opponents like a pair of pistons. Each night, The Road Warriors tore apart their opponents with thousands of rabid fans behind them. The unique look and persona of The Road Warriors made them one of the greatest merchandising machines in professional wrestling history. But behind the paint, Joe “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis was a bigger star at home with his wife and kids. Because of the untimely passing of Joe’s partner, Mike “Road Warrior Hawk” Hegstrand, Joe alone is left to tell their extraordinary story.

About Andrew William Wright:

Andrew William Wright is a New Jersey-based writer, video producer, and longtime professional wrestling enthusiast. Andrew has written for several New Jersey newspapers, including the Asbury Park Press, and also produced the video series The Hardy Show (featuring Matt and Jeff Hardy) and RVD TV (with Rob Van Dam). Contact Andrew at

About Medallion Press, Inc.:

Medallion Press Inc., is a genre fiction and nonfiction publisher dedicated to creating the highest quality product, both inside and out.

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