PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Wrestler Scott Hall from "The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Razor Ramon at WWF Wrestlemania X8 (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

Scott Hall was one of the most gifted athletes that the wrestling ring ever saw. He was a great technical wrestler, and stood over six-foot seven inches.

But what he was known for was not his size or his in ring prowess in terms of his technical wrestling ability, or even his reputation in the locker room for being a great “worker.” 

Scott Hall after going through lots of different characters and personas, finally hit jackpot when the WWF as it was known then brought him in as a Scarface based, Cuban persona that was known as Razor Ramon. The character filmed vignettes before his debut of him hanging out in Miami building his Cuban tough guy persona. 

Razor Ramon at WWF Wrestlemania X8 (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

His smooth sounding 80’s Miami entrance music, gold chains, and trade mark tooth pick that he would throw at people, earned him favor with fans.  His slick dark hair, “Cuban accent”, and telling ring attendants that if something happened to his gold, something would happen to them, was another part of his Cuban bully character.  

Razor had a run with Intercontinental Title including a great program and rivalry with Shawn Michaels.  At Wrestlemania X(10), Michaels and Razor had one of the first iconic ladder matches that many people consider to be one of the best ladder matches of all time, that was for two intercontinental titles belts.

Hall was a part of a controversial moment at a house show (non-televised event), where he Shawn Michaels, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and Kevin Nash all got to together and did an unscripted curtain call, where heels and babyfaces were seen being friendly together, breaking wrestling kayfabe.  This was done as an unofficial send off for Nash and Hall who were heading to WCW.  

Scott Hall showed up alone on WCW Monday Nitro as an outside intruder from the WWF. Hall kept showing up for weeks terrorizing commentators, and no one knew what exactly was coming. Hall’s character had a big surprise, which ended up being his long time best friend Kevin Nash.

The two would end up being called “The Outsiders”, and would lead the way to biggest heel turn in the history of professional, with Hulk Hogan, who had been the biggest babyface (good guy) in the history of sports entertainment turning on the WCW to form the New World Order (NWO).

The NWO was the cutting edge of wrestling, and it’s emergence is what pushed the WWF into the attitude era, where edgier characters came to pass such as The Rock, Steve Austin, HHH, and Kane, a departure from the PG kid friendly era of before.  The NWO set off a period of 80 plus weeks where WCW Nitro beat WWF Monday Night RAW in television ratings. 

This era was known as the Monday Night Wars, that is considered to be the Golden Era of Sports entertainment, and it all started with Scott Hall walking through the audience and interrupting a match, and terrorizing WCW commentators for weeks.

As Hall got older for many years he struggled with alcoholism, as many wrestlers have issues with addiction, due to being on the road for many months of the year and being in immense pain.  Hall was able to pull himself out of depression and his alcoholism by linking up with a long-time friend Diamond Dallas Page who had a program called DDP Yoga.  That program helped Hall get clean, and probably extended his life. 

Unfortunately, Hall would break his hip and needed surgery, after complications with the surgery, he suffered three heart attacks, and was put on life support and then taken off by his family.  Scott Hall aka the Bad Guy, aka Razor Ramon, and one half of the Outsiders, passed away at the age of 63. But he didn’t leave us without a vault full of amazing matches and memories to look back on.

Courtesy of N Rood Scott Hall WCW debut on Monday Nitro

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