It’s official! The WWE just acknowledged the passing of 2-time Hall of Famer Scott Hall. If you follow wrestling, Scott Hall fell and broke his hip about a couple weeks ago. Hall went in for surgery to repair his broken hip, but there were complications. Blood clots developed, which led to him having three heart attacks. Scott Hall entered the wrestling business in 1984 after training with Japanese wrestler Hiro Matsuda. Hall caught my attention when he was the AWA tag titles with the late, great Curt Hennig. Afterwards, Hall landed in WCW and was known as the Diamond Studd. After leaving WCW, he popped up in the WWE as Razor Ramon.
When Hall became Razor Ramon, his career immediately took off. While he was a bad guy or a heel, Scott Hall was a real fan favorite. Hall went on to win the Intercontinental championship four times. He is known as one of the greatest Intercontinental champions ever. His WWE run is best remembered for his feud with close friend 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman), which served as Waltman’s big break, his ladder match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X in 1994 and the formation of the backstage group The Kliq, consisting of Hall, Waltman, Michaels, Triple H and Kevin Nash.
Scott Hall’s biggest contribution to wrestling was when he and Nash left WWE for WCW in 1996. Appearing first on the May 26 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Hall, seemingly representing WWE, called out WCW in his famous “you want a war? You’re gonna get one” speech. The speech would kick start an angle that would lead to the formation of the New World Order (nWo) at Bash at the Beach 1996, when Hulk Hogan betrayed WCW to join Hall and Nash, dubbed The Outsiders. The group would go on to become one of the greatest and most influential groups in wrestling history. After WCW folded, Hall along with the nWo would head to the WWE again. Unfortunately, he was released not too long afterwards. The nWo headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2020. They are also one of the featured covers for WWE 2K22.
When Hall & Nash were in WCW, they were the coolest dudes in the world to me. In the late-90s, me and some friends ran into Hall & Nash at an Atlanta mall. They pulled up in a sports car bumping 2Pac’s All Eyez on Me. They both got out and had on some FUBU gear and some Jordans. They came up to all of us, greeted us and kicked it with us for a while. Hall was his usual self and had the toothpick in his mouth and was in character. One of the coolest moments ever for me. Rest in Peace Scott Hall………..man you will definitely be missed.