One of the leading heels from the world of pro rasslin’ is gone.
Scott Hall, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer and a founding member of the New World Order, died at the age of 63 on Monday. The pro wrestling icon suffered three heart attacks from hip surgery complications over the weekend and was taken off life support.
WWE announced the news to open “Monday Night Raw” — a show Hall appeared on the first episode of in 1993 as Razor Ramon — and wrestler Kevin Owens started the show with Hall’s signature catchphrase” “Hey yo.”
The company also aired a video remembering Hall’s legendary career in both WWE and WCW. It was the start of a flow of tributes that poured out of every corner of the industry to remember one of the its all-time greats and influential figures.
In those halcyon WCW days, Hall teamed up with Kevin Nash to front the infamous NWO, going on to seduce perennial babtface Hul Hogan over to the dark side and into heel status, for the first time in the Hulkster’s career. It was an unexpected move for Hogan, who said later that he had agonized over the decision, and remains uncertain if he did the right thing or not. This article goes on to feature tributes and remembrances of Hall from pretty much everybody who was anybody in Hall’s era. More can be perused at the WWE’s official website, as you’d expect:
WWE Legends and Superstars have shared memories and paid tribute to the incredible legacy of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall following his passing.
Triple H and X-Pac both shared heartfelt moments and examples of Hall’s larger than life personality.
Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, JBL, Trish Stratus and more would all share their gratitude for the impact Hall left on the sports-entertainment industry.
These Tweets include lots of great photos from what I consider to be the Golden Age of wrestling: WCW; NWO; the brilliant Sting saga. With super-genius Eric Bischoff masterminding the story arcs and plotlines, WCW had all the pieces in place: the sudden shifts in allegiance; the unlooked for knife in the back, shivved by a one-time friend; the best-laid plots, suddenly ganging aft aglee; the bitter, snarling rivalries; genuinely amazing feats of physical strength, agility, and utter disregard for life and limb—all this and more made for some damned heady entertainment. I said at the time the period could legitimately be thought of as today’s equivalent to Shakespeare. I meant that, too.
I especially like the remembrance posted by an old fave of mine, Diamond Dallas Page.
My brother has gone on to Valhalla to raise some hell
The bad guy till the end.
“YO Death, what’s your finisher? Can’t wait to kick out”
He may not have kicked out,
but he wasn’t gonna put that MF’er over clean ❤️@realkevinnash love you & miss you more!
— Diamond Dallas Page (@RealDDP) March 15, 2022
Preach it, DDP.
Elsewhere on the WWE site you’ll find a concise summary of Hall’s illustrious career.
A hugely influential Superstar, Hall began his career in 1984, performing with various organizations across the country before joining World Championship Wrestling in 1991 as The Diamond Studd. In 1992, Hall signed with WWE and introduced fans all over the world to the character of Razor Ramon, becoming a four-time Intercontinental Champion and one of the most enduring personas of WWE’s “New Generation.” He participated in memorable rivalries against Kevin Nash, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and countless others, with his two Ladder Matches against Michaels at WrestleMania X and SummerSlam 1995 both considered all-time classics by fans and industry insiders alike. In 1996, Hall re-joined World Championship Wrestling and joined Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan as the founding members of the nWo (New World Order), revolutionizing the sports-entertainment industry and ushering in the “Monday Night Wars.”
After retiring from the ring, Hall capped off a one-of-a-kind career by being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as Razor Ramon in 2014 and again as a member of the nWo in 2020.
Farewell, Scott. For most of the 90s, you helped make my Monday nights a helluva lot more fun. I won’t forget it.