WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall, who played iconic heel Razor Ramon in the 1990s and helped professional wrestling gain worldwide attention, died on Monday, WWE announced.
“WWE is saddened to learn that two-time WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Hall’s family, friends and fans,” WWE said in a statement released on Twitter.
Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also a two-time Intercontinental Champion and one-time World Tag Team Champion.
Hall began his career in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) before joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now) in 1992. It was there that he created the character of Razor Ramon, a cigar-smoking bad guy with a Cuban heritage.
Razor Ramon was one of the most popular characters in the WWF during the 1990s “Attitude Era,” and Hall’s matches with Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Bret Hart and other top stars helped put WWE on the map. Hall was one of the most charismatic and talented wrestlers of his generation and was a true trailblazer in the industry. He helped revolutionize the way that wrestling was presented on television with his over-the-top persona and impressive physical skills.
Hall had a long and storied career in professional wrestling, starting out in the 1980s with stints in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He first came to prominence in the WWF in 1992, when he debuted as Razor Ramon – a heel character inspired by Tony Montana from Scarface.
Razor Ramon quickly became one of the top villains in the WWF, engaging in classic feuds with stars like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. He also had a memorable run as part of The Kliq, a group of wrestlers that also included Michaels, Kevin Nash, and Triple H.
In 1996, Hall left the WWF and returned to WCW, where he helped lead the New World Order (nWo) – one of the most iconic factions in wrestling history. He remained with WCW until its demise in 2001, after which he made occasional appearances for WWE. Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.
In addition to his in-ring accomplishments, Hall was also a driving force behind the formation of the New World Order (nWo), one of professional wrestling’s most iconic factions. In addition to his accomplishments in WWE, Hall is also widely respected for his work in other wrestling organizations, including World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He is a two-time WCW World Champion and was the first-ever TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
In recent years, Hall had been open about his struggles with addiction and mental health issues. He had been hospitalized on multiple occasions and was most recently arrested in October 2018 for allegedly assaulting his fiancee.
Hall had been battling health issues for many years, and his death at 63 comes as a shock to the wrestling world. He will be remembered as one of the all-time greats. He is survived by his wife Dana and two children.