Pro wrestling legend George Scott passed away yesterday at the age of 84. Though he never became a household name, Scott is widely recognized as one of the most influential minds in the wrestling business who helped craft stories for some of the biggest names to ever step in the ring. At various points during his nearly 50 years in pro wrestling, Scott helped steer the careers of legends like ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat, Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan.
"George's body of work often goes unnoticed by many of today's fans. He was the brain trust that helped the Mid Atlantic Territory explode in the 70's notwithstanding his major role in WWE including being the booker at WM1 and in the first Saturday Night's Main Event. " said WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross in a post today on his official website.
George Scott was born in Scotland, and started his wrestling career in 1948 in Hamilton, Ontario where he performed in a tag team with his brother Sandy Scott. He went on to perform in Calgary’s Stampede Wrestling and jumped to the United States to perform in the Carolinas. Scott’s in-ring career ended suddenly in 1972 when he broke his neck.
Scott then transitioned into the creative side of pro wrestling, where he booked story lines and angles for the Mid-Atlantic territory where he had some of his best work. Scott joined Vince McMahon’s WWE in the early 80’s and was a part of the creative team for the firs two Wrestlemanias. Scott ended his run as a wrestling producer with a brief tenure in WCW in 1989.
According to Fight Network, Scott had been battling lung cancer for some time and had been under hospice care since October.