The announcement was made Monday, March 24 live on WWE Monday Night RAW.
The best wrestler to never hold a World Championship was one of the instrumental architects in perhaps the greatest pro wrestling storyline in history – the new World order. His inclusion in the start of the nWo is enough alone to include him in the Hall of Fame, but as a performer in the ring his talent and accomplishments just add to his wrestling pedigree.
Razor Ramon, also well known by his real name of Scott Hall, started in wrestling 1984. His first national exposure was Starship Coyote, one half of the American Starship tandem with Danny Spivey. But it was in the late ’80s when Hall got his first real notoriety, teaming with the legendary Curt Hennig in the AWA. The duo was wildly successful and won the company’s tag championship.
By 1991 he showed up in WCW as The Diamond Studd, the centerpiece for Diamond Dallas Page’s Diamond Exchange stable. His push soon fizzled and by the summer of 1992 Hall was in the World Wrestling Federation as his most iconic character – Razor Ramon.
Ramon got an early push, competing in main event matches with and against men like Randy Savage, Ric Flair and Bret Hart. In the fall of ’93, Hall won the first of his four Intercontinental Championships, which in turn led to arguably the greatest match of the 1990s – the iconic ladder match at WrestleMania X with Shawn Michaels. It was also during this time period that Hall, Michaels, Kevin Nash, Triple H and “1-2-3 Kid” Sean Waltman formed the infamous backstage “Kliq” in the WWF.
In early 1996, Hall got the call to join World Championship Wrestling for a large sum of money, along with Nash. On Hall and Nash’s last night in the WWF they performed the now-legendary “curtain call” in Madison Square Garden that saw Hall, Nash, Triple H and Michaels “break character” and embrace mid-ring.
Hall made wrestling history on the Memorial Day 1996 edition of WCW Monday Nitro when he interrupted a match and declared, “We’re taking over.” He was soon joined by Kevin Nash as “The Outsiders” and then eventually by Hulk Hogan to form the groundbreaking new World order. The trio led the nWo to astronomical heights through ’96 and ’97 before the faction soon split into various different forms. As the ’90s wore on, Hall became more sporadic on WCW television, between injuries and stints in and out of rehab. He and Nash feuded through late ’98 over Hall’s drinking problems, including scenes of Hall showing up on Nitro acting drunk and out of sorts. He continued his sporadic appearance until finally leaving WCW in February 2000.
After a brief stop in ECW and a run in Japan, the original nWo trio of Hall, Nash and Hogan arrived in the WWF in February 2002. Unfortunately Hall’s abuse problems caught up with him again and he was out of the promotion by May of 2002 after a run with Steve Austin and a brief feud with Bradshaw.
Hall then made sporadic appearances in the early days of NWA-TNA and by the fall of 2004 he and Nash were in TNA full-time. They formed the Kings of Wrestling stable with Jeff Jarrett, but by early 2005 Hall had disappeared again.
He had been out of the professional limelight since then, but his abuse problems were well known among wrestling fans. In 2012 he finally truly turned his life around when he moved into a home by Diamond Dallas Page in Atlanta, Georgia, and underwent a rehabilitation program of DDP Yoga, healthy eating, clean living and no drugs or alcohol, just like his fellow inductee Jake “The Snake” Roberts. His recovery has been a true inspiration and sight to behold for long-time pro wrestling fans who have watched Hall ebb and flow over his career.
He has now set his focus on training his son Cody Hall for a career in professional wrestling and continuing his rehabilitation efforts.
No inductor has been announced for Hall yet, but it seems likely that one or more of the members of The Kliq will do the honors, with Kevin Nash and or Sean Waltman most likely.
This year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on April 5, in New Orleans, Louisiana inside the New Orleans Arena the night before WrestleMania XXX.