Scott Hall has tragically passed away at the age of 63. Hall helped to define the most successful era in the history of pro wrestling in the United States when he famously jumped from WWE to WCW in the 1990s to form the New World Order with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan. A controversial figure through most of his life, Scott teamed with Diamond Dallas Page to finally get his tumultuous life on track.
WWE broke the news before RAW this week. He was taken off life support and lived for hours after that.
Hall’s closest friend in the wrestling business, Kevin Nash, recently said that Hall was to be taken off life support once his family was gathered at his side. The inevitable news saddened wrestling fans around the world. It was only a matter of time before the world lost one of wrestling’s greatest examples of triumph, tragedy, and overcoming the odds.
Scott Hall got his start in wrestling with the NWA in Dusty Rhodes’ Florida territory after being trained by Japanese great Hiro Matsuda. Hall went on to star in Verne Gagne’s AWA, where he was planned to be the next Hulk Hogan. Scott Hall teamed with Curt Hennig to become the AWA World Tag Team Champions.
Hall’s journey took him to WCW and New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he further developed his skills. The WWF came calling in the early 90s and Hall developed his famous Razor Ramon character there. Hall left in 1996 along with Kevin Nash to form the New World Order in WCW. It was one of the most successful storylines ever in the United States.
Scott went through a well-documented war with substance abuse and addiction that lasted most of his adult life. Hall was helped by Diamond Dallas Page, who brought him back from the brink of death and helped clean up The Bad Guy’s life. Hall was a two-time inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame both as Razor Ramon and a founding member of the nWo.
Scott Hall’s passing is sad news for anyone who grew up watching wrestling in the 1990s. Hall created some of the most memorable moments in American wrestling history. Our thoughts go out to Scott’s friends, family, relatives, and those who he touched over the years during this very sad time.
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