Professional wrestling legend Scott Hall, a two-time WWE Hall of Famer and a founding member of the nWo faction, died Monday. He was 63.
Hall had been placed on life support after suffering series of heart attacks and developing a blood clot following a planned hip surgery. Early Monday morning, Hall’s longtime friend and tag team partner Kevin Nash posted on Instagram that Hall would be removed from life support at Wellstar Kennstone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, once Hall’s family could be in place.
WWE confirmed Monday night at the start of its Raw television program that Hall has died.
One of the most charismatic and captivating wrestlers of the 1990s and early 2000s, Hall wrestled for several promotions from the mid-1980s with short stints in WWF and WCW along with a successful run in AWA before catching on more permanently in WCW as The Diamond Studd.
However, he first rose to prominence in 1992 when he signed with WWF and debuted as Razor Ramon, a character that “oozed machismo” and was influenced by Scarface.
As Razor, also known as “The Bad Guy”, Hall became one of WWF’s top stars with four intercontinental championship reigns during his tenure with the company. He also starred alongside Shawn Michaels in one of the most influential matches in wrestling history, a legendary ladder match to determine the true intercontinental champion at WrestleMania X.
While Hall and Nash, known as Diesel in WWF, had worked together previously in WCW, it was during their early 90s WWF stint that they became close friends. The pair were famously part of a backstage group of wrestlers known as “The Kliq,” a group that was not used in WWF storylines but also included Shawn Michaels, Paul Levesque (Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Triple H) and Shawn Waltman (1-2-3 Kid, Syxx, X-Pac).
Hall and Nash jumped to WCW in mid-1996, appearing as invading forces called The Outsiders looking to take over the promotion. That set in motion WCW’s eventual 83-week domination of WWF in the Monday night ratings war. Hall and Nash would soon be joined by Hulk Hogan to form the New World Order (nWo), one of the greatest stables in professional wrestling history.
In addition to their formation of the industry-changing nWo, Hall and Nash won the WCW tag titles seven times. Hall also had one tag team title reign alongside The Giant (Paul Wight, The Big Show), as well as two runs as WCW United States champion and one as WCW television champion.
During his wrestling peak, Hall also battled drug and alcohol addiction, which were issues he would continue to fight for much of his life. After late-career stints with WWF (now WWE), and TNA, Hall retired from active competition in 2010 when he was released from his TNA contract amid legal troubles stemming from an alcohol-related incident in a bar in Florida.
Hall made a push to get his life back on track by rehabilitating physically and mentally with friend and former WCW wrestler Diamond Dallas Page. Hall moved into Page’s home where he strengthened his sobriety and repaired his body. Page also helped Hall raise money for a needed hip replacement in 2013.
Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one year later as Razor Ramon. He was inducted again 2020 alongside Nash, Hogan and Waltman as part of the nWo.
“I’m going to lose the one person on this planet I’ve spent more of my life with than anyone else. My heart is broken and I’m so very f—ing sad,” Nash wrote of Hall on Instagram. “I love Scott with all my heart but now I have to prepare my life without him in the present. I’ve been blessed to have a friend that took me at face value and I him. When we jumped to WCW we didn’t care who liked or hated us. We had each other and with the smooth Barry Bloom we changed wrestling both in content and pay for those……alot that disliked us. We were the “Outsiders ” but we had each other.
“Scott always felt he wasn’t worthy of the afterlife. Well God please have some gold plated toothpicks for my brother. My life was enriched with his take on life. He wasn’t perfect but as he always said, ‘The last perfect person to walk the planet they nailed to a cross’. As we prepare for life without him just remember there goes a great guy you ain’t going to see another one like him again. See Ya down the road Scott. I couldn’t love a human being any more than I do you.”