Wrestling: Scott Hall

Hall in The Nineties. Before things got worse.

Scott Hall was a popular professional wrestler during the 1990s, having wrestled in the WWF as Razor Ramon and (more famously) in WCW under his real name as one of The Outsiders (alongside real-life friend Kevin Nash). The Outsiders, together with Hulk Hogan, formed the ultimate wrestling supergroup in the New World Order in 1996. After WCW's demise, he had brief runs in both WWE (as part of the reborn nWo) and TNA (with fellow Kliq members Nash and Sean "X-Pac" Waltman).

Hall's career accomplishments and fame/infamy as a performer are offset, however, by his numerous personal demons; he is an infamous abuser of alcohol and drugs, to the point where WWE (who offers to pay for rehab for any current or former contracted employee) has spent more to send Hall to rehab than on any other performer. These off-screen issues — which were infamously turned into a part of Hall's on-screen character in his last runs in WCW — transformed one of the industry's most promising performers into one of its most tragic figures.

Things are looking up for Scott, though — in February 2013, he sought help from Diamond Dallas Page, who previously worked miracles for the likes of Jake Roberts, and as of May 2013, has been sober since. Thanks to Indiegogo, he underwent hip surgery in April 2013 and is well on the way to getting a new lease on life.

Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former AWA World Tag Team Champion w/Curt Hennig, a former 4x WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, a former 4x WCW World Tag Team Champion, holding the belts 3x w/Nash as the Outsiders and 1x w/the Giant (Big Show), a former 2x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a former WCW World Television Champion and a WWC Universal Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5th, 2014.

You can learn about Scott Hall at The Other Wiki.

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  • Alliterative Name: As Razor Ramon.
  • The Alcoholic: So very much.
    • He even missed Shawn Michaels's Hall of Fame induction because he knew it would throw him Off The Wagon.
      • Which STILL HAPPENED during that weekend when he worked an independent show in Boston.
      • WWE did not set up a match for Nash for WrestleMania XVIII as a precaution, since in the event that Hall somehow screwed up and got fired at any time before the show, they would just be able to plug Nash into Hall's place as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's opponent. (Note: Hall DID eventually screw up and get fired, but, it was a month later.)
    • Since 2012, however, DDP has been helping Hall and Jake the Snake to the point where they are now completely clean.
    • WCW even made it part of his character as "Last Call" Scott Hall. Nobody was amused and his ex-wife even wrote a letter to WCW complaining about it.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Bash Brothers/Vitriolic Best Buds: With Kevin Nash.
  • Berserk Button: Do not make jokes about Owen Hart's death when he's in the room. He doesn't care if cameras are rolling.
  • Breakup Breakout: Became a much bigger name than his American Starship partner Eagle (Dan Spivey.)
  • Captain Ersatz: Of himself. Early in his WCW run as one half of the Outsiders, he could not use the Razor Ramon gimmick for copyright reasons, so he simply used his real name and continued to talk, act and even dress like Razor Ramon. So much so that he was named personally as one of the several reasons the WWE threatened legal action during the early days of the nWo storyline.
  • Catch Phrase: "Hey Yo!"
  • Carpet of Virility: One of the few more modern examples of a wrestler with one.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Tom Selleck of Magnum, P.I. in the 1980s, which led to him being billed for a time as "Magnum" Scott Hall.
  • Cool Car: Razor's "Custom Made" Cadillac.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to the 1-2-3 Kid on Raw, Razor turned face shortly after and became a mentor to The Kid.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His run in the American Wrestling Association, years before achieving fame in the WWF. He sported a curly mullet, a large mustache, and bulked up to 300 pounds (which he attributed to steroids). In fact, pretty much anything he did before he developed the look he had as the Diamond Studd in 1991 would qualify. He was a blond in the two-ring battle royal at NWA The Great American Bash 89.
    • His early House Show appearances as Razor Ramon had him as a Badass Biker.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: As of 2013, he's clean from drugs and alcohol for the first time in years, he's rebuilding his relationships with his children, regaining his life and reputation and his general health is the best it's been for years, but it's been a long, hard road with a lot of pain along the way.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: One storyline with Goldust.
  • Expy
    • Razor Ramon was a pretty obvious one of Tony Montana from Scarface (1983).
    • The funniest part, is that he showed up for his (then) WWF audition, and was explicitly doing a Scarface impression to show he can "do characters". Vince McMahon, having literally never seen or been fully aware of the movie, thought Scott was doing an original concept. A bit of tweaking and name-brainstorming, and Razor Ramon was born.
    • Razor Ramon derisively called Carlito Colón "mini razor". While it is true was basically a smaller Razor Ramon when he first debuted in WWE, he had became a little more by the time they met. Also a little ironic when you consider Razor used to encourage people to be more like him.
    • His "Big Scott Hall" gimmick in the AWA was a desperate attempt to fill the void left by the departure of Hulk Hogan.
  • Finishing Move: The Razor's Edge/Outsider's Edge, a crucifix powerbomb. As the Diamond Studd, he called it the Diamond Death Drop.
    • Earlier, he used a top rope bulldog called the "Hallbuster."
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Tended towards this as Razor Ramon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Kevin Nash, for over twenty years.
  • I Have Many Names: His own, Starship Coyote, the Diamond Studd, and Razor Ramon.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Compare the image for this page with the one linked to in the caption. Fifteen years makes a difference, but for most people it doesn't make that much of one. His various addictions had a hand in this.
  • Jerkass: As a member of The Kliq, he's a natural.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He retained much of the same mannerisms he had as a heel long into his face turn. It's probably the reason his face turn was so successful, despite the fact that anti-heroes were very rare in pre-Attitude Era WWF.
  • Latin Lover: Chicas are for fun, man! Razor scars their hearts and doesn't care!
  • Malaproper: Occasionally as Razor Ramon.
  • Non-Indicative Name: As Razor, captained the team the Bad Guys (Razor/The 1-2-3 Kid/Davey Boy Smith/the Headshrinkers (Fatu [Rikishi] and Sionne [The Barbarian]) at Survivor Series 94, who were actually the Faces.
  • Oral Fixation: Used to chew on a toothpick during his promos.
    • His alcoholism could be a part of his oral fixation.
  • Parts Unknown (as The Diamond Studd): "The Diamond Mine"
  • Permastubble: He always managed to maintain the same facial hair
  • Poirot Speak: As Razor Ramon.
  • Power Stable: Was a part of the New World Order.
    • As the Diamond Studd in WCW, was in the Diamond Exchange.
    • In TNA, he, Nash and Jeff Jarrett were known as the Kings of Wrestling.
    • The Band, a recycling of the NWO concept with Nash, Waltman and Eric Young.
    • (in New Japan Pro Wrestling): Team 2000
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: His battle with alcoholism was written into an angle in WCW. And it was not at all funny or professional.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • (in the CWA in Memphis): Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."
    • (in ECW/New Japan Pro Wrestling/Caribbean/independents): The Fugees' "Ready Or Not"
  • Red Baron: "Da Bad Guy", for Razor Ramon.
  • Tag Team:
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: A real life example. His first alliance in the WWF was with Ric Flair, and the two didn't get along in real life.
  • Third-Person Person: If your names was Razor, you would referrer to yourself as razor too, man.
  • Those Wily Coyotes: He was known as Starship Coyote.
  • Underwear of Power
  • Verbal Tic: While as Razor Ramon, and sometimes during WCW, he tended to end most of his sentences with either "chico" or "mang". Just check out this promo for an example
    • This carried over for a few months when he moved to WCW and used his own(decidedly non-Latino) name.
  • Wacky Fratboy Hijinx: Hall, as part of the Outsiders with Kevin Nash, and in the nWo, was one of the pioneers of this in wrestling.
  • Wham Line: "You know who I am, but you don't know why I'm here... You want a war? You're gonna get one."
  • Wrestling Family: He's mentoring his son Cody to become a wrestler