Wrestling: Scott Hall

Hall in The '90s. Before things got worse.

Eddie Tennant: Oh my God. This guy is the living Mickey Rourke character from the movie.
Shaun Assel: It's life imitating art imitating life.

Hey, yo!

Scott Hall is a Cuban-American professional wrestler best known in the WWF as Razor Ramon and (more famously) in WCW under as one of "The Outsiders" (alongside real-life friends Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash), which formed the basis for the wrestling supergroup 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).

A performer of no small skill, Hall remains over with fans today who remember him as a lovably douchey heel. But those pops come with a price tag. Hall is infamous for no-showing events, his rap sheet is bigger than his arm, and most of his career has been spent drying out instead of working, to the point where WWE (which foots the bill for any current or former contracted employees who enter rehab) has spent more on Hall's detox than any other performer. These off-screen issues — which were notoriously turned into an angle during Hall's last lap in WCW — reduced one of the industry's most promising talents into one of its biggest cautionary tales.

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: "Last Call Hall", indeed. In spite of his love for the character and the wrestling business, he can't come within three feet of them without risking a relapse. He even missed Shawn Michaels's Hall of Fame Induction because it wasn't a dry party.
    • And he STILL FELL OFF THE WAGON 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/Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kevin Nash, for something going on 25 years.
  • 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.
  • Blasphemous Boast: "I'm like Adam in the Garden of Eden; I'm the only real mang."
  • 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.
    • nWo's presence in Japan of course led to him having one in Fire Pro Wrestling.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Who pushes a little kid in a fountain? The Bad Guy, that's who.
  • Catch Phrase: "Hey Yo!"
    • Hall doing his survey.
  • 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" (read: zebra prints and fuzzy dice) Cadillacs..
  • 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.
  • Drives Like Crazy: According to Hall, he must have flipped five or more caddies in his WCW days, including 2 in the same day.
  • 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: A bad impression of Al Pacino doing a bad Cuban Accent. By way of Dana Carvey.
    Brandon Stroud: Hall eventually made the character self-aware enough that when he showed up in WCW going HEY YO we were in on the joke, but man, watching him dress like an 80-year old retired Floridian woman and say “mang” to a crowd of white children is depressing. I BEAD UP JOO BRUDDER, MANG.
    • 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.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: Hall is a candle in the wind: unreliable.
    • Though Razor was a frequent presence on WWF TV, as an Outsider he became a permanent fixture of the main event scene. Scott Hall was a talented big guy who had the crowd in his pocket. There was only one thing keeping him from going to the top, and it was him. Hall stopped coming to shows sober and was relegated to non-wrestling cameos. The bookers attempted to make his alcoholism look like a work, possibly at Hall's urging. He remained over to the bitter end, even as WCW forbid anyone from even mentioning Hall's name in 2000, despite chants of "WE WANT HALL".
    • The fans popped for his picture, people.
    • He had a mild comeback in TNA, but fell back into old habits and was released. Samoa Joe cut a Turning Point promo where he nicknamed Hall "the Phantom of the Impact Zone", and since Nash was in attendance, he had words with Joe after that show. Hall would no-show two additional PPVs after that: He backed out of Genesis with hours to go before showtime, having apparently lost his confidence.
  • 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.
  • Idiot Hair: That spit curl.
  • 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, mang! Razor scars their hearts and does not care!
  • Lost in Character: He's addicted to toothpicks — or at least he was, until DDP cured him of the habit. That tells you everything you need to know. Hall is as addicted to the high of being "Razor Ramon" as he is to alcohol. That's an unfortunate side-effect of the old territory system, when wrestlers never dropped character and occasionally got lost in kayfabe. Hopefully, Scott will prove stronger than Razor.
  • Malaproper: Occasionally as Razor Ramon.
  • Memetic Hand Gesture: The spooky fingers.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: He's Diamond's Stud. Voila. Diamond Studd.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: His war with the bottle was written into a "storyline" on Nitro. And if that wasn't strange enough, Hall's former tag team partner and friend Kevin Nash participated in this storyline, greeting Hall in the ring and offering him another "shot" — a boot to the chin, that is. The payoff to this dud of an angle? Well, Scott was buried and went on sabbatical, while Nash added another notch to his (wrestling) belt. In that respect, it was worse than WWE's similar angles involving Jake Roberts, Eddie Guerrero, and Paul Bearer, because at least those were used to elevate people who deserved it. WrestleCrap duly inducted the sorry affair.
  • 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Ultimately, the reason he kept pulling a check was because his old Kliq buddies were running WCW (and later TNA, if we're being honest). That aside, he's said to be the least malicious member of the group: He's actually claimed in interviews that he declined from holding the World Title in both major companies during the Monday Night War.
  • Spiteful Spit: Liked to spit the toothpick in his opponent's face just to provoke them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Big Tobacco. Yes, that happened.
    • His spot in The Band was eventually filled by Jeff Jarrett after Hall no-showed Turning Point '07. His initial replacement? Eric Young of all people.
    • Whitman tagged with Nash at TNA Genesis after Hall got cold feet.
  • 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 name was Razor, you would refer to yourself as The Razor too, mang.
  • Those Wily Coyotes: He was known as Starship Coyote.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Goof off, get arrested, come in loaded and not get fired. Nice work if you can get it.
  • 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