It was announced on Monday Night Raw that Razor Ramon, real name Scott Hall, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Hall wrestled in WWE from 1992-96 as Razor Ramon and had a brief comeback stint in 2002, working under his real name as a member of the reformed New World Order. Hall had several memorable matches and feuds during his time in WWE, but is mostly remembered for his classic ladder matches with Shawn Michaels.
The first ladder match between Ramon and Michaels occurred at WrestleMania X in Madison Square Garden. Many people consider this the greatest match in WrestleMania history. More than a year later, the Bad Guy and HBK squared off in another classic ladder match at SummerSlam 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA.
While never achieving the status of a world champion in WWE, Ramon was a four-time Intercontinental Champion at a time when the belt still meant something. However, it wasn’t until Hall left the WWE in May 1996 that he truly reached super-stardom.
Upon arriving at WCW, Hall formed a tag team with fellow WWE deserter Kevin Nash known as the Outsiders. Their intention was to “destroy” WCW, but they needed a third member to do it. At Bash at the Beach in July 1996, the third man was revealed to be Hulk Hogan. The nWo was formed and the rest is history.
It’s impossible to talk about Hall without also mentioning his legal problems. In 1983, Hall got into an altercation with a man outside of a nightclub. Hall wrestled a gun away from the man and shot him in the head, fatally wounding him. The charges were eventually dropped because of a lack of evidence.
Hall has been arrested many times for various incidents and has struggled with severe alcoholism for much of his life. This has been a harbinger for his firings from several wrestling promotions, including WWE, WCW and TNA. Furthermore, his battles with drugs and alcohol have nearly cost him his life on several occasions.
However, things seem to be turning around for Hall. At the beginning of 2013, former WCW and WWE star Diamond Dallas Page invited Hall to his home in an effort to finally get him sober. Hall started practicing DDP Yoga and has been doing great ever since. He’s even begun training his son Cody to be a professional wrestler. It’s hard to judge how long someone like Hall can stay clean, but he has a lot of people pulling really hard for him.
It’s interesting to note that WWE seems to be focusing exclusively on Razor Ramon rather than Hall in their promotional material. Ramon is a product of WWE and Hall is a product of WCW. WWE can’t take credit for the success of Hall, but they can take credit for the character they created.
Is this egotistical? Yes, it is. They should be honoring the man and not the character. But at the end of the day, it’s their Hall of Fame, and they can and will do whatever they want.
I expect Hall’s induction speech to be memorable and extremely emotional. The complete WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will air live in its entirety on WWE Network on Apr. 5, the day before WrestleMania XXX.