Scott Hall, the former professional wrestler who rose to fame in the early 1990s as the arrogant “Bad Guy” Razor Ramon, known for wearing gold chains and throwing toothpicks at opponents, is dead.
In a statement about his death on Monday, World Wrestling Entertainment called Mr. Hall a “hugely influential superstar”. Several news outlets reported that he was 63, although it could not be confirmed immediately.
Mr. Hall was part of a wrestling cohort that rose to fame in the 1990s and early 2000s, under the watchful eye of WWE president Vince McMahon. The era produced stars including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Undertaker, among others.
Mr. Hall suffered complications from hip replacement surgery this month, according to Pro Wrestling Torch, a site that has extensively covered the wrestling world for over 30 years. He had been alive in Georgia following three heart attacks over the weekend, the website said.
Kevin Nash, another former professional wrestler, said on Sunday in an Instagram post that Mr. Hall’s family had plans to take away his life support.
“I will lose the only person on this planet that I have spent more of my life with than anyone else,” wrote Mr. Nash. “I love Scott with all my heart, but now I have to prepare my life without him in the present.”
Mr. Hall began his wrestling career in 1984 and joined World Championship Wrestling in 1991 as a Diamond Stud, according to WWE. The following year he joined WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation, as Razor Ramon, a character influenced by Tony Montana’s portrayal of Al Pacino in “Scarface”.
Mr. Hall became a four-time Intercontinental Champion during his time with the WWE. Two of his most famous performances were straight matches – a contest to grab the championship belt, hanging over the ring, using a straight – against Shawn Michaels for that title at WrestleMania X and SummerSlam 1995.
Mr. Hall joined World Championship Wrestling in 1996 as a heel, or villain, under his given name and became a founding member of the New World Order, along with Mr. Nash and Hulk Hogan.
Outside the ring, Mr. Hall struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and went to rehab at least a dozen times, according to a 2017 interview. He said WWE supported some of his treatment and even credited another wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, for helping with his recovery.
“It wasn’t perfect,” said Mr. Nash on Mr. Hall’s Sunday. “But as he always said, ‘The last perfect person to walk the planet nailed her to a cross’.”
Mr. Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as Razor Ramon in 2014 and again in 2020 as a member of the New World Order.
“I learned that when I walked through that curtain, I could have a relationship as an artist with an audience,” said Mr. Hall in his 2014 induction speech. “And it was a powerful thing for me, that I was the hated villain. or the beloved hero. It was something I always treasured. “
He concluded the speech: “In my life, I have learned that hard work pays off, dreams come true, bad times don’t last, but bad times do.”