Scott Hall passes away at 63

After being taken off life support earlier in the day, Scott Hall has died at the age of 63.

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After being taken off life support earlier in the day, Scott Hall has died at the age of 63.

WWE began its Raw broadcast with a graphic to confirm his passing as word quickly spread on social media.

Hall suffered three hearts attacks following a recent hip surgery after a blood clot got loose, according to PW Torch.

We will be speaking more about Hall’s life and career later tonight on Rewind-A-Raw.

The following is from Monday’s news update covering the various points of his career:

Hall bounced around many places after breaking into the industry in 1984 after being trained by Hiro Matsuda, and later taken under the wing of Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda in Tampa. He worked in Championship Wrestling from Florida, Mid-Atlantic, and Kansas City before going to the AWA and that opened the door for his first tour with New Japan Pro Wrestling. He had a few stays with WCW throughout his career, it was wrestling as Diamond Studd in 1991 that got him a sustained position on television before leaving and joining the WWF to become the memorable Razor Ramon character.

After a series of tremendous vignettes, the Scarface-inspired character became a top heel and was challenging Bret Hart for the WWF Championship at the Royal Rumble in Sacramento by January 1993.

After the loss to the 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman), it further established Monday Night Raw as the prime show for the company and began Hall’s switch to a babyface where he became Intercontinental champion that year after Shawn Michaels had gone on sabbatical. Michaels returned with his claim to the championship and set up the ladder match at WrestleMania 10 in March 1994 after doing a series of them on the road. It helped produce one of the best shows in company history by that point, coupled with the match between Bret and Owen Hart the same night.

Hall gave his notice in early 1996 and was removed from that year’s WrestleMania show in Anaheim. Along with Kevin Nash, the two migrated back to WCW with Hall appearing on the first two-hour edition of Monday Nitro on Memorial Day with Nash to follow soon after.

With the launch of the N.W.O. in July, business took off for WCW with Hall & Nash aligned with Hulk Hogan and led the company to unprecedented heights in 1997 and 1998. During this time, Hall was combating his personal issues that got way out of control and sadly, even turned into an on-screen angle in late 1998 based on his problems – while at the same time, WWF was doing a similar story involving Mike Hegstrand a.k.a. Road Warrior Hawk.

When someone is a major star and commanding a high salary, leeway is given and Hall certainly had a long leash, but even WCW had to wipe their hands clean by 2000, and Hall was gone. He resurfaced for a few appearances in ECW and worked primarily for New Japan in 2001 before getting back to WWE in early 2002.

The decision to bring Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Hall back to the company was heavily debated with the concern of bringing those forces into the WWF locker room. The company needed a shot in the arm after a fizzled invasion angle and they were stars that produced differing results. Hogan had a surprisingly great run that year wrestling way more than most anticipated and despite having a brief run with the WWF title, was largely there to lose.

Hall’s run was short-lived and was gone by May despite working with Steve Austin at WrestleMania and being figured into plans on the Raw side. After the Plane Ride from Hell in May 2002, he worked that Monday’s edition of Raw before being let go. He would wrestle for NWA TNA, which launched the next month, and worked sporadically with the group through 2010.

The issues Hall battled continued to escalate and the damage was mounting, which included a pacemaker being inserted to help with heart issues while also paying the price for his in-ring career, which included a hip replacement in 2013.

Diamond Dallas Page was credited for getting Hall back onto a path towards getting clean with Hall having his moment in 2014 when he was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame. He would have cameos over the years including a run-in with Hogan & Nash at WrestleMania 31 and at Raw 25 in January 2018.

He had two children, Cody and Cassidy, and we send our best to all of them.

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