Razor Ramon's Best, Worst and Most Outrageous Moments in WWE Career

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2017

Razor Ramon's Best, Worst and Most Outrageous Moments in WWE Career

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    Credit: WWE.com

    When the story of WWE's New Generation is told, it is impossible not to mention Razor Ramon.

    The Bad Guy was an integral part of WWE programming during the first-half of the 1990s, a legitimate main event talent whose spot on the card was not always reflective of his talent.

    He waged war with the top stars of his generation but was never allowed the opportunity to hold the world title that fellow Kliq members Shawn Michaels and Diesel were.

    Yet he still took his place in the Hall of Fame thanks to the strength of his stint with the company.

    A four-time intercontinental champion and a face of 1990s professional wrestling, his contributions to WWE are plentiful.

    Relive the Hall of Fame career of Ramon with these best, worst and most outrageous moments from The Bad Guy.

Best: Royal Rumble 1993

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    Razor Ramon had competed in a main event for Vince McMahon once before the 1993 Royal Rumble.

    He had teamed with Ric Flair to battle Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect at the 1992 Survivor Series, but when he challenged Bret Hart for the WWE Championship the following January, there was no Flair to hide behind. The opportunity to let the more over veteran carry the workload was not at his disposal.

    Instead, Ramon would be forced into the spotlight to prove his worth as a headliner against one of the best wrestlers of all time.

    The self-proclaimed Bad Guy went toe-to-toe with The Hitman, delivering a performance that earned the confidence of management and proved to the WWE faithful that he was not your typical big man. Ramon thrived under the spotlight and demonstrated to the CEO the type of performer he had taken a chance on.

    After years of working as a journeyman competitor, never really finding sustainable success in Florida, the AWA or WCW, he had finally struck it big and announced to the world that he was there to stay.

Outrageous: A Monumental Upset

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    The early months of Raw were rife with unforgettable moments, but none did more to create a star out of one Superstar and shift the career trajectory of another the way the outrageous and unprecedented upset of Ramon by the 1-2-3 Kid did.

    The Bad Guy was a legitimate main event talent having battled Bret Hart for the WWE Championship just months earlier in January of 1993. He routinely battled some of the best and highest profile babyfaces the company had to offer. He was riding a wave of momentum.

    The Kid had undergone name change after name change, his moniker altered by every passing defeat.

    If there was such a thing as a one-sided match in WWE, it was Ramon vs. Kid.

    That is until an ill-fated charge into the corner led to a big boot, followed by a moonsault that put Ramon's shoulders to the mat for three seconds.

    The outcome was unfathomable, and as outrageous as the upset was, the willingness by a legitimate headliner in Ramon to put over a relatively unknown entity was refreshing at a time when Hulk Hogan was politically undermining Bret Hart at the top of the card.  

Best: Intercontinental Champion

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    In 1993, a positive steroid test led to a tense schism in the relationship between Shawn Michaels and WWE. The then-intercontinental champion, he took the title and went home, leaving Vince McMahon without a titleholder to promote shows around.

    The October 4 episode of Raw saw a Battle Royal headline the broadcast. The final two competitors would move on to the October 11 show, where they would meet to determine the new champion.

    One man was "The Model" Rick Martel, one of the better in-ring hands the company had at its disposal. The other? Razor Ramon, still relatively early in his babyface run.

    Against the cunning villain, Ramon turned in a superb performance that saw him fight from underneath and deliver a massive Razor's Edge to capture the vacant title.

    It would mark the first of four reigns with the title he would help define throughout the 1990s.

    More importantly, the victory was a reflection of McMahon's trust in the well-traveled veteran as a high-profile babyface entity on his rebuilding roster.

Best: The Ladder Match

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    There are few wrestlers who can claim to have revolutionized professional wrestling in any meaningful way.

    In 1994, Ramon became one of those performers thanks to an unforgettable ladder match against Shawn Michaels. The bout, to determine the undisputed intercontinental champion, created a considerable buzz within the industry.

    Though it was Bret Hart who introduced the idea of the match to Vince McMahon, and even wrestled Michaels in a version of the gimmick bout, Ramon and HBK popularized the bout on the grandest stage known to professional wrestling, WrestleMania.

    At the 10th incarnation of the sports-entertainment spectacular, Ramon and Michaels would deliver the second five-star classic of the night and bring attention to a gimmick match that would become a staple of WWE programming for the next two-plus decades. 

    Ric Flair would famously suggest that the match featured Michaels wrestling a ladder, but to dismiss Ramon's psychology and selling would rob the presentation of what made it work.

    A smartly wrestled bout that was as much about the narrative presented by Michaels and Ramon as it was the awe-inspiring bumps taken by the Superstars, it was built on the strength of both men's performances.

    Not just the more celebrated worker.

Best: With 1-2-3 Kid vs. Shawn Michaels and Diesel

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    There is no denying the joy fellow Kliq members Ramon, the 1-2-3 Kid, Diesel and Shawn Michaels experienced when they worked together.

    In the fall of 1994, the latter two were WWE tag team champions. Ramon and Kid were ready to challenge them, hoping to defeat the arrogant villains and relieve them of the gold. On the Sunday afternoon show called Action Zone, the two teams battled in what would become one of the best matches of the decade and a true hidden gem.

    Michaels bumped around for Kid and Ramon after errantly kicking Diesel in the face. He was the true MVP of the match. That is not to take away the contributions of the other performers, who jelled spectacularly and had the fans in attendance biting on a series of false finishes.

    In many ways, the match was reflective of the style that audiences react so strongly to today.

    It was frenetically paced, featured a ton of high spots and near-falls, keeping them guessing as to which team would walk away victoriously.

    Diesel would recover just in time to ensure that he and Michaels left with the gold, but the winner was not nearly as important as the sum of the match's parts.

    It was a superb contest that demonstrated the strengths of the men involved and the magic they could create when they were both motivated and working with each other.

Worst: 1995

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    The year 1995 sucked for Ramon.

    Sure, his in-ring work with Jeff Jarrett is probably underrated, but it was during that year that it became painfully apparent that Ramon was being held back, shoved into the midcard to make up for the company's inability to build stars on that part of the roster, despite his status as a credible main event attraction.

    He was a means to an end in getting Savio Vega over with the masses. He worked with Dean Douglas, Men on a Mission and a past-his-prime Yokozuna. He was tossed aside by WWE Creative and left to wallow in mediocrity rather than given the opportunity to prove himself as a headliner at a time when depth at the top of the card was so shallow that Mabel was given a main event push.

    The one bright spot?

    His SummerSlam Ladder match with Shawn Michaels, even though that was never the original plan for the show.

    After two-plus years of starring for WWE as one of its biggest stars, he was sacrificed to put other, less-deserving stars over.

    A year to forget before what would be his most significant year to date.

Worst: The Goldust Program

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    When a performer does not believe in the material given to him or her or simply does not want to do what they are being booked in, it becomes apparent fairly quickly.

    That was the case in late 1995, early 1996 as Ramon found himself opposed by the bizarre and enigmatic Goldust.

    The storyline was controversial and, at the time, pushed the envelope perhaps further than anyone was comfortable with. There were homosexual overtones that forced the audience to sit up and take notice but at the same time, clearly made Ramon uncomfortable.

    His performance suffered as a result.

    More than once, he appeared to become legitimately angry while working with the face-painted newcomer, unloading on him with a fury that went beyond put-on rage.

    That he became suspended in the midst of the programming for reasons beyond the squared circle, robbing fans of a conclusion to the program, only added to the disappointment surrounding the program.

Worst: The Crybaby Match

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    The 1996 Crybaby match with 1-2-3 Kid was a horrendously bad gimmick that did nothing to reflect the raw emotion of the rivalry between Ramon and his former best friend.

    These were two Superstars who had spent years on the road together. They had fiercely supported each other until Kid's ego and desire to achieve more led to a heartbreaking split.

    They needed to culminate their rivalry in a Street Fight or a Falls Count Anywhere match. There needed to be consequences.

    Not a humiliating situation in which the loser would be dressed in a diaper, powdered and fed a baby bottle.

    It was an embarrassing ordeal for both Superstars and not at all relative to the story the company had spent telling to that point. It was wholly unnecessary and only added to the frustration Ramon and Kid felt from a creative standpoint.

Worst: No WWE Championship

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    Ramon was an elite performer for WWE during his four years with the company and a genuinely smart worker. He knew what to put where, why to do certain things between the ropes and how to elicit a reaction. He could work great matches with Superstars of many backgrounds and styles.

    Yet when reflecting upon his stint with WWE in the 1990s, the lack of a world championship reaches out and slaps you in the face—a harsh reality for a Superstar so accomplished.

    Ramon was a measuring stick for so many performers, but he was never adequately rewarded for the work he put in.

    Sure, he was a four-time intercontinental champion and one of the faces of WWE's New Generation, but he was robbed of the greatest prize known to professional wrestlers: a shot at the big belt.

    He was, in hindsight, the bridesmaid but never the bride.

    He worked with the headliners but was never allowed to grow into that role himself.

    As it stands now, it is the greatest disappointment in regards to his Hall of Fame career in WWE.

Best: 'Bad Times Don't Last, but Bad Guys Do'

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    There were legitimate concerns that Scott Hall, the man behind Razor Ramon, would not live to see the day he was enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame. Years of abuse and addiction left him in a state of poor health both physically and mentally.

    With the help of Diamond Dallas Page and the desire to get better, he transformed himself, and in 2014, he saw his life's work immortalized with a long-awaited induction into the Hall of Fame.

    Thankful for the honor, Hall greeted his fans and peers with a phrase that would not only define his speech, but also hit the same emotional chord so many of his performances did over the course of his career.

    "Bad times don't last, but bad guys do."

    It summed up his life away from the ring, that one sentence telling the story of a Superstar who had navigated the bad times and emerged on the other side.