Say Hello to the Bad Guy: 15 Things to Love About Scott Hall
I'll admit, I'm as excited about The Rock's return to the WWE in the last month as the next mark, but let's take a breather from all the excitement and remember a true legend in the world of professional wrestling. That icon is none other than "The Bad Guy" Scott Hall.
Scott Hall has been my favorite wrestler since his debut as Razor Ramon way back in 1992. That's saying a lot considering I was only five at the time. The swagger, the style and the pure athleticism drew me right in, as it did for a lot of fans at the time. Ever since, I have followed him through the good times and the bad.
With that, I wanted to give everyone a little trip down memory lane giving you some of the best moments of The Bad Guy's career as well as the biggest reasons why he is one of the greats...
15. The Razor Ramon Vignettes
For a lot of us, this was our first taste of The Bad Guy. Vince McMahon must have had some serious faith in Razor because these clips ran for weeks before he even wrestled his first match.
14. The Entrance
For some reason I think Scott's walk to the ring is one of the coolest in the history of the business. Sneaking out of the back, taking his time to get into the ring and finishing it off with the "Razor Rumba." It just doesn't get any smoother. Not to mention he always had the sweetest music.
13. Survey Says...
The genius of the survey was that it could either get some serious cheers (if it was nWo country of course) or draw some huge heat, as seen in this video.
12. Pure. Raw. Power.
Say what you want, but the man is a serious power house. Watch that slap. Watch it! Good Lord...
Let us not forget, however, that offense is not the only thing that matters to a professional wrestler. That brings us to...
11. Sell It, Chico.
Some may call that an over-sell but there's some real beauty to it. Scott always had a way to sell his opponent's moves to make them look great, and that right there is no exception.
A lot of people might not realize but Scott Hall is one of the brightest minds in the wrestling business. Not only did he strike gold when creating the Razor Ramon character but he was one of the minds behind the nWo angle. He is even credited with giving Sting the idea for the "Crow" gimmick in the mid-90s that he uses to this day.
Here we see Scott guiding younger talent on their road to success. It's truly great to see Scott so involved behind the scenes and helping rising stars like Santana with tips and critiques.
This, by the way, is from Scott's YouTube series entitled "Last Call with Scott Hall." He has a ton of videos up where he even commentates on old matches with "The Living Legend" Larry Zybysko at his side. You can go watch The Bad Guy here.
9. The Toothpick
This is just classic Hall. There is nothing more to be said.
8. Hey Yo
Not since Macho Man's "Oooooh Yeeea" could two words ignite a crowd quite like these two.
If you get the chance watch the video of the nWo's return to WWE from No Way Out 2002. The crowd absolutely explodes when Scott grabs the mic and does his thing.
7. Jerry Jerry Jerry Jerry
This is a pretty random one, but I don't think I've ever seen something like this before. You can't deny the man's passion and love for what he does after watching him give his belt to two sick kids on national television.
On a side note, it's kind of funny how he drops the accent for this segment.
6. My Most Precious Gold, Chico
If there's one thing to be said about Razor Ramon, it's that his most precious gold was the Intercontinental Championship.
There was a time when Intercontinental title truly meant something. Any superstar that meant anything usually held this title at one point, be it Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior or Shawn Michaels.
No one, however, gave the IC title more prestige than Razor Ramon. He fought for that belt harder than most guys were fighting for the world title at the time. Razor went on to be the first person to hold the strap four times, a record that would stand for years.
It's sad to see the such a prestigious title mean so little these days...
5. The Invasion of WCW
I remember watching the night Scott Hall came through the crowd and interrupted that match. I wish I could have seen my face.
It's no doubt this is the beginning of the biggest turning point in the history of professional wrestling. The moment of conception for one of the most influential stables and storylines in wrestling history...
4. The New World Order
This is easily one of the most important moments and iconic promos in the history of sports entertainment. As much as this is Hulk Hogan's time to shine in the nWo story, none of it would have happened without Scott Hall invading the WCW just a few weeks earlier.
It's insane to see that kind of crowd reaction. I sincerely doubt we will see anything like this ever again.
3. The Razor's Edge
Hey Sheamus, does this look familiar?
These days intricate or powerful finishing maneuvers are the norm, but back in the 90s The Razor's Edge looked like the most brutal thing that could ever happen to a human being.
Scott Hall innovated this move himself while wrestling in Puerto Rico and has been using it as his main finisher ever since. The strength required to pull this off has to be unbelievable, and to pull it off on guys as big as Atom Bomb says a lot about Hall's physical conditioning.
2. WrestleMania X: The Ladder Match
It's considered one of the best, if not the greatest wrestling match of all time. On the 10th anniversary of WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon stole the show with one of the first high profile ladder matches in WWE history.
If it weren't for this match I sincerely believe the wrestling world would be a lot different. These two athletes put on such an amazing spectacle that it made the ladder match a staple of the wrestling world. Future superstars like the Hardy Boys and Edge and Christian cite this as one of the reasons they got into the business.
On a personal note, Razor looks just too sweet with those two belts.
1. Don't Sing It, Bring It.
This promo, in my opinion, showcases all of the unbelievable talent Scott Hall has on the mic. This is what Razor Ramon stood for. He's been knocked down, but you know damn sure he will fight his way back to the top.
Listen to that crowd. You don't hear a pop like that these days.
Say Goodbye to the Bad Guy
Say what you want about Scott Hall, but it's clear that he has made his impact on the business that all of us here love so much.
I truly hope you, my fellow Bleachers, have enjoyed this article. Feel free to leave some of your favorite memories of the Bad Guy that were just too sweet.
Stay Classy Bleacher Report,
Edit: Just thought I'd include a link to Scott Hall's YouTube series... "Last Call With Scott Hall"