Author: Michael Nunn
The world of wrestling has lost another legend – Scott Hall has sadly passed away at the age of just 63.
‘The Bad Guy’ is truly one of the most influential people in the history of the wrestling business. In this article I’m going to outline what I think are the top 5 moments of his legendary wrestling career. Hey Yo!
5. A Huge Upset!
Coming in at number 5 is one of the biggest moments of someone else’s career – Sean Waltman. It is unusual that one of the biggest moments of a wrestlers career is a shocking upset loss, but Razor Ramon losing to the 1-2-3 Kid is arguably the most famous upset in the history of the business. Kid – aka X-PAC – and Hall would go on to become life long friends, and Waltman has gone on record saying that he has his friend to thank for kickstarting his career.
4. WCW Debut
This was truly a moment that shook the wrestling industry to its core, and is one of most influential moments in the history of the Monday Night Wars. Scott Hall showed up on WCW TV, and uttered one of the most memorable lines of his career, “You know who I am, but you don’t know why I’m here”. Every fan in that arena thought this was a WWE talent invading WCW, but what they didn’t know is that WCW had signed Scott Hall in what would become one of the most important signings the industry has ever seen. Hall, alongside his best friend Kevin Nash, became the first wrestlers to negotiate ‘guaranteed‘ contracts, meaning they would be guaranteed a sum of money even if they were injured or unable to work. These contracts are now commonplace in the wrestling industry, and today’s talent have Hall and Nash to thank.
3. Wrestlemania X Ladder Match
What can be said about this match that hasnt already been said? This was truly one of the best and most iconic matches in WWE history. Razor Ramon took on Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania X in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Title in a match that is still talked about today. Razor Ramon would go on to capture the title in an absolute classic that many still consider to be the best ladder match of all time some 28 years later! If you haven’t watched this match, please go out of your way to do so.
2. WWE Hall of Fame Induction & Turning His Life Around
Scott Hall passing away was absolutely heartbreaking, however the sad truth is that many thought that his death may come a lot sooner. Throughout his life he had to deal with addiction, heavy drinking and drug use on a regular basis – by his own admission he should have “died 100 times” by now. Thankfully Hall would go on to find DDP Yoga, and his life was turned around with the help of Diamond Dallas Page. This would culminate in a much deserved induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. During his speech he would go on to say the line that many have referenced since his tragic passing, “Hard work pays off, dreams come true, bad times don’t last, but bad guys do”. This nad guy will last forever in the hearts and minds of wrestling fans around the world.
1. The NWO
The formation of the NWO is arguably the biggest moment in the history of wrestling. ‘The Outsiders’ (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) would join forces with the biggest star in wrestling, Hulk Hogan, to form the ‘New World Order’. Nobody ever thought they would see Hulk Hogan work as a heel, and even if they did, they certainly didn’t think it would work this well! Of course – it did – largely because of how damn smug and cool Hall & Nash were. The two young stars even helped to rejuvenate the career of The Hulkster and add an extra 20 years onto his time in the industry. The formation of the NWO would set the ‘Monday Night Wars’ on fire and they truly changed the face of the industry forever, giving us arguably the most exciting period of wrestling ever.
Thank you for reading! This Top 5 list was written as a tribute to ‘The Bad Guy’ Scott Hall, one of the greatest performers and characters the wrestling business has ever seen! What are your Top 5 Scott Hall moments?
RIP Scott Hall.
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