Weight: 290 lbs
Real Name: Scott Hall
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Other Names: Starship Coyote (Florida, NWA), "Magnum" (AWA), Texas Scott (CWA), "Gator" (Florida), Diamond Studd (WCW), Razor Ramon (WWF)
Wrestler Since: 1984
Finishing Maneuver: Outsider's Edge
Other PWI 500 Rankings: #59(2002), #98(2001), #57(1998), #25(1997), #34(1996), #9(1995), #7(1994), #87(1993), #53(1992), #76(1991)
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Weight: 290 lbs
Real Name: Scott Hall
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Other Names: Starship Coyote (Florida, NWA), "Magnum" (AWA), Texas Scott (CWA), "Gator" (Florida), Diamond Studd (WCW), Razor Ramon (WWF)
Wrestler Since: 1984
Finishing Maneuver: Outsider's Edge
Other PWI 500 Rankings: #59(2002), #98(2001), #57(1998), #25(1997), #34(1996), #9(1995), #7(1994), #87(1993), #53(1992), #76(1991)
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History: (Last Updated: 8/14/2007)
Scott Hall has certainly made his mark on the pro wrestling world. He's held major titles in the AWA, the WWF, WCW, and WWC over the past two decades in the business. He's known as one of the founders of the infamous new World order faction. He's recognizable the world over. And to think, it might not have happened, had Hall not had a craving for a steak. The story goes that Hall went to the supermarket one day in 1984 and ran into Barry Windham, who had already been wrestling for 4 years. The two clicked, with Hall training under Windham, as well as getting personal time with other wrestlers, such as Dusty Rhodes and Hiro Matsuda. Hall soon was working the wrestling circuit, teaming with Dan Spivey as the American Starship. Hall was known as the Starship Coyote, while Spivey was the Starship Eagle. As rookies, the two rarely came out the victors, but Hall was getting the experience he needed.
AWA: 1985 - 1989
In 1985, Hall came to the American Wrestling Association, where he filled a hole left by a recently-departed wrestler: Hulk Hogan. According to Wikipedia, Hall was taken in by Verne Gagne, who wanted to create someone similar to Hogan (who was fast becoming the biggest wrestling star in the world in the WWF, after leaving the AWA behind). Hall grew a handle-bar mustache and became a top face for the promotion, teaming up with a second-generation wrestling star, Curt Hennig. Hall & Hennig proved a strong team, winning the AWA World Tag-Team Titles over Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal in January 1986. The duo, sometimes called "the Perfect Connection", defended the belts over the next several months, including beating the Irwins at WrestleRock '86 and taking down Konga the Barbarian & Boris Zhukov at AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage. But the run would end in May '86, when Hall & Hennig lost to Buddy Rose & Doug Somers (thanks in no small part to the interference of Colonel DeBeers). The team soon broke up, with Hall trying, unsuccessfully, to become a singles champion in the AWA. Hall also went overseas, earning some more experience wrestling with New Japan Pro Wrestling, while sticking with the AWA until 1989.
Hall signed on with the National Wrestling Alliance near the end of the decade, which earned him his first national television exposure. However, it wasn't that successful a run, with Hall only appearing on one major show during that period, the '89 Great American Bash. Hall, with blonde hair and mustache still in place, competed in the 2-ring "King of the Hill" Battle Royal. Unfortunately for Hall, he was eliminated from both rings, keeping him from getting a much-needed win. While other young stars began to make waves in the NWA, Hall faded away, wrestling again on the road and making an appearance in WWC at the 17th Anniversary Show, where he won, via DQ, over Atkie Malumba. Hall also had a run with the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title, beating Miguelito Perez in March '91. He held the belt for over a month before falling to Super Medic III in April. Hall then returned back to the US.
Hall returned to the NWA Mid-Atlantic region in 1991, but the company had undergone vast changes by then, having become known as World Championship Wrestling. Hall joined up with Diamond Dallas Page's stable and became known as the Diamond Studd. The Studd soon became a force in WCW with his Diamond Death Drop finisher (later known better as the Outsider's Edge). At WCW Clash of the Champions XV, the Studd showed his dominance, taking down Tommy Rich with the Diamond Death Drop and winning at his first event back. The Studd also got the victory at the '91 Great American Bash, beating Tom Zenk with a belly-to-back suplex after Zenk got distracted by DDP.
Just as it seemed like the Diamond Studd was getting over, though, his push began to evaporate. At Clash of the Champions XVI, the Studd went at it with Ron Simmons, and nearly took the big man down with a Chokeslam. But that was about all the Studd had going for him, as Simmons later put him away with a spinebuster and the shoulderblock after just a couple of minutes. The Studd didn't do much better at Halloween Havoc '91, when he was part of what is generally considered one of the worst gimmick matches in history: the Chamber of Horrors. The Studd teamed with Abdullah the Butcher, Big Van Vader, & Cactus Jack to go against El Gigante, Sting, & the Steiner Brothers. The teams faced off inside a steel cage, with the object being to strap an opponent into the electric chair and pull the switch. In the end, Abdullah took the shock, causing the Studd to lose another match.
Things got so bad for the Studd that, at Clash of the Champions XVII, the Studd lost to his foe from the '91 Bash, Tom Zenk, in about a minute and a half, falling to a superkick and a crucifix pin. About the only good thing to happen to the Studd during this time was his beginning to team up, through DDP's Diamond Mine, with Vinnie Vegas (later known as Kevin Nash), as well as Scotty Flamingo (later known as Raven). Unfortunately, no success came out of the associations, and. after briefly teaming up with members of Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance, Hall left WCW behind to try his luck in another organization: the World Wrestling Federation.
When Hall came to the WWF in 1992, he became a Tony Montana (Scarface) lookalike, telling everyone to listen to him, because he was a cool Cuban named Razor Ramon. Famous for pitching his toothpick at people, Razor began to become a strong heel in the federation, teaming up some with the most hated heel in the company, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Razor helped Flair win the World Title from "Macho Man" Randy Savage, then teamed with Flair at the '92 Survivor Series to take on Savage & his new partner, Curt Hennig (who had turned on Flair). After a solid match, the heels lost it, double-teaming enough that the referee DQ'ed them. Razor & Flair tried to take out Hennig after the match, but Savage made the save with a chair. Razor Ramon continued to act as a heel for the rest of the year, gaining some respect with the fans.
Razor got his first major opportunity at the beginning of the new year, when he faced the WWF World Champion, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, for the gold at the '93 Royal Rumble. The two had a competitive match with many near falls, but Razor couldn't finish the Hitman off, eventually having to tap out to the Sharpshooter. It wouldn't be the last title opportunity for Razor during his run in the WWF, as he was starting to become a fan favorite, despite his heelish tendancies. At Wrestlemania IX, Razor took on Bob Backlund, and put away the legend, winning with an inside cradle pin and getting a major Wrestlemania victory. A few weeks later, Razor's status with the fans took a major turn, and it took place due to a surprising loss. Razor was taking on a young unknown wrestler named Sean Waltman, with the fans expecting another squash. But Waltman surprised everyone by managing to roll up Razor and get the pin, upsetting the Bad Guy! Waltman soon became known by another name: the 1-2-3 Kid, making his name off of pinning Razor.
Soon afterwards, a humiliated Razor Ramon was working to restore his credibility, trying to make a move in the first-ever King of the Ring Tournament. Ramon managed to get a victory in the beginning, beating Tito Santana to make it to the main show. Razor then took on an old foe in Bret "The Hitman" Hart, with the two having one of the more competitive matches in the tournament. Ramon came close a few times, but couldn't land the Razor's Edge, and was eventually pinned after Hart reversed in mid-air during a Superplex, eliminating Razor from the tournament (Bret would go on to get the victory). Razor Ramon was still going through the trama of losing to the 1-2-3 Kid at this point, leading to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase making fun of him. Ramon responded during a DiBiase/1-2-3 Kid match, causing DiBiase to take the loss! This led to the crowd finally getting to cheer for Razor as a face, which is what they had wanted for a while. The two wrestlers feuded afterwards, leading to Summerslam '93, where they fought it out in the opening contest of the show. Near the end, DiBiase tried to use an exposed turnbuckle to his advantage, but Razor reversed it, then got the Razor's Edge for the victory.
With the win and his new-found "good guy/Da Bad Guy" image, Razor found himself in the middle of a huge push. When Shawn Michaels was stripped of the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title in September '93, Razor Ramon entered a battle royal to decide a new champion. Ramon and "The Model" Rick Martel were the two finalists, leading to a match between the two. Razor got the victory over Martel, becoming the IC Champion. Razor Ramon would defend against several challengers over the next few months, including Martel and Irwin R. Schyster, among others. This led to a match at the '93 Survivor Series, pitting Razor Ramon's team of himself, Mr. Perfect, Marty Jannetty, & the 1-2-3 Kid against Martel, IRS, Adam Bomb, & Diesel. Unfortunately, Mr. Perfect was gone due to injury, but Razor found a suitable replacement for the PPV: "The Macho Man" Randy Savage. Savage proved his worth early on, eliminating Diesel with a Flying Elbow. But Savage later got distracted by his nemesis, Crush, which allowed IRS to roll him up and eliminate him. Razor made the next impact, taking out IRS with the Razor's Edge. But during a chaotic moment afterwards, the eliminated IRS came back in with his loaded briefcase, knocking out Razor and getting him counted out. Luckily for Razor, his team persevered, with Jannetty & the 1-2-3 Kid managing to be the 'survivors'. Razor celebrated with his teammates afterwards, then went with them to find the Macho Man.
In the meantime, Razor was facing a surprise contention to his Intercontinental Title reign, as Shawn Michaels was claiming to be the only IC Champion in the company, despite having been stripped of his belt. Michaels, in turn, had his own gold, showcasing it and causing Razor's reign to seem disputed as well. Razor also had other things to worry about, though, as he and IRS were still going at it, especially after IRS 'repossessed' Razor's gold chains at one point. The two fought it out at the '94 Royal Rumble, with Razor's IC Title on the line. During the match, the ref got taken out, even as Razor was trying to put IRS away. This allowed Michaels to run down and hit Razor with Michaels' gold, knocking out Razor and apparently allowing a dazed IRS (who apparently didn't know what had happened, either) to make the pin, taking away Razor's title! However, another ref came down and informed the ref in charge what had happened, causing the match to be restarted. Razor then caught a celebrating IRS and delivered the Razor's Edge, getting the win and retaining the IC Title, much to the chagrin of Michaels.
Ramon and Michaels continued to feud for the next few weeks, leading to the two wrestlers being signed for a 'unification' match of sorts at Wrestlemania X. With the IC Title hanging overhead, Ramon and Michaels would compete in a "Ladder" Match. The first one to climb a ladder and get the title would be the winner. Ramon and Michaels both pulled out spots that had never before been seen by WWF fans, leading to many proclaiming this one the 1994 Match of the Year. After numerous crazy bumps, in the end, Michaels tried to put the ladder on Razor and made the climb, but Razor pushed the ladder off, sending Michaels into the ropes. With Michaels tangled up, Razor made the climb himself, grabbing the belts and finally becoming an "Undisputed" Intercontinental Champion. Unfortunately for Razor, the reign would only last another month, as he fell to Diesel (aka Kevin Nash) in April '94.
Razor's next run would come in the '94 King of the Ring tournament. Ramon defeated Kwang in the first round to reach the PPV matches, then took out Bam Bam Bigelow and Irwin R. Schyster to reach the finals against Owen Hart. Unfortunately for Razor, Owen had an ace up his sleeve, as Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart surprisingly turned on Razor, clotheslining him outside the ring. Neidhart then threw Razor back in, with Owen hitting a Flying Elbow for the win, becoming the "King of Harts". Razor, meanwhile, went back to focusing on regaining his title, feuding with Diesel. Since Diesel had the advantage of having "HBK" Shawn Michaels in his corner, Razor seemed outnumbered. He found a solution, though, for Summerslam '94, as Razor came out with Walter Payton at his side to balance things out. The interference from Michaels still played a factor in the match, though, as HBK accidentally Superkicked Diesel instead of Razor, allowing Razor to get the pin for the victory, becoming a 2-time IC Champion.
Ramon's next major challenger was "Double J" Jeff Jarrett, who thought he deserved the IC Title. The two would feud over the next several months, with the gold on the line. At the '94 Survivor Series, Razor joined the British Bulldog, the 1-2-3 Kid, and the Headshrinkers (Fatu & Sionne) to go against a team made up on previous Razor foes: Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, Jeff Jarrett, Shawn Michaels, & Diesel. Things didn't work out well for the rest of Razor's team, as Diesel single-handedly takes out everyone but Razor, making it 1-on-5. But when Michaels again accidentally hits Diesel, their team breaks down into a brawl, heading back to the dressing room. This leaves Ramon in the ring while the rest are counted out, giving Razor the shocking win! Sometimes it pays to be there when everything falls apart.
Ramon feuded some more with Jeff Jarrett going into the new year, leading to a match between the two at the '95 Royal Rumble. After a highly-competitive match, Ramon found himself being thrown to the floor by Jarrett and injuring his knee. Jarrett's Roadie (aka "The Roaddogg" Jesse James) quickly took advantage, clicking Ramon's leg and injuring it. This led to Razor being counted out, giving Jarrett the win, but not the title. An angry Jarrett goaded Ramon by calling him a chicken, causing Ramon to come back and restart the match. It wasn't a good decision, as Jarrett concentrated on the injured leg with his Figure Four Leglock. Ramon fought back and tried to use the Razor's Edge, but his leg gave way, allowing Jarrett to get the pin and take away Ramon's gold.
Ramon continued to wrestle with the WWF for the next few months, while 'recouping' from his knee injury, but he also went over to the United States Wrestling Association for a time (which was affiliated with the WWF at this point). Ramon got a big victory in April '95, when he beat Bill Dundee to become the USWA Unified Heavyweight Champion. It was a good win for Razor, as he reigned for nearly a month before Jerry "The King" Lawler defeated him for the belt (which happened a lot in the USWA). In the meantime, Razor's feud with Jarrett continued in the WWF, with the two scheduling for a rematch at Wrestlemania XI. Jarrett had his bodyguard, the Roadie, in his corner, while Ramon brought out his own friend, the 1-2-3 Kid, to even things up. Both allies proved to be effective in the match, but the Roadie had the biggest impact. After Ramon got a superplex on Jarrett, he set up the IC Champ for a Razor's Edge. But the Roadie then ran into the ring, causing the DQ to allow Jarrett to keep the gold. Ramon & the 1-2-3 Kid took both men out afterwards, getting a little satisfaction after a bad ending.
At In Your House I, Razor & the 1-2-3 Kid were set to take on Jarrett & the Roadie in a tag-team match. However, injuries took out the 1-2-3 Kid, with that machismo of Razor's causing him to get into a "Handicap" Match against the two instead. Razor took a major beating in the bout, but surprisingly managed to survive, throwing Jarrett into the Roadie, then getting a quick Razor's Edge for the victory. Afterwards, Jarrett & the Roadie beat down Razor, only to have Savio Vega (making his re-debut) make the save. A week later, with Vega helping him out, Razor took on Jarrett again for the IC Title. This time, things went Razor Ramon's way, as he defeated Jarrett and became a 3-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion. It was a short-lived celebration, though, as Jarrett managed to beat Razor in the rematch a few days later.
By this time, rumors were rampant that Scott Hall was having issues with drug abuse, although these are just rumors. Still, Razor Ramon did seem to tone down for a time as a main eventer, instead being almost a tutor for Savio Vega. The two teamed together to take on Sir Mo & King Mable (aka Men On A Mission) at In Your House II. Although Razor fought hard, pulling off a tremendous feat by slamming Mable off the top rope, he couldn't beat the size and strength of the KOTR champion. Mable gave Ramon a Belly-To-Belly Suplex to get the pinfall, giving Razor another loss on his record. Ramon began to pull himself back into contendership over the next month, leading to a signed match against the Intercontinental Champion, Shawn Michaels. The two opted to take on the challenge of their biggest match, making it a "Ladder" Match at Summerslam '95. In another wild match, Razor pulled out all the stops, including giving Michaels a Razor's Edge off the ladder! But in the end, it wasn't enough, as Razor got backdropped out of the ring later on, allowing Michaels to get the gold and stay the champion. Afterwards, Dean Douglas (better known to most as Shane Douglas) criticized Razor's performance, leading to Razor beating the know-it-all down.
Razor and Douglas kept feuding for the next month, leading to a match at In Your House III. Ramon seemed to have things under control despite the ref being down, as he nailed Douglas with the Razor's Edge and made the pin. Unbeknownest to Razor, though, the 1-2-3 Kid ran in and 'made the count', causing Razor to get off the pin and start celebrating his victory. But since the 1-2-3 Kid wasn't a ref, this allowed Douglas to recover and roll Razor up, with the real ref making the count, costing Razor the match. This caused some friction between Razor and the 1-2-3 Kid, although they continued to work together. At In Your House IV, Razor & the 1-2-3 Kid took on the WWF Tag-Team Champions, the Smoking Gunns. Razor fought hard for his team, even giving Billy Gunn the Razor's Edge. But Razor opted to allow his partner to tag in, and the 1-2-3 Kid blew it, getting pinned and costing his team the titles. Afterwards, an angry 1-2-3 Kid stole the belts, leaving Razor to have to make peace between the teams. Later on that night, Shawn Michaels was stripped of the IC Title, giving it to Dean Douglas. However, Douglas didn't get off scot-free, as it was announced that he'd be fighting Razor! Razor took it to the new champion, and, in the end, got a suplex into a pin for the victory, earning his fourth Intercontinental Title reign!
Going into November '95, Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid finally broke apart, as the 1-2-3 Kid turned on him during Ramon's match against Psycho Sid on Raw. At the same time, President Gorilla Monsoon arranged for a special "Elimination" Match at the '95 Survivor Series, putting together people that would not normally team together. It was Razor, Dead Douglas, Owen Hart, & Yokozuna vs. Ahmed Johnson, Shawn Michaels, Psycho Sid, & the British Bulldog. The 'assembled' teams all had their problems, with Razor profiting from it at one point by pinning Sid after an accidental Superkick from Michaels. However, Razor later got distracted by the return of Sid, along with the 1-2-3 Kid, allowing the Bulldog to Powerslam and eliminate him. Ahmed, Michaels, & the Bulldog turned out to be the 'survivors'.
In December '95, Ramon & his new partner, "The Rocker" Marty Jannetty, teamed up to take on Psycho Sid & the 1-2-3 Kid at In Your House V. It was during this time that a new wrestler, Goldust (aka Dustin Rhodes), had begun to take interest in Da Bad Guy, following him around and making suggestive comments. With Goldust sitting at ringside cheering Razor on, he & Jannetty fought it out with Sid & the Kid. Near the end, Razor got the hot tag and cleaned house, before taking out Sid with a Bulldog off the second rope for the victory. A happy Goldust celebrated outside, as Razor got a little revenge on Sid & the Kid.
After continuing to dodge Goldust's 'infatuations', Razor signed a match with the man for the '96 Royal Rumble, with the Intercontinental Title on the line. Goldust had a new ally at ringside with him, his 'director', Marlena. Goldust also had other help, although Razor didn't know about it. During the match, Razor took out Goldust with a Superplex, but the ref was distracted with Marlena. This allowed the 1-2-3 Kid to run out and attack Razor, then get Goldust to make the pin, taking away Razor's IC Title! An angry Razor wanted revenge on his former partner, leading to a "Crybaby" Match being signed between the two at In Your House VI. The 1-2-3 Kid's manager, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, quickly got involved, blinding Razor with a blast of powder to the face. Later on, though, when DiBiase tried to give some powder to the Kid to use, it backfired, with Razor kicking the powder back into the Kid's face. Ramon then hit two consecutive Razor's Edge maneuvers before finally making the pin, causing the 1-2-3 Kid to have to wear diapers! It wasn't a great sight, but Razor reveled in it nonetheless.
Razor was said to be on his way to a rematch against Goldust for the WWF Title at Wrestlemania XII, but he was suspended prior to the event by the WWF due to supposed drug abuse. It was around this time that Scott Hall was considering a move to his old stomping grounds in World Championship Wrestling. Hall's contract was coming to an end, and it was becoming clear that he (along with Kevin Nash) wasn't going to stay with the WWF, leading to multiple losses for Da Bad Guy in the coming weeks, including falling to Vader at Good Friends, Better Enemies. Razor Ramon's last match in the WWF came on May 19th, 1996, which is the night of the Madison Square Garden Incident. At the time in the WWF, it was well-known that there was a "Kliq" of friends in the back, consisting of Razor, Diesel(Nash), Shawn Michaels, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and the 1-2-3 Kid. At a house show at MSG, Helmsley defeated Razor Ramon, while Michaels won a "Steel Cage" Match over Diesel. After the Cage match, both Hall and Helmlsey came to the ring, with the four men sharing in a hug. This broke kayfabe (the rule that wrestling was supposed to seem real) and angered management, but Hall & Nash weren't concerned, as they were leaving the WWF behind.
On May 27th, 1996, during a match on WCW's Monday Nitro, Scott Hall walked out from the crowd, with the announcers claiming that he was not under contract with WCW (leaving the implication that he was still working for the WWF). Hall got a mic and insulted various members of WCW. Later on in the night, Hall told Eric Bischoff (one of the announcers at the time) to tell Ted Turner and the rest to get 3 of their best wrestlers to face him and his friends at the next PPV, since they were "taking over". Hall had a confrontation with Sting the next week, with Hall promising a "big surprise" on the next Nitro. A week later, Hall's surprise was revealed to be Kevin Nash, forming their duo of the Outsiders. For the next few weeks, the Outsiders appeared randomly at Nitro's, causing havoc. They also appeared at the '96 Great American Bash, where Bischoff agreed to the 3-on-3 match for the next month's PPV. But when Bischoff wouldn't tell them who the opponents would be, the Outsiders attacked, with Nash powerbombing Bischoff through the stage!
Over the next month, the Outsiders continued to talk about their third man, while Lex Luger, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, & Sting were chosen to defend WCW. At Bash At The Beach '96, though, the Outsiders came out alone to the ring, taking on the WCW Contingent by themselves. It quickly evened up, as Luger was injured by an accidental Stinger Splash, making it 2-on-2. Late in the match, with Savage down in the ring, Hulk Hogan suddenly walked out, apparently to take Luger's place. But it was a swerve, as Hogan instead beat on Savage, showing himself to be the third man of the team, and ending the match in a No-Contest. Afterwards, Hogan dubbed the group as a "new World order" of professional wrestling, as debris filled the ring from the angered fans. It was quite possibly the biggest turn in wrestling history, and it started the momentum of the nWo.
The new World order stayed banded together for the next month, while facing the strongest members of WCW. At Hogg Wild '96, the Outsiders took on Lex Luger & Sting. It was an even match-up, with plenty of back-and-forth action. Near the end, Luger managed to get Hall in the Torture Rack, but the referee, Nick Patrick, was 'accidentally' bumped into Luger's leg, breaking up the move and allowing Hall to get the quick pinfall victory. Later on that night, the Outsiders appeared again to help "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan win the WCW World Title by taking down the Giant. After the match, Hogan's friend, Ed Leslie (Brutus Beefcake) brought out a cake for the Hulkster. But business was business, so the Outsiders beat Leslie up, even as Hogan spray-painted the title with the letters "n-W-o".
In September '96, the nWo continued to be strong, helped by the fact that referee Nick Patrick was clearly in their pocket. A new addition was added a few weeks later, as the Giant surprisingly turned on WCW and joined up with the nWo, giving them another huge wrestler for their team. It was arranged to have a "War Games" Match between the two factions at the next PPV. The nWo soon started playing some mind games, casting suspicion on Sting as the next WCW turncoat and causing several WCW wrestlers to no longer trust him. At Fall Brawl '96, the nWo and WCW went at it in the War Games Match, with Hall, Nash, & Hogan going at it against Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, & Lex Luger. Sting's position at the time was unknown. After the first three of each team came down to the ring, the nWo's fourth member came out, and appeared (at least to the announcers) to be Sting. This seemed to give the nWo a number advantage. Later on, though, the WCW's fourth member came out: the real Sting, who cleaned house on the nWo. However, the real Sting, upset at the distrust that came his way, then departed, giving up the fight against the nWo. This allowed the nWo faction to come back, with the nWo Sting forcing Luger to tap out to the Scorpion Deathlock, giving the nWo team another big win.
The nWo continued to get more powerful as time went on, with the signing of Syxx (Sean Waltman aka the 1-2-3 Kid) to their team. With the WCW, er, nWo World Heavyweight Title firmly in Hogan's hands, the Outsiders made their run for more gold for the brand, challenging the current champions, Harlem Heat. The two teams met at Halloween Havoc '96, with the belts on the line. Hall had an infamous moment during the match, as he grabbed Harlem Heat's manager, Sherri Martel, and gave her a big kiss at one point. Late in the match, Hall was in trouble, having just taken the Harlem Hangover. But, with the ref distracted, Nash hammered Stevie Ray with Colonel Robert Parker's cane, allowing Hall to get the pin to win the WCW World Tag-Team Titles for the first time.
Things continued to improve for the nWo going into November '96, as it was discovered the Eric Bischoff, the president of WCW (as well as an announcer), was actually a member of the nWo! Despite this, the Outsiders still needed to defend the gold during the month, as they were set to face the Faces of Fear (Barbarian & Meng) and the Nasty Boys in a "Triple Threat" Match at World War III '96. At one point, Hall and Nash got tagged in to face each other, with Nash laying down for Hall to pin him. The other wrestlers stopped that, leading to a brawl. During this, Hall grabbed Jimmy Hart's megaphone and hit Brian Knobs, which allowed Nash to land the Powerbomb for the victory, retaining the titles. Later on in the night, the Outsiders joined Syxx & the Giant in the World War III Three-Ring Battle Royal. The nWo stayed together as a unit, lasting deep into the match and eliminating several WCW wrestlers. Near the end, it was the nWo group against only Lex Luger for WCW. Luger fought hard, though, tossing out Hall and Syxx, then putting Nash in the Torture Rack. This allowed the Giant to toss out both men, though, giving the Giant the victory. The nWo celebrated afterwards, having gotten another win for their faction.
The Outsiders and the nWo were dominating the WCW locker room at this point, with several wrestlers possibly jumping over to join them, Marcus "Buff" Bagwell and Scott Norton among them. At Starrcade '96, the Outsiders again defended the WCW World Tag-Team Titles, taking on the Faces of Fear. The Outsiders, though, had a special advantage, as Nick Patrick was named as the referee. Subsequently, Patrick refused to count pinfalls for either Meng or the Barbarian, while counting faster for the Outsiders. In the end, it was too much for the WCW wrestlers, with Nash putting away the Barbarian with a Jackknife Powerbomb for the victory. Once again, the Outsiders stayed the WCW World Tag-Team Champions, with it looking like it might take a miracle for them to lose the belts in the new year.
At the beginning of '97, the nWo created their own pay-per-view, hosting nWo Souled Out '97. The announcers were nWo (Eric Bischoff & Ted BiBiase), the referee was nWo (Nick Patrick), and the atmosphere was completely nWo. The Outsiders wrestled at the event, putting their belts on the line against the Steiner Brothers. With Patrick as the ref, the Outsiders didn't seem to have any doubt about coming out the winner. But when Patrick got knocked out, there was no one there to count when Hall hit the Outsider's Edge on Scott Steiner. This allowed Rick to come off with a Bulldog on Hall, while WCW referee Randy Anderson came out of the crowd to make the count, apparently giving the titles to the Steiners! As stunning as this was, the Outsiders still came out later on with the rest of the nWo to attack the Giant (who had left after Hogan refused him a title shot for winning WWIII), ending the Giant's chance to take away Hogan's World Title.
The next night, on Nitro, Bischoff made a 'special' announcement, voiding the title change of the night before and giving the belts back to the Outsiders. While the Steiners (and the WCW fans) were furious, there was nothing to be done, as Bischoff had the power to reverse the title change. The Outsiders later added injury to insult, when, along with Syxx, they ran the Steiner Brothers off the road (videotaping it), putting them out for a while. This led to new challengers for the Outsiders' gold, as Lex Luger & the Giant stepped up to face them. But before the show, the nWo took out Luger as well, injuring his arm and keeping him from being medically cleared to compete. The Giant opted to face the Outsiders alone at Superbrawl VII, and did well, despite Syxx, at ringside, trying everything he can to help out. Late in the match, though, Nash finally took control, Powerbombing the huge Giant. However, Luger then came out and got the tag despite his injured arm, taking out the heels and Torture Racking Nash to get the victory! Once again, it seemed that the Outsiders had lost the gold. Once again, Bischoff saved them, as he ruled that, since Luger wasn't medically cleared, the belts did not change hands. The Outsiders were still the champs.
At Uncensored '97, the Outsiders joined Hogan & Randy Savage as Team nWo, taking on Team WCW (Lex Luger, Rick Steiner, & the Giant) and Team Piper (Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, Jeff Jarrett, & Steve McMichael) in a "Triangle Over-The-Top Gauntlet Elimination" Match. Hall started right at the beginning of the match, going against Benoit. He lasted for quite a while, eliminating the Giant, McMichael, and (with Nash) Benoit. In the end, it was the nWo vs. Luger again, and once again, it didn't go well for Hall, who was Torture Racked and thrown out, along with Savage and Nash. However, thanks to Dennis Rodman using spray-paint to blind Luger, Hogan got the victory, getting the win for Team nWo. However, as the nWo celebrated after the match, Sting suddenly repelled down, attacking them all with a baseball bat! Sting continued to be the unknown factor in the nWo's war with WCW, as time continued to pass with the Outsiders as tag-team champs.
The belts were on the line again at Spring Stampede '97, with the Steiner Brothers returning to get some revenge on the Outsiders. In a strange series of events, however, the match did not go off as expected. Some reports state that Hall no-showed the event, while others mention his health as a factor. In any case, during the PPV, Scott Steiner was arrested while trying to charge the nWo locker room, taking him out of the match. This set up a singles match, with the WCW Tag Titles on the line, between Kevin Nash and Rick Steiner. Nash also had help, though, in Ted DiBiase & Syxx, who were quick to interfere on his behalf. Late in the match, though, when Nash continually dropped Steiner face-first onto an exposed turnbuckle, DiBiase had enough, walking away (and soon leaving the nWo). This didn't stop Nash from Powerbombing and pinning Rick, getting the victory and keeping the belts for himself & Hall. Hall himself would return to action soon enough, leaving his departure from the show a mystery.
Over the next few weeks, the "Kliq" of the nWo, namely Hall, Nash, & Syxx, began feuding in earnest with Ric Flair & Roddy Piper, as well as professional football player/wrestler Kevin Greene. The teams faced off at Slamboree '97, with the nWo looking for another major victory over WCW. However, one of the major causes of their recent winning streak, referee Nick Patrick, had turned away from the nWo and was back with WCW, proving to be a deciding factor in this one. With all members of the nWo down in the ring, Patrick ran in, counting pinfalls on all three. It was a devastating loss for the nWo, showing that WCW was still in the fight. Due to the loss, the Outsiders had to defend the WCW World Tag-Team Titles against Flair & Piper at the '97 Great American Bash. During the match, the Outsiders used Syxx to get a lot of interference in. Flair, outraged over this, opted to chase Syxx to the back, which left Piper alone against the champs, who took advantage. Hall finished Piper off with the Outsider's Edge, retaining the titles for his team.
Later on that night, Randy Savage, another nWo member, was taking on Diamond Dallas Page in the main event. Thanks to Hall's interference late, Savage got the victory over DDP. This included Hall in Savage's feud with DDP, as the two men teamed up against Page over the next month, trying to take him out. A match was signed for Bash At The Beach '97, with Hall & Savage teaming up to take on Page and an unknown partner. It didn't remain unknown for long, as Curt Hennig surprisingly came out to join Page against the nWo team. This turned out to be a swerve from the nWo, though, as Hennig soon turned on DDP, allowing the heels to double-team and pin him for another victory. While Hennig wouldn't join the nWo (yet), he still allowed the Outsiders to continue to thrive.
The Outsiders continued to control the tag-team division over the next month, although their strongest opponents to date, the Steiner Brothers, were back in full gear. The two teams met again at Road Wild '97, with the Outsiders finally looking to put their long-running foes away. They dominated Scott Steiner for a while, but Scott eventually managed to tag in his brother, Rick, turning the tide. Near the end, Rick hit the Flying Bulldog on Hall, putting him down. Just before the ref (Nick Patrick) could count to 3, though, Nash pulled him out, taking out the referee and causing the DQ. While the Outsiders lost the match, they retained the belts, effectively screwing the Steiner Brothers once again. A few weeks later, the tag-team titles were on the line again, but this time, Hall had a different partner. With Nash recouping from injuries, Hall defended the belts with "Macho Man" Randy Savage against Lex Luger & Diamond Dallas Page at Clash of the Champions 35. It was a close one for the heels, as Hall got caught in Luger's Torture Rack at one point. But, thanks to a blinded DDP giving Luger the Diamond Cutter, the belts again remained with the nWo.
A rematch was signed between the two teams for Fall Brawl '97, this time without the Outsider's gold on the line. Instead, it was a No Disqualification Match between Hall & Savage and Luger & Page. With no rules, Hall went to work, taking out multiple referees during the match, simply because he could. This backfired on Hall, though, as Larry Zbyszko, a full-on WCW legend, ran out to take the referee position. The distraction was enough to cause Hall to get rolled up by Luger, with Zbyszko quickly counting the 3 to give the WCW crew the victory.
Hall continued to have problems with Zbyszko over the next few weeks, with Zbyszko doing his best to make Hall and the rest of the nWo disappear. He did succeed at one point, as the Outsiders were finally relieved of the WCW World Tag-Team Titles in October '97, losing them to their long-time rivals, the Steiner Brothers. Hall, having lost the gold, focused his attention on the man who pinned him at the last PPV, leading to a match between Hall and Luger at Halloween Havoc '97. Even this was made tougher by the WCW Committee, as Zbyszko was named as the special referee. At one point, Hall seemed to have the victory, thanks to a spinning kick from Syxx. But, after the pinfall, Zbyszko reviewed the replay, saw what happened, and immediately restarted the match! A shocked Hall was soon grabbed and put in the Torture Rack, with Syxx running in to make the save, causing the DQ. Afterwards, Hall & Syxx went after Luger, while Eric Bischoff came in to take out Zbyszko.
The nWo regrouped in November '97 to prepare for World War III '97, where the winner of the match would be granted a title shot. Hall joined several nWo members in the match, working as a team, although Kevin Nash was noticably absent from the action. Near the end, with the elimination of Randy Savage, it was down to Hall vs. Diamond Dallas Page and the Giant. But Hall called in reinforcements, as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan came in! Hogan, apparently taking Nash's place in the match, joined Hall in a 2-on-2 fight, with Hogan getting rid of DDP. With the Giant still strong, a surprise came from the ceiling, as "Sting" repelled down! Hogan 'fled' the ring, eliminating himself, but the obviously fake Sting took out the Giant, throwing him out, then revealing himself as Nash! With Nash's help, Hall got one of his biggest-ever WCW victories, winning the World War III Three-Ring Battle Royal and becoming the #1 Contender to whoever won at the next PPV: Hogan or Sting.
At Starrcade '97, Hall made a couple of appearances, despite not being in a match. First, Hall came out early on, explaining that his partner, Nash, wasn't there to wrestle the Giant (one of the main events of the show). Hall's mouth brought out the Giant, who promptly leveled Hall, to the delight of the crowd. Later on, Hall tried to help Bischoff win over Larry Zbyszko, with Bret "The Hitman" Hart as the special referee. At one point, Hall loaded up Bischoff's shoe with a foreign object, allowing Bischoff to knock out Zbyszko with a kick. But Bret opted not to count, instead punching out Bischoff, then catching Hall's charge and placing him in the Sharpshooter! Afterwards, Hart gave the win to Zbyszko (apparently due to disqualification), which meant that Hall would be facing Zbyszko again in the new year.
Hall found new life in '98, thanks to the return of his partner, Kevin Nash. The two teamed up again as the Outsiders, and, through trickery, managed to defeat the Steiners on television to win the WCW World Tag-Team Titles for a second time. Hall, also, was occupied with Zbyszko, with the two having a match signed for Souled Out '98. While Hall had his nWo-member-in-training, Louie Spicolli, at his side, Zbyszko brought in his broadcast colleague, Dusty Rhodes. This turned out to be a major mistake for Zbyszko, though, as, late in the match, Rhodes surprisingly turned heel, showing off an nWo shirt and joining Hall & Spicolli in a beat-down of Zbyszko, causing the DQ. This earned Hall another sidekick, as Rhodes would continue to support him, and the nWo, for the next few months.
Despite having Rhodes, though, Hall & Nash weren't flawless, as proven by the fact that they lost the WCW World Tag-Team Titles back to the Steiners in February '98. A few weeks later, though, the Outsiders got another shot, facing off against the Steiners at Superbrawl VIII. It surprisingly was a short match, with Scott Steiner suddenly turning on his brother in mid-pose, allowing the Outsiders to dominate Rick for the victory, becoming 3-time WCW World Tag-Team Champions. This was also the birth of "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, as he joined up with the nWo. On the same night, Sting won the WCW World Heavyweight Title, finally beating Hogan, which set up Hall as the next contender for the title. Hall got his shot at Uncensored '98, trying to wrest the title away from Sting. However, even with Dusty Rhodes helping at ringside, Hall just couldn't put Sting away, eventually succumbing to the Scorpion Deathdrop and the pin.
After the defeat, Hall disappeared from WCW for a while, with rumors flying that he was in drug rehab. During this time, Nash and several other nWo members broke away from the nWo Black 'n' White, instead forming the group known as the nWo Wolfpac. Nash was feuding with Sting at the time (having cost Sting the World Title by helping Savage win), and a match was arranged, pitting Sting & the Giant against Nash and his returning partner, Scott Hall! The Outsiders were still the official tag-team champions, despite Hall's long absence, so the match at Slamboree '98 was for the WCW World Tag-Team Titles. To throw in more intrigue, the Giant had rejoined the nWo Black 'n' White, making him a dubious partner for Sting. However, it was the other partnership that shockingly decided the match, as Hall came in during a Nash Powerbomb attempt and took out Nash with a title shot!! The Giant pinned Nash for the victory, with Hall essentially costing himself the tag-team titles while turning on his longest-running friend and ally.
Hall's appearance worsened over the next month, as he began to look like he had been drinking before appearing. He blamed Nash for his troubles, saying that his friend wasn't there for him. Hall became a strong member of nWo Black 'n' White, joining the fight against his former friend's faction. Hall didn't always come through for his group, though, most notably in July '98, when he was supposed to end Bill Goldberg's winning streak on Nitro and keep Goldberg from getting to Hogan later on in the night. Hall, instead, was destroyed by Goldberg, who later went on to win the WCW World Title from Hogan. Hall's condition continued to deteriorate, although he still had enough in him to join with the Giant a few weeks later, beating Sting & Lex Luger (substituting for Nash) to win the WCW World Tag-Team Titles, Hall's fourth reign with the belts.
Hall's drunken antics started to affect his team at Road Wild '98, where Hall joined members of the nWo Black 'n' White to take on members of the nWo Wolfpac (as well as Goldberg, who joined on his own). Hall was one of the first men out, thanks to Goldberg, then was followed by Nash, who wanted to get in some more shots on his ex-partner. Goldberg would eventually get the win. Hall started to look worse and worse over the next month, even starting to bring alchoholic drinks to the ring with him. It really showed when Hall had a match against Nash's nWo Wolfpac partner, Konnan, at Fall Brawl '98. Hall had an nWo Black 'n' White member, Vincent, with him to try and keep him straight, but it wasn't going very well. Whenever Hall got the advantage, he'd want a drink from the cup that Vincent had. This eventually allowed Konnan to catch Hall with the Tequila Sunrise, getting the victory and sending the drunk man to another defeat.
At Halloween Havoc '98, Hall and Nash finally met in a singles match, with Hall actually looking strong for once as he took the early advantage. But Hall's fight for sobriety wasn't enough against Nash's rage, with Big Sexy eventually landing multiple Jacknife Powerbombs on his former partner. However, with Hall completely unconscious, Nash simply walked away from him, leaving the ring and getting counted out. This gave Hall a surprising victory, although he looked anything but a winner. With Hall growing worse after the beating from his partner, even his teammates in the nWo began to turn on him, due to his antics. He even hit Bischoff at one point, causing a problem with Hogan. At World War III '98, a still-off Hall was set for a rematch against Nash, and was accompanied to the ring by the nWo Black 'n' White. But Bischoff had the group turn on Hall, beating him down. In a surprising move, Nash made the save, getting rid of the rest of the crew. But when Hall tried to give the Wolfpac 'Clique' sign, Nash simply walked away, refusing to trust his former partner. The two came together, though, later in the night, as Hall and Nash both competed in the WWIII Three-Ring Battle Royal. The Outsiders seemed to be getting along together again, as they were in the final three, along with Lex Luger. Hall fought Luger, getting Racked, which allowed Nash to toss both men out, winning the event.
Over the next month, Hall worked to clean himself up, while also battling remnants of the nWo. He also continued to try and make amends with his former friend, Nash. At Starrcade '98, Hall, who didn't have a match at the card, nonetheless had one of the greatest impacts. During the Nash/Goldberg WCW World Title Match, Hall (along with Bam Bam Bigelow and the Disco Inferno) became involved, running to ringside and nailing Goldberg with a tazer! Goldberg, knocked senseless from the electric shock, was then Powerbombed by Nash and pinned, ending Goldberg's long winning streak and making Nash the World Champion. While it was unclear at the time whether Nash wanted the help or not, Hall still was there for him, causing suspicion about Nash's motives going into the new year.
On the first Nitro of the new year, everything became clear, as Nash allowed Hogan to beat him with a fingerpoke, showing that the original nWo was back together. Hall joined with Nash & Hogan, as well as former Wolfpac member Lex Luger, reuniting the strength of the new World order. The group continued to feud with their biggest rival, Goldberg, who was especially focused on Hall, especially after the nWo worked over Goldberg's knee during a show, injuring it. At Souled Out '99, Hall and Goldberg went at it in a "Ladder" Match, one of Hall's specialties. Hanging above the ring was Hall's tazer, with both men working to get the weapon. Despite Hall having his 'pupil', the Disco Inferno, helping out, Goldberg was too strong. First, Goldberg zapped Disco, then, after a Spear/Jackhammer combination, he zapped Hall, winning the match. Afterwards, Bam Bam Bigelow rushed the ring to go after Goldberg again, only to have Hall zap both men, getting a little revenge.
Hall continued to feud with Bill Goldberg and Bam-Bam Bigelow (along with the tazer) for the next month, with little success. But Hall did find other methods of success, as he entered into a feud with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who currently held the WCW United States Heavyweight Title. The two men met at Superbrawl IX, with the gold on the line. Thanks in part to the distraction of both the Disco Inferno and Nash, Hall was able to come back from a Piper Sleeper hold and get the pin, using the ropes for leverage, to steal away the US Title. During the same PPV, Hall also substituted for an injured Luger, teaming with Nash to take on Rey Mysterio & Konnan. On the line was Mysterio's mask and Elizabeth's hair. Not surprisingly, Liz was a factor in the match, distracting the ref while Luger took care of Konnan. Hall then gave Mysterio the Outsiders' Edge, then placed a hurting Nash on top for the pin, causing Mysterio to lose his mask. It seemed like a great time to be Hall. However, things fell apart soon afterwards, as Hall's foot was run over in a parking lot, causing a serious enough injury to put Hall on the shelf and cause the US Title to be vacated in March '99.
Hall stayed on the injury list for a long while, rarely appearing at WCW shows. In November '99, he made a brief return to the scene, joining again with Kevin Nash. The Outsiders began sitting at arena events, watching the action and getting interviewed, due to Nash having lost a 'retirement' match against Hulk Hogan. Hall and Nash were soon challenged by Goldberg, and the WCW front office began putting them in matches again. The Outsiders, reformed but not exactly renewed, took these challenges in stride, then began to enlarge their feud with Goldberg, teaming with Sid Vicious against Goldberg and his friend, Bret Hart. During this time, Hall gained the United States Title for a second time, winning over Hart, Goldberg, and Nash in a Texas Tornado Ladder match.
A few weeks later, Hall was assigned to fight Rick Steiner, the Television Champion. Due to injuries, Steiner didn't make it, and Hall became a dual-champion. He defended the belts at Mayhem '99, managing to get by Booker T, thanks to the help of Creative Control (aka the Harris Brothers). On the next Nitro, Hall looked to give up the Television Title, trying to hand it to Nash, who didn't want it. Hall then threw the TV Title in the trash, which was basically a 'vacating' of the belt ("Hacksaw" Jim Duggan would later find it and proclaim himself the new champion). In December '99, the Outsiders added some more gold to their pile, as they were able to take out Goldberg & Bret Hart for the WCW World Tag-Team Titles. It was Hall's fifth reign (his fourth with Nash), to go along with the US Title. However, as well as things were going, it all came to a stop with another Hall injury, causing both the US and the Tag-Team Titles to be vacated before the end of the year.
Hall reappeared for a short span at the beginning of the new millenium, joining with Nash, Hart, and Jeff Jarrett as the reformed nWo 2000. Soon, though, Hall broke away from Jarrett, with the two feuding against Sid Vicious, who was the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The three met at Superbrawl X, where Vicious came out on top, taking down Hall. This would be Hall's last WCW pay-per-view appearance, as he soon faded out of the company, later being released from his contract. His return was teased for a while, during the Nash/Goldberg feud during the summer of '00, but when Nash lost to Goldberg at Bash At The Beach '00 (thanks to Scott Steiner's interference), Goldberg was able to tear up Hall's 'contract', ending speculation about his return.
Independents: 2000 - 2002
Hall traveled the world after leaving WCW behind, wrestling in many different promotions over the next few years. In November '00, he briefly appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling, but never had a major impact there. He also went overseas to New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he joined up with the nWo Japan organization. This, too, was short-lived, as Hall mainly was used for his name only, losing several high-profile matches. Hall also wrestled for a while in Dusty Rhodes' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling, but was unable to secure any more gold for himself, whether in or out of America.
Hall had a bit of a career rebirth in early 2002, thanks to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. The year before, WWE had bought out WCW, earning all the rights to the company and its history. In February '02, McMahon, after having lost a critical match at the '02 Royal Rumble to Ric Flair, seemed to be losing his mind. He decided that he was going to destroy his WWE, rather than see it fall into Flair's hands. In that, he was bringing back the new World order! At No Way Out '02, the show started with the infamous nWo music, followed by Hall, Kevin Nash, & Hulk Hogan walking down the ramp! At first, the nWo promised not to cause problems in the back, saying that they would behave. However, after both "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the Rock gave the nWo attitude, they struck back, costing Austin his match against the Undisputed Champion, Chris Jericho, due to Hall hitting a Stunner variation on the Rattlesnake. The trio spray-painted Austin with the nWo sign after the match, truly signifying their arrival.
On the next Raw, Austin immediately came out to the ring, taking a seat and demanding a piece of the nWo. Hall, Hogan, & Nash came out, but then left, refusing to fight. Austin sat in the ring for some time, saying that he wouldn't leave, but Kurt Angle eventually came out with security guards, sending them in to arrest him and take him away. Austin would return on Smackdown, going after the nWo, mainly focusing on Hall. Austin drove a truck to the ring, trying to run over Hall, and chased the nWo to the back. Austin also spray-painted the phrase "What?" on the nWo limo. Austin then managed to trap Hogan & Nash behind a steel fence, before taking Hall to the ring, hitting the Stone Cold Stunner and spray-painting "3:16" on the downed nWo member. All of this would lead to a match being signed at the next PPV between Hall and Austin, with a "truce" going between them. The truce didn't go down, though, as Hall later smashed a concrete block over Austin's legs.
The two wrestlers met up at Wrestlemania X-7, in a mid-card bout, with no title on the line and no special stipulations in place. Austin dominated early on, smacking Hall around. The distraction of Nash at ringside caused problems, though, as Hall whipped Austin into an exposed turnbuckle. Nash then attacked Austin on the outside, almost making it 2-on-1. Austin fought back, hitting a spinebuster, then the Stone Cold Stunner, only to have Nash pull the ref out of the ring. The Outsiders then double-teamed Austin, only to have both feel the Stunner. With no ref, though, Austin couldn't get the pin. Another ref came to ringside, but Nash again took him out. Finally, a crowd of officials came down to order Nash away from ringside, making the match even. Hall hit a version of the Stunner on Austin, but only got a 2 count, frustrating him. Austin then made a comeback and got two Stone Cold Stunners in a row, which was enough to keep Hall down for the 3 count.
Later on that night, the Rock took on "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, in what turned out to be a major shift for the nWo. The Rock got the victory in a close match, with Hogan actually having the fan support. Afterwards, Hogan and the Rock shook hands, which caused the Outsiders to come out to demand to know what was going on. The Outsiders then turned on Hogan (fully making him face), until the Rock came back to make the save. The Outsiders feuded with Hogan & the Rock over the next few weeks, facing them in multiple tag-team matches, but never managing to get the victory, despite adding X-Pac to the nWo group. The feud would abruptly end, though, as the entire nWo group was drafted to Ric Flair's Raw, while Hogan and the Rock were drafted to Smackdown during the First-Ever Brand Extension Draft.
WWE Raw: 2002
The nWo continued to work as a unit during the next month, with Hall entering into a feud with a former APA member, Bradshaw. The two met at Backlash '02, with Hall having X-Pac at his side to help out. Late in the match, Bradshaw delivered the Clothesline From Hell, nearly decapitating Hall, then went for the pinfall. On the outside, though, X-Pac made the save, placing Hall's foot on the ropes. When an upset Bradshaw went to confront X-Pac, Hall was able to recover enough to nail Bradshaw with a low blow from behind, then roll him up, getting the pinfall victory. Hall seemed to be working his way back up the ladder, including renewing his feud with Steve Austin. However, during an infamous airline flight, Hall acted unprofessionally, which caused him to be released from his WWE contract, ending his return before it could fully get going.
In June '02, a new company was founded: NWA-Total Nonstop Action. It started out as a weekly PPV, and was looking for names to have on its shows. One of these names was Scott Hall, who was at the very first NWA-TNA show, competing in the Gauntlet For The Gold Match. Hall made an impact at #14, hitting the Razor's Edge on Jeff Jarrett, then (with help from Toby Keith) threw him out. Hall made it to the final four of the match, only to get back-dropped out of the ring by Malice (aka the Wall). Ken Shamrock went on to win the NWA World Title. A week later, Hall took on Jarrett in a singles match full of outside interference. It ended with Hall, along with Keith, hitting a double-Stroke on Jarrett, with Hall getting the pinfall. On the next weekly PPV, Hall teamed with Brian Christopher to take on Jarrett & K-Krush (now better known as Ron Killings). However, Christopher turned on Hall during the match, allowing Jarrett & K-Krush to beat him down, eventually winning via pinfall. Hall had to be carted out after the match, although Jarrett wasn't through, knocking the injured Hall off the gurney and stomping on him.
Hall returned a few weeks later, costing Jarrett a #1 Contendership shot, while also ambushing K-Krush in the back. Later on, Hall took on Brian Christopher (now calling himself Brian Lawler), and, despite interference from K-Krush, defeated Lawler with the Razor's Edge. But Hall was still double-teamed afterwards, and had to be stretchered out again. This stretcher job ended badly as well, as Jarrett came out (dressed as a paramedic) and assaulted Hall again, this time with a chair. A few weeks later, Hall and Jarrett had another singles match, which had even more interference than their first meeting. In the end, with Hall distracted by Ricky Steamboat denying him the use of a chair, Jarrett caught Hall with the Stroke for the victory.
Hall disappeared for a month after the defeat, then returned in September '02, joining with his old Clique ally, Sean Waltman (Syxx-Pac), in a Tag-Team Gauntlet. Hall nearly was able to get his team into the finals, lasting again until the Final Four, but he was dumped out by Brian Lee, ending his shot. A week later, Hall & Syxx-Pac took on Brian Lawler & Elix Skipper, with Syxx-Pac earning the win for his team, catching Skipper in mid-air with the X-Factor for the win. Post-match, though, both Hall & Syxx-Pac were laid out by Jeff Jarrett's surprising run-in. A few weeks later, Hall called out Jarrett, with the two having yet another match full of run-ins. In the end, Hall hit the Razor's Edge, taking out Jarrett and getting some revenge. A week later, Hall took on Ron "The Truth" Killings for the NWA World Title, but, due to a distraction from a masked man, was unable to win out, falling to a Killings pinfall. Soon after, Hall left TNA behind, once again concentrating on straightening himself out.
Hall returned to Total Nonstop Action in late '04, surprisingly aiding Jeff Jarrett to retain the NWA World Title against his rival, Jeff Hardy. Hardy, in turn, brought in Kevin Nash as his equalizer, setting up the rematch between Jarrett and Hardy at Victory Road '04. At first, though, Nash didn't appear, allowing Hall to interfere frequently on Jarrett's behalf. Near the end, Nash finally made an appearance, walking out with two guitars. However, Nash handed one to Hall, with the Outsiders reuniting to beat down Hardy, while Jarrett got his title back. The three formed up together to form the Kings of Wrestling. However, they weren't getting off scot-free, as Hardy brought in his own allies in AJ Styles, the 3 Live Kru, and, most surprisingly, "Macho Man" Randy Savage!
The Outsiders & Jarrett were unified the next month, even doing an "Elvis" skit before the next PPV, Turning Point '04. They worked early to move things towards their advantage, taking out Savage in the back and throwing him into a trunk, before having the car speed away. This made it the Kings of Wrestling vs. Hardy & Styles in a "Handicap" Match. The heels dominated early on, but the faces fought back. When Savage returned near the end, he proved to be the final edge the faces needed, getting a sleeper on Jarrett, then rolling him up for the victory for his team. Soon after, the Kings of Wrestling began to break up, partially due to Nash getting offered a shot at challenging for Jarrett's World Title at the next PPV.
Hall, meanwhile, was still interested in getting some payback on one of his rivals, Jeff Hardy. The two met at Final Resolution '05, with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper as the special referee. Before the match, Piper searched Hall, finding several concealed weapons that Hall was hoping to use. With the playing field evened, Hall couldn't compete, eventually falling to a Twist of Fate/Swanton combination. This would be Hall's last significant appearance in Total Nonstop Action, as he would soon fade away from the organization. While Hall still wrestled occassionally over the next few years, he was into semi-retirement, resting himself after a long career.
In July '07, Scott Hall made his return to the ring, wrestling as Razor Ramon at the World Wrestling Council's 34th Anniversary Show in Puerto Rico. He took on WWE stand-out Carlito (aka Carlos Colon Jr) in the main event, with Hall losing due to the interference of another WWC wrestler, Apollo. A day later, Hall took on both Carlito and Apollo in a singles match, with Apollo's WWC Universal Heavyweight Title on the line. Surprisingly, Hall got the victory, winning his first gold in years. He's currently still defending the title in WWC, looking to be back in shape and working on continuing his comeback inside the squared circle.
(Last Edited: 8/14/07)
Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (48 - 53, 2 NCs)
- AWA SuperClash I ('85) = Hall, Curt Hennig and Greg Gagne lost to Ray Stevens, Larry Zbyzsko and Nick Bockwinkle.
- AWA Wrestlerock (April 20, '86) = Hall & Hennig retained the AWA Tag Belts by beating the Irwins.
- AWA/NWA Rage In A Cage (April 28, '86) = Hall & Hennig stayed the AWA Tag Champs by beating Konga the Barbarian and Boris Zuhkov.
- AWA Brawl In St. Paul (December '86) = Hall, Greg Gagne, & Leon White defeated Super Ninja, Mr. Saito, and Larry Zbysko.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June '87) = Hall & Alexis Smirnoff won, via DQ, over Umanosuke Ueda & George Takano.
- AWA Southern Tag Title Tournament (July '87) = Hall & Steve Keirn beat Phil Mickerson & Rooster Cogburn before falling to Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka. Jeff Jarrett & Billy Joe Travis won the tournament.
- NJPW Japan Cup Tag Team League '87 (November 9 - December 7, '87) = Hall and Seiji Sakaguchi competed in the League, which was won by Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (December '87) = Hall was pinned by the Super Strong Machine.
- CWA Tag-Team Title Tournament (February 1, '88) = Hall & the Nightmare lost in the first round to the Bruise Brothers. Max Pain & Gary Young won the tournament.
- NJPW Japan Cup Six-Man Elimination Tag Team League (November 11 - December 9, '88) = Hall, Dick Murdoch and Orton defeated Masa Saito, Seiji Sakaguchi and Tatsutoshi Goto, but lost to Antonio Inoki, Riki Choshu and Hoshino, who went on to win the League.
- AWA Lord of the Ring Tournament (December '88) = Hall Carl Fergie, before losing to the eventual winner, Jerry "The King" Lawler.
- WCW Great American Bash '89 (July 23) = Scott Hall wrestled in the "Two-Ring King of the Hill Battle Royal", which was eventually won by Dan Spivey and Sid Vicious.
- WWC 17th Anniversary Show (July '90) = Scott Hall won, via DQ, over Atkie Malumba.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XV (June 14, '91) = The Diamond Studd defeated Tommy Rich.
- WCW Great American Bash '91 (July 14) = The Diamond Studd defeated Tom Zenk.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVI (September 5, '91) = The Diamond Studd lost to Ron Simmons.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '91 (October 27) = The Diamond Studd, with Abdullah the Butcher, Big Van Vader, and Cactus Jack, lost a "Chamber of Horrors" Match to Sting, El Gigante, and the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XVII (November 19, '91) = The Diamond Studd was beaten by Tom Zenk.
- WWF Survivor Series '92 (November 25) = Razor Ramon and Ric Flair lost, via DQ, to "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect.
- WWF Royal Rumble '93 (January 24) = Ramon was forced to submit to then-WWF World Champion Bret Hart.
- WWF Wrestlemania IX (April 4, '93) = Razor defeated Bob Backlund.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament '93 (June) = Ramon defeated Tito Santana to reach the matches at the PPV.
- WWF King of the Ring '93 (June 13) = Ramon lost to the eventual winner of the tournament, Bret "Hitman" Hart.
- WWF Summerslam '93 (August 30) = Ramon defeated Ted DiBiase.
- WWF Survivor Series '93 (November 24) = Razor, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Marty Jennetty and the 1-2-3 Kid fought in an "Elimination" Match with Diesel, Adam Bomb, I.R.S. and "The Model" Rick Martel. Razor was counted out. Jennetty and the 1-2-3 Kid "survived".
- WWF Royal Rumble '94 (January 22) = Razor retained the WWF Intercontinental Belt by defeating I.R.S.
- WWF Wrestlemania X (March 20, '94) = Razor stayed the WWF I-C Champ by winning a "Ladder" Match over Shawn Michaels.
- WWF King of the Ring '94 (June 16) = Razor pinned Bam Bam Bigelow and I.R.S, but lost to Owen Hart in the Finals.
- WWF Summerslam '94 (August 29) = Razor defeated Diesel to win the WWF Intercontinental Title.
- WWF Jacques Rougeau Retirement Show (October 21, '94) = Ramon stayed the WWF I-C Champ by beating Jeff Jarrett.
- WWF Survivor Series '94 (November 23) = Razor, 1-2-3 Kid, Davey Boy Smith and the Headshrinkers fought in an "Elimination" Match against Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Jeff Jarrett, Owen Hart and Jim Neidhart. Ramon was the "survivor".
- WWF Royal Rumble '95 (January 22) = Ramon lost the WWF I-C Title to Jeff Jarrett.
- WWF Wrestlemania XI (April 2, '95) = Ramon won, via DQ, over the I-C Champ Jeff Jarrett.
- WWF In Your House 1 (May 14, '95) = Ramon won a "Handicap" Match over Jeff Jarrett and the Roadie.
- WWF In Your House 2 (July 23, '95) = Ramon and Savio Vega lost to Men On A Mission.
- WWF Summerslam '95 (August 27) = Ramon lost a "Ladder" Match to the I-C Champ Shawn Michaels.
- WWF In Your House 3 (September 24, '95) = Razor was beaten by Dean Douglas.
- WWF In Your House 4 (October 22, '95) = Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid were defeated by then WWF Tag Champs the Smoking Gunns. Later in the night, Ramon won the WWF Intercontinental Title from Dean Douglas.
- WWF Survivor Series '95 (November 19) = Razor, Yokozuna, Owen Hart and Dean Douglas fought in an "Elimination" Match against Shawn Michaels, Psycho Sid, the Bulldog and Ahmed Johnson. Ramon was eliminated by the Bulldog. Michaels, Johnson and the Bulldog "survived".
- Stu Hart Tribute Show (December 15, '95) Razor defended the WWF I-C Title by beating Owen Hart.
- WWF In Your House 5 (December 17, '95) Ramon and Marty Jannetty defeated Psycho Sid and the 1-2-3 Kid.
- WWF Royal Rumble '96 (January 21) = Razor lost the WWF I-C Belt to Goldust.
- WWF In Your House 6 (February 18, '96) Razor won a "Crybaby" Match over the 1-2-3 Kid.
- WWF Good Friends, Better Enemies (April 28, '96) Ramon was beaten by Vader.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '96 (July 7) = Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan fought to a No-Contest with Lex Luger, Sting, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
- WCW Hogg Wild '96 (August 10) = The Outsiders (Hall and Kevin Nash) defeated Lex Luger and Sting.
- WCW Fall Brawl '96 (September 15) = Hall, teaming with Kevin Nash, Hollywood Hogan, and the nWo Sting, defeated Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Sting in a War Games Match.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '96 (October 27) = The Outsiders won the WCW World Tag-Team Titles from Harlem Heat.
- WCW World War III '96 (November 24) = The Outsiders remained the Tag Champs by winning a "Triangle Match" over the Nasty Boys and Meng and the Barbarian. Later in the night, Hall competed in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Giant.
- WCW Starrcade '96 (December 29) = The Outsiders retained the WCW Tag Belts by defeating Meng and the Barbarian.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January 21, '97) = Hall lost, via DQ, to Lex Luger.
- WCW/nWo Souled Out '97 (January 25) = The Outsiders lost to the Steiner Brothers in a WCW World Tag-Team Championship Match (later reversed by Eric Bischoff).
- WCW Superbrawl VII (February 23, '97) = Hall and Nash lost to the Giant and Lex Luger in a WCW World Tag-Team Championship Match (later reversed by Eric Bischoff).
- WCW Uncensored '97 (March 16) = Hall, Kevin Nash, Hollywood Hogan, & Randy Savage to form Team nWo, who fought Team WCW (Lex Luger, Scott Steiner, & the Giant) and Team Piper (Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael, & Jeff Jarrett) in a Triangle Elimination Match. Hall was the 9th man eliminated (forced to submit by Luger).
- NJPW Strong Style Evolution (May '97) = The Outsiders & Masa Chono defeated Keiji Mutoh & the Steiner Brothers.
- WCW Slamboree '97 (May 18) = Hall, Kevin Nash, & Syxx lost to Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, & Kevin Greene.
- WCW Great American Bash '97 (June 15) = The Outsiders defended their WCW Tag-Team Belts by beating Ric Flair & Roddy Piper.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '97 (July 13) = Hall & Randy Savage defeated Diamond Dallas Page & Curt Hennig.
- WCW Road Wild '97 (August 9) = The Outsiders lost, via DQ, to the Steiner Brothers. The Outsiders retained the Tag belts.
- WCW Clash of the Champions XXXV (August 21, '97) = Hall & Randy Savage (subbing for Kevin Nash) retained the WCW Tag Belts by beating Diamond Dallas Page & Lex Luger.
- WCW Fall Brawl '97 (September 14) = Hall & Randy Savage lost a "No DQ" Match to Diamond Dallas Page & Lex Luger.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '97 (October 26) = Hall was forced to submit to Lex Luger. Larry Zbyzsko was the special referee.
- WCW World War III '97 (November 23) = Hall won the "3 Ring Battle Royal".
- WCW/nWo Souled Out '98 (January 24) = Hall lost to Larry Zbyszko by DQ, when Dusty Rhodes attacked Zbyszko.
- WCW Boston Brawl (January '98) = Hall, Nash and "Macho Man" Randy Savage were beaten by Lex Luger, Larry Zbyszko and Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW Superbrawl VIII (February 22, '98) = Hall and Nash defeated the Steiner Brothers, when Scott turned on his brother Rick. This got the Outsiders the Tag-Team Titles for the 3rd time.
- WCW Uncensored '98 (March 15) = Hall was defeated by Sting, who retained his WCW World Title.
- WCW Slamboree '98 (May 17) = Hall and Nash lost the WCW Tag-Team Belts to the Giant and Sting when Hall betrayed Nash.
- WCW Road Wild '98 (August 8) = Hall was involved in a Battle Royal with Kevin Nash, Sting, Lex Luger, Konnan, Bill Goldberg, Curt Hennig, Scott Norton, and The Giant. Goldberg was the winner.
- WCW Fall Brawl '98 (September 13) = Hall was defeated by Konnan.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '98 (October 25) = Hall was powerbombed twice by Kevin Nash, but won via Countout when Nash left the ring.
- WCW World War III '98 (November 22) = Hall's match against Kevin Nash never occured, due to the attack by nWo members against the two. Later in the night, Hall fought in the "3 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Nash.
- WCW Souled Out '99 (January 17) = Hall lost the "Taser/Ladder" match with Bill Goldberg.
- WCW Superbrawl IX (February 21, '99) = Hall defeated Roddy Piper to become the United States Champion. Later that night, Hall substituted for the injured Lex Luger as Kevin Nash's partner, defeating Rey Mysterio Jr and Konnan in a "Mask" Match. Mysterio was forced to remove his mask.
- WCW Mayhem (November 21, '99) = Hall defended the Television and US Titles by defeating Booker T.
- WCW Superbrawl X (February 20, '00) = Hall was pinned by the WCW World Champion Sid Vicious in a Triangle Match, with Jeff Jarrett as the other competitor.
- WWF Wrestlemania X-8 (March 17, '02) = Hall was defeated by Steve Austin.
- WWF Backlash '02 (April 21) = Hall won over Bradshaw.
- NWA-TNA Huntsville PPV (Show #1, June 19, '02) = Hall competed in the Gauntlet For The Gold match, which was won by Ken Shamrock.
- NWA-TNA Huntsville PPV (Show #2, June 19, '02) = Hall pinned Jeff Jarrett.
- NWA-TNA Nashville PPV (Show #3, July 3, '02) = Hall & Brian Christopher fell to Jeff Jarrett & K-Krush.
- NWA-TNA Nashville PPV (Show #5, July 17, '02) = Hall pinned Brian Lawler.
- NWA-TNA Nashville PPV (Show #7, July 31, '02) = Hall was beaten by Jeff Jarrett.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #12, September 18, '02) = Hall competed in a "Tag-Team Rumble", which was won by Chris Harris & Brian Lee.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #13, September 25, '02) = Hall & Syxx-Pac defeated Brian Lawler & Elix Skipper.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #17, October 23, '02) = Hall won over Jeff Jarrett.
- NWA-TNA PPV (Show #18, October 30, '02) = Hall was beaten by the NWA Champion, Ron Killings.
- Zero-One Hustle III (May 8, '04) = The Outsiders fell to Shinya Hashimoto & Naoya Ogawa.
- NWA-TNA Turning Point (December 5, '04) = The Kings of Wrestling (The Outsiders & Jeff Jarrett) lost to Randy Savage, Jeff Hardy, & AJ Styles.
- NWA-TNA Final Resolution (January 16, '05) = Hall was pinned by Jeff Hardy. Roddy Piper was the special referee.
- WWC 34th Anniversary Show (July 13, '07) = Hall fell to Carlito.
- TNA Destination-X '10 (March 21) = Hall & Sean Waltman defeated Kevin Nash & Eric Young.
- TNA Lockdown '10 (April 19) = The Band (Hall & Kevin Nash) lost a "Falls Count Anywhere Steel Cage" Match to Team 3-D.
- TNA Sacrifice '10 (May 16) = The Band retained the TNA World Tag-Team Titles, taking down Ink Inc (Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal).
- AWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Curt Henning (1/18/1986 - 5/17/1986)
- WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Champion (3/03/1991 - 4/20/1991)
- WWF Intercontinental Champion (9/27/1993 - 4/13/1994)
- WWF Intercontinental Champion(2) (8/29/1994 - 1/22/1995)
- USWA Unifed World Heavyweight Champion (4/03/1995 - 5/01/1995)
- WWF Intercontinental Champion(3) (5/19/1995 - 5/21/1995)
- WWF Intercontinental Champion(4) (10/22/1995 - 1/21/1996)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion w/ Kevin Nash (10/27/1996 - 10/13/1997)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Kevin Nash (1/12/1998 - 2/09/1998)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Kevin Nash (2/22/1998 - 5/17/1998)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ The Giant (7/20/1998 - 10/25/1998)
- WCW United States Champion (2/21/1999 - 3/18/1999)
- WCW United States Champion(2) (11/08/1999 - 12/19/1999)
- WCW Television Champion (11/21/1999 - 11/29/1999)
- WCW World Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Kevin Nash (12/13/1999 - 12/27/1999)
- WWC Universal Heavyweight Champion (7/14/2007 - 12/15/2007)
- TNA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Kevin Nash (5/04/2010 - 6/14/2010)
PWI Achievement Awards: (3 wins, 2 1st RUs, 2 2nd RUs, 2 3rd RUs)
- 1986 Most Improved Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1992 Most Improved Wrestler
- 1994 Match of the Year (Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels)
- 1994 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1995 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Razor Ramon vs. Jeff Jarrett)
- 1996 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (War Games)
- 1997 Tag-Team of the Year (The Outsiders)
- 1998 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (nWo Hollywood vs. nWo Wolfpac)
- 2001 Comeback of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up