The WWE continued to get it right when it made the announcement on Raw Monday night that Scott Hall will be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame. I applaud the selection committee for making this call and announcing that one of the greatest superstars of the WWF joins the best of the best in the most sacred of honors.
For everything that Scott Hall was and is to this business (still) his greatest accomplishments in wrestling happened after he left the WWF and joined WCW to form the nWo with Kevin Nash. My first reaction is that for everything that Scott Hall is, he is most known for the association with Nash and the greatest stable of the 1990s. So, that said you cannot have one without the other.
According to philly.com, the induction will be under the Razor Ramon character that Hall portrayed in the WWF. That was the basis for his selection Monday night. “Before his time in WWE, Hall worked for a number of wrestling organizations in the late 1980s, most notably, the American Wrestling Association.”
The story reads on…
“His first real break in the wrestling business, however, came as Razor Ramon in the WWE. As Ramon, Hall portrayed a Tony Montana-like character that made no bones about the fact that he was a bad guy. Complete with the slick hair, a toothpick and a number of gold chains, Ramon used his distinct look and character to gain traction and eventually won the Intercontinental Championship on multiple occasions. His most famous title victory came against fellow Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels in a ladder match at WrestleMania X.”
Scott looked a lot like Magnum TA in the early 1980s, where he was a popular, rugged, good looking face in the AWA as a tag team champion with a very young Curt Hennig and as a champion in Florida Championship Wrestling. Wherever he traveled he generally wore gold and could have been a player in the NWA and WCW if it were in the cards.
The WWE/WWF is where he made his mark.
As for Kevin Nash, the former basketball player and the man who made “Diesel” a popular larger than life character in the WWF as the body guard of Shawn Michaels. His success speaks for itself.
Between WWE, WCW, and TNA, Nash has won a total of 21 championships, he is a six-time world champion (a five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WWF Champion), and a 12-time tag team champion between the three promotions. Although he had only one reign as WWF Champion, Nash is recognized by WWE as the longest-reigning WWF Champion of the 1990s, having held the title for 358 days.
Nash was a member of The Kliq, a group that included Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman. He is one of the three founding members of the New World Order (nWo), along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Hall.
And for the most part, Nash needed Hall more than the other way around. Sometimes you just have to see what is in front of you to realize this is a lot like peanut butter and jelly. The WWE Hall of Fame made a mistake leaving Nash out but made the right decision by bringing Hall, a very controversial, maligned and damaged wrestler on board.
His struggles with alcoholism are well documented as are the demons of another 2014 inductee, Jake Roberts. If the WWE was trying to make a statement with Hall (and Roberts) and his selection, it certainly did so. Now, we wait to see how long it takes before we see the other member of the dynamic duo hears his name called.
Hopefully, it will not be too long.
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