Pro wrestler Scott Hall, best known for his time in WWE and WCW, has died aged 63 after complications from a hip-replacement surgery, during which he suffered several heart attacks and had to be put on life support.
Hall’s long-time friend and former tag team partner Kevin Nash first announced the news on Instagram on Monday, saying that there were plans to discontinue Hall’s life support "once his family was in place".
The WWE confirmed the news of his death that evening, with a statement as well as a video tribute.
"WWE is saddened to learn that two-time WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Hall's family, friends and fans," said the company.
Since then, a number of other tributes have been paid to Hall on social media, who was lovingly referred to as wrestling’s “Bad Guy” thanks to his character Razor Ramon.
Other wrestling promotions such as All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling have also honoured Hall, with AEW writing that they “joined the wrestling world in mourning the passing of a true legend.”
Current AEW commentator Taz shared that while he didn’t know Hall that well, they had met many times over the years in different places. “The man was always super cool towards me,” he tweeted, saying that Hall was highly talented and a successful worker.
Fellow WWE Hall of Famer Sting, who competed with Hall in the WCW and was part of the Wolfpac stable in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, tweeted that Hall’s death was “heartbreaking, huge loss. He definitely made us all better — help me with that one-of-a-kind Scott Hall insight. So many ‘Too Sweet’ memories. Scott — you will be missed.”
WWE wrestler Paige said that the world loved Hall and that he was a “hero to many including myself” while sharing a photo of the two of them hugging.
AEW star Eddie Kingston tweeted “prayers and thoughts to Scott Hall and his family and friends,” while former wrestler Velvet Sky, who is now an NWA colour commentator, tweeted: “Thanks for the amazing memories & all you’ve contributed to the wrestling industry. 1 of the best to ever do it.” She also shared a photo of the two of them together.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Will Ospreay shared a gif of Hall while tweeting: "Rest in Peace, Scott Hall. what a life you have lived!!" while WWE's Madcap Moss shared a personal story in which he said that Hall was one of his favourites growing up. "I’ve modelled much of what I do in [the] ring after him — the first time he saw me wrestle he charged me $5 for gimmick infringement."
Meanwhile, wrestler Angelina Love, most known for her time in TNA, shared a photo of Hall with his famous phrase "bad times don't last, but bad guys do".
Hall made his wrestling debut in 1984 and rose to fame in the World Wrestling Foundation in 1992, winning the WWF Intercontinental Championship four times as Razor Ramon.
In 1996, he shook the industry by moving from the WWF to the upstart World Championship Wrestling promotion. There, he formed The Outsiders with Nash and eventually the New World Order faction with Hulk Hogan, which, at the time, was game-changing in terms of wrestling stables.
“When we jumped to WCW, we didn't care who liked or hated us,” Nash said. “We were the 'Outsiders' but we had each other.”
Nash claimed that the move paved the way to change wrestling in terms of content and pay.
Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as Razor Ramon in 2014 and again as a member of the NWO in 2020.