Professional wrestling legend Scott Hall has passed away aged 63, with Triple H and Shawn Michaels leading the tributes.
One of the most influential characters in wrestling history, Hall leaves behind a legion of adoring fans. Twice inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, the Maryland-born wrestler found fame as Razor Ramon during the 1990s.
Notorious for his ‘bad guy’ persona, Hall entertained fans of the WWF with his pantomime villain characteristics. A four-time Intercontinental Championship winner during his time with WWF, Hall made a shock exit from the company in 1996.
Switching allegiance to WCW, Hall quickly rose to prominence as one of the most entertaining wrestlers. Hall set up the infamous New World Order faction along with fellow founding members Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash. A massive hit at the time, the nWo storyline is amongst the most successful in modern wrestling history.
Whilst competing in WCW, Hall accumulated various belts, including twice winning the United States Championship and once lifting the World Television Championship. However, Hall excelled in the tag team format, winning the World Tag Team Championship on nine occasions.
While he never won a world championship in a major promotion fight, Hall’s legacy on professional wrestling stretches beyond individual achievements. A maverick, whose impact on the sport cannot, and will not, ever be forgotten.
Triple H and Shawn Michaels amongst those leading Scott Hall tributes
Plagued by many health problems, Hall underwent surgery for an existing hip problem earlier this month. Complications with the procedure led to Hall suffering three heart attacks before being placed on life support.
In a heartfelt message just days before Hall passed away, best friend and ex-pro Kevin Nash revealed Hall’s imminent passing.
Unsurprisingly, when news of Hall’s death broke, the tributes began flooding in from across the world of wrestling. Although his passing didn’t come as a surprise, the devastating loss of a legend has hit many current and former wrestlers hard.
“I’m gutted… lost a brother,” revealed Triple H on Twitter. “I love you Scott!! I’ll see you down the road…”
Elsewhere, Shawn Michaels also shared his love for Hall:
Meanwhile, Sean Waltman, also known as X-Pac, waded in with his support for Hall. The pair were part of the backstage group known as the Kliq and struck up a strong relationship in and out of the ring:
“He was the smartest of us all. Maybe all of us combined. And that was a car full of smart motherf*****s.”
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