‘Good Ol’ JR’ Jim Ross has given his thoughts on the artist formerly known as Razor Ramon, Scott Hall.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers never to be world champion, Scott Hall has had many names through his professional wrestling career from The Diamond Studd to Razor Ramon. However, it is perhaps the latter that he is most recognised for.
Beginning his WWF career as a cocky, unlikable heel who dripped machismo, flicked his trademark toothpick at and carved up his latest victim, Hall as Ramon soon aligned himself with Ric Flair against the machinations of ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect.
However, sterling performances against Bret Hart (Royal Rumble and King of the Ring 1993) and shocking loss to then jobber, 123 Kid, began to turn Ramon babyface when he gradually gained respect for his conqueror and the audience turned in his favour.
WWF Intercontinental Championship reigns followed through 1993-1996 before Hall famously jumped ship to World Championship Wrestling with Kevin Nash where they helped form the NWO.
Now, Jim Ross has taken to his Grilling JR Podcast to talk about Scott Hall, how he had the potential to be world champion as well as his shock at the fact no one had brought him on board in a creative capacity:
“Scott’s personal demons are the only negative on his checklist. He had a great mind and still does. Very astute in the machinations of producing and joining a wrestling character, angle, or storyline, and he could work very well. He’s big and could work with any talents. He could be a big heel or a big babyface. The only thing that held Scott back was reliability.
He was such a prisoner to the drugs and the booze that he had a hard time getting past that element. That became his identity at certain points of his career, which was totally unfortunate. He was a hell of a hand in the ring, really good and he had a great mind. I’m surprised somebody hasn’t nabbed him up in a creative capacity because I think he’s that good. It wouldn’t have surprised me under better circumstances that Scott was a world champion. He had the skills, he had the look, and he had the aptitude. He just had those demons nipping at his heels that seemingly never did go away.”
Despite the well documented demons Scott Hall has faced, the star overcame his problems thanks to the input of Diamond Dallas Page and his story came full circle when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Since his induction, Hall has been a familiar face at the WWE Performance Centre, lending his knowledge to the new generation of WWE Superstars.
Credit for the interview: Grilling JR Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Fightful