ESPN – Scott Hall, one of the most influential men in the history of professional wrestling, died Monday, according to WWE. He was 63.
Hall, a two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, broke his hip last month, PW Torch reported, and had severe health complications during surgery to repair it over the weekend.
Kevin Nash, Hall’s longtime best friend and former tag-team partner, wrote Sunday on Instagram that Hall was on life support, which he was later removed from Monday, according to close friend Sean Waltman.
“He’s gone,” Waltman wrote Monday night on Twitter.
Hall, nicknamed “The Bad Guy,” made his biggest mark in wrestling as a founding member of the group that would go on to be called the New World Order (nWo). He left the then-WWF in 1996, where he was known as “Razor Ramon,” to sign as a free agent with WCW.
It was a major contract that ignited a series of lucrative free-agent signings going back and forth between WWF and WCW, during one of the hottest periods in pro wrestling.
The storyline that was portrayed once Hall arrived in the company was that he was an invader, perhaps working on behalf of the WWF, attempting to take over WCW.
Nash, known as “Diesel” in WWF, would sign with WCW, too, and join Hall to become “The Outsiders.”
In July 1996, Hulk Hogan, a longtime wholesome “good guy” and massively popular name, joined Hall and Nash to form the villainous nWo, launching one of the great groups and storylines in the history of pro wrestling.
“A short while ago, a good friend of mine just passed away — Scott Hall,” Hogan said during an appearance Monday night.
“He took care of me when I was down and out and when everyone thought Hulkamania was dead. Scott Hall resurrected me … ” READ MORE.