How Scott Hall became the legendary Razor Ramon character
Journeyman wrestler Scott Hall, all 6-foot-7, 295 pounds of him, wanted to work for WWE in the early ’90s, but needed someone to vouch for him and he needed a new, TV persona.
Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig proved to be the person who got Hall a tryout at a WWE-TV taping at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., where Hall went on first in what would be dozens of matches at WWE’s marathon-like syndicated TV taping.
He was then summoned to Vince McMahon’s office, accompanied by Hennig. McMahon liked Hall’s size and the idea of gimmick of the Tony Montana from the film "Scarface," which Mr. McMahon had not yet seen.
Hall did his Razor persona with Perfect and the two of them had McMahon entertained and laughing, listening to their verbal interaction.
"We need a name," McMahon said. "Razor," Hall responded, though he had considered Scrug Shadow and Road Warrior Hawk had suggested Dead Bolt.
The WWE Chairman said there is already a Razor, Razor Ruddock, the boxer.
Hall, in his best Tony Montana delivery said, "I kick his bleepin’ ass," which made McMahon howl and the name Razor Ramon stuck.
Razor Ramon gave the Intercontinental Title great credibility and his ladder match vs Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 10 in Madison Square Garden is considered one of WWE’s most memorable bouts of all time.
(To read Jim Ross’ full interview with Scott Hall, click here)