WWE Hall of Famer Razor Ramon dead at 63
SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Earlier this week a professional wrestler best-known by the moniker Razor Ramon passed away due to complications from hip replacement surgery.
Ramon -- his real name was Scott Hall -- was 63. Before he joined Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment organization Hall learned the ropes in Florida.
Jay Goodley, a former WWSB sports reporter, was a ring announcer/TV commentator with Championship Wrestling from Florida when Hall started in 1984. Goodley and former Cardinal Mooney coach John Heath.
Heath promoted CWF shows at Robarts arena in the 1970s and 80s.
Long before he was Razor Ramon, Hall was appearing on cards all over the Sunshine State. Goodley recalls the first time he saw him in action.
“He came to us from Minnesota, having trained under Verne Gagne in the AWA [American Wrestling Association] and they weren’t quite sure what to do with him,” Goodley said. “He was a great athlete, big handsome guy – kind of a cross between muscle beach and the Marlboro man.”
Hall spent his first few months learning the basics – hip tosses, flying drop kicks, how to bounce off the ropes and pull punches and interviews. Looking back Goodley wishes CWF could have done more with him.
“We would book him with enhancement talent (guys who make the ‘stars’ look good) and Scott would basically beat the hell out of them,” he said. “But we never really knew whether to make him a babyface (the good guy) or a heel (the bad guy). Here in Florida, he was a wasted talent and that was too bad because he had all the goods.”
A few years after leaving CWF Hall began drawing the attention of other promotions all over the world. He spent time back in the AWA, Japan, and Georgia-based World Championship Wrestling. He struck gold with the Razor Ramon character in 1992.
Goodley calls the persona one of the best developed in the WWE.
“Great worker, great ring presence and he really was ‘The Bad Guy,” he says. “Some fans loved him; some fans hated him but they all stopped what they were doing when he was in the ring. He had the whole package.”
Hall, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014, leaves behind two children.
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