WWE Hall of Famer returns to Southern Maryland
MCW Pro Wrestling has brought many bigname wrestlers to Southern Maryland, and this time they welcomed back one of the most memorable wrestling villains, WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall — known in-ring as “Razor Ramon” — to his hometown in St. Mary’s County.
On Oct. 1 at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department Station 7, the MCW pre-show included a meet-and-greet with Hall and a night of intense matches, including two steel cage matches, in honor of the great Razor Ramon.
“This is MCW’s third or fourth time here and it seems like every time it gets better and better and more and more people come here,” said William Mattingly, president of the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. “Scott Hall’s name has been tied to St. Mary’s County in wrestling for many years and I don’t think there has ever been a cage match in Southern Maryland. Now we have almost 700 [people] here tonight and it’s exciting.”
Professional wrestler Hall is a four-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, a two-time WCW United State Heavyweight Champion, a WCW World Television Champion, and a nine-time world tag team champion. He is also known for being a founding member of the New World Order (NWO) along with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan. On April 5, 2014, Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
“Every time I come back to Southern Maryland, I recharge my battery,” Hall said. “There are big time wrestling fans here in this area. The MCW staff is so cool. They brought me on the show, they even brought me here early so that I can visit my family and I get my blue crab fix while I’m here.”
Hall said his family is deeply rooted in St. Mary’s County and he had the opportunity to venture around his old stomping grounds. Hall also discussed his many years of therapy for alcohol and drug addiction, as well as his journey to change his life.
“I had been to 12 different rehabs and then WWE stepped in and pointed me in a different direction,” Hall said. “I was at a point when I had given up hope. I realized I never got to the root of the issue, so I did more [psychiatric] counseling and things turned around for me. I’m not where I want to be, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be. I have a new outlook. I’m blessed and healthy.”
Hall has also restored his relationships with his children and with his previous boss, WWE CEO Vince McMahon. “Living on Razor’s Edge: The Scott Hall Story,” his documentary, debuted in July and Hall is currently pursuing other opportunities such as working with a wrestling company in Norwich, England. Hall now sees himself as an ambassador for future wrestlers.
“Performing in front of a live audience is the most addicting thing I’ve experienced,” Hall said. “When I was Razor Ramon, I was imitating ‘Scarface.’ In that movie he was hungry and I was hungry, too, because I had what it takes to have this career. I love seeing smaller companies like MCW because they have a strong following, they sell out everywhere they go and they are developing the future superstars here for WWE.”
His mother, Pat Hall, said her son has been wrestling since before most of his fans were born — but to see that his character still lives on is impressive.
“It’s so great having my son back home because he’s had his ups and downs, but it gives him a chance to see his legacy is still great,” Pat said.
Park Hall resident Javari Dove, 10, said he has dealt with bullying for most of his life and was extremely excited to be able to meet Hall. He described the moment as something he’s going to remember for the rest of his life.
“He’s a loveable guy. Now I can tell bullies that I met Scott Hall so now they can’t bully me anymore,” Javari said.
“I’ve been following Scott Hall for years as Razor Ramon and when he started NWO,” said his father, Glenn Dove. “It’s a big deal knowing that my son can meet someone that he can look up to other than his father and letting him know that bullying at no age is good.”
“It was really cool to bring a WWE Hall of Famer home to St. Mary’s County,” MCW Pro Wrestling Owner Dan McDevitt. “We absolutely love coming down to Southern Maryland several times a year. The fans down here are so welcoming and supportive and the crowds continue to grow all of the time. This time we had a crowd of about 650 people, which is the biggest crowd we have had yet.”
In the MCW pre-show, Dante Caballero pinned Q the Dog for the win. Then the Classics, Eric Martin and Tyler Stone, debuted and defeated Chuck Payne and Fenix Fury. MCW Women’s Champion Brittany Blake gave a stunning performance as she defeated Maria Manic in a non-title match.
Bruiser and Rayo won the No. 1 Contender match for the MCW Tag Team Championship, but soon fell to the MCW Tag Team champions The Ecktourage, Eric Chapel and Dirty Money, with Kevin Eck.
In a steel cage match for the MCW Rage TV Title, champion Ken Dixon retained his title after defeating Brandon Scott. In a steel cage match for the MCW Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title, champion Drolix retained over Ryan McBride.
MCW Pro Wrestling will return to Hollywood on March 11, 2017, with former WWE Star Ryback, and will be in Waldorf on Nov. 11 with WWE Hall Of Famer Kevin Nash.
Park Hall resident Javari Dove, 10, meets wrestler Scott Hall on Saturday at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department as part of the MCW Pro Wrestling live event.
Leonardtown resident Scott Thompson was ecstatic after having WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall sign his “Razor Ramon” action figure.