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Grudge Match #3: Sean Waltman & Scott Hall (Part 3)

GRUDGE MATCH

Sean Waltman & Scott Hall

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Sean Waltman re-joined the WWF in 1997 after he was fired from WCW by Eric Bischoff via FedEx. He would start a campaign with D-Generation X to "free" his friends from the evil clutches of WCW. However, his friends never made the jump. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash both stayed with WCW until it's demise in 2001. It wasn't until 2002 that Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan would make their return to the World Wrestling Federation as the New World Order.

 

The storyline played out with "Hollywood" Hogan going back to being a face and various Kliq members joining the nWo. This alliance brought back the duo of Sean and Scott. Almost four and a half years since they had last met up. 

THe nWo (X-Pac, Scott Hall & Kevin Nash) vs. The Rock & "Hollywood" HUlk Hogan

Three on Two Handicap

WWF Monday Night RAW

During the RAW episode on March 25th, 2002. The WWF would hold their first brand extension. It was the first time that the WWF roster would be split into two separate divisions, WWF Raw and WWF Smackdown. A lottery was held on RAW with General Manager Ric Flair choosing the entire New World Order as a single entry. 

 

The Rock, Kane & "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan vs. The nWo (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & X-Pac)
Six Man TaG Team Match 
WWF Smackdown - March 28th 2002

X-Pac would stay as a part of the new nWo and feud with his former partner Kane. During a hardcore match between X-Pac and Kane on WWE RAW, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash would intervene allowing X-Pac to steal Kane's mask.

The nWo (Scott Hall & X-Pac) & The Undertaker vs. Steve Austin & Bradshaw
Three on Two Handicap
WWF Monday Night RAW - April 15th 2002


Scott Hall & X-Pac vs. Steve Austin & The Big Show
Tag Team Match
WWF Monday Night RAW - April 22nd 2002

 

The nWo (The Big Show, Scott Hall & X-Pac) vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Ric Flair and Bradshaw
Six Man Tag Team Match
WWE Monday Night RAW - May 6th 2002

The night before the May 6th edition of Monday Night RAW, X-Pac, Scott Hall and various other WWE performers were involved in a drug-fueled nightmare flight dubbed the Plane Ride from Hell. Wrestlers were drunk or on DMT, Ric Flair had been flashing stewardesses, Curt Hennig and Brock Lesnar had a shoot fight and X-Pac cut off Michael Hayes' ponytail among other atrocities. However, the entire time Scott Hall was asleep and not participating in the antics. Regardless, both X-Pac and Hall would be gone from the WWE in a number of weeks. This event didn't help. 

  If you're in the ring with me I'll work for free.   - Scott Hall to Syxx-Pac

If you're in the ring with me I'll work for free. 
- Scott Hall to Syxx-Pac

A new promotion was interested in bringing in the Kliq to draw a few views. That promotion is NWA/TNA. Scott Hall had already been competing in singles competition against the likes of Jeff Jarrett. However, in September of 2002 Sean Waltman made his way over as Syxx-Pac. He and Scott Hall formed a Tag Team and competed in the first Tag Team Gauntlet for the Gold Battle Royal. 

 

Tag Team Gauntlet for the Gold
Tag Team Battle Royal & Sudden Death Match
NWA Total Non-Stop Action - September 18th 2002

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Syxx-Pac had a lot to prove in a new promotion. He ran in like a fireball and set fire to the ring. Not literally. But he did impress. Interesting note, there is a cool little meet-up between Syxx-Pac and a young CM Punk. 

Scott Hall & Syxx-Pac vs. Elix Skipper & Brian Lawler
Tag Team Match
NWA Total Non-Stop Action - September 25th 2002

This would be nothing more than a cup of coffee for the two friends. Scott Hall would start to sporadically show up and Syxx-Pac would move onto singles competition in the X-Division. In 2007, the duo showed up in Mexico competing for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración or AAA. They competed in another Battle Royal this time it was the Copa Antonio Pena 2007 12 Man Gauntlet. Syxx-Pac, sticking with tradition, changed his name for this appearance back to X-Pac. 

 

Copa Antonio Pena 2007 12 Man Gauntlet
12 Man Battle Royal
AAA Sin Limite - Homenaje A Antonio Pena 2007 - October 7th 2007

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Both Waltman and Hall were part of Konnan's stable called La Legión Extranjera or the Foreign Legion. They would help eachother out and interfere in each other's matches. However, these were mostly singles matches and they wouldn't last together for very long. 

In 2010 Scott Hall and Sean Waltman would return to TNA. They would make their debut on Impact in a segment with the also debuting Hulk Hogan. Kevin Nash would also join them creating a new stable called The Band. They wouldn't do much but beat down various wrestlers including their own. In March, Hall and Waltman would tag again this time against their brother Kevin Nash and Eric Young. 

The Band (Syxx-Pac & Scott Hall) vs. Kevin Nash & Eric Young
Loser is Banned from TNA Tag Team Match
TNA Destination X 2010 - March 21st 2010

Nash would rejoin the group and it would start to evolve into a feud with Eric Young. Young would recruit the help of Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy to participate in a Six Man Tag Steel Cage Match. 

The Band (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Syxx-Pac) vs. Eric Young, Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy
Six Man Tag Steel Cage Match
TNA iMPACT! - March 23rd 2010

Impact Wrestling is pretty wretched at maintaining their back library and they apparently don't have a streaming service. Which is a shame. I was actually looking forward to watching this feud. Anyway, The Band would continue to haunt around TNA. But their tag team mostly consisted of the combination of Nash and Hall. Syxx-Pac was brought back into the fold for a match with Team 3D. This storyline also involved Bubba the Love Sponge. Yay. 

The Band (Kevin Nash, Scott Hall & Syxx-Pac) vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) & Jesse Neil
Six Man Hardcore Match
TNA iMPACT! - April 6th 2010

Scott Hall and Sean Waltman have one of the best relationships in professional wrestling. I had asked a few wrestlers on Twitter what their impressions were on working with those two specifically. The consensus is good. Konnan said that working with Hall and Waltman during their WCW days was "Great!" I suggest you all listen to Konnan's podcast about the nWo. I really enjoyed it. I hope that we hear more from these guys in the future. I would love to add a fourth part to this series. 


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Grudge Match #3 - Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler

GRUDGE MATCH

JERRY "THE KING" LAWLER vs. TERRY FUNK

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This feud was pretty insane. Jerry "The King" Lawler, the golden boy of Memphis, Tennessee had met the crazy Texan Terry Funk before. They had a long and bloody feud. There is footage of them from the seventies. But their main feud  took place during the eighties. No matter when they meet Funk and Lawler literally set the town on fire. These two both cut a great promo in their own fashion. Lawler was much more calm and collected. Funk was a mad man. He appeared drunk or at least concussed. Perhaps he was a bit of both.

In 1981 Terry Funk called out Jerry "The King" Lawler. He answered a bounty that was put up by Lawler's old manager, Jimmy Hart. Funk claimed that he was the toughest wrestler around and he wanted Lawler's blood. Lawler scoffed it off first but eventually accepted the match. This match would end up being a pretty bloody No Disqualification match. Funny to think that this whole feud just kicked off as a big pissing contest. 

Terry Funk vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler
No Disqualification Match
CWA - April 6th 1981

These two already put on one hell of a match. Funk proved himself many times over but that wasn't enough for that crazy Texan. He challenged Jerry Lawler again. This time to an Empty Arena Match. This time he was really going to prove himself. No fans. Just Funk, The King, The Ring and their hatred for eachother.

Terry Funk vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler
Empty Arena Match
CWA - April 9th 1981

The insanity would continue. Funk would go nuts over the next few months. He wore his injuries and screamed and hollered. He felt slighted. He felt that he could still beat Lawler and he wasn't soft about it. Lawler was always cool about it. They continued to meet. They had a tag team Texas Death Match between The Funk Brothers against Jerry Lawler and Plowboy Frazier. They had a Cage Match and they even had a Barbed Wire Ropes match. Both are really hard to find. This part of their feud would eventually end in February of '82 with the CWF in Florida.

The next time these two would meet would be in 1983 as reluctant partners against a few teams. Terry was hired as the meanest man that Lawler's partner could find. In a pretty un-politically correct promo, Terry Funk works with Jerry Lawler on the premise that he wasn't a "sissy". Lawler was cautious as he knew that Terry Funk wasn't one to be trusted.  

Terry Funk, Jerry Lawler and Sweet Brown Sugar vs. Jesse Barr and The Marauders
Six Man Tag Team Match
CWA - January 29th 1983

Terry Funk, Jerry Lawler and Sweet Brown Sugar vs. Bobby Eaton, Sabu, & Carl Fergie
Six Man Tag Team Match
CWA - January 30th 1983

Terry Funk and Jerry Lawler may have had a short feud in the early eighties. However, it was a feud that sparked an interest with fans. The character of The King in contrast to Funk's lunacy was great. It made for some really entertaining moments and matches. I wish more of this feud was available. It's hard to find the Cage Match and Barbed Wire Match, those both sound incredibly brutal and fun. What we did get was magical. The followup to this article will start the rekindling of their feud from the nineties. So get your flanel ready. It's going to be radical. 

 

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Grudge Match #2: Sean Waltman vs. Scott Hall (Part 1)

GRUDGE MATCH

Sean Waltman & Scott Hall

 

 

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Sean Waltman and Scott Hall are two amazing competitors that share an amazing chemistry inside of the ring. Both members of the Kliq, Hall and Waltman are good friends outside of the ring. In fact, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash all make appearances together today as the Kliq. This connection outside of the ring definitely added to their work inside the ring.

Sean Waltman has gone through a few name changes. When he started out he went by The Lightning Kid, gaining popularity in the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF) on ESPN during the early nineties. 
 

1991

The Lightning Kid vs. Jerry Lynn - Best Two of Three Falls
GWF Light-Heavyweight Championship - GWF on ESPN

Scott Hall had been the more established performer. His career had been on track since the mid-eighties. By the time that Waltman had broken into the career, Hall was already a steady performer in the NWA. However, it wasn't until Scott Hall's first WCW run as the Diamond Studd that we would see the beginnings of his true character, The Bad Guy, Razor Ramon. 

The Diamond Studd vs. Ron Simmons
WCW Saturday Night

Both competitors had signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1992 and showed a lot of promise. Scott Hall, now the sleazy Razor Ramon, shot up the ranks really quickly. Unfortunately, Waltman floundered. He was brought in as a tag team wrestler that found a place with the fans. This led to him going through some name changes The Kamikaze Kid, The Lightning Kid, The Cannonball Kid and just The Kid. He wound up jobbing out quite often even though the crowd loved him. It appeared that this would be his limit. Then the Kid met Razor Ramon. 

This match felt different. Almost like a tipping point for the Kid's career. Was he just going to be enhancement talent forever? Was Razor going to destroy him? By the time of this match The Bad Guy has victories over Tito Santana, Bob Backlund and Typhoon. Not to mention the list of jobbers he had already beaten. He even took Bret Hart to the limit at the Royal Rumble that year. 
 

1993

Razor Ramon vs. The Kid
WWF Monday Night RAW

Razor had put the Kid through hell in their first matchup. It looked dire. However, The Kid pulled out a surprise victory following a Moonsault, a big move for '93. This loss would be a spear in the side of Ramon. A soft spot for him for a good while. The match was really good for television. And boosted The Kid's popularity. But this would just be their first meeting. 

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The Kid still wasn't a full time wrestler with the World Wrestling Federation and he would still be fulfilling other dates. Following his match with Razor Ramon on Monday Night RAW. The Kid would adopt the Lightning Kid moniker again and compete for New Japan Pro Wrestling during their Top Of The Super Junior IV tour. He would share the ring with greats like The Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit), Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Dave Finlay, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, El Samurai and Shinjiro Otani. These meetups with such talent obviously had an impact on his in-ring work.
 

It wouldn't be long before Razor would challenge the 1-2-3 Kid to a rematch. Obviously the loss had been weighing on Ramon, causing him a lot of stress. In June of 1993, after a second loss to Bret Hart at King of the Ring, Razor Ramon brings seventy-five thousand dollars to the ring and offers it up to the 1-2-3 Kid. He wants his win. However, the Kid rejects the offer. Then Razor ups it to $10,000 and Waltman ends up accepting on the phone. 

Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid - $10,000 Match
WWF Monday Night RAW

These two would put on another good match that unfortunately ended in a schmohz. The 1-2-3 Kid took the cash and ran causing a double count-out. The Million Dollar Man would start a feud with Razor Ramon the following week by "showing Razor" how to beat the Kid.

The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase vs. The 1-2-3 Kid
WWF Wrestling Challenge 

Razor and Kid were both gaining popularity quickly. Too quickly to keep them feuding with each other. It only made sense to pair these two together signaling the first face turn for Razor. Sean Waltman was over with the World Wrestling Federation crowd and he had his new friend Scott Hall to thank for that. These were the beginnings of the Kliq. 

The 1-2-3 Kid would again start working his way through the enhancement talent. He made his Pay-Per-View debut in a losing effort at WWF Summerslam '93 against Irwin R. Shyster a cronie of the Million Dollar Man. This match was an extension of the DiBiase and Razor Ramon feud that had also played out during that show. The feud essentially justified Razor losing $10,000 to his friend.

Both guys seemed to be coasting for the rest of '93 as they would appear on Wrestling Challenge and Superstars facing more local talent. Razor Ramon would go on to pursue the  Intercontinental Title breaking away from that mid-year feud. However, they would end up teaming again at Survivor Series in a team with Marty Jannetty and Randy Savage

Team Razor vs. Team IRS
WWF Survivor Series '93

Team IRS consisted of Irwin R. Schyster, Rick Martel, Diesel and Adam Bomb. This would be another milestone for the Kliq as Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid were all featured prominently. Then on the following Monday Night RAWs, we would see Razor face Diesel and Shawn Michaels face Kid. They would go their separate ways, each finding a niche and working into it. The 1-2-3 Kid became a tag team wrestler with various partners. 

Razor Ramon was one of those partners. The two teamed up and faced The Quebecers on Monday Night RAW winning the WWF Tag Team Titles. Then losing them to Shawn Michaels and Diesel in a culmination of their work as the Kliq. 

1994

Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Shawn Michaels & Diesel
WWF Tag Team Title

WWF Action Zone

Who says that good stuff doesn't happen on the smaller shows. WWF Action Zone, Superstars and Wrestling Challenge all have a huge nostalgia factor and they feature smaller feuds like these. Come on WWE Network! Anyway. Again, Razor and The 1-2-3 Kid would team up for the Survivor Series. The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon, 1-2-3 Kid, The British Bulldog, Fatu & Sione) squared off against The Teamsters (Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jeff Jarrett). A team of sleazy badasses facing a team of blue collar workers? Things were kind of going off the rails during this period of the WWF. But good matches were still happening surrounded by all of this bizarreness. 

Hall and Waltman would again go their separate ways. However, it was understood that they were friends. It would be common to see them together. But they wouldn't meet up in the ring again until they paired up with Savio Vega against hillbillies, the Blu Brothers (Jacob, Eli and Zeb). Yes, that Zeb. But things would get murky as Razor would become more and more paranoid. Leading to another series of matches between Razor and The 1-2-3 Kid. 

1995

The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Razor Ramon
WWF Monday Night RAW - August

Razor Ramon vs. The 1-2-3 Kid
WWF Monday Night RAW - September

This series would see them trading victories. Both showcasing some amazing work. Even though they were enemies during this little period, they would again squash it and try their hand at tag team wrestling again. The duo of Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid would team up throughout the rest of '95. They would again try their luck for the WWF Tag Team Titles against The Smoking Guns. But come up short. After a loss to Owen Hart & Yokozuna things turned sour. The 1-2-3 Kid ended up aligning himself with Ted DiBiase turning his back on his friend.

The 1-2-3 Kid & Sid vs. Razor Ramon & Marty Jannetty
WWF In Your House: Season's Beatings

The Kid would end up teaming with the returning Sid while in the Million Dollar Corporation. A team that he thought would have a better chance at winning tag team gold. This leads to his team with Sid facing three other teams during the WWF Raw Bowl Elimination Match for the WWF Tag Team Titles on January 1st 1996. Those teams would be The Smoking Guns, Owen Hart & Yokozuna and Savio Vega & Razor Ramon. 

1996

The 1-2-3 Kid & Sid vs. Razor Ramon & Savio Vega vs. The Smoking Guns vs. Owen Hart & Yokozuna
WWF Raw Bowl Elimination Tag Team Match - WWF Monday Night RAW

While the 1-2-3 Kid wants to become a WWF Tag Team Champion again, he also has an intense hatred for his former friend. This hatred boiled over in early '96 with Kid attacking Razor in his matches. He would attack Razor with various weapons costing him wins against Jeff Jarrett. 

The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Razor Ramon
Cry Baby Match - WWF In Your House: Rage in a Cage

When the WWF Tag Team Titles were on the line in a tournament. The 1-2-3 Kid tagged with fellow Million Dollar Corporation member, Tatanka. They ended up in a match against Savio Vega and Razor Ramon on Monday Night RAW.

The 1-2-3 Kid & Tatanka vs. Razor Ramon & Savio Vega
WWF Monday Night RAW

The 1-2-3 Kid was a shell of who he was when he came in. His work with the Kliq was undeniably his best during this first WWF run. But it was also that same group that strangled the business at the time. Waltman's drug use didn't help. His final match for the WWF in 1996, would be against Savio Vega. A match that is again closely affiliated with Razor Ramon. 

The Kliq would take part in the famous "curtain call" breaking kayfabe and "exposing the business", just before Scott Hall and Kevin Nash (Diesel) would leave for the rival company, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Waltman wasn't part of that jump because he was in drug rehab during the time. However, he too would leave the WWF for WCW. 

Razor Ramon and the 1-2-3 Kid left the WWF in 1996 for more money in WCW. Razor adopted his name Scott Hall while Kid adopted a new name, Syxx. Syxx joined the nWo with Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Ted DiBiase, Vincent and Hulk Hogan. Being light-weight, he was their entry into the Cruiserweight division. He feuded with Chris Jericho and even competed in the World War III match with friend Scott Hall. 

World War III - Three Ring 60 Man Battle Royal
WCW World War III

1997 would have Scott Hall dealing with various nWo shenanigans and antics. He would be a WCW Tag Team Champion with Kevin Nash as The Outsiders. One of the greatest tag teams of all time. They are definitely worthy of an article on their own. Syxx would be sharpening his skills against the cruiserweights like Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio Jr, Juventud Guerrera and Jericho. He even picked up the WCW Cruiserweight Title. 

 

These two would continue to meet up in the future. This is as far as I can get today. I hope you enjoyed it. 

 

To Be Continued... 

 

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The tag team PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie D) cut a promo against The 1-2-3 Kid and would actually face him as things got heated. This all took place during a "WWF Invasion" angle of the USWA promotion. 

1993

PG-13 Promo against The 1-2-3 Kid