Background to the character creation of Razor Ramon.
In 1992, Scott Hall returned to WWE/F as “Razor Ramon”. He would go on to become a 4-time Intercontinental Champion as a character and is the sixth longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in company history.
Razor Ramon’s character concept was broken down by former WWF/E artist and designer Tom Fleming. Fleming’s guest appeared on the show “New Generation Declassified” and detailed how the character idea and concept came to him.
He remembers having a conversation with Hall at a gym and initially Hall was supposed to wear pants, but he said he was working too hard on his legs and had to wear boxer shorts.
So okay, here’s the info on Razor [Scott Hall]. This was one of the first costume assignments I had. My boss Adrianna and my buddy Jay were also – and I think one or two other designers – we were all working on that concept and those purple pants you were talking about, those were actually designed by Jay. He came with these purple pants. I didn’t like the purple pants look. I wanted to go all black, yellow and red. So, I came up with the pants that are in this concept sketch. It’s basically the black pants with razors on them and then the logo on the chest part and what happened is when Vince [McMahon] approved, they didn’t have – there was sort of – there’s always a “feel” stage of the costumes and they do revisions and things like that. So my basic concept was picked with Jay and Razor’s pants – actually, I saw Razor at the gym and he said – he came up to me and he said, ‘Dude’ he said, ‘J love the concept except for two things. First, I worked too hard on my legs and I need boxers, not pants’ and I was like ‘Okay’ and he definitely said he preferred black and yellow. I said, ‘I’ll tell you what, we’ll turn the pants into boxer shorts and put the razor blades on the knee pads’ and he said, ‘That’s awesome’ and he said, ‘And no hat ‘ and I was like, ‘That – yeah, yeah, yeah’ and everybody got that, you know? So yeah basically what it boiled down to – a lot of people don’t get it, this drawing I had to work from models that my boss would give us so it was kind of weird that a lot of the characters had that a kind of an almost girlish look to them because she was a fashion…she was like a fashion designer and she put that kind of shine on it whereas the designs that I had actually drawn like the concept of Adam Bomb and things like that were a lot more comic book, you know, kind of like yeah, you know, they weren’t meant to be great works of art. They were meant to display the concepts, to illustrate the concepts so that Vince could just choose the concept he liked best. So yeah, the shaver turned out to be great when we kind of streamlined it and tweaked it to suit his preferences.
Scott Hall died on March 14. Tributes from those in the wrestling industry and those who knew him personally were shared for several days. Kevin Nash wrote about Hall and their friendship on his Instagram page.
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