I managed to uninstall the old version of vmware using the recommended command! First I removed the /etc/init.d/vmware file which had the desired effect of stopping the kernel modules being loaded and the processes from being started.
After a reboot I ran the VMware-Workstation-Full-8.0.6-1035888.x86_64.bundle which was running along swimmingly until I got a kernel panic.
# ./vmware-installer -l Product Name Product Version ==================== ==================== #
So I can see the fun will continue trying to clean up this mess.