Scott Hall is one of the most polarizing figures in pro wrestling. Hall is now 40+ days sober and is asking fans for donations to help pay for a new hip. Is this a case of a desperate man reaching out to his fans or another one of the many cons of Scott Hall’s life?
I sent out a couple of tweets about this topic over the weekend and quickly I wound up in the middle of a full tweet debate over whether or not Hall was in the right for asking fans to pay for a new hip. Camel Clutch Blog columnist Thomas Holzerman suggested that Vince McMahon should cover this expense. I on the other hand have seen enough of Scott Hall that his request for fan donations makes me downright disgusted.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]This whole idea of wrestlers asking fans for money to pay for medical expenses has never ended without controversy. I have written twice in the last six years about this whole idea of fleecing the fans and asked where the oversight was. The first time I received physical threats from the group I questioned and the second time I was threatened with a lawsuit. So to say that I am dubious of any of these wresting charity cases is probably an understatement at best.
Scott Hall is the newest charity case. A man who once signed contracts for seven figures is now playing on your sympathies for donations. Scott and his team have taken to indiegogo.com and launched a fund raiser to help old Razor Ramon pay for a new hip.
“Scott’s longtime friend Diamond Dallas Page, together with the support of Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman, have come together to help Scott get healthy and find a purpose in life with his inspiring story of redemption.
Unfortunately, we didn’t know just how broken Scott’s body was. At the young age of 54, Scott has had a pacemaker, and difibrillator implanted for his heart, and he can barely walk due to extreme arthritis in his hip. Unless he gets a hip replacement, he will be unable to do the necessary exercise in order to get his health back. Without medical insurance, Scott’s inability to pay for the procedures he needs are a major hurdle to his physical recovery.”
If that isn’t enough to tug at your heart strings a picture of Scott looking older than ever in a wheelchair giving a thumbs up accompanies this pandering. To be fair Scott is offering items in return for your donations such as autographs, a Skype call, and even a chance to hang out with the Bad Guy, Jake Roberts, and DDP. Yet at the end of the day I just find this whole thing disgusting.
Here is the truth about Scott Hall. Scott Hall has struggled with addiction for years and those addictions are what cost Scott his millions, yes millions in money he made in pro wrestling. Hall is a wrestling icon for his part in the n.W.o. and would probably be under contract to the WWE or TNA today if it weren’t his constant screw ups, at minimum with a WWE Legends contract. Hall could also go out there and make money doing autograph signings and appearances if he wasn’t such a mess. I met Scott Hall and really liked him, but asking fans to pay for your surgery after you squandered millions of dollars is just absolutely disgusting!
Where is the oversight here? You are asking fans to donate money to a man that has been sober for a mere 40 days. Is anyone accounting that these funds be used for his surgery? Some of you like Tom will say that Vince McMahon should pay for it? What about the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the WWE have spent putting this man through countless rehabs? Who knows how much money the WWE had to dish out thanks to the “Plane Ride from Hell?”
I don’t want to see Scott Hall suffer. Again I met the man and interviewed him face to face for about three hours a few years ago. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy. But expecting me or any fan to pay for your surgery while you sit around all day practicing yoga is something that just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
At some point there has to be some accountability here and that is my biggest problem. Scott Hall has never had accountability. He screws up and someone else hands him another chance. Hall is fortunate enough to have enough celebrity that he could easily go out there and work for his surgery by doing the light labor of shaking hands, taking pictures, doing shoot interviews, or signing autographs. Instead he and his buddies are happy with Scott hanging out in his wheelchair as hard working fans pour their money into him.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]Shame on Scott Hall, DDP, Jake Roberts, and anyone else participating in this campaign. The fans deserve better than to be fleeced by a guy that has been arrested for numerous acts including punching his girlfriend, charged with second degree murder, keying cars, and allegedly fondling stewardesses on air planes.
Excuse me if I am a little skeptical.
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