Scott Hall is back in the news after a disturbing appearance at Top Rope Promotions which saw Hall stumbling in the ring, looking sloppy, and slurring his words. The night ended in the hospital with another chapter written in the never ending saga of turmoil known as the Scott Hall story.
The disappointing news comes a week after Scott Hall kept himself away from the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. It wouldn’t have been just any appearance for the former Razor Ramon. The appearance would have put Hall back in the headlines as part of The Kliq reunion following Shawn Michaels‘ induction speech. Instead, Hall decided to wait a week to make news of his own.
Scott Hall did indeed show up at Top Rope Promotions on Friday but it was an appearance that he probably regrets. While I won’t say with uncertainty that Hall was inebriated because I didn’t see a drug or alcohol test, yet Hall was definitely messed up on something whether it was an illness, narcotics, alcohol, or medication because he was not just not right. The appearance is incredibly disturbing, especially for the fans and media that recently applauded him for missing the Hall of Fame due to his struggle with sobriety.
The video shows Hall being dragged to the ring as if he was kidnapped and drugged by terrorists. Hall gets in the ring and cuts a promo that is best described as a lot of slurring. Hall is then confronted as part of a wrestling angle and bumped. Hall refused to leave the ring after the angle and had to be escorted out by police officers. According to TMZ.com the night ended with Hall visiting a local hospital. Hall’s “rep” told TMZ that Hall went to the hospital for cardiac issues. Wow, and you thought Charlie Sheen‘s ex-publicist had a bad client.
Former WWE superstar Scotty 2 Hotty was also on the Top Rope Promotions show and sent the following tweet moments after Hall’s appearance. “Just witnessed the saddest, most embarrassing thing in my career!!!! How many guys have to die before some guys learn?”
I have mixed emotions watching the video. On the one hand, it is beyond sad at this point that Scott Hall continues to struggle with his addictions. Hall was one of the biggest stars in the pro wrestling boom period of the 90s and would likely still have a job with either the WWE or TNA Wrestling if he could keep himself straight. His struggles with sobriety have cost Hall his family, his money, his reputation, and his career. The only thing left is his life which appears to be in serious jeopardy at this point.
On the other hand, Top Rope Promotions should be downright ashamed of themselves. I find the fact that they took Hall who was obviously a wreck and allowed him to perform an outright disgrace. Putting him in front of people as part of a wrestling angle which included a bump is just beyond comprehension to me. No, they don’t have the responsibility of being someone’s babysitter. But, Hall could have seriously have hurt someone whether it be himself, one of the wrestlers in the ring, a staff member, or even a fan. If your show is that poorly booked where you have to rely on shoving a pro wrestler out there that is obviously in no condition to wrestle, well you shouldn’t be running wrestling shows. It is almost criminal to me. Promotions like this are what give independent wrestling promoters a bad name.
Then again, I shouldn’t just stop at “independent pro wrestling promotions”. TNA Wrestling did almost the exact same thing a month ago with Jeff Hardy.
So where do you go from here? If you are an independent pro wrestling promoter you would have to be a moron for booking Hall at this point. Sure, he could clean himself up and stay sober for years but he hasn’t done it yet and at 52 years old I don’t see that happening. I hope that he can clean himself someday and get his life back in order because pro wrestling could really use a sober Scott Hall. Unfortunately nobody should have any time for the Scott Hall seen in this video.
Update: Now that Scott Hall has resumed being Scott Hall, he is reportedly furious that the video made its way onto the Internet and will be a part of a pay per view. A rep for Scott Hall told TMZ.com, “We find the footage to be very distasteful and not suitable for a pay-per-view audience and it’s sad that the promoter has decided to air the uncut footage from the pay-per-view.”
In other words, tune in to their low rent pay per view to see all of the footage that they are so “upset” about it.
I have to admit I have a lot less sympathy for Scott Hall after this latest turn of events. How about an “I’m sorry” to his friends, family, and fans that continue to support and believe in him instead of a cheap plug?
Update #2: Top Rope Promotions released a statement.
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