Jeremy’s Blog: Initial thoughts on Scott Hall: The Wrestler from E:60

In case you missed it last night, ESPN is offering up the Scott Hall’s “The Wrestler” segment from E:60 online. The segment was incredibly short and really shows how bad off Scott Hall is now. What it doesn’t do is explore anything in great detail. Sure, it gives probable cause for his addictions and shows what he goes through now, but there is no deep investigation. Some of this is the pratfall of committing only 15 minutes or so to the actual story.

The piece features a bunch of other wrestlers, friends, family or wrestling execs commenting on Scott Hall, but the way the short documentary was packaged it came across like they are distancing themselves from his ailments rather than explaining.  These are just my initial thoughts on the program. I reserve the right to reverse course after more viewings, so go screw.

Kevin Nash comes off as a jokester instead of a concerned friend. His line about driving a stake through Hall’s chest as the only means of killing him may be funny but it is sad all the same. It was never explored past that. It was a one-off comment that added little. Sure, it is meant to explain the copious amount abuse Hall has done to his body, but it came off as aloof instead of poignant.

One aspect that should have been explored to same detail was the fact that X-Pac/Sean Waltman was in a similar position and came out of it and thus his pain at seeing Scott continually failing would have been stronger. Waltman taking issue with promoter Steve Ricard is spot on, but then listening to Hall try and explain his situation afterwards lessened the blow. He says that a combo of medications messed his head up so bad that, “Brother, I didn’t even know what country I was in. I don’t even remember being there.” It is hard to feel sympathy for someone who appears to be reveling in it as he smiles and nearly laughs while explaining it all.

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Scott Hall is a God Damn Mess

This is being reported all over the place so no need to give a site comment. Scott Hall is a mess. There is no way around this. He has substance abuse problems and it has never been clearer than his appearance at Top Rope Promotions 30th Anniversary Show. Hall showed up for the event in the classic ” no condition to perform” but wanted to perform anyway. Well, he got his wish and was carried to the ring, he got knocked down like someone was removing his hat and then got in a punch. The whole situation plays out in the videos above. Disregard the ” disturbing video” tag for the longer video. It isn’t disturbing  but it is painfully sad. This guy supposedly has one of the brighter minds in wrestling but he is wasting his talent on shit he can’t control and continues to indulge in them. He has been given WWE rehab and even took pills so that the smell of alcohol made him sick. Apparently nothing will work. So what is next. It has been a while since there has been a wrestler death. Is this the first shot in the long cannonball ride to the end for Scott Hall? Will his friends step in or have they all gotten to their wits end with him or are we going to get another “Last Call With Scott Hall” where they laugh this off?  What does it take for an addict to finally come to grips with their addiction?  Sorry, for once there are no jokes here.-Jeremy

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