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scotthallmugshot_largeIt amazes me how we tend to look at certain things in such a way that we forget that underneath its surface lies a human being with a family and feelings and everything…

Take professional wrestlers, for example…

Tan, flashy, and swollen from the persistent abuse of animal hormones, it is not hard to confuse the athletes working in sports entertainment with their larger than life ring personas.

From the insanity of their gig to the recklessness of their lifestyle (including the long bouts of time on the road, the hard drinking, constant drugging [both prescribed and self-medicating], and just hard living that comes from the carnie lifestyle), these modern day gladiators more often than not find themselves as the butt of the joke (typically for meting an early end as a direct result of the afore mentioned abuses and lifestyle choices).

But we forget that under the glitz and schadenfreude, there is a real man with real pain…

Scott Hall is such a man.

hall_crop_358x243Once a talent known for stiff ring work and a solid presence on the stick, Scott Hall had the wrestling world in the palm of his tooth pick flicking hands.

But, like some sort of creepy wrestling themed afterschool special come to life, Hall unraveled before our eyes. 

Anyone watching WCW during those sad final days before Vince bought out the company and combined the two brands remembers how it ended for Hall on television…

How Hall would walk out to the ring (many time in with Shawn “X-Pac” Waltman in tow), drunk off his ass.  His voice- graveled from drug and drink- slurring out a pill induced “Heeeeey Yo…”, beginning what would no doubt be a fifteen minutes glimpse into the frying mind of a drugged out madman…

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How his matches were slow and plodding…

How Hall would miss spots, fall out of the ring, injure himself and/or others…

It should come as no surprise to us that instead of seeing the light, cleaning up his act, and maybe making a nice living running the independent scenes, since then Hall has found himself in and out of various booze and pill bottles while scraping by a living taking sloppy bumps from jobbers working the Armory circuit.

But before you go trying to take Hall in the Opie & Anthony Dead Wrestler every 100 days Challenge, let the pained words of Hall’s good friend (and legend in pro wrestling himself) Kevin Nash try to soften your unfeeling heart.

Speaking on The Law internet show (it can be heard at TheFightNetwork.com) Nash had this to say about his friend and his heart breaking condition.

Kevin-Nash1"These people will say things like 'you need to have an intervention’ or someone said 'you need to take Scott fishing without alcohol' and no one grasps the severity of what this situation is. This is someone that has been to rehab nine times and probably walked out three to four times. He's been in and out of hospitals for the last year and a couple of times – in Providence (for a recent independent show) – what happened was Scott took a really bad fall in his house and hurt his hip really badly and of course the promoter said Hall got off the plane in a wheelchair blah, blah, blah. I talked to Scott and Scott said 'I never miss a shot and I’m going to make this shot' and I told him he sounded horrible and he said 'yeah'. Somas are the worst thing for wrestlers and I think they've killed more wrestlers than anything. He took some of those and hadn’t taken those in a long time and had a really bad reaction…they put him up there for 72-hours and the thing is Scott has been through so many hospitals, so many psych wards, evaluations and so many rehab centers that Scott knows every catch phrase and he knows exactly what the psychologist wants to hear and we’re all workers – that's what we are and in 72-hours Scott is gone."

"He’s at a place right now where the peaks and valleys are so incredibly high and low and the last week he’s been at a level spot, his health is bad. I think he went in and saw some doctors and he’s not going to walk in and get a gold label of health and when you get news from doctors that your heart isn’t functioning so well, this isn’t functioning well and this isn’t functioning well and to get all that news all in one day he went into a semi bender."

"I can't make Scott Hall want to live, I can't make Scott Hall want to get better, I can't make Scott want to repair his relationship with his children, I can't make any of those things happen and the only one who can is Scott. When and if he does I will be the happiest person on earth. He always knows no matter what, day or night, if he needs me and really needs me or needs anything or anything of me or for him I will be there in an hour and he knows that. I can't be his therapist, I can't be his wife, I can't be his rehabilitation specialist but I can be his friend. I think he needs friends more than he needs people telling him what he has to do or not to do. Lately it’s like the ninth inning, two out, a full count and they’ve walked into the baseball game and sitting in their seat and telling us what’s been going on in the game – I've been doing this for 17-years with Scott, you don’t just jump into the game and tell me what he needs to do because you haven’t been here, you haven’t lived it, you haven't done that and Dana (Hall) has. A lot of people think she’s a crack pot but people forget she has two children with the man, that’s real flesh and blood and Cassidy and Cody are great kids and they deserve better but at the same time Scott – people think Scott's problem is he likes to get drunk and likes to take drugs and he's an addict and he's not – he has post-traumatic stress and had several incredibly horrible incidents happen in his early youth going on to his adolescence and early adulthood and he has had things happen to him that he cannot get through."

"When you are trying to numb a memory that’s when you have a problem and you’re trying to forget something – that’s a problem. He’s not out being a rock star, he's making things in his mind go away because he cannot shut it off and does it for days at a time and then when he does think about it he realizes the problem is still there."

*Quote text copied from Michael Bleuth’s article on Lordsofpain.net

Fucking just rips at your guts don’t it…

Scott-Hall1How this man... the one time master of the “Razor’s Edge” (which would later be known as the “Outsider’s Edge”)… could allow himself to have swung so low…

Broken down… Hobbling from spot to spot…

From the words of Nash, it would seem to me that Hall is but days away from death (if that… would not shock me in the least if I had to rewrite this prior to posting because Scott got found in some rusted out van, dead from pills or booze, or broken body or however it is that the world will say goodbye to Scott Hall).

There is a part of me that really does hope eventually the cries for him to get his mind right is going to eventually make it through that greasy head of his and maybe- just maybe- he will meet death on his own terms (from the sounds of it there is little chance he is going to make it to old age, with or without sobriety).

But sadly, Hall’s death will be far more poetic than that…

Self-destruction like this wouldn’t have it any other way…

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