|Scott Hall recently
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Addiction may very well be the toughest opponent any wrestler has ever had. Any person for that matter. I'm of course referring to the latest E:60 documentary on Scott Hall. It's simply titled "The Wrestler." If you haven't watched it yet, invest 18 minutes of your time in seeing it. I learned some things about Hall that I never knew before.
|Hall admits he doesn't remember this event (2011)
In the past, I used to judge people harshly who abuse drugs. But with a little insight from the work my wife is currently doing, I'm learning more that addiction is much bigger than just a person engaging in harmful behavior. In most cases, they just can't simply quit. I've blogged before about Scott, as well as the Hardy Boys and other superstars who have fallen on hard times. I'm trying really hard to not just judge these guys. They really do need help.
And that's the rub. They may not realize they need help. Some don't think they need it, they don't see a problem. I believe once friends and family members have pointed out the problem, it's then up to the addict to seek treatment. It's would be hard to have sympathy for a cancer patient who refuses chemo or radiation to fight their disease. Yes, I believe addiction is a disease too.
|"Big" Scott Hall
Do you remember his stint in NWA/WCW as Scott "Gator" Hall? Think of a cleaned up version of Skinner from the WWF. I had actually forgotten about the gimmick, but a friend of mine had brought it up a few years ago. Hall went on to become the Diamond Studd in WCW. I must admit (and this was way before the Internet) I never put two and two together that Diamond Studd was Scott Hall. I thought his look had drastically changed.
|The Bad Guy (from WWE)
I was disappointed Razor never won the WWF world title. In my opinion, he had all the makings of a world champ. I also believe he was better than his buddy Kevin "Diesel" Nash. The two of them had feuded in the WWF before joining forces and "invading" WCW and forming the NWO. And I'll be honest, after that, my interest in Hall dwindled. While I thought the NWO angle was innovative, I still felt slighted that Hall left the WWF. I've always been a WWF loyalist and his defection really bummed me out.
|In the NWO
The rigors of the road and the ring take a toll on a superstar's body and mind. But don't blame the business. Not all wrestlers will become a statistic. not all of them will loss to their demons. I hope and pray Scott Hall gets the help he needs, and I applaud Vince McMahon and the WWE for their support of employees who are battling addiction.
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