While the wrestling world was collectively processing Scott Hall’s death earlier this week, his speech from being introduced as Razor Ramon at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony was widely shared and quoted. “Bad times don’t last, but bad times do,” was part of a story we were telling ourselves, which like Jake Roberts, Hall’s time with DDP in the early 2010s helped him achieve sobriety. We thought that while much of Hall’s life had been spent fighting those bad times, at least the Bad’s last years had been good.
Sadly, a report of Hall’s death in the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter makes it a tale we can no longer console ourselves with. Dave Meltzer’s report, which includes accounts from Hall friends Sean “X-Pac” Waltman and Jared Saint-Lauren (aka MLW’s MSL), reminds us instead that there is no cure for addiction and that recovery is only a remission that some addicts are lucky enough to achieve.
Waltman told Meltzer that Hall has been able to put together some clean time over the past decade, but the past two years had been “really bad”. Hall’s friends and family felt his death was imminent, but were unable to do anything about it, something many who have loved an alcoholic or drug addict can relate to.
The two-time Hall of Famer was in “bad shape” al WrestleMania 37 last year, when the nWo were induced. This was also the case during an appearance at Stockton Comic Con last October, and presumably a reason he hadn’t made any other recent bookings. The last few years have been described as a “constant cycle” of Hall’s “out of control” until a friend like Kevin Nash brought him back to focus.
When Hall fell and broke his hip several weeks ago, he is said to have been lying on the floor for days because he couldn’t move or reach for his phone. When friends couldn’t contact him, they called the DDP to go check on him. It was Page who took him to the hospital.
“The pandemic has overwhelmed him. It was hard enough for him as it was, but he was isolated in his home with no social interaction. He had dropped to 210 pounds. We called Dally [Dallas Page] and went further. It was really bad. “
One wrinkle of this story that aligns with Hall’s memories this week is that wrestling and working with younger wrestlers seems to have been what helped the villain through his tough times. Saint-Lauren told Meltzer:
“I lived across the street from him. We have made it a habit for a few years to go out every day. He lived alone in that big mansion and didn’t really see his family. So we ended up in the routine of going to the gym together every day, having lunch and just some kind of bullshit unless I had an independent booking to go to. Scott was a very complicated guy, I think. I put it at a point in his life where he didn’t care about himself anymore, but he still loved the business so much and really loved helping others succeed. “
This is heartbreaking information. As an alcoholic and recovering drug addict who works with others who struggle as Scott did, it is a reminder of the deadly nature of this disease. For anyone who has one of us in your life, maybe it’s a reminder that you’re not alone in your pain and frustration.
It is difficult to elaborate, however. All we can do is hope Hall is now experiencing something akin to the peace he felt in the ring and cherish the memories of what he made us feel when he was in one of them.