ESPN's E:60 - The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story

Posted by Grey Saturday, October 22, 2011

Scott Hall (AKA Razor Ramon) is undoubtedly one of the most talented individuals in the history of professional wrestling. Earlier this week, ESPN's E:60 released "The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story", a heartbreaking documentary detailing Hall's career and his never-ending battle with his personal demons.

Earlier this week (Wednesday, October 19th), ESPN's E:60, an ESPN show with an insider-look at the best stories in sports, released "The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story", a moving documentary on professional wrestler Scott Hall. Chronicling Hall's fall from grace from the 1990s, where professional wrestling is at the peak of its popularity, to a broken man continuing the never-ending battle with his personal demons like alcoholism and drug addiction.

While it is no doubt a surprising move that ESPN is taking on a real-life story grounded in professional wrestling, now widely recognized as Sports Entertainment, in the show, the heartbreaking tale of Hall is unquestionably an alarming, cautionary tale for the professional wrestlers of today's generation, that is worth telling on "E:60." Like what Eric Bischoff said in the documenary, "Hall is representative of what younger wrestlers see as what happens if you allow the wrestling business to consume you."

Apart from Hall, the feature also included interviews with Hall's family members including his ex-wife, Dana Lee Burgio, and his son, Cody, as well as numerous prominent figures in the business such as Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, and Stephanie McMahon.

A main highlight in the documentary would be ESPN's discovery of the footage at the Top Rope show where Hall made his infamous appearance in the independent wrestling event in Fall River, Massachusetts on April 8, 2011. Quite likely the saddest bump we have ever seen in pro-wrestling history, it is heartbreaking to see Hall in such condition. We agreed with Waltman in his outrage towards the promoter who dryly explained his "business vs. moral decision" by saying that "people paid to see Scott Hall and they just showed the world who Scott Hall was."

All this is especially dreary for those have watched Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler and understand the real-life irony in this particular case of "art imitates life imitates art."

For some reasons, the video clip of the entire documentary that was originally available at ESPN has been removed, but you can read a comprehensive write-up on the show here. And for those who wants to check out the documentary, the entire 18-minute clip can be found at YouTube, and we have made viewing easy for you by embedding right after the jump.

In his prime, Scott Hall was a mountain of a man - 6-foot-7, 290 pounds of solidly sculptured muscle, appearing as close as invincible as they come. As Razor Ramon, he was one of professional wrestling's biggest names and most villainous villains, busting chairs with the likes of Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans in sold-out arenas. And he loved the life that came with it: the parties, the women, the celebrity. But the high life soon started to slip away, and Hall has been desperately doing whatever he can since to hold on ever since. Hall's slide seems to know no bottom - from his deteriorating physical and mental condition, to his ongoing battle with alcohol and substance abuse that has crippled his family life and resulted in pathetic public appearances in school gyms. But he's hanging on, somehow. Now his only son, Cody, wants to follow in his father's tortured bootsteps. E:60 chronicles the heartbreaking story of a man who is a shadow of his former self and desperate for one last taste of the glory days.



A sad note in parting. While the generally bleak documentary did ended somewhat promising with Scott Hall and his 20-year-old son, Cody, working on reconciling and guiding his son to the professional wrestling career, it has been reported by TMZ that the father and son are no longer on speaking terms and Cody has given up his pursuit of a career in pro-wrestling. The reunion was also reported to have "barely lasted a month" according to Scott's ex-wife Dana, who also claimed to

Also, Cody has reportedly given up his pursuit of pro wrestling that was captured in the documentary. Dana claimed to TMZ that Cody gave up on Scott due to "constant verbal abuse from Scott while he was binging."

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