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The number of past talent from the wrestling to have substance abuse problems over the years has been incredible and sad in numbers. One of the most notable talents that had such issues over the years is Scott Hall. Many people have seen the negative side of Scott's issues and a lot of it was broadcasted by various news outlets. However, none of those new outlets thought to ask Scott for his side of the story or why things happened. That was until former announcer and now occasional writer for Fox Sports "Good Ole JR" Jim Ross sat down with Scott and they talked about his past.
Time for a little insight, all of this is from JR's Fox Sports article (link below):
"Scott was diagnosed with having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as the result of being involved in a fatal shooting when he was a young strip-club bouncer and before he got into pro wrestling in the early '80s. The shooting occurred at a Doll House location on Orange Blossom Trail in Florida when an armed man with a lengthy police record took issue with an unarmed Scott Hall over a woman and the two fought for the weapon."
Scott had deep seeded problems and there seemed like there was only one end insight and that was one thing nobody wanted to happen. It was the Spring of 2013 and Diamond Dallas Page was still in the process of helping the legend Jake Roberts get back on his feet and beat his demons after years of battling. On April 5, 2013 Page and Roberts called Scott who was living in Florida at the time and told him he should come to Georgia to live with Dallas and Jake and get help to beat his demons. This is what Scott said about that phone call: "I don't even know I answered the phone when Dally and Jake called because I wasn't answering any calls or talking to anyone. I guess it was fate. Jake was one of my professional heroes and Dally was always a great friend. It was just the two of them and me in Page's home."
In the end we are all ecstatic that Scott got clean, because we all have heard stories about how smart Scott is when it comes to the wrestling business and yet all everyone added to that was when he was clean. Now the wrestling world is able to see the real Scott Hall and I for one couldn't be happier. There is always a time for fun, but when fun becomes an addiction is really fun anymore.
"Hard Work Pays off, dreams come true, bad times don't last, but bad guys do."
- Scott Hall
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I have tremendous Respect for Scott Hall after the demons he was able to conquer and am very happy that he has a clear head and can share his love of the wrestling business with his son Cody and others to make the next generation even more prosperous.