Several months ago, ESPN aired a documentary on former WWE star Scott Hall in its E:60 series. Although the show revolved around Hall's issues with drug and alcohol abuse, he seemed to be on the road to recovery, but that no longer appears to be the case.
According to Susan Jacobson of the Orlando Sentinel, Hall was recently arrested and charged with domestic violence for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend outside his Chuluota, Fla., home. Hall reportedly grabbed her around the neck and arm as she sat in her car, but she was ultimately unharmed.
Hall was so drunk that he could barely stand when police arrived on the scene, according to the report. Hall has had major issues with alcohol and drugs for several years, dating back to his wrestling days. It first became public knowledge during his run in WCW, but it has spiraled out of control ever since and shows no sign of stopping.
This certainly isn't the first time that Hall has been arrested. He has also been in rehab 10 times, many of which were WWE sponsored. Despite all of the help and support he has gotten, though, Hall has been unable to get on the straight and narrow path, and it seems like it's too late to turn things around now.
Hall is officially past the point of no return. There are a lot of people in the wrestling business who remember Hall fondly and want to help him, but if he doesn't want help, then nothing can be done. Near the end of ESPN's documentary on Hall, there was a sense of positiveness, as he was supposedly clean and was helping his son train to be a wrestler.
For whatever reason, though, that fell apart.
During the documentary, Hall often talked about how his current lifestyle was bound to kill him eventually. As much as I hate to say it, he was probably right. A person's body can only take so much abuse and Hall's seems to have taken enough for several lifetimes, as he has gone from an elite athlete to a tired, broken man.
When news of Hall getting in trouble with the law or falling off the wagon comes to light, it's always a stake through the heart of the wrestling community. To this day, he is still one of the most popular wrestlers over the past couple decades—his "Bad Guy" persona was loved by so many.
Along with Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, Hall was the reason why WCW was able to stand toe-to-toe with the WWE and actually surpass them for a short time as the premier wrestling company in the world. He was a perfect fit for the edgy nWo, as his cool character made for the perfect heel that the fans couldn't help but cheer for.
If you were to look at Hall today without any prior knowledge of his past exploits, you would have a very tough time believing that he was once a physical specimen. Hall is never going to get back to where he was 15 or 20 years ago, but if he could just find a way to get on and stay on a program, then he could drastically improve his quality of life.
Both drug addiction and alcoholism are addictions, though, and if all Hall can think about is getting his next fix, then there is truly no hope for him. He was very candid in his ESPN documentary, as he was perfectly aware of his problem and what it was doing to him, but at some point you just have to say that things aren't going to change for him, and that point is right now.