Watching Cody Hall was like watching a mirror image of Scott Hall.
Same type of lengthy build. Same mannerisms with the way he walks or taunts. The fall-away slam, the Razor's Edge―many similar moves.
This bothers some people, based on their comments. It turns them off to see a “Scott Hall 2.0.”
Given the circumstances, I think its great.
Cody Hall is 21 years old and hasn't been in the ring for that long. The fact that he can be compared to his father is a huge compliment.
He is being critiqued as being too much like his father—you know, one of the greatest and most popular performers of the last 20 years.
He isn't being critiqued for trying and failing to be like his Dad. He isn't being critiqued for not having the look. He isn't being critiqued as boring in the ring.
To be that young in the ring and perform the way he does is a positive sign for his career.
As time goes on, hopefully he will develop more of his own style and image. Cody Hall's move list is always going to feature some moves that we remember seeing from his father during Scott Hall's prime. That makes sense.
Right now, he isn't with WWE or TNA. There isn't a million-dollar machine of marketing behind him. He is getting booked on the independents.
If you're the one son of Scott Hall's in wrestling, nobody can ever take that away. He's starting out in the business—great way to utilize all of his father's long days and hard work.
Being the son of Scott Hall's will draw more than some middle-aged guy who happens to go to the tanning bed a lot and is being billed as “The Mexican Kid.” I'm not making that one up.
Expanding on Cody's comfort in the ring that he had in this particular match above against Chasyn Rance―he doesn't move too fast. His timing is a showing of his comfort and learning.
Too often, young guys move too fast with everything. They go to lock up and move to the next hold too fast. They get going so quick from move, move, quick taunt, move. They are excited and nervous, which is natural, but they forget to take their time.
Cody made the most of his motions. He and his opponent let the audience soak it in. What might feel like slow motion to you at times can be a normal pace for the audience.
I met Cody once in August 2011. I was backstage at ICP's annual “The Gathering” event working on a DVD with the New Age Outlaws.
This event was a perfect situation for both personal and professional reasons. Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman and basically any other name who was not signed to WWE or TNA at the time was there. This made it easy to get footage or interviews in relation to the DVD.
Scott Hall was also there with Cody. ESPN was following them around, filming for the E60 piece. The hangout spot for the Outlaws was around Scott Hall's mobile trailer, which he had trucked in for the week-long event and was using as his home/locker room for the week.
This had me around Cody most of the night. He and I both watched the match (Outlaws vs. Nash and Waltman with Hall in their corner) from the gorilla position. We didn't have many conversations, but when we did, he was a very soft-spoken, nice guy.
Honestly, based off that night, I didn't really imagine him being in the ring. He just didn't strike me as a soon-to-be pro wrestler. He has great physical size, but beyond that, I couldn't picture him walking through the curtain.
I am happy to be surprised over a year later, seeing this match on a tour with Sean Waltman and Kevin Nash, who are like uncles to him. In addition to the close family ties, legends such as Jerry Lawler, who you see introduce Cody, and Roddy Piper are on this card.
He's got the genetics of a great and is surrounded by greats.
One day, Cody Hall on national television in a wrestling ring? Survey says, one more for the good guys.