As WWE plots its course for who will join Mick Foley on this year’s Hall of Fame slate, two former WWE stars with less-than-stellar pasts are being mentioned as possible inductees.
PWInsider (via WrestleNewz.com) is reporting that Scott Hall and Jake “The Snake” Roberts have been added to the list of names under consideration. The report states that Diamond Dallas Page may have contacted WWE about honoring Hall and Roberts after working with them on his DDP Yoga training regimen.
According to the PWInsider report:
An induction for Hall or Roberts is not confirmed and it’s said that Roberts would be more likely than Hall to go in by himself. At the same time, Hall would have the support of guys like Shawn Michaels and others.
While in WWF, Hall, as Razor Ramon, was a member of the backstage group The Kliq, which also included Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman. The Kliq has been mentioned as potential Hall of Fame inductees this year.
Hall/Ramon achieved some of his greatest success in WWF and WCW. He won four Intercontinental Championships in WWF, and three singles and seven World Tag Team championships in WCW.
But Hall’s longtime problems with drugs and alcohol tainted his time in big-league wrestling. He also faced second-degree murder charges in 1983, but they were dropped due to lack of evidence.
Roberts (real name Aurelian Smith Jr.) had two stints in WWF. Although he never held any championships in the company, he had one of the best-known gimmicks in wrestling by carrying a large snake in a canvas bag and releasing it in the ring.
But like Hall, Roberts also had drug-abuse problems, particular with cocaine and crack cocaine. His drug problems were magnified in the 1999 wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat, where he appeared high.
Recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an article on how Page and his DDP Yoga training have helped Roberts lose 50 pounds and start to get his life back on track. PWInsider also reported that Page has reached out to Hall to help him through DDP Yoga.
Hall and Roberts are the latest in a growing list of legendary names rumored for Hall of Fame induction this year. That list also includes D-Generation X, King Kong Bundy, Bob Backlund and Kamala.
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