A 290lbs, young and hot-headed Scott Hall was not one to mess with back in the day. This was a memo Marty Jannetty didn’t pick up on and unfortunately, he had to deal with the consequences.
Scott Hall on His Backstage Fight with Marty Jannetty
In an interview with High Spots, Scott Hall tells of the time he had no choice but to deliver some rough justice to a sleeping Marty Jannetty after Jannetty wronged him behind his back:
“One time I got into a scuffle in the locker room with Marty Jannetty…and I beat Marty’s ass.
There was a dude named D.J Peterson. D.J and Marty were really good buddies. They stayed at a hotel and when they checked in, they registered as ‘Scott Hall’. Then, story has it, they trashed the room.
So now the hotel calls the wrestling office and the wrestling office calls me. And I didn’t even drink back then, brother, I didn’t do anything wrong.
They said, ‘Well, we kind of have a feeling who it was, but we just wanted to check with you…’
I remember Bob Brown – Bob ‘Bulldog’ Brown, who was the booker – I said, ‘If I slap [Marty] around a little bit…am I gonna get fired?’
And he went, [slow shake of the head] ‘No…’
All I could think about was them checking into the hotel and going, ‘Oh, whose name should we put? Hahaha, just put Scott Hall…’
And all day long it just kept eating at me. I liked Marty – and I thought he liked me – but it hurt my feelings.
So, I’m such a redneck, when I went to the show that night, I knew I was gonna fight. I wore old clothes, I wore my old cowboy boots, I wore a shirt I didn’t mind getting blood on…and I went there, went straight to the babyface locker room, looked around for him.
There he was, sleeping on a table.
I beat the hell out of him…and I fight dirty.
I just beat the hell out of him. And Marty was a top babyface [so] I figured, ‘Well I’m fired now… screw it, I’ll go back to Florida, back to [bouncing] strip clubs. I can always get a job doing that…’
As I was walking under the tunnel back to the heel side…and I hear this, ‘Hey Steeve…’
It’s Harley Race.
I turn around – and you know, I’m pumped ‘cos I’m 290 pounds, I’m young, I’ve just been in a fight – and I go, ‘Are you talking to me, Harley?’ – Because I figure I’m fired anyway, right?
‘Are you talking to me, Harley? My name is Scott! SCOTT HALL!
I’ve been here six ‘effin months…my name is SCOTT HALL!!’
He went, [non-plussed] ‘Caaalm down, kid…’
He’s so cool, he comes over – I’d damaged my knuckle hitting [Jannetty] like a wild man, ‘cos instead of boxing I was just wailing and I’d jammed my knuckle on my little finger – so Harley re-set my knuckle for me.
And then he goes: ‘Hey kid – next time you do that shit…do it after the show. Now the fuckin’ guy can’t work…’“
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H/T to Matt Pender from ‘Wrestling’s Glory Days’ Facebook page for the quote above.