Scott Hall – Giving Up Drinking, DDP’s Effect on His Life

Scott Hall (AKA Razor Ramon) was one of the most influential men in the history of professional wrestling. However, his life sadly wasn’t always easy outside of the ring.

In 2013, Hall acknowledged why he gave up drinking, the incredible influence of Diamond Dallas Page in his life, and how he reacted to doctors in the most “Bad Guy” way possible after being told he didn’t have much longer to live.

Wrestling icon "Razor Ramon" Scott Hall.
Wrestling icon “Razor Ramon” Scott Hall.

“Hard work pays off, dreams come true. Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.”

– “Razor Ramon” Scott Hall

Scott Hall – Forever a Fighting Champion

WWE icon Scott Hall sadly passed away at 63 on March 14th, 2022.

After falling and breaking a hip in early March 2022, Hall had hip replacement surgery but suffered complications due to a blood clot, according to Wade Keller of PW Torch.

Hall, also lovingly known as “The Bad Guy” Razor Ramon, suffered three heart attacks in the aftermath.

In a heartfelt message on Instagram, fellow wrestler and close friend Kevin Nash conveyed that Hall’s family intended to take the legend off life support once his loved ones were able to say goodbye one final time.

The news of Hall’s passing was later confirmed by WWE, who paid tribute to the iconic superstar at the beginning of that night’s Monday Night Raw broadcast.

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Years of Toil in and Out of the Ring

Scott Hall’s career spanned four decades from 1984 until he retired from in-ring competition in 2016.

Hall, like many entertainers, publicly struggled with addiction and faced health issues stemming from years of toil in and out of the ring.

Before his time in wrestling, Scott Hall was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), stemming from an incident outside of Hall’s place of work in 1984.

This traumatic experience would play heavily in his mind throughout his life.

With the help of his friend and colleague WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page, Hall would find sobriety in 2013.

Scott Hall on Being Told He Didn’t Have Much Longer To Live

Around this time, at a Wolfpac/nWo reunion event on November 19th, 2013, in Glasgow, Scotland, Scott Hall opened up to fans about being told he didn’t have much longer to live.

“I checked into the hospital,” Scott Hall began, describing a harrowing experience he went through in 2013. “When I arrived, I was told that I had to wait in the emergency room.

“I remember telling a lady, ‘I have to detox from booze.’

“I was drinking really bad, and I said, ‘I have a little cold.’

“The lady came back and said, ‘No, honey, you have double pneumonia, and your heart’s in atrial fibrillation. You ain’t going anywhere.'”

At this point, Hall explained that a young doctor walked into the room.

“The doctor came in, and this dude goes, ‘You’re going to die!’

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow, where’d you learn that bedside manner, bro?’

“I said, ‘You don’t know anything about me, college boy! I will wait for you in the parking lot!’ I said, ‘You’re going to die, too!'”

Scott Hall continued, “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that kind of sucks. But, I’ve had a good ride.'”

Then, around the corner, former wrestler and tag team partner Dan Spivey walked in.

Dan Spivey and Scott Hall (then known as Eagle and Coyote), as part of the tag team, "The American Starship" in Jim Crockett Promotions, 1984.
Dan Spivey and Scott Hall (then known as Coyote and Eagle), as part of the tag team, “The American Starship” in Jim Crockett Promotions, 1984.

“I started wrestling with him years ago. We weren’t really good friends, but I knew he was currently working for the WWE as a sober companion.

“He came walking around the corner of this little curtain and goes, ‘Remember me?’

“I had tubes in me and oxygen, and I said, ‘Yeah, what’s up?’

“He goes, ‘We’re leaving for Houston in three hours.'”

At this point, Spivey escorted him from the hospital to a medical facility in Houston, where Scott Hall soon underwent heart surgery.

“They put a gimmick pacemaker defibrillator in me,” Hall admitted.

“Then they said, ‘While you’re there, go ahead and swing by the psych hospital. See if they can help you out!’

“I ended up staying about eight or nine weeks in Houston. But, I don’t know, man. It didn’t tick.”

Scott Hall and Diamond Dallas Page were brothers in and out of the ring.
Scott Hall and Diamond Dallas Page were brothers in and out of the ring.

How Diamond Dallas Page Got Involved

Scott Hall would describe how Diamond Dallas Page soon got involved and forever changed his life.

“I was worried as I kept relapsing,” Hall recognized. “I don’t remember what happened, but I was sitting at home drinking vodka for breakfast when the phone rang. It was Dallas [DDP].

“He’s obnoxiously happy. The dude- he’s so positive, and it’s a shoot. He’s that way for real.

“He’s like, ‘Hey brother, hey brother, hey brother. Hey bro, bro, bro!’ You know, he’s like, ‘Come stay with me,’ and everything.

“I thought, ‘Well, I could rehab, or go stay with daddy. I tried rehab, and it wasn’t working.”

Scott Hall on Giving Up Drinking in 2013

Scott Hall went on to discuss the unknown catalyst that led to him making an important decision at this time in his life.

“I’m not sure what happened. I get asked this a lot, and I wish I knew what I did that was different, as I would tell everybody I know who’s struggling. But, I don’t want to drink anymore.”

Hall continued, “When I drink, and, man, we have pounded some booze together, me and Big Kev. But Kevin [Nash] never really had a problem with it, whereas it was always an issue for me.

“I’m all for a drink. Don’t take me wrong. I’m just one of the guys who can’t do it successfully.

“Dallas was there for me and gave me a safe place to stay. Kevin had given me the same offer, and he only lives about 50 miles north of me in Daytona. But Kev’s a family man, and Dallas was there by himself, so it felt like a better fit.

“In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I’m renting a place about two blocks from Dallas now and flying in and out of Orlando.

“I still have a home in Florida, but I’m living in Atlanta for now, and it’s mostly because of Dallas.”

Gathering his thoughts for a moment, Hall reflected on the people who were there for him during the good and bad.

“Pac [Sean Waltman] started the ball rolling, and Kev was there. I’ve had a lot of people on my side for a long time, but it just wasn’t taking.

“However, by the grace of God, I haven’t had a drink so far today. I know what time it is, but so far, the chances of me drinking tonight are pretty slim. Kevin won’t let me!

“I’m just really happy to be where I’m at right now.”

Unfortunately, Hall appeared to have relapsed in 2020 after attending a virtual meet-and-greet. Event moderators were forced to end the event early so Hall could be looked after. It is unclear if Hall had returned to a life of sobriety after that incident.

“I’m going to lose the one person on this planet I’ve spent more of my life with than anyone else,’ Kevin Nash poignantly wrote in his heartfelt tribute on Instagram. “My heart is broken, and I’m so very f***ing sad.

“I love Scott with all my heart, but now I have to prepare for life without him in the present. I’ve been blessed to have a friend that took me at face value and I him.’

Nash concluded by saying, “As we prepare for life without him, just remember, there goes a great guy. You ain’t going to see another one like him again.”

Kevin couldn’t have spoken truer words.

Rest easy, “Bad Guy.”

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