On this past Sunday night (December 2nd), wrestling superstar and 23-year veteran Scott Hall was scheduled to compete in the main event of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s (better known as “TNA”) pay-per-view “Turning Point”. He was supposed to participate in a six man tag team match alongside fellow wrestlers Samoa Joe and real-life best friend Kevin “Big Sexy” Nash to fight against the team of the TNA World Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Tomko and TNA’s World Heavyweight Champion and former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, collectively known as the “Angle Alliance”. There was just one problem. Scott Hall didn’t show up.
In the world of professional wrestling, most of the action in and out of the ring is scripted and choreographed, but, in rare occasions, some things that transpire in and outside of the ring are very real. At this point it is unsure if this is real or “worked” (a professional wrestling term meaning “scripted”) but all early indicators point to this event being a real life situation.
The main event match had been heavily promoted for the last several weeks on TNA’s flagship show “iMPACT” (which airs Thursday nights at 9pm eastern time on cable network Spike TV) and Scott’s no-show was a shock to many fans, but no one was as shocked as his tag team partners. Throughout the pay-per-view his partners waited expecting their partner to walk through the door at any moment’s notice, but as the pay-per-view drew to a close, it was well known that Scott wouldn’t be there. The match continued on as planned with wrestler “Showtime” Eric Young taking Hall’s place, but not before Samoa Joe had some choice words for his former partner, all of which are believed to be real and un-scripted. “The truth is he (Scott Hall) punked out on me and on every single fan in this building tonight.” He goes on further to say, “Scott Hall, chico, kiss my a–, you punked out and you’re a punk.” Hall’s friend Kevin Nash looked visibly upset by the comments made by Samoa Joe as well as TNA President Dixie Carter, who was sitting in the audience. As Joe concluded his rant, he looked out to someone in the audience, presumably Dixie Carter, and said “Are you mad? Go ahead and fire me, I don’t care.”
In Professional Wrestling, where dancing midgets, large “monsters”, men dressed as sharks and the walking undead are all commonplace, it is very difficult to take anything that transpires in pro wrestling seriously, but even the most knowledgeable of wrestling fans and reporters are unsure if this is real or scripted. Daniel Wilkenfeld, reporter for the Pro Wrestling Torch stated, concerning the events of the pay-per-view and Samoa Joe’s comments that, “I’ve been watching wrestling for a while now, and I still have no idea if his anger was real or feigned.” At this time it is unknown when or if Scott Hall will return to action.
Scott Hall has had a troubled past. As a former performer for both the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Hall’s battles with drug and alcohol abuse are well known throughout the wrestling community and is, in part, another example of a dangerous epidemic in professional wrestling that has claimed the lives of many of its best performers, including, most recently, former World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit, who murdered his wife and young child before hanging himself earlier this year, which has been partially attributed to Benoit having severe brain damage as a result of several untreated concussions as well as chronic steroid abuse.