Scott Hall Arrest: Drugs, Alcohol Played Part In Domestic Violence

By: Amanda Crum - April 11, 2012

Professional wrestler Scott Hall, who was known in the ’90s as the villainous character Razor Ramon, was arrested on Friday after police were called to his Florida home on a domestic dispute call. His girlfriend, Lisa Howell, said Scott had been on a drinking binge for days and the two had an argument that escalated. She tried to leave, but the 6’7″ wrestler pulled her from her car by the throat. He was arrested after police found marks on Howell’s neck, but because he was so intoxicated he had to be taken to a local hospital to be checked out before police could book him.

Hall has had run-ins with the law before, and drugs and alcohol have been an issue for him for years. Unfortunately, this incident led to someone being hurt. Howell has so far refused to press charges.

WWE vice president of operations Stephanie McMahon says the company has spent thousands of dollars in an effort to get Hall clean, the most they have ever spent on anyone.

Hall built a career in a time when drugs and excess were the norm in the industry. More than that, wrestling in those days was about taking absurd risks with the body, jumping off the top rope without a thought to what it might do to the joints later in life, bashing against the turnbuckle in a way that made wrestling look easy but which really took a toll on the guys who did it. It was a true balls-to-the-wall spectacle, and the industry saw a huge boom in popularity in the early ’90s because of the wild attitude surrounding it.

Because of the soap-opera like dramatics that go along with it, wrestling is often not viewed as a “real” sport, but those who participate sacrifice their bodies in more ways than one; along with the residual pain that comes from taking hits every day comes the need to dull those aching bones, the inflamed joints. Drugs and alcohol become a way to go on with the show.

Unfortunately, that also means dependence.

“I tell my kids this, ‘I can’t tell you not to drink and do drugs, they are fun. It’s fun. They work,'” Hall said in an interview with ESPN. “But what sucks is when you want to quit and you can’t, and pretty soon you alienate or you hurt everyone around you. It’s a family disease and then you can’t keep a promise to anybody. What sucks the most is when you can’t even keep a promise to yourself.”

While wrestling is still a dangerous occupation, the new generation of athletes aren’t quite so eager to put their bodies in the way of careless harm. Wrestling superstar Terry Bollea–or Hulk Hogan to most of you–says the attitude has definitely changed.

“Wrestlers have been more educated, more up to speed,” said Hogan. “I mean before, back in the day, you’d have the match at Madison Square Garden, the Boston Garden, all the wrestlers would see each other down at the Marriott bar. Nowadays, all the guys go up and they go to the room and play video games, or go on their computer.”

Hall, who was the subject of a brief documentary on ESPN last year, has been compared to Mickey Rourke’s character–Randy “The Ram” Robinson–in the 2008 film “The Wrestler“, and it’s true there is a striking similarity there. The hope is that Hall won’t come to the same fate Randy did.

Amanda Crum

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  • Cappy

    Surprisingly well written article considering it’s about pro wrestling news. Oftentimes folks from the non-wrestling press will use a topic like this to half-bake their effort. But this story makes a good first impression. This is the first time I’ve read not only Ms. Crum but Webpronews in general. I look forward to more in the future.

    As for the actual story, I wish I could say I’m surprised. But sadly I can’t. This has been Hall’s demon for at least a decade now. The surprise is that he survives all the self-destructive behavior to keep getting arrested, Stars who partied less or less known for it have died for their lifestyles. They say there’s a fine line between genius and madness and it seems Scott Hall has been on both sides of it. At his career heights, Hall was a brilliant talent and was part of some of the most lauded matches of the era. But since time has caught up with him and that professional genius has waned it seems he’s descended into chemically fueled madness. It’s getting to the point it hurts to hear new things about him.

  • Wayne

    well said cappy. well written article.

  • Jabo

    I hope he looks in a phone book and finds an AA listing near him,the other victim can do the same with Ala-Non. Prayers are said for them and the millions of others this occurs to every second !

  • 1-Adam-12

    It’s been along time since I’ve ever seen Scott Hall in the wrestling arena, especially as a real bad-ass! He did everything possible, to alienate the other wrestlers, and, I found that somewhat cool!

    What he needs to do is, get professional help, get into a rehab program, amd, get off of the drugs/booze, ect. Then start his career all over again.