Scott Hall reveals his demons
Former WWE and WCW star Scott Hall discussed his ongoing battle with drugs and alcohol in an E:60 interview that aired on ESPN on Wednesday.
"There's got to be some reason that I'm still here," Hall said. "I should have been dead 100 times. I should have been dead 100 times."
The 52-year-old is on a pacemaker and takes about a dozen pills a day to soothe his anxiety and pain.
"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. "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."
Hall has been arrested several times since his last WWE appearance in 2002. Stephanie McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment's executive vice president of creative development and operations, said WWE has spent "in the six figures" to help him.
"It's the most amount of money we've spent on anyone," she said. "I just want Scott to get help and to decide for himself that he needs help. It makes me sad. I don't want anybody to pass away prematurely or otherwise really."
In the past few years, an alarming number of wrestlers have died from suicide and overdoses, including Eddie Guerrero (heart complications in 2005) and Chris Benoit (murder-suicide in 2007).
According to a Washington Post story published in 2007, Dave Meltzer, the founder and editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, counted 60 wrestlers who have died since 1997, before age 50.
-- Melissa Rohlin