CANOE Network SLAM!Sports

 
SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
  Friday, Feb 22, 2002



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SummerSlam


Kevin Steen


Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fan Fest


Raw in Miami


Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions


WWE Battleground


ROH in Detroit







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.


DONNIE ABREU
By NICK TYLWALK
Special to SLAM! Sports


A weekly
SLAM! Wrestling
Editorial Column
WWF return a test for Hall

Down the Ramp

By NICK TYLWALK -- For SLAM! Wrestling


It's survey time.

How many of you want to see Scott Hall remain problem-free and the nWo angle succeed?

(Sound of cheers and applause)

How many of you want to see Scott Hall stumble and fall making the WWF look foolish for signing him?

(Sound of boos and jeers)

It looks like one more for the 'good guy'.

I don't know if Scott Hall really is a 'good guy', as I've never met the man. I can say that Hall's return intrigues me more than any other part of nWo, the Sequel, and I suspect many of you feel the same way. There's just something fascinating about watching a man play out his last chance at redemption in front of the whole world.

And make no mistake about it - this is Hall's last chance. We've already seen the WWF act quickly to dismiss performers with drug or alcohol connections, and neither the son of a beloved performer (Brian Christopher) or the rising star (Eddie Guerrero) had Hall's reputed history. The rumor circulating that the writers are saving Kevin Nash to face Austin at WrestleMania if something goes wrong (and that's only four weeks away) suggests they've already considered that possibility.

At the risk of sounding too cynical, the nWo is pretty much finished if Hall is taken out of the equation. The thought of a two man unit terrorizing the WWF is pretty laughable even if those two men are Nash and Hulk Hogan. His comrades will land on their feet. It's already been theorized that Hogan has one more face run left in him and Nash is Nash: he'll survive. Hall's failure will leave himself as the big loser and that's a lot of pressure to for someone to deal with.

Still, it's hard to fault the WWF for putting him in this position. If his buddies are like money market accounts -- where you put your money in and know what you're getting -- Hall is like a dot-com IPO: high risk with a potentially high reward. Nash, by his own admission, knows only three moves and Hogan's best days are far behind him. Where Hogan-Rock might sell some pay-per-view buys because of the names involved, Hall-Austin might actually be an entertaining match.

Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hollywood Hogan -- the New World Order -- cut an in-ring promo at No Way Out.
Without knowledge of what goes on behind the curtain, I won't pretend to know if Hall is receiving the support he needs to succeed. His best friend is by his side though that wasn't enough to stop some problems from erupting in the past. I'll admit that I chuckled during No Way Out when the first beer joke was made but then they just kept coming during Raw and Smackdown. Is that kind of atmosphere which will give Hall the back-up he needs? I'm no expert but I'd say no.

There's always the hope that just the simple realization that this is the end of the line will be enough. On the other hand, it's often been said that wrestling contributed to Hall's problems. After several years out of the wrestling spotlight, he's stepping right back into the glare working a program with Stone Cold. The attention could push him either way.

Like the people in my hypothetical survey, I'm a Scott Hall fan. I want to think of the toothpick and the promos instead of the news we've all read about Scott Hall in WCW. Six months from now, I want to be looking at the Real Scan Scott Hall figure on my desk, wearing a "Hey Yo!" t-shirt and writing a column about his triumphant return to the WWF. I definitely don't want to be writing a follow-up column about his downfall, comparing him to Darryl Strawberry and others who couldn't overcome their problems no matter how many second chances they were given.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the survey says.

Previous Columns

Jan. 11 ... Nick who?




Know someone who might be interested in this page? Just type in their e-mail address to send them the URL.

Destination email address:


Your email address: