Watching this was very difficult as a lifelong wrestling fan that knows the pitfalls of the business. It exposes the seedy underbelly of the world of professional wrestling, which is full of scumbag promoters who have no problem using a pilled up, beaten old man just to make a dime.
That said, ESPN was fair in presenting both sides of the argument. They don't use this piece as a way to blast pro wrestling for exploiting a man throughout his slow descent into madness but rather, they paint a picture of a deeply troubled soul who fell prey to far too many vices.
Life in the spotlight combined with living on the road and working in an industry that taxes the body on a nightly basis led Scott Hall to a life that has ultimately resulted in his taking up to 11 different medications a day just to get by.
An unfortunate moment in the piece is when an ESPN producer proclaims that today's wrestlers biggest addiction is playstation instead of drugs and alcohol like it was during Hall's heyday. This couldn't be any farther from the truth. Are things different today then they were in the late 80s and 90s? Yes but the statement was extreme in a way that avoids the central drug issue that still plagues the industry.
The full video of ESPN's E:60 piece on Scott Hall is posted after the jump. It's a very powerful short documentary that I couldn't recommend more.
Scott Hall on ESPN's E:60: