Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall when his substance abuse problems weren't quite as serious. Photo via upload.wikimedia.org.
The sadly turbulent life of former WWE and WCW wrestler Scott Hall hit a new low last Friday when he was arrested for attacking his girlfriend, Lisa Howell, while drunk. According to TMZ, Howell told police that Hall "had been drinking for days" when they got into an argument, which eventually led to Hall grabbing her by the throat and trying to pull her out of the driver's seat of her car when she attempted to leave said confrontation. The police bought her story as she had "several signs of physical injury ... including red marks around her neck", so Hall was arrested for domestic battery. Apparently Hall was so drunk that the local jail refused to book him and he had to be taken to a hospital for medical clearance first. As is common in such cases, Howell so far has refused to press charges, which is a misplaced loyalty, as he clearly needs yet another intervention to stop his life spiralling further out of control.
However, Hall still has the wherewithal to find a lawyer, Loredana Nesci, to give his side of the story to TMZ. Instead of owning up to his actions, Hall is claiming that the "police completely overreacted" and is insisting that he "never ONCE got violent with his girlfriend", despite all evidence to the contrary. Nesci told TMZ that:
The police arrested Mr. Hall against the wishes of Ms. Howell, who insisted that the argument did not result in violence. Ms. Howell claims that there was no physical abuse. [They] have a peaceful and amicable relationship.
The last sentence is hard to buy too, given Hall's well documented substance abuse problems and his volatile relationship with his ex-wife Dana, who took to social media twelve months ago in a last ditch effort to organise a staged intervention with the help of his friends Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman and Shawn Michaels to attempt to turn his life around. He did eventually go to WWE sponsored rehab, but like all the other times he's gone to rehab, it didn't stick. Worryingly, this time it only took him a month to fall off the wagon again, as according to Dave Meltzer in the March 19th Wrestling Observer Newsletter, he was only released from rehab on March 6th. Sadly it seems that Scott Hall is a lost cause and this won't be the last unsavoury incident he'll be a part of.