Sadly, it's believed that Scott Hall has suffered a personal setback in his battle with alcoholism and drug addiction.
Eighteen months ago, Hall was thought to be a lost cause. He was in absolutely terrible shape. His substance abuse problems had taken a real toll on his body and they seemed to be worsening.
Thankfully, Diamond Dallas Page intervened early last year and invited his friend to stay at his home in Atlanta where he helped him stay sober and improved his fitness through a regimen of yoga and healthy eating.
Hall underwent such an amazing transformation that WWE inducted him into their Hall Of Fame just six weeks ago. However, what should have been a perfect moment of redemption was tragically blighted when fellow inductee The Ultimate Warrior died of a massive heart attack just a couple of days after they had shared the same stage together at WrestleMania 30.
Now, it seems that Hall is struggling with his issues again. As Dave Meltzer discussed on his latest subscriber only Wrestling Observer Radio show, Hall was scheduled to appear at Big Time Wrestling's Wrestlefest convention yesterday in Newark, California, but pulled out at the last minute when he refused to get out of bed on Friday morning to get ready for his flight and then texted the promoter Kirk White that he was in a dark place and thus wouldn't be coming to the event.
Later that day, Bill Behrens, Scott Hall's talent agent, sent the following email to White to apologize for his client's actions:
"Kirk, I regret that Scott Hall decided last minute he would not make the trip from Atlanta with his son Cody to Big Time Wrestling's WrestleFest and wrestling event. His son, Cody Hall, Dallas Page and myself all tried to change his mind but he could not get past the personal issues that had him unwilling to travel to California.
Kirk, you are a true professional who goes out of his way to deliver what he promotes and promises. I hope the fans who attend WrestleFest and that evening's wrestling event do not feel shortchanged by Scott's decision. I am confident all who attend will have a great time.
I believe it is Scott Hall's loss to have missed this opportunity to meet his many fans and to see his son Cody wrestle for the first time in California. I am sure in time he will come to regret his decision, if he has not already.William Behrens."
Hall also apologized himself on Twitter yesterday, but blamed medical problems for his no-show:
"Medical problems will prevent me from appearing in Newark, CA tomorrow. I apologize to all the fans. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone for all your concern and support."
According to WrestlingInc.com, both Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page had both admitted that Hall was struggling with his demons before they resulted in his missed appearance:
Jake "The Snake" Roberts appeared on Roddy Piper's podcast last week and noted that Hall had "slipped up a little bit" and that he was praying for him. I also spoke to Diamond Dallas Page earlier this week for an interview that will appear on Wrestling Inc. early next week. During the interview, I asked DDP about Hall's problems.
"I think the [Ultimate] Warrior passing affected a lot of people," DDP said. "I know Scott and Jake had great discussions with him. Both of them were supposed to work with Warrior at sometime and didn't. Scott was supposed to tag with [Ric] Flair at Survivor Series and that was around the time Warrior ended up leaving. Jake was doing all those vignettes and that didn't work out either. Jake held onto that anger until they talked. Scott will never put himself out there as the poster boy for being cured. He's thinking he could fall today. He only lives a mile from me, which was his design, and sometimes he'll just come by. I am a foundation of positive energy because the other way sucks. You need to figure out how to pull yourself up again."
We here at Cageside Seats would like to wish Hall the very best in these trying times and that he quickly gets over this setback and returns to the road of recovery.