Scott Hall is one of the most controversial wrestlers ever and to this day remains as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step in the ring and never win a World Championship. In this article you’ll read reason why people hated him and why so many loved him. He has one of the best minds in the business for psychology and storytelling. But after his drug and alcohol addiction he was on a slow path to death. Then a lifeline was handed to him via long-time friend Diamond Dallas Page and now after getting his life back on track this WWE Hall of Famer can be appreciated for what he’s good at in the world of professional wrestling.
15 Love: Diamond Dallas Page
DDP or better known to us as Diamond Dallas Page has been the sole reason we still see Hall walking, talking, and breathing today. During his bout against drugs and alcohol. DDP was in the middle of filming the Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts documentary when they invited Hall up to the performance clinic in Atlanta Georgia. Hall was one of the guys back in the day that help Dallas when he was coming up through the ranks at WCW and Dallas never forgot that. So they invited Hall to Atlanta and helped him to rehabilitate and get back on to the straight and narrow. A year later Hall was inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame. Many say that would of never had happened if it wasn’t for DDP. This shows you that you never forget who helped you as one they made need help and this is a prime example.
14 Hate: Mantaur
Mantaur aka Mike Halac was once on a local American wrestling radio show brought on to discuss his career in the WWE. The host of the show, Jack E. Jones, asked him if he ever had been stiffed in the ring or had any heat with any guys backstage. Halac mentioned in this interview that once on an episode of WWE Superstars he was in a live match against Scott Hall who was at the time doing the gimmick of Razor Ramon. Halac said that during the match Hall opened handed slapped him with the intention of knocking him out. This escalated backstage after the match with both wrestlers fighting in the locker room. When asked by Jones what the repercussions from the fight were, Halac replied that with Hall being part of The Kliq, they basically ran the show during their days in WWE and after that altercation his time in the WWE was definitely numbered. Halac left the company months later.
13 Love: Ric Flair
This is more of an unusual friendship. However, believe it or not, The Nature Boy and The Bad Guy have a very good friendship. This all stems back when Flair was passed over for a rematch and the spot was given to The Ultimate Warrior. No one knows why Flair was passed but these things happen, at the time Hall was on the verge of joining the WWE and Flair had hand picked him to be part of his group alongside Mr. Perfect, until this all changed and neither Perfect or Hall was accompanying Flair. However, Flair and Hall travelled together and formed a good friendship, drinking buddies and womanizing were their forte. Hall was also instrumental in the run flair had in WCW when flair returned to the company in the late 1990s.
12 Hate: Shane Douglas
Having personally spent time with Shane Douglas he’s the most straight shooting guy I’ve ever met and this goes back to when Douglas arrived from ECW to the WWE as Dean Douglas. The Kliq actually took a liking to Douglas straight away and saw him potentially as a new member. However, Douglas is great at smelling BS and politely declined the offer laid out to him by The Kliq. Obviously they didn’t like that fat they had been turned down, which led to Hall berating Douglas on numerous occasions behind his back, calling him names, and so on. Douglas eventually got his Intercontinental push and was in hot pursuit Shawn Michaels. This led up to a match at In Your House 4, where Douglas was awarded the title after the forfeit from HBK. This didn’t go down well at all with The Kliq. Hall put forward what should happen and guess what after 11 minutes of being Intercontinental Champion? Douglas lost the title that same night to, yep, you’ve guessed it, Scott Hall. Two months later Douglas was back inside an ECW ring.
11 Love: Mr. Perfect
Curt Hennig aka Mr Perfect and Scott Hall were friends from way back and both have helped each other in regards to movements within companies such as WWE and WCW. Both have also been Tag Team Champions when the very first started wrestling. Hennig was instrumental in bringing Hall to the WWE. Hall repaid the favour when the nWo were hot in WCW. Bischoff had asked who they wanted in the faction and straight away Hennig’s name was mentioned. Months later was brought in. Many stories of ribbing go back years and Hall and Hennig were always at the root of the rib. Surprisingly the two lost contact for a while until the two were back in WWE in the early 2000s. Even though Hall was part of The Kliq, Hennig was never involved in any backstabbing or altercations when The Kliq decided that they were going to run the locker room.
10 Hate: Jerry Sags
Now we all know the reputation of The Nasty Boys and back in the day they were renowned for bar fights and fights with fellow Superstars such as Ken Shamrock amongst many others, which I might add they normally won. To break it down this all started after a tag match between The Nasty Boys and The Outsiders (Hall & Nash) in WCW. The first time Hall had intentionally punched Sags in the back of the head knocking him out during a house show match. This lead to an altercation backstage were the two were separated by other Superstars. Weeks later the two teams collided again however this time due to a miss timed run in from Syxx, Sags was hit in the back of the head. Sags again laid unconscious in the ring for a brief moment and as he looked around he saw Hall holding the chair assuming it was Hall that hit him. Sags got back into the ring and the gloves came off. Hall and Sags just going at it, when the two returned backstage both teams were separated and Nash had said in passing “Let’s see who has the stroke in this company.” Weeks later the Nasty Boys were no longer employees of WCW. The thing is, if you watch that match back, you’ll see it was Nash who hit Sags in the head with the belt from behind.
9 Love: Triple H
So we finally come to the first member of The Kliq. Back in WCW Triple H, under the name, John-Paul Levesque was already being eyed up by members of The Kliq in WWE. When Triple H came up to the WWE The Kliq had its newest member and a new driver. Triple H was the guy to drive Hall and Nash around while they got hammered on the road. The friendship has been through a lot and when Hall was sent to rehab for his drug addiction the WWE had asked Triple H to stay away from him. This could have taken a toll on their friendship but Hall understood and didn’t want to bring heat to Triple H by getting him involved. Hall and Triple H didn’t have a lot of contact over this period of time and have appeared more recently together on TV. Their friendship remains very strong throughout those ups and downs.
8 Hate: Bret Hart
Since Hall called Bret Hart “selfish” after their match at Royal Rumble 1993 there has been a mutual hatred between the two WWE Superstars. During the match Hall recalled that Hart wasn’t playing ball in regards to his selling for Hall during the match. Bret recalls the match differently, so….. who to believe? Hall states in an interview for Total Wrestling Magazine that he was throwing solid punched, however, Bret wasn’t selling anything for Hall. Bret recalls that the punches weren’t good enough to sell. This rivalry has gone on for almost two decades now with neither party stepping down or doing the right thing to clear the air. During Bret’s overseas tour of the UK, he sat down in front of fans and belittled Hall saying he was money driven guy with no love for the actual wrestling.
7 Love: Hulk Hogan
As The Outsiders were gaining momentum in WCW, they needed a third man and originally it was mentioned that Sting would take that spot until Hulk Hogan, who never misses a money making opportunity stepped in and said he’d do the turn at Bash at the Beach. Since then Hall, Nash, and Hogan dominated WCW and even had creative control over their contracts. They made millions which is why they all stayed friends. When they left WCW for WWE it wasn’t quite the same in regards to contracts. But Hogan and Hall remained friends. Hall has been there for Hogan during his trails and other legal issues and vice versa with Hogan being there for Hall during his drug rehabilitation. These two made money and I mean big money so why rock the boat? Some say Hogan jumped on the bandwagon where as some Superstars claimed these guys were good friends even before WCW.
6 Hate: Adam Bomb
I liked the work Bryan Clark (Adam Bomb) contributed to the tag team KroniK alongside Crush. This story goes back to the WWE era before the infamous Attitude Era. Bomb was a mid-carder at best and was never pushed as a main guy even though he was a very agile heavyweight. The reason, Scott Hall. Unfortunately The Kliq took a disliking to Bomb straight away and for no reason whatsoever. Maybe because he was a big guy and was competition for Hall and Nash? Who knows. However, his time in WWE and WCW was always hard for him and Hall alongside The Kliq ran the backstage area both at WWE and WCW. In late 2008 way after he was released Bomb explained that he was bullied and a victim of The Kliq’s backstage pranks. Hall being the top offender. Bomb didn’t get into too much detail as to what the pranks were, but he did say that if Hall hadn’t had as much pull in both companies then things might have been a lot different for Hall and The Kliq.
5 Love: Kevin Nash
'Big Sexy' Kevin Nash and Hall were real life friends and brought their friendship into the world of professional wrestling. They were the main force for the Monday Night War after leaving WWE for WCW and started out as The Outsiders. Then, after Hulk Hogan joined they became the New World Order. These guy revolutionized wrestling during the Attitude Era and between them, won multiple Tag Team Championships in WCW. And of course Nash won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. However, even though Nash was considered one of the greatest WCW Champions many believe Hall was one of the best that never won a World title. Later in 2014 Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by none other than his best friend Kevin Nash. These guys to this day remain great friends and can be often seen at wrestling events throughout the United States.
4 Hate: Bam Bam Bigelow
Back in the day when The Kliq were running things, Shawn Michaels was really the main guy and getting the blame for a lot of incidents backstage. However, the main instigator was actually Scott Hall. This time their target was 'The Beast from the East' Bam Bam Bigelow. Now, Hall who would openly berate other members of The Kliq in front of Bigelow and then once Bigelow had left the locker room, Hall would then go running to The Kliq saying what Bam Bam had said. This obviously left a sour taste in the mouths of The Kliq nd backstage altercations happened on a regular basis all because of what Hall. Bam Bam said it was like Hall was intentionally trying to get him fired and it was obvious that Hall and Bigelow didn’t get on, but for some reason Bigelow never knew why. Good job he was actually very close to Kevin Nash when he wasn’t with The Kliq which helped out as as he wasn’t fired, many believe that was down to Nash.
3 Love: Shawn Michaels
'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels and Hall had one of the greatest if not the greatest Ladder match of all time at WrestleMania X for the Intercontinental Championship. Michaels was another infamous member of The Kliq and he and Hall ran things backstage, causing many altercations, fights ,and even Superstars being fired after issues with the group. After the Curtain Call incident Michaels kept a high profile backstage and dictated what was happening in the WWE. Hall and Nash had already jumped ship and Triple H was made to eat a lot of humble pie for many years, but the friendship was still strong between Hall and Michaels. Michaels was also one of the main reason for the nWo being brought into the WWE years later. You may notice that whenever a member of The Kliq is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame all members are there on stage together.
2 Hate: Hardcore Holly
Now we all have heard Bob “Hardcore” Holly stories of bullying and so many altercations in the WWE. However, this is story is actually Holly being bullied by The Kliq. Mainly Scott Hall. Holly released his autobiography last year and it does mention a few issues with The Kliq that happened during his time in the WWE. He mentions how he was often disgusted at their backstage antics with he was witness to when The Kliq bullied Jacob and Eli Blu aka The Harris Twins in an altercation that cost them their jobs. In his book he lets up on Waltman and aims his frustration against Hall and Nash after an altercation backstage which led to a fight between Hardcore Holly and Scott Hall. The thing was during a shoot interview in 2015 Holly still seems to have a lot of heat with both Hall and Nash but has made peace with Michaels.
1 Love: X-Pac
X-Pac is one of Hall best friends and was the guy handpicked by Hall to work with when X-Pac arrived in the WWE as The 1-2-3 Kid. We all remember when Pac beat Hall on an episode of Raw and it set the world alight. Since that time Hall and Pac have been the best of friends and yep you’ve guessed it Pac was part of The Kliq as well. Hall and Pac spent a lot of their time doing recreational drugs and drinking a lot of alcohol which in those times was part of the norm. Nowadays it wouldn’t be accepted. Pac was at the Hall of Fame for Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall's inductions. Will we see Pac inducted? Time will tell but the friendship these two have has lasted over three decades and only continues to get stronger with time.
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