WWE Hall of Famer re­turns to South­ern Mary­land

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: Tif­fIndyNews

MCW Pro Wrestling has brought many big­name wrestlers to South­ern Mary­land, and this time they wel­comed back one of the most mem­o­rable wrestling vil­lains, WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall — known in-ring as “Ra­zor Ra­mon” — to his home­town in St. Mary’s County.

On Oct. 1 at the Hol­ly­wood Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Sta­tion 7, the MCW pre-show in­cluded a meet-and-greet with Hall and a night of in­tense matches, in­clud­ing two steel cage matches, in honor of the great Ra­zor Ra­mon.

“This is MCW’s third or fourth time here and it seems like ev­ery time it gets bet­ter and bet­ter and more and more peo­ple come here,” said Wil­liam Mat­tingly, pres­i­dent of the Hol­ly­wood Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. “Scott Hall’s name has been tied to St. Mary’s County in wrestling for many years and I don’t think there has ever been a cage match in South­ern Mary­land. Now we have al­most 700 [peo­ple] here tonight and it’s ex­cit­ing.”

Pro­fes­sional wrestler Hall is a four-time WWF In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Cham­pion, a two-time WCW United State Heavy­weight Cham­pion, a WCW World Tele­vi­sion Cham­pion, and a nine-time world tag team cham­pion. He is also known for be­ing a found­ing mem­ber of the New World Or­der (NWO) along with Kevin Nash and Hulk Ho­gan. On April 5, 2014, Hall was in­ducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

“Ev­ery time I come back to South­ern Mary­land, I recharge my bat­tery,” Hall said. “There are big time wrestling fans here in this area. The MCW staff is so cool. They brought me on the show, they even brought me here early so that I can visit my fam­ily and I get my blue crab fix while I’m here.”

Hall said his fam­ily is deeply rooted in St. Mary’s County and he had the op­por­tu­nity to ven­ture around his old stomp­ing grounds. Hall also dis­cussed his many years of ther­apy for al­co­hol and drug ad­dic­tion, as well as his jour­ney to change his life.

“I had been to 12 dif­fer­ent re­habs and then WWE stepped in and pointed me in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion,” Hall said. “I was at a point when I had given up hope. I re­al­ized I never got to the root of the is­sue, so I did more [psy­chi­atric] coun­sel­ing and things turned around for me. I’m not where I want to be, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be. I have a new out­look. I’m blessed and healthy.”

Hall has also re­stored his re­la­tion­ships with his chil­dren and with his pre­vi­ous boss, WWE CEO Vince McMahon. “Liv­ing on Ra­zor’s Edge: The Scott Hall Story,” his doc­u­men­tary, de­buted in July and Hall is cur­rently pur­su­ing other op­por­tu­ni­ties such as work­ing with a wrestling com­pany in Nor­wich, Eng­land. Hall now sees him­self as an am­bas­sador for fu­ture wrestlers.

“Per­form­ing in front of a live au­di­ence is the most ad­dict­ing thing I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced,” Hall said. “When I was Ra­zor Ra­mon, I was im­i­tat­ing ‘Scar­face.’ In that movie he was hun­gry and I was hun­gry, too, be­cause I had what it takes to have this ca­reer. I love see­ing smaller com­pa­nies like MCW be­cause they have a strong fol­low­ing, they sell out ev­ery­where they go and they are de­vel­op­ing the fu­ture su­per­stars here for WWE.”

His mother, Pat Hall, said her son has been wrestling since be­fore most of his fans were born — but to see that his char­ac­ter still lives on is im­pres­sive.

“It’s so great hav­ing my son back home be­cause he’s had his ups and downs, but it gives him a chance to see his legacy is still great,” Pat said.

Park Hall res­i­dent Javari Dove, 10, said he has dealt with bul­ly­ing for most of his life and was ex­tremely ex­cited to be able to meet Hall. He de­scribed the mo­ment as some­thing he’s go­ing to re­mem­ber for the rest of his life.

“He’s a love­able guy. Now I can tell bul­lies that I met Scott Hall so now they can’t bully me any­more,” Javari said.

“I’ve been fol­low­ing Scott Hall for years as Ra­zor Ra­mon and when he started NWO,” said his fa­ther, Glenn Dove. “It’s a big deal know­ing that my son can meet some­one that he can look up to other than his fa­ther and let­ting him know that bul­ly­ing at no age is good.”

“It was really cool to bring a WWE Hall of Famer home to St. Mary’s County,” MCW Pro Wrestling Owner Dan McDe­vitt. “We ab­so­lutely love com­ing down to South­ern Mary­land several times a year. The fans down here are so wel­com­ing and sup­port­ive and the crowds con­tinue to grow all of the time. This time we had a crowd of about 650 peo­ple, which is the big­gest crowd we have had yet.”

In the MCW pre-show, Dante Ca­ballero pinned Q the Dog for the win. Then the Clas­sics, Eric Martin and Tyler Stone, de­buted and de­feated Chuck Payne and Fenix Fury. MCW Women’s Cham­pion Brit­tany Blake gave a stun­ning per­for­mance as she de­feated Maria Manic in a non-ti­tle match.

Bruiser and Rayo won the No. 1 Con­tender match for the MCW Tag Team Championship, but soon fell to the MCW Tag Team cham­pi­ons The Eck­tourage, Eric Chapel and Dirty Money, with Kevin Eck.

In a steel cage match for the MCW Rage TV Ti­tle, cham­pion Ken Dixon re­tained his ti­tle af­ter de­feat­ing Bran­don Scott. In a steel cage match for the MCW Pro Wrestling Heavy­weight Ti­tle, cham­pion Drolix re­tained over Ryan McBride.

MCW Pro Wrestling will re­turn to Hol­ly­wood on March 11, 2017, with for­mer WWE Star Ry­back, and will be in Wal­dorf on Nov. 11 with WWE Hall Of Famer Kevin Nash.

STAFF PHOTOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

Park Hall res­i­dent Javari Dove, 10, meets wrestler Scott Hall on Satur­day at the Hol­ly­wood Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment as part of the MCW Pro Wrestling live event.

Leonard­town res­i­dent Scott Thomp­son was ec­static af­ter hav­ing WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall sign his “Ra­zor Ra­mon” ac­tion fig­ure.

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