Scott Hall’s son Cody Hall made an appearance on INSIGHT with Chris Van Vliet. The following highlights were sent to us:
While wearing his father’s WWE Hall of Fame ring:
“I mean I would much rather have my dad than the ring, but it brings me back to all the memories. All the time, I wish I could talk to him about LA and meet you and everything. I feel that way all the time , but when I look at this, at least I know I have a part of him with me.
Stepping away from wrestling and recently making a comeback:
“So like I said, wrestling can be a lot of things, it can be good or bad. The highs are high and the lows are low. I felt like I had experienced both and felt the lows more. I was living in Japan, so living abroad can be exciting but also difficult. I also had some personal stuff besides living abroad. I was turning 30, and even though I love wrestling and it’s my passion, there are other things that make me happy. So I kind of thought about stepping away and finding other things in life. But the whole time I missed it, I considered coming back. But of course, losing my dad, seeing all the outpouring and love, seeing what I meant to people, remembering all those similar experiences I had with travel and meeting everyone. It just made me appreciate it and be a part of it more.
Living up to his father’s legacy:
“Yeah, I used to think of it as my burden to carry, but now I try to see it as my torch to carry. I’m so proud, my dad was a great man who lived a great life and did a lot of great things in his life. He lived a full life, so I’m very happy for him and very proud of him. But it’s hard, every show I go to, people want to say such and such a thing about your dad. Oh, he was the coolest, he was the best, and that’s hard to live with. It’s hard to make it shine or come out of that shadow, so I’ve always had an inferiority complex about it. No matter what I did, it would never be good enough and no matter what I did, people would never recognize it, it would always be about my dad. So that was definitely a struggle for me, and it still is.
On creating his own legacy:
“I would say I’m still looking for it. In my first matches, I wore my father’s old equipment. I was wearing the dripping blood and I was going over there and hitting The Razor’s Edge. And it was fun, I loved doing my dad’s moves and I loved doing an old game of Razor Ramon. But it definitely got difficult, every time people looked at me they thought of my dad. So accentuating it will only make things worse. I’m not going to go out and do his cha cha or his fire and play in it. Because being an imitation is always like a wasted effort from the start. Who I’m trying to be is still up for debate.
When you join the service:
“I guess I was like a lost soul. If you don’t have much guidance, the military is good for you. My parents were going back and forth, I was living with a single mother at the time, i knew she worked hard to feed me and my sister and i cleaned houses for a living it was really hard work so i wanted to get out of the house and lighten the load so i did it I actually had a great time and I still follow some of these guys. But my friends back home were telling me that I should have gone to either college or community college. My dad told me finally spoke up and told me that I should be a wrestler and he would train me, so I went with him.
In training to become a wrestler:
“I started training at 21, mostly with him in his living room. He had a DVD with 4 or 5 of his matches burned on it, we just watched them over and over and I locked myself in with him. C was when he wasn’t well and he was really frail so I had to be nice to him. We were going through the holds and eventually we found a wrestling school. I had a few basic matches where I was just doing the movements and I was getting through it. Then from there he started having a hard time, so he moved to Atalanta to live with Dallas, where he really cleaned up. I followed him up there and this is where my independent push and Japan all took off.
On DDP saving the life of Scott Hall:
“OK, well, like I said, my dad was kind of gone when he decided to go and when Dallas convinced him. But he had definitely been knocking on death’s door for a while. time there is what brought me back to going through his hard times and how he was doing, just because I thought I should spend that time with my dad before he was gone. We even loved an ESPN special at that time, you can look back and see what state he was in. I thought this would be our goodbye, so just for Dallas to step in and give him another whole decade of his life, give- him the chance to go on and win those Hall of Fame rings and leave the world in a better place and create so much more goodwill and memories for my sister and I. Dallas is an angel.
Has WWE ever reached out for a tryout?
“No, I’ve never had a try or contact actually. I mean no one has ever spoken to me, so I’m not sure what to make of it. My dad’s advice was to always go in Japan and learn to work, and I always assumed that I would go to Japan, that I would be really good and that one day someone would call me and they would want me and be like “Hey, we have something for you.’ But that day never came. I remember being there for years and once a year William Regal and Canyon Ceman came to see the show. I remember looking into the crowd and seeing two white faces and being like wow that’s them they’re watching tonight. After the show I was selling my gimmicks and I saw them going to the bathroom, they were lining up as close to my camera as I was, and they weren’t looking at me or saying anything, so I guess that’s was not supposed to be.
On collecting royalties from Scott Hall:
“I think it’s possible. I think Triple H told me and my sister at my dad’s funeral that royalties should go to us. But I’m sure something I can to rest on my laurels but a little extra money never hurts peace of mind Once upon a time my dad wasn’t doing very well and ran out of money he sold some of his royalties for a lump sum, so I don’t think they’re nearly what they should or could be, and that’s why I say I’m not trying to look to pave the way for me.
On the best advice Cody Hall got from his dad:
“It’s tough, because my dad was really good with advice. He had so many jokes in and out of the ring. Maybe ‘Don’t be a mark for yourself in the ring.’ It’s not just about you and your moves and what you do in the ring every night. You have to take care of the other person here with you, you have to take care of the promoter. Whatever business he wants to do, just keep his head straight.
On the death of his father:
“I guess in some sense [ I was kind of ready]. I kind of figured out mentally that my dad wasn’t going to live forever. He loved being a rock star, even when he came back to life. He liked to drink, party and go out late. He had these crazy nights, but when you live that life, you don’t live to be 80, 90, or 100. So I always knew, but goodbyes are hard like change is hard, so I wasn’t ready for that. So, I’m still trying to live with it, but I believe it’s in a better place. By the time I saw my dad, it was pretty clear that this was not going to be a dismissal situation. He was ready to go, and I accepted it for him. I wanted him to move on and not suffer anymore. So it’s that kind of life, we’re always going to lose our father’s at some point. I’m just glad mine was great before this happened.
On who Scott Hall was for him:
“My dad was like my best friend to me for a while. Certainly during those years in Atlanta, that’s all I ever wanted, because I feel like I never really knew him. growing up. So I stopped thinking of him as a father, because the things he would do would hurt me too much. But I embraced him as a friend, he was one of the boys and my homie with I could talk about all the usual stuff. That’s what made all the difference for me.”