For Scott Hall, wrestling appearances these days are as much about connecting the next generation of pro wrestlers as they are connecting with fans.
“At this point in my career, I really enjoy hanging out with the young guys, watching their matches, watching their interviews and giving them my feedback,” said Hall, who will be appearing Sunday, April 23, with his longtime “Outsiders” partner Kevin Nash for Fight the World Wrestling in Deer Park. “And you don’t have to ask me twice to make an appearance with my buddy Kev.”
FTW’s “Spring Break Your Neck” event is taking place at the Sportatorium at 435-13 Brook Avenue starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at FTWProWrestling.com.
The former Razor Ramon and founding member of the New World Order said he and Nash relish the opportunity to pass along some of the lessons they learned over their storied careers, which earned them both spots in the WWE Hall of Fame.
“We’ll sit there and watch a match together and see a young guy make the same mistake we would have made in years past. And we just look at each other like, ‘Which one of us is going to talk to him when he comes back?' Who’s going to grab this guy when he comes through the curtain and say, ‘Hey, kid, what were you thinking out there?’ Because that’s what guys did to me,” Hall, 58, said. “You don’t get any better unless you’re around guys who know more than you. And I’m one of those guys who can’t keep my mouth shut anyway.”
Sunday will also mark Hall’s return to the New York area, which hosted some of the most memorable moments of his career, including his first WWE Intercontinental championship victory in 1993, his legendary ladder match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X in 1994 and the infamous “Clique Curtain Call” in 1996, during which he, Nash, Michaels and Triple H broke character in the middle of the ring during a 1996 Madison Square Garden event.
Though his many appearances at the Nassau Coliseum made fewer headlines, Hall said he always looked forward to performing in front of Long Island fans.
“Fans in Madison Square Garden are a little bit hipper, but they are more vocal. It’s like, ‘Hey, you work for me, bro. I bought this ticket. Now get out there and entertain me.’ . . . I found the fans at the Coliseum at Nassau to be a little more suburban, not so hostile. It’s kids and stuff,” Hall said. “And I remember there being some great diners right outside the arena parking lot.”