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Review: WWE Living on a Razor’s Edge – The Scott Hall Story

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Richard Cosgrove sticks a toothpick in his mouth and checks out the incredible and moving (yes, really) Scott Hall story...

In an industry that is populated by larger than life characters, and events that are often seen as outrageous or unbelievable, it’s quite the achievement for a wrestler to stand out from the crowd as being head and shoulders above the rest but Scott Hall, better known to WWE fans as Razor Ramon, is such a man. Though his on screen persona has always courted controversy, WWE’s latest release Living on a Razor’s Edge – The Scott Hall Story reveals that his real life has been even more incredible than that of the bad guy that he’s always portrayed in the ring.

As with its recent crop of excellent documentaries, the rise and fall and raise of Scott Hall is told with a shocking degree of candour, from the early years of his life where he shot a man dead in self-defence through his troubled tenure at WCW where he appeared drunk on television and at live events on several occasions, to the road to personal redemption that Hall has been travelling since being effectively rescued by his friend Diamond Dallas Page’s rehabilitation programme.

I personally had been unaware that Hall had killed a man, but thankfully the documentary doesn’t sugar coat either the incident itself, or the effects that it has had on Hall’s life ever since, and knowing this it becomes apparent that the demons that Hall openly admits have plagued him over the years can be traced back to this incident.

Putting aside the darker aspects of Hall’s life, the documentary serves as a reminder of just how good he was as a wrestler, from his WWE work as Razor Ramon which produced arguably the finest Wrestlemania match of all time in the form of the ladder match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X, to his ground-breaking work with Kevin Nash and latterly Hulk Hogan in WCW as the New World Order (NOW) was born and changed the face of wrestling forever.

Despite this being a wrestling Blu-ray, though, the in ring action takes a back seat to the real life drama of Hall’s life and the documentary shines as an example of the very best that the WWE has released in the last few years because of it. Hall the man is much more interesting then Razor Ramon or Hall the wrestler, and as the story charts his rise to the heights of stardom in WWE, followed by the fall he took after joining WCW (though in truth it had begun before he made the financial decision to switch companies) which bottoms out with footage of a barely coherent Hall staggering around the ring at an indie event that preceded a suicide attempt, and culminating in Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page effectively saving him, it’s hard not feel your heart breaking for him.

Happily, the documentary ends on a high note, as Hall has fought his way back from the depths and was finally admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame in an emotional induction by his friend Nash. Living on a Razor’s Edge – The Scott Hall Story is truly a story of redemption and of hope for anybody who has ever felt that they can’t go on.

In terms of matches, no stone has been left unturned and the Blu-ray includes thirty matches from across Hall’s career, all of which are entertaining and underline his ability to have a great match with any opponent. There are also the early Razor Ramon vignettes and several additional stories that weren’t featured in the documentary, as well as the entire WWE Hall of Fame induction which is a delight to watch.

Living on a Razor’s Edge – The Scott Hall Story is quite possibly the best WWE release in recent years, and a heart-warming tale of redemption that will resonate not only with wrestling fans but with anybody who has ever wanted to give up, or fallen from grace. Quite simply, the documentary is stunning, and the matches and bonus content the icing on an already perfect cake.

Living on a Razor’s Edge – The Scott Hall Story is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

5 stars


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