Pro wrestling might be scripted, but the pain is real. Just ask Scott Hall.
The ‘90s icon, better known as Razor Ramon, can barely walk due to arthritis. He’s in dire need of hip replacement but he’s unable to pay for the surgery since he doesn’t have health insurance.
Page, who’s become a noted yoga instructor since retiring from the ring, has made it his mission to help his fellow wrestling veterans become healthy. Both Roberts and Hall live with him in Georgia, and he’s helped them become sober and leaner.
Hall, 54, gained fame as a then-WWF Intercontinental Champion and as part of infamous bad-guy group the New World Order in WCW. In a campaign video, he talks about how Twitter helped him realize he still has a lot of fans out there and how his life has changed since moving in with DDP earlier this year.
The top comment on that YouTube video is reflective of many left on the IndieGoGo page and those sent to Page on Twitter:
“DDP was a great Pro Wrestler, but more importantly he’s a better human being,” Celtic Bhoyie wrote. “God bless you, DDP.”
With three days left to run on the campaign, Page and friends have raised $102,879, far more than the $80,000 goal. More than 3,400 backers have chipped in to help “The Bad Guy” beat the 10 count and get back to health.
The success of the Hall campaign follows on from a similar Page-led Indiegogo bid to raise funds for Roberts’s shoulder surgery. Fans exceeded the $9,200 goal for that campaign, raising almost $30,000 by the time it was all said and done.
While Kickstarter’s focus is on funding creative projects, Indiegogo can be used for just about anything. Last year, for example, users raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for bullied bus monitor Karen Klein.
That fans recognize the sacrifices men and women make to their bodies for the sake of entertainment and are willing to get behind those people when they need help is a testament to their passion for the art of sports entertainment.
Here’s the highlights from perhaps Hall’s most famous bout, a ladder match against Shawn Michaels in 1994, set to a terrible rock song.
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