For those familiar with the Attitude Era, Scotty 2 Hotty perhaps needs no introduction. He, Rikishi and the late Brian Christopher (son of Jerry Lawler), tore it up as a dancing trio throughout the era. Even before that, Christopher and Scotty 2 Hotty were a tandem – a successful one known as Too Cool.

Scotty 2 Hotty, whose real name is Scott Garland, was released from the company in 2007 but subsequently made sporadic appearances thereafter. He made his return to the company as a trainer in 2016, where he worked at the WWE Performance Center in that capacity. As it would turn out, he would ask for his release from the company on November 23rd of this year.

It would seem though, that despite his stating that he had apparently lost his passion for the industry he has worked in for so many years – specifically his position as coach – he will be returning to the ring. He will be returning to action on February 18, 2022, for ISPW Valentine’s Vengeance. He made the following statement on Facebook about his release from WWE.

“Today, I have asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment. 30 years ago I stepped into a WWE ring for the very first time. I have lived my dream 100 times over. Some of my most special memories will always be from the last five years working with NXT.


The black and gold brand was something special and I am proud to have been a small part of that. I always promised myself that I would never be part of something solely for the paycheck and that was where I was at.

I told myself that I would walk away if I ever got to that point, so that is what I have chosen to do. Coaching and producing the stars of NXT will always be a highlight of my life. I love you all more than you will ever know.”

Interestingly enough, Scotty 2 Hotty was one of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s very first opponents in the WWE after Austin was hired on from ECW, although at the time, he went by the Ringmaster gimmick. Scotty 2 Hotty went as Scott Taylor at the time. For the record, Steve Austin’s first match in WWE was against Matt Hardy.

*Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe,, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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