Recently departed NXT coach Scotty 2 Hotty has discussed his relationship with long-time tag team partner Brian Christoper and says despite their team, the two weren’t close.
Scotty 2 Hotty – real name Scott Garland – and Brian Christopher [Lawler] began teaming together in the then-WWF at WrestleMania 14 in a 15 team Battle Royal. The duo soon became Scott ‘Too Hot’ Taylor and ‘Too Sexy’ Brian Christopher as the villainous Too Much.
The two men are best remembered however for morphing into Too Cool as Scotty 2 Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay, teaming up with Rikishi and dancing in the ring. Together as Too Cool, Garland and Christopher captured the WWF Tag Team Championship during a time when the company was rich in tag team talents.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Scotty 2 Hotty discussed how despite the two men finding success in the ring, he and Brian Christopher were two very different people:
“We were just different people. He would like to go out and was a party guy, I was never a party guy. I think that part of Brian’s problem was that he liked Grand Master Sexay better than he liked Brian Lawler.”
“He liked to live that character 24/7, we would do shows and he would leave in his gear, he would be in his Too Cool gear while we were sitting in a restaurant. But that was Brian, and I think he went down that bad road and just couldn’t get away from it. But I was never into that lifestyle, I’m a theme park nerd.”
Garland then discussed how the tag team partners ended up getting into a fight at an independent show with Christopher being in what he calls “a bad place” at the time:
“We were never close. But after I was released in 2007, we did a weekend for Hermie Sadler in the Carolinas, and we did some Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tournament. Brian – [the tournament] was 3 days long – and on the first night he showed up and he was in a bad place. I could smell it on his breath, he was a mess.”
“By the time Sunday had rolled around, we had a big fight in the locker room, not a physical one, just a verbal one. I was like ‘Dude, I don’t need this.’ We were just different people, we didn’t speak for 5 years. Then on our first appearance back, he pulled me aside and apologised for everything, we both apologised.”
Scotty 2 Hotty then discussed how the two men then were able to grow closer in the years before Christopher’s untimely death:
“Over the next few years, I felt like we got closer than ever. There were a bunch of shows in the UK with me, Rikishi and Brian, and I brought my son, who was 10 years old at the time. I have a picture of Brian showing my son Keegan how to use a payphone. It’s from behind of both of them, but it’s so cool.”
“Brian was in a good place and cleared himself up, but towards the end was when we got closer than ever. I also was taking everything with a grain of salt, if he said let’s meet up at the hotel at 1 am and go to a show, I would be there at 1 o’clock and he wouldn’t be there. I go and knock on his door, he’s half asleep. But I don’t let it bother me as much as it once did.”
Unfortunately, Scotty 2 Hotty says he could see things getting worse for Christopher again following his arrest before he passed away in jail in 2018:
“Towards the end, it was getting worse and worse, he had a fight and got beat up, then was arrested again. That last mugshot I saw, I knew he was in a bad place.”
“Brian always smiled when he got his mugshot taken because he knew that it would be publicity. This was in Memphis, where his dad was king. But that last one was where he was in a bad place, and he ended up passing away in jail.”
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