In April 2013, Hall failed to qualify for Europe's Strongest Man 2013. However, he was given a second chance when Ervin Katona was forced to retire due to injury. Hall competed in his place and came in eighth place. In April, Hall also featured on BBC One 's Watchdog programme, who enlisted his help to test even the strongest of drivers in specific circumstances.  In 2012, Hall competed at the World's Strongest Man finals, but did not progress beyond his qualifying group. [ citation needed ] Hall returned in 2013, winning two events in his heat but narrowly missing out on qualifying after a poor final event.
Initially, eight men representing various sports and strength disciplines were invited to compete against each other in unique events designed to test each individual to the fullest extent. The earliest events were relatively crude, but new ideas were introduced over the years. Some events had a basis in both powerlifting and Highland Games heavy events, and others were created based on mythological feats of strength. There are a number of events that make up each competition. The events used in each individual contest vary in order to prevent favoring certain types of competitor. [ citation needed ]