Test (wrestler)

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Andrew Martin
Andrew Martin-Test at ECW Live.jpg
Martin at an ECW house show in 2007.
Ring name(s) Andrew Martin[1]
Big Foot[2]
Martin Kane[1]
Test[2]
T.J. Thunder[1]
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[3]
Billed weight 285 lb (129 kg)[3]
Born (1975-03-17)March 17, 1975[1]
Whitby, Ontario[1]
Died March 13, 2009(2009-03-13) (aged 33)
Tampa, Florida
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada[3]
Trained by Leo Burke[1]
Dory Funk, Jr.[1]
Bret Hart[1]
Debut 1997[4]
Retired 2009[2]

Andrew James Robert Patrick Martin[5] (March 17, 1975 – March 13, 2009) was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment under the ring name Test.

Martin won six championships in the WWF/E. He found his greatest success as a singles competitor, winning the Intercontinental and European Championships once each, and the Hardcore Championship twice. Martin was also successful in the tag team division, twice becoming a world tag team champion with Booker T by winning the WWF and WCW World Tag Team Championships once each.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

In the mid-1990s, Martin met professional wrestler Bret Hart in a restaurant. After Hart offered to train him to wrestle, Martin spent eight months training under both Hart and Leo Burke. Martin debuted in 1997, wrestling on the Canadian independent circuit under the ring names Martin Kane and T.J. Thunder. Martin continued his training with Dory Funk, Jr. at Funk's Funkin' Dojo, a training center in Ocala, Florida.[1]

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1998–2004)[edit]

Debut (1998)[edit]

Martin debuted in the World Wrestling Federation on the October 25, 1998, episode of Sunday Night Heat as an unnamed bodyguard for the band Mötley Crüe, who was performing on the show. In a scripted event, Martin threw an overzealous fan off the stage during the band's rehearsal. On the December 14, 1998, episode of Raw is War, Martin aligned himself with WWF Champion The Rock by attacking The Rock's rival Triple H.[1] Martin went on to join The Corporation, a wrestling stable consisting of numerous other wrestlers. During this time, he received the ring name "Test".[6]

Relationship with Stephanie McMahon and T & A (1999–2001)[edit]

At WrestleMania XV on March 28, Martin teamed with D'Lo Brown in a WWF Tag Team Championship title match against Jeff Jarrett and Owen Hart where Jarrett and Hart retained their titles. He also helped Shane McMahon retain the European Championship against X Pac. After being removed from the Corporation, Martin joined The Union, the group briefly feuding with the Corporation before quietly disbanding.[6] They were known for carrying 2" x 4" pieces of lumber to the ring with them.

Martin then began an on-screen relationship with Stephanie McMahon after he defeated Shane McMahon in a match, at SummerSlam in 1999, which led to an on-screen engagement between Stephanie and Martin.[6] Later in the storyline, The British Bulldog hit Stephanie with a trash can, which caused her to develop amnesia. Plans for the wedding continued however, until Triple H showed a video which revealed that he had given Stephanie drugs and taken her to Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were married in a drive-through ceremony. Stephanie turned on Test and aligned with Triple H, ushering in the McMahon-Helmsley Era.[6] Test then turned into a villain and formed a tag team with Albert. The two were known as T & A, Test and Albert, and were managed on-screen by Trish Stratus. At Wrestlemania 2000 they defeated Al Snow and Steve Blackman. The team also had other wins over the following months before breaking up on January 8, 2001.

Various feuds and The Invasion (2001–2002)[edit]

T & A disbanded in early 2001 when Albert turned on Test at the orders of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley.[6]

Again a single wrestler, Test eliminated William Regal during the 2001 Royal Rumble match and subsequently defeated him the next night on Raw is War to win the WWF European Championship.[6] Test then feuded with Eddie Guerrero, losing the championship to him at WrestleMania X-Seven following interference from Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn.[6] On the August 9, 2001, episode of SmackDown, Test joined The Alliance by helping Alliance members Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon defeat the APA for the WWF Tag Team Championship, in retaliation for being attacked by the APA a few weeks ago when they thought Test was the Mole helping WCW invade the WWF. Bradshaw and Faarooq were suspicious of Test's friendship with Shane McMahon, prior to Shane's heel turn and the formation of the ECW half of the Alliance.[6] Teaming with The Dudley Boyz, Test went on to pin Bradshaw at SummerSlam to defeat the APA and Spike Dudley in a six-man tag team match. The next day on Raw, Stephanie approached Test for a task to beat Chris Jericho when Rhyno failed to do so at Summerslam. Despite past conflicts, they shook hands, thus finally resolving the grudge between the two, while Test won the match against Jericho.

Test began teaming with Booker T regularly in September 2001. Together they defeated The Undertaker and Kane on the September 27, 2001, episode of SmackDown to win the WCW Tag Team Championship, however they lost the title to The Hardy Boyz on the October 8 episode of Raw. Test and Booker T also defeated The Rock and Chris Jericho on the November 1 episode of SmackDown to win the WWF Tag Team Championship, which they also lost to The Hardy Boyz on Raw on November 12.

Following this, Test returned to singles competition and began feuding with Edge. After defeating Edge to win the losing to him at Survivor Series in 2001 in a match in which the WCW United States Championship and the WWF Intercontinental Championship (which he had taken from Edge two weeks prior on Raw) were unified.[6] On the same night, he won a battle royal which granted him on-screen immunity from being fired for a year after attacking and taking the place of Scotty 2 Hotty. For the next few weeks a storyline was built around Test using that immunity to justify attacking fellow wrestlers but the storyline went nowhere and shortly after the year turned it was dropped.

Un-Americans, relationship with Stacy Keibler and departure (2002–2004)[edit]

In 2002, Test lost in the semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament to the eventual winner, Brock Lesnar. Test's next big angle saw him teaming alongside fellow Canadians Lance Storm and Christian as The Un-Americans, a stable of wrestlers that claimed Canadians were mistreated by Americans. Originally a Canadian-centric group, England native William Regal was later added. The story culminated in a match at Summerslam where The Undertaker defeated Martin.[6]

In October 2002, Stacy Keibler became Test's on-screen girlfriend and "image consultant". Keibler started by telling Test he should embrace his fan base and call them his "Testicles", in line with The Rock's fan group, the "People", Kane's "Kaneanites", and Hulk Hogan's "Hulkamaniacs". This eventually culminated with Test cutting his off long hair and trading his leather pants ensemble for normal wrestling trunks, becoming a face soon after.[6] Test formed a tag team with the returning Scott Steiner, and began to mistreat Stacy after he became suspicious of her relationship with Steiner, which turned him heel again. The partners split and began vying for Stacy's managerial services. Test eventually defeated Steiner, winning the services of Stacy and announcing his intentions to "make her their whore". Test defeated Steiner again, forcing him to become Test's manservant.[6] Steiner then attacked Stacy, blaming her for having to take orders from another man. Test freed Steiner from his obligation, and the pair became a tag team once again and treated Keibler like a slave. The two challenged for the World Tag Team Championship on more than one occasion, but came up short each time. The pair was fired by Mick Foley, who was the on-screen guest General Manager for two nights, but were re-hired by Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff upon his return to the position. The angle involving Steiner and Keibler was eventually dropped, and Test began to feud with Steven Richards, which started after Test kicked Victoria (Richard's on-screen girlfriend) in the jaw. They fought several times on Sunday Night Heat with Richards winning every match.

Martin underwent spinal fusion surgery in July 2004 under Dr. Lloyd Youngblood. On November 1, 2004, he was released from his WWE contract along with A-Train and Billy Gunn.[7]

Independent circuit (2005)[edit]

Test returned to the ring in May 2005, and began accepting bookings with various independent promotions. One of his most notable victories during this tenure was against TNA wrestler Samoa Joe. His most prominent role in the independent circuit was in Nu-Wrestling Evolution promotion in Italy, where he took on the ring name "Big Foot", due to his "big boot" finishing move.

Return to WWE (2006–2007)[edit]

Test making his entrance on ECW.

On March 22, 2006, WWE announced that Test had verbally agreed to return to WWE; he would begin competing in dark matches before Raw and SmackDown!.[6] Subsequently, vignettes began to play during ECW on Sci Fi, announcing that Test was going to debut on the ECW brand. He made his debut on the July 4, 2006, episode of ECW, defeating Al Snow.[6][8] Contrary to the arrogant heel he portrayed during his initial run in the company, Test instead portrayed a vicious and intense heel, which also saw him gain a fairly large push as he won several singles matches for the entirety of 2006. Test's first real angle in ECW placed him as part of a feud between new and old ECW stars, as he allied with the fellow ECW newcomers such as Mike Knox, Big Show, and Matt Striker to feud with the "ECW Originals", which consisted of Rob Van Dam, Sabu, and The Sandman.[6]

On November 7, Test defeated Tommy Dreamer to earn a spot in the Extreme Elimination Chamber at December to Dismember for the ECW World Championship. During the match, he eliminated Hardcore Holly and Van Dam before being pinned by the eventual winner Bobby Lashley.[6] He would fail to defeat Lashley in three consecutive matches, as well as a title match at the 2007 Royal Rumble and a title rematch on the January 30 episode of ECW.[6]

After he seemingly disappeared from WWE television, Raw commentator Jim Ross confirmed that Test had been suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE "Wellness Program".[9] A week after Ross made the announcement, however, Test was released from his WWE contract.[10][11] Martin released a statement through his MySpace saying that the release was mutual and he had requested it.[12]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and retirement (2007–2008)[edit]

After his departure, Martin debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a face on the August 2, 2007 episode of TNA Impact!, where he allied himself with Abyss and Sting and helped them defeat A.J. Styles and Christian Cage in a tag team ladder match.[4][13] At Hard Justice, Martin wrestled his first and only match for TNA as he, Abyss, and Sting defeated Christian's Coalition (Styles, Cage, and Tomko) in a Doomsday Chamber of Blood match after Styles was slammed into a pile of broken glass and pinned by Abyss. Martin was released from TNA shortly afterward due to concerns over both his physical size and TNA being investigated by the United States Congress.[14]

On December 19, 2007, Martin announced his retirement from professional wrestling.[15] Martin stated that he would do one final tour of Ireland in March 2008 and then retire permanently. He mentioned that he did not want to be a wrestler who, "despite talk of retirement, persistently returns".[16] He would finish his retirement tour in France, losing to Rene Dupree in a series of matches.

Personal life[edit]

During his first tenure in WWE, Martin was in a relationship with former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler.[6] After their break-up, he formed a relationship with former Diva Kelly Kelly during his second stint with the company before they split some time before Martin's death.[17]

On September 14, 2007 and April 5, 2008, Martin was arrested for driving under the influence in Hillsborough County and Pasco County.[18][19][20][21] He was booked into jail both times, but was released the following day after posting bail.[18]

Death[edit]

Martin was found dead in his Tampa, Florida home on March 13, 2009, just 4 days before his 34th birthday.[22][15] Police were called in after a concerned neighbor reported Martin appearing motionless for several hours through a window outside of his condominium. Police retrieved the body after scaling the apartment balcony. He is believed to have died the previous day.[23][24] His death was ruled an accidental overdose of oxycodone.[25] It was later determined by forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu that Martin had severe chronic traumatic brain injury associated with boxing, which is an Alzheimer's-like form of brain damage which fellow pro wrestler Chris Benoit was found to be suffering from shortly before his suicide in 2007, caused by repeated concussions and subconcussive head injuries. He was cremated and his remains were flown to his family at his hometown of Whitby, Ontario, Canada.

In wrestling[edit]

Championship and accomplishments[edit]

  • Wild West Wrestling
    • WWW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[1]

References[edit]

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