Who Test is:
FAVORITE BAND/SINGER: Any R&B singer
BIGGEST THRILL IN LIFE: When I was in
the main event on RAW
PERSON YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Arnold
FAVORITE SPORT: (Besides Wrestling): Hockey
FAVORITE ATHLETE: Wayne Gretzky
FAVORITE TELEVISION SHOW: The Simpsons
HOBBIES: Working out
FAVORITE FOOD: Steak
FAVORITE FAST FOOD: Burger King Whopper
FAVORITE ACTOR: Arnold Schwarzenegger
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Salma Hayek
FAVORITE MOVIE: Friday
IF I COULD HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENTLY, I WOULD
HAVE: I wouldn't change a thing
SECRET TALENT: I'm a good cook
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Keep your mouth
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: NHL Hockey '98
FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTER: Homer Simpson
Weight: 282 lbs.
Born: Whitby, Ontario on March 17th, 1975
Finisher: Final Exam (Pump Handle Slam)
Real Name: Andrew Martin
Other Aliases: Martin Kane, T.J. Thunder
Career Highlights: Former WWF Hardcore Champion
to view his entrance video.
Please note that the link is to
wwf.com URL they have for his video.
Whitby, Ontario's Andrew Martin
is the latest Canadian to crack the WWF roster. And he arrived with a bang.
On RAW on December 15, he came to the aid of WWF World Champ Rocky Maivia
and took care of challenger Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Though unamed on TV
at the moment, he expects to be called 'Test.' Though he's only been
at the wrestling game a very short while, Martin's had some top notch teachers
-- Bret Hart, Leo Burke and Dory Funk Jr.
Martin was always a wrestling
fan growing up in Whitby, a city east of Toronto. He loved watching Bret
Hart, and also counted Superfly Snuka, Mr. Perfect and Diesel among his
favourites. One day he met Bret Hart at a restaurant.
"To make a long story short,
he offered to train me," explained Martin to SLAM! Wrestling in Cherry
Hill, New Jersey at the NWA 50th Anniversary show. "Two weeks later I quit
both my jobs, went down for eight months. He and Leo Burke trained myself
and a few other Canadian guys -- Glenn Kulka, Adam Copeland [Edge] was
there, Jay Reso [Christian Cage]. The four of us trained together and it
was a good experience. He was very good to me." Up next was a chance
to go to the WWF Funking Dojo, where the WWF puts rookies and prospective
employees through a grueling training camp. Though many different WWF stars
of past and present help out, Dory Funk Jr. and Tom Pritchard are the primary
teachers. "It was a great learning experience," said Martin. "Dory
Funk's a great teacher. Couldn't ask for anyone better. Teaches a lot like
Leo Burke, who taught me."
At the NWA 50th Anniversary
show, Martin accounted himself well in the WWF Funking Dojo Battle Royale
against other trainees, the fifth-to-last eliminated. He enjoyed the match,
but looks forward to showing off in singles matches.
Martin described his style
as "very aggressive, but at the same time, I can very well for a big guy,
technical style. I was taught both ways."
While still learning the
game, he worked the Saskatchewan-based Hardcore/Wild West circuit through
Leo Burke, and actually won the promotion's heavyweight title in a triangle
match against Burke and John Cosman. He was never tested as champion, as
his win came on the last show promoted by that group. Martin also spent
time around Winnipeg as T.J. Thunder and Martin Kane.
He's not sure where the WWF
is going with his character yet -- which debuted on Sunday Night Heat October
25, 1998 as a roadie for Motley Crue -- but does have a believable long-term
"I want to make this as
long a career as I can possibily have it."
-- Bio by GREG OLIVER, SLAM!
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Test: I'm no diesel wannabe!
Test wants the Diesel-Test comparisons
"They can say what they want, but
there's no comparison between myself and Diesel, aka Kevin Nash," Test,
aka Andrew Martin, said at a WWF press event in Toronto to hype WrestleMania.
"I think I'm twenty years younger and it's a whole new style, it's a whole
different generation. Test is Test. Kevin Nash is Kevin Nash." The
Whitby, Ontario native really enjoyed his role in The Corporation
and the WWF. "It's been great," he said. "It's been a great experience
getting to see a lot of places I'd never thought I'd see." Like The Rock
says, Test knows his role at the moment, and it isn't in the spotlight
at the top of cards, though he did get into WrestleMania in a tag title
match with D'Lo Brown against Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett. "My role
is as the insurance policy," he explained. "I'm busy looking after the
rest of the guys, making sure everything runs okay. I'm there to watch
their backs, they're there to watch mine." All The Corporation members
have been good to him, helping him learn more about the wrestling game,
he said. Except one. "Kane, Kane doesn't have too much to say," he laughed.
There wasn't any initiation for the 6-foot-6-inch giant when he reached
the bigs. "It's not like hockey or football or anything like that. You
don't get your head shaved, or other things," he said. "The guys are pretty
good." Regular fans of the WWF will know that Test hasn't exactly set the
world on fire with his matches, most of which end in a DQ or some other
non-finish. Test brushed off that comment. "I haven't lost too many matches
on TV neither."
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