Where Are They Now?: Kurrgan

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August 28, 2013

The poor tryout soured the 7-footer on the business. With the territory back home slowing down, Maillet began working as a bouncer at local bars. After a few years out of the business, he was given a golden opportunity to get back in the game.

“I got a call from Leo Burke, who was in Calgary working with Bret Hart,” the former Kurrgan said. “They were training wrestlers at his home. Leo told Bret about me and [Hart] wanted to meet me.”

Maillet headed out to Alberta to work with the WWE Hall of Famer, spending four weeks training with Hart, shaking the ring rust off. Not too long after Hart’s camp ended in 1997, the Canadian giant was sent down to WWE headquarters in Stamford, Conn., where he met his partners in what would become The Truth Commission. Now known as The Interrogator, Maillet spent several weeks with his partners, Recon and Sniper, in WWE’s studios, perfecting the ins and outs of their personas while learning to work as a unit in the ring.

To get the faction of South African mercenaries more seasoning outside of the WWE spotlights, officials sent The Truth Commission to Memphis, where Jerry Lawler’s USWA ran a schedule like the territories that dominated the early days of wrestling.

“It was fun, but it was pretty hectic,” Maillet said. “We’d do a show Friday night somewhere in Arkansas, come home around midnight and get up early [Saturday morning] for TV at the studio in Memphis. Then, we’d do a show at 1 p.m. at a flea market before going to Nashville for a 7 p.m. show. What a day!”

Though he was very thankful for the opportunity Lawler’s promotion gave him and his partners to shine, Maillet was anxious to get his chance on WWE’s main roster. What was supposed to be a one-month tour of Memphis quickly turned into four months in The River City. In fact, The Truth Commission almost didn’t make it to the big time. WWE officials seemingly decided to go in another direction, letting The Interrogator and his partners go their separate ways.

The 7-footer returned home to Canada, where he got married and headed out on his honeymoon, only to get an unexpected call.

“[WWE] was still interested in The Truth Commission,” Maillet explained. “I had to cut my honeymoon short to fly out to Detroit.”

The Interrogator and his partners met up at Joe Louis Arena for Monday Night Raw, where they were given a tryout match prior to the live broadcast. The mercenaries impressed WWE officials and signed contracts two weeks later. For Maillet, it was a dream come true.

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However, as 1997 came to a close, The Truth Commission was nearing its end. The Interrogator, under the spell of the maniacal Jackyl, was beginning to break out on his own. WWE officials bestowed the name Kurrgan on him, to give him an identity outside of his rank within the Commission.

“They found it in the ‘Highlander’ movies,” Maillet explained. “It sounded tough and menacing, so they gave it to me.”

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