He’s best remembered as the Superstar who nearly married Stephanie McMahon before Triple H ruined their plans, but there was much more to Test than one disastrous night at the altar. A deceptively agile big man who could knock off opponents with a boot to the face or a top rope elbow drop, Test claimed pinfall victories over major competitors like Edge, The Undertaker and The Rock while collecting multiple singles and tag titles.
Introduced to the WWE Universe in 1998 as a bodyguard for the rock band Motley Crue, Test first made an impact as the “Hired Gun” of Mr. McMahon’s sinister Corporation. The 285-pounder was a physical force in the ring, but it was Test’s romantic exploits that brought him his greatest fame in WWE.
In 1999, Test fell for Stephanie McMahon, which eventually led to a televised wedding on Raw. But just when the young couple prepared to say their vows, Triple H interrupted the proceedings and revealed that he had wed an incapacitated Stephanie in a Las Vegas drive thru chapel.
The public embarrassment of that night seemed to have a lasting effect on Test as he rarely appeared vulnerable again. Instead, the Toronto native became something of a sports-entertainment outlaw, preferring to keep his allegiances ever-changing as not to risk another deception.
A partnership with Albert under the guidance of a debuting Trish Stratus proved to be successful as did an unexpected defection to The Alliance during 2001’s infamous WCW/ECW Invasion. Teaming with Booker T, Test captured both the WCW and World Tag Team Titles with victories over serious competition like The Brothers of Destruction and Chris Jericho & The Rock.
Test was effective both in tandem and solo — something he proved in November 2001 when he won the Intercontinental Championship and the WCW Tag Team Titles in the same week. Singles victories over sizable opponents like Kane, Mark Henry and Triple H followed, as did an association with the xenophobic Un-Americans faction of Christian, Lance Storm and William Regal.
Test’s final WWE run came in the relaunched ECW in 2006. Brandishing a more aggressive attitude, the punishing Superstar took out ECW icons like Sabu, Tommy Dreamer and Rob Van Dam while silencing a fanbase that did not believe he could prosper in The Land of the Extreme. It was an exclamatory ending to Test’s career and lasting proof that he was something far more than just a jilted groom. Test and WWE parted ways in February 2007.
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