Kevin Nash has opened up on the relationship he had with Test, and how that made his passing extremely tough.
Under the moniker of Test, Andrew Martin signed for WWE in 1998 and played a pivotal role during both the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras. One of his most notable storylines came in his relationship with Stephanie McMahon which ended with the now Chairwoman marrying Triple H instead. He went on to form T&A alongside Trish Stratus and Albert, and also won immunity from being fired by winning the battle royale at Survivor Series 2001.
Test would end up leaving WWE in 2004 after undergoing spinal fusion surgery, and would only return briefly in 2006 before being suspended for a breach of the company’s wellness policy and eventually ended up being released the following year.
The former Intercontinental Champion tragically passed away in March 2009 of an accidental overdose, having struggled with addiction.
Speaking on his Kliq This podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash spoke of how his son had formed a friendship with Test, making his passing even harder to deal with.
He was talented man, he was a stud. My son and I went to a WrestleMania with him, that was actually Shawn’s last match. [Editor’s note: Shawn Michaels’ last WrestleMania match actually took place in April of 2009, just shy of one month after Test’s death.] And, you know, my son actually got close with him. I think that was the first wrestler that passed that my son had a relationship with, that I had a relationship with, it tore my heart.
He was just, you know, he was like my young boy, you know. It’s just like he was gonna carry the I don’t give a f*ck torch, you know, after I was gone. But f*cking it didn’t work out so good. But yeah, he was dating Kelly Kelly at the time. [Myself] Christian and his wife, we tried to do some interventions and sh*t. And we thought we had him a couple times go in the right direction, but just, it was just tough.
Kevin Nash also recently took the time to publicly thank outgoing WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
With thanks to Inside The Ropes for the transcription.