Remembering Andrew “Test” Martin
from Seth Mates at the newsday.com SteelCage Blog:
A memorable post from Andrew “Test” Martin shortly after Eddie Guerrero’s death:
“I’m actually wondering who’s next? Who’s next to die? I can think of at least 15 to 20 people who have died from various things – mostly prescription pain killers. For all you wanna be wrestlers who wanna get in this business, especially now when WWE doesn’t pay you anymore than you would make at a 9 to 5 job, let me break some things down for you.
When I started wrestling I had never seen or heard of Vicodin or Percocet or Soma. How come so many wrestlers die from these medications and football players and hockey players don’t? The answer is simple – wrestlers, especially WWE wrestlers, work five days a week all year long taking bump after bump in the ring. A doctor explained it to me like this: Every time you take a fall in the ring it’s like getting rear-ended by a car going 20 mph, so how many bumps in the ring a night do you take? Multiply that by how many times a week you work all year long. That’s a hell of a lot of whiplash and pain.
I can remember hearing a conversation from some unnamed WWE head guys talking about how this certain person needs to go to rehab but they couldn’t send him because he was too important to the show. That’s the reality people that is how we are treated.”
Around that time, he also wrote this:
“Look at me. I break my neck in the ring had to have two discs taken out of my neck and a steel plate put in and was told at the time by Johnny Ace when I asked if my job would be in jeopardy, ‘We don’t fire people with injuries like that.’ Hmm, that’s funny, because two months after surgery I got fired because I wasn’t working. My seven years of busting my *** for them and putting over the boss’s son while my foot was broken in a cast was all forgotten about.
When Johnny Ace called me and told me they were releasing me – which of course he put all the heat on Vince – I said to him, ‘What kind of message are you sending the boys that if they get hurt they are going to get fired?’ So all the guys who don’t want to lose their jobs, what do they do? Pop a couple of Percocet or Vicodin and mask the pain because god forbid they say they are hurt and lose their job. I’m not going to name any names, but I know at least a dozen or so wrestlers who are addicted to these things for that very reason. Get hurt, lose your job.
I just turned 30, my back aches everyday, I have a metal plate in my neck, and yes I got in the business at the right time and have a lot of nice things, but is it all worth it? You guys don’t see the ugly side of this business. Yes, wrestling is entertainment, but the bumps and bruises are real and sometimes they don’t go away. So think long and hard before you get in this business because I can tell you first hand that if you’re not working or making them money they don’t give a ****.”
Andrew “Test” Martin, age 33, died last Friday.