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Bruce Prichard Says Test’s Downfall In WWE Was Because Of Vince Russo


During a recent edition of Something To Wrestle With podcast, WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard (f.k.a Brother Love in WWF) talked about the passing of former WWF/E wrestler Test and what led to his downfall in the WWE. Below are the highlights:

On Test passing away at the age of 33:
“I was shocked by his tragic passing. I don’t remember him having any problems while I was there. So it did shock me and I hate it any time that someone leaves us before their time especially at a young age like that — it’s just a tragedy and Andrew was a great guy, yeah it sucks.”

On what led to Test’s downfall in the WWE:
“Yes, Vince was high on Test the first time we saw him and he came into our first developmental with Edge and Christian and Val Venis and all of those guys. The kiss of death with Test was Russo, who believe it or not didn’t always look at in-ring talent, looked at guys would have ideas and looked at it like ‘this is acting I can just put anybody into that spot and they’ll work cause I’m such a great writer bro, whatever I write they’ll do it right — they’ll be a star.’

“It took a couple of years for Vince to give up on him because the first few years were ‘you know, Vince — he’s still learning.’ It wasn’t fair to Test. We put him in a loose situation because he wasn’t ready and we put him into a top spot. We put him in a position where there were so many eyeballs on him and everybody was looking for him to fail. So he couldn’t win and then he was against the 8-ball coming in.”

On what he thinks should’ve been done with Test:

“I do think that if Test would have had more seasoning or time before he made his debut then it might have been a little bit different but I think his confidence was shot and he thought because he came in at that top spot that he was already there and already over and he wasn’t.”

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