- Name: Albert
- Real Name: Matt Bloom
- Date of Birth: November 14, 1972
- Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
- Height: 6'7
- Weight: 350 pounds
- WWE Debut: April 11, 1999
- Nickname: "Hip Hop Hippo"
- Finisher: Baldo Bomb
- Career Highlights: 1-time WWF Intercontinental Champion
The big and destructive beast named Albert has dominated his competition in WWE. He has often been used as an enforcer to other WWE wrestlers, while he has showed excellence in singles competition by destroying his opponents inside the squared circle with his crushing Baldo Bomb maneuver. He has been part of teams like X-Factor as well as tag teams with Test and Scotty 2 Hotty but Albert found his biggest success by winning the prestigious WWF Intercontinental Championship. Albert may have not been able to become a main eventer but he has become known as a force to be reckoned with.
World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999 - 2002)
After training in Power Pro Wrestling (PPW), the developmental territory of World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Matt Bloom debuted on WWF television on April 11, 1999 edition of Sunday Night Heat as a fan, who interfered in a match between Big Boss Man and Droz, attacking Boss Man to rescue Droz. Bloom began competing under the ring name Prince Albert, a tattooist enforcer of Droz. Albert established himself as a babyface and began a tag team with Droz and began competing in the tag team division. On April 25 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Albert competed in his first WWF match, teaming with Droz to defeat Too Much. On May 8 edition of Shotgun, Albert competed in his first singles match, losing to Meat.
Droz and Albert feuded with teams like Too Much, D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry and The Godfather and Val Venis. On July 11 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Albert received his first championship match as he and Droz competed against Hardy Boyz for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Hardy Boyz retained the championship through disqualification after The Godfather and Val Venis attacked Droz. At SummerSlam, Albert made his pay-per-view debut as he and Droz participated in a Tag Team Turmoil to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. They were eliminated by Edge and Christian. The Acolytes won the match.
On September 2 edition of SmackDown!, Droz and Albert participated in a Tag Team Elimination match. They were eliminated by Holly Cousins. The match ended in a no contest. Droz retired after suffering an injury, forcing Albert to begin his career as a singles competitor. Albert turned heel by feuding with Big Show and becoming Big Boss Man's enforcer. At Survivor Series, Big Boss Man, Mideon, Viscera and Albert competed against Big Show in a Survivor Series match. Albert was eliminated by Show. Show won and survived the match.
Albert helped Big Boss Man in winning matches and eventually helped him in becoming the #1 contender to the WWF Championship, though Boss Man failed to win the championship. Entering 2000, Albert participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #22 entrant at Royal Rumble. He lasted eleven minutes until he was eliminated by Kane. The Rock won the 2000 Royal Rumble. On March 19 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Albert was scouted by Trish Stratus as her client. Stratus formed a tag team of Test and Albert called T & A. At WrestleMania 2000, Albert made his WrestleMania debut as T & A defeated Head Cheese.
T & A started establishing itself as a rising tag team in the tag team division by beginning a rivalry with Dudley Boyz. At Backlash, T & A defeated Dudley Boyz after a distraction by Trish Stratus. The following night, on May 1 edition of Raw is War, T & A defeated Dudley Boyz in a rematch after interference by Edge and Christian. The following week, on May 8 edition of Raw is War, Dudley Boyz defeated Gerald Brisco and T & A in a Handicap Tables match. On May 11 edition of SmackDown!, T & A defeated Dudley Boyz after assistance by Shane McMahon, to end the rivalry.
T & A became enforcers for Shane McMahon. At Judgment Day, T & A helped McMahon in defeating Big Show in a No Disqualification match. On June 2 edition of SmackDown!, Albert lost a King of the Ring qualification match to Crash Holly. At King of the Ring, T & A competed against Too Cool, Hardy Boyz and Edge and Christian in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. T & A were eliminated by Hardy Boyz. Edge and Christian won the championship. On July 10 edition of Raw is War, T & A defeated Hardy Boyz and Too Cool in a Triangle Elimination match after Tazz delivered a Tazzmission to Scotty 2 Hotty.
Trish Stratus and T & A began a rivalry with Team Extreme, which culminated in a mixed tag team match between the two teams at Fully Loaded, which Team Extreme won. T & A's success was short-lived as the team began to fade. On October 19 edition of SmackDown!, T & A participated in a Tag Team Battle Royal to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship at No Mercy. T & A were eliminated by Acolytes Protection Agency. Los Conquistadors won the match.
At No Mercy, Trish Stratus and T & A competed against Lita and Acolytes Protection Agency. The match ended in a no contest when T & A attacked APA before the match. T & A's rivalry with APA expanded to a feud with Crash Holly and his new ally Steve Blackman. Trish Stratus and T & A began a rivalry with Steve Blackman, Crash Holly and Molly Holly, which culminated in a mixed tag team match between the two teams at Survivor Series, which Blackman, Crash and Molly won. At Rebellion, T & A competed against Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian in a Tables Elimination match. Dudley Boyz won.
After the team failed in capturing the WWF Tag Team Championship, Albert turned on Test, thus ending T & A. As a result, Albert and Trish Stratus feuded with Test. Entering 2001, Albert participated in the 2001 Royal Rumble match as the #17 entrant. He lasted fifteen minutes until he was eliminated by Kane. Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 2001 Royal Rumble. Albert formed a group with X-Pac and Justin Credible called X-Factor, considering themselves to be extraordinary wrestlers. X-Pac was the leader of the group. Albert was mainly used as an enforcer to X-Pac and Credible, helping them in winning matches.
X-Factor began a rivalry with Dudley Boyz. At Backlash, X-Factor defeated Dudley Boyz in a six-man tag team match. On May 7 edition of Raw is War, Dudley Boyz defeated X-Factor in a Tables match after Raven hit Albert with a cane. Albert began a rivalry with Kane by attacking him after Kane defeated X-Pac. On June 28 (taped June 26) edition of SmackDown!, Albert defeated Kane in a No Disqualification match to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship, thus upsetting Kane, after Diamond Dallas Page delivered a Diamond Cutter to Kane.
During the summer of 2001, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) invaded WWF as WWF had bought both promotions and the wrestlers of WCW and ECW decided to take over WWF. WCW and ECW formed a group called The Alliance. Albert remained loyal to WWF. At Invasion, Albert, Big Show and Billy Gunn represented WWF against Alliance members Hugh Morrus, Chris Kanyon and Shawn Stasiak in a losing effort. On July 23 edition of Raw is War, Albert lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to Lance Storm after Hugh Morrus attacked Albert with the championship belt. Albert's reign ended at 27 days.
At SummerSlam, Albert helped X-Pac in defeating Tajiri to win the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship and the WCW Cruiserweight Championship after suffering Tajiri's Red Mist and distracting him enough for X-Pac to beat him. X-Pac suffered an injury, causing an end to X-Factor. Albert formed a tag team with Scotty 2 Hotty and turned babyface. At Survivor Series, Albert participated in an Immunity Battle Royal, with the winner remaining on the roster regardless of either WWF or The Alliance won. Albert was eliminated by eventual winner Test and Billy Kidman.
Albert continued teaming with Scotty 2 Hotty and named their tag team Zoo Crew. Albert changed his gimmick of a serious and silent enforcer to a hip-hop dancing partner to Hotty and was nicknamed "Hip Hop Hippo". Zoo Crew began a rivalry with Christian and Test, which culminated in a match between the two teams at Vengeance, which Zoo Crew won. Entering 2002, Albert participated in the 2002 Royal Rumble match as the #17 entrant. He lasted forty-eight seconds until he was eliminated by Christian and Chuck Palumbo. Triple H won the 2002 Royal Rumble.
At No Way Out, Zoo Crew participated in a Tag Team Turmoil to determine the #1 contenders for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Zoo Crew was eliminated by Lance Storm and Christian. Acolytes Protection Agency won the match. In March 2002, the WWF roster was divided into two brands, Raw and SmackDown!, the top two television programs of WWF. Zoo Crew was drafted to the SmackDown! brand.
On April 4 edition of SmackDown!, Zoo Crew competed in their first match as part of the SmackDown! roster, as they unsuccessfully challenged Billy and Chuck for the WWF Tag Team Championship after Rico delivered a Spinning Wheel Kick to Scotty 2 Hotty. After the match, Albert turned on his tag team partner Scotty by delivering him a Baldo Bomb. As a result, Albert turned heel and Zoo Crew ended. After the end of Zoo Crew, Albert briefly feuded with Scotty and his career sunk down as a low-carder. In May 2002, WWF was renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
On June 6 edition of SmackDown!, Albert participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Undisputed Championship at King of the Ring. He was eliminated by Kurt Angle. Hollywood Hulk Hogan and Triple H won the Battle Royal. At Rebellion, Albert lost to Rikishi in a Kiss My Ass match. On December 5 edition of SmackDown!, Albert saved his sinking career by easily defeating Rey Mysterio in three minutes and injuring him by attacking his knee after the match. Paul Heyman made Albert, his newest client and repackaged him as A-Train.
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