So after the hammer, vice, crowbar, screw drivers were all done with their work, I had the woofer in hand. So I plugged it in to some old shitty stereo reciever, it worked, but the reciever wasn't for subwoofers so it made unhappy noises at me whenever treble came into play. But it DID WORK!
When you hooked it up, was it the bare woofer out of the enclosure?
If so (and maybe I read you wrong), it will need an enclosure of the right size to give you any useful bass.
Love the hammer/crowbar stuff.