Many people think of pro wrestling and immediately think of people like Hulk Hogan or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But what about the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow? Prince George’s County is currently home to one of those stars. He goes by the name of Patrick Clark, Jr. Clark recently competed in a reality television show […]
Many people think of pro wrestling and immediately think of people like Hulk Hogan or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But what about the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow?
Prince George’s County is currently home to one of those stars. He goes by the name of Patrick Clark, Jr.
Clark recently competed in a reality television show called Tough Enough. Tough Enough is a show where World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hopefuls compete in a series of challenges in hopes of winning a WWE contract. Although Clark didn’t win the competition, he seems to have a very bright future in the professional wrestling business.
At only 19 years of age, Clark is mature beyond his years. After a decade of participation in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC), Clark started to wrestle for Forestville Military Academy from 2011 to 2013. From there Clark found refuge in professional wrestling and refused to become a product of his environment.
Clark’s father was murdered when he was just two-years-old. The Forestville native decided that professional wrestling was going to be his outlet to he would not let himself become a victim of another senseless crime. At the age of eight, Patrick fell in love with wrestlers like The Undertaker, Triple H and Kurt Angle. By the age of 12 he wanted to be a WWE superstar. He knew he wanted to save someone else’s life just as the WWE saved his.
His drive and determination has made that dream a reality, as Clark has become good in the independent circuit. Following his elimination from the show, he went back to Maryland Championship Wrestling the very next day to resume training at their academy in Joppa, MD.
“On June 3, 2014, I joined Maryland Championship Wrestling’s (MCW) training academy,” Clark said. “I trained there for about six to seven months and I had my first match in February of this year.
“I’ve wrestled for MCW and World Xtreme Wrestling C4 with the Wild Samoans up in Pennsylvania. That’s probably the biggest so far. I’ve pretty much been all over already and that has given me the opportunity to improve.”
As far as his character goes, or gimmick as they call it in wrestling, Clark said he doesn’t have one. The man the audience saw on the reality show is who he is.
“I wasn’t playing a character at all,” Clark said. “This is who I am. I just dialed it up 100 percent because I knew the world was watching.”
Clark’s skills in the ring will be on display in the upcoming month.
“The next event I have coming up in Maryland will be Sept. 19 for Maryland Championship Wrestling in Hollywood, Maryland which is in St. Mary’s County,” Clark said. “I don’t know what I’ll be doing yet, but I know that is the next time I will be wrestling in Maryland.”
Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Road Warrior” Animal and Mickie James will also be at that show as part of the Autumn Armageddon Tour.
“With an independent promotion, it’s a lot more down to earth,” Clark said. “You get to walk up and meet the guys, unlike the corporate companies who have a full schedule of events going on behind the scenes that many people don’t know about. You have to stick to a strict schedule and you don’t have as much time to meet with the fans because you have so much that goes on behind the scenes.”
Prince George’s County residents are encouraged to go out and support the hometown talent and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere that professional wrestling can provide.