ORLANDO – Forestville native Patrick Clark became a fan favorite in the pro wrestling world after his stint on WWE’s reality show “Tough Enough.” Now he can begin to pick up fans around the country, as it has become official that Clark has been signed by the WWE and he is currently at their performance […]
ORLANDO – Forestville native Patrick Clark became a fan favorite in the pro wrestling world after his stint on WWE’s reality show “Tough Enough.”
Now he can begin to pick up fans around the country, as it has become official that Clark has been signed by the WWE and he is currently at their performance center in Orlando, Florida.
The former “Tough Enough” competitor has experience in the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association, as well as the local independent promotion Maryland Championship Wrestling (MSW). Standing at 6-2 and weighing in at 220 pounds, Clark spent a decade in the JROTC program and wrestled for Forestville Military Academy from 2011 to 2013.
His signing came after a long list of fans and former wrestlers attempted to push Clark into the WWE spotlight following his reality show snubbing. Despite missing the cut, Clark is now on his way to achieving his dream of being a WWE Superstar.
Tragedy struck Clark at a very young age after his father was murdered when he was only two-years-old. It was then that Clark decided that professional wrestling was going to be his outlet and he would not let himself become a victim of another senseless crime. At the age of eight, Clark fell in love with wrestlers like The Undertaker, Triple H, and Kurt Angle. By the age of 12, he wanted to become a WWE superstar. He knew he wanted to save someone else’s life just like the WWE saved his.
During an official WWE release, one of Clark’s idols, Paul “Triple H” Levesque made a statement about Clark and his fellow newcomers.
“With support from our remarkable coaching staff at the WWE Performance Center, this new class of recruits will be able to develop their skills, in and out of the ring,” Levesque said. “Our unparalleled training facility gives our talent every opportunity to succeed and grow. The sky is the limit for these talented individuals and I’m pleased to welcome each and every one of them to WWE.”
Clark joins other newcomers such as Mada Abdelhamid, Cezar Bononi, former Green Bay Packer Josh Bredl, Amanda Saccomano, and Baltimore native and Indy wrestling sensation Richard Swann.
Clark recently held his first professional title in the wrestling business with tag team partner Lio Rush in the MCW. After his signing however, Clark has to vacate his title to move on from one of the best independent promotions in the country.
“Maryland Championship Wrestling would like to officially congratulate Patrick Clark for signing a contract with the WWE,” the MCW said on their website. “Patrick signed a contract earlier this (October), but we were asked not to mention his signing until the WWE made the announcement. Respectfully, we waited until the WWE acknowledged his signing, which they did (October 19) on their website.
“Many fans and wrestling journalists had questions concerning his status after he missed two events on Oct 16 and Oct. 17. For the record, Patrick did not “no show” us as some places reported. We knew ahead of time that he would be unable to make the events. Patrick signed with WWE in early October and reported to the Performance Center on Oct. 19. We wish him the best of luck and are proud to add him to the list of performers that made their way through MCW on their way to achieving their dreams.”
The push for his signing came thanks to WWE Hall of Famer Amy “Lita” Dumas. Dumas, who is one of the most accomplished women in professional wrestling history, served as a coach on “Tough Enough” and is now working as a producer/agent for the WWE. She was a big factor in giving Clark another shot, according to many members in the professional wrestling industry.