In this week's "The Ross Report" podcast at JRsBarbQ.com, Jim Ross interviewed WWE Tough Enough's Patrick Clark. According to the interview, the 19 year-old Clark has already overcome a great deal of obstacles and is still on course to eventually break into the WWE.
PATRICK CLARK'S BACKGROUND
When Clark was only two years old, his dad was murdered. This left his mother to raise him alone in a challenging environment in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.
Here, Ross was not attempting to play on a black stereotype. It was clear that Ross wanted to give Patrick a platform to briefly explain his background to wrestling fans who might not have
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Clark told J.R. that he mainly stayed at home and watched cartoons until he was eight-years-old and his mother explained to him the circumstances involving his father.
This left him seeking another outlet. Clark stated that seeing the Undertaker and Kurt Angle in a WWE segment together led to him becoming hooked on wrestling, which ultimately changed his life.
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Ross reminded Clark that having grown up in the church, Clark should already understand that when God gives us gifts, we must never overlook them. Of course, Clark agreed that wrestling is
A BRIGHT FUTURE
Already possessing a growing fan base, Clark has received several upcoming bookings, and he has been travelling and signing autographs.
Equally important to his development, Clark has already been working with Maryland Championship Wrestling for a year and will continue to compete there.
As the most charismatic contestant and the overall frontrunner to win the competition, Clark should have been saved by one of the judges last week. One "off" week should not have sealed the fate of the person who had dominated the physical challenges and the promo.
Perhaps, Tough Enough is all about ratings since fans, writers such as Raza Kazi of GiveMeSport, and wrestling legend Mick Foley have concluded that the show has become more of a popularity contest than a legitimate competition for a WWE wrestling contract.
Although Clark did not win the popularity contest, he has won the hearts and respect of numerous wrestling fans.
Ross and Clark agreed that not winning Tough Enough does not harm a contestant's chances of future success as no winner except for John Hennigan (later known as Johnny Nitro and John Morrison in WWE and as Johnny Mundo currently in Lucha Underground) has even come close to attaining major WWE stardom.
Despite being a "world class athlete" (as J.R. stated) and spending seven years with WWE, Hennigan achieved tag team success and became ECW Champion only to be denied main event status.
Other Tough Enough winners such as Maven only enjoyed the WWE limelight briefly.
Ross went on to declare that Patrick Clark will be the most remembered contestant of this season's Tough Enough unless something groundbreaking or "salacious" occurs between now and the season finale. He went on to predict that Clark will soon join WWE developmental.
Good old J.R. wished Clark the best and said that he hoped Clark would not only make it to the WWE one day but main event WrestleMania.