Bryan Clark On Why He Dislikes Vince McMahon, How Adam Bomb Was Created, WCW, More
Former AWA, WWE Superstar and WCW Tag Team Champion "Adam Bomb" aka "Wrath" aka "The Nightstalker", better known as Bryan Clark joined Kayfabe Wrestling Radio where discussed how he got into professional wrestling, who was his trainer at his start in pro wrestling, working out at the WCW "Power Plant", starting his career with the AWA, how the team name Kronik was brought about, some of his favorite WCW opponents and much more. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
How did he get into professional wrestling: "Well, you know, I was actually in college football when I actually started wrestling. Yeah, right out of high school, I went into the military. I did it a little differently; a lot of people go right out of high school and into college, I did it from high school into the military and from the military I walked on and got a full scholarship at Central Missouri State and then from Central Missouri state I slowly got into pro wrestling."
Starting in the AWA and the transition to Smokey Mountain Wrestling: "That is correct, that is the part where you may have missed where I went out and fell on my face because I had not been trained. Ox (Baker) got me a couple of shots before they went under and you know, I was not ready; I knew I wasn't ready but I was like 'Ok, I want to do this. How do I learn?' you know, just trying to get your foot in the door. So that's where, that when I just got lucky enough to work Paul Orndorff years later or a few years later I should say on the independents and he 'You know what, I know where I need to take you, to Smokey Mountain Wrestling with me to meet Jim Cornette.' And that's who really got me going, was Paul and Jim Cornette.The two guys were really great in helping me, a ton.
"Yeah, I would travel with Paul (Orndorff) to absorb as much as I could, and of course Jim, I think the world of him. I appreciate everything he did for me to get me, for giving me a second chance because my first chance was horrible. You know, I just was not ready; but Jim took the time to show me things and help me get the Nightstalker gimmick reinvented with Kevin Sullivan up in Smokey Mountain Wrestling and then of course traveling with Paul, traveling with Kevin. You know, I just sort of absorbed as much as I could every trip. So, it just went from there."
The Adam Bomb character and who ultimately came up with the idea: "You know, they sent me a couple of ideas and stuff. They had some house shows, I think it was in the Carolinas and they offered me to come work a tryout; Slaughter called me and said 'Hey, do you want to come up and work a couple of dark matches' I asked Jim, of course and he said 'Yeah, definitely; go do it' even though really, if I think back I should have stay in Smokey for another six months, maybe another year, just to get more training. But, anyway, that's the way they worked it back then; they'd call you up for a tryout and if they liked you they'd hire you. I had one dark match the first night and they hired me on the spot. They said 'We'll work on a couple of gimmicks for you and send you some stuff.' They sent me some photos and some ideas and stuff and of course one of the was the one they offered Stone Cold which was 'The Ringmaster' and the other one was 'Adam Bomb'. And so I thought, 'Well, I could probably do a little more with Adam Bomb then I could with The Ringmaster' as I wasn't a Ringmaster at the time. So that's the one I went with."
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