Hometown: Three Mile Island
Glory Days: 1993 – 1995
Fun Fact: ‘The Ringmaster’ gimmick which later found a home with Steve Austin was also pitched to Bryan ‘Adam Bomb’ Clark
In March 1979 America suffered its most significant nuclear incident in commercial nuclear power plant history. The Three Mile Island accident was a partial meltdown at the nuclear facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. On the bright side, a local boy gained super powers as a result. Sadly, Adam Bomb’s radiation poisoning was not severe enough to transform him into a superhero. Instead it left him with green eyes and a red tongue, how exciting. Grossly under qualified to become the next Radioactive Man, or even Fallout Boy, Mrs Bomb’s baby boy became a professional wrestler instead.
Under the guidance of Johnny Polo, our radioactive friend made his WWF debut in May 1993 and went full Duke Nukem on the rest of the roster. Going undefeated in singles competition, Adam claimed wins against ring generals the likes of Virgil, Mitch Bishop, Virgil again, PJ Walker and Virgil a couple more times. So prolific was our nuclear newbie that his only televised losses came in a 20 man battle royal on Raw and in an elimination tag match at the Survivor Series. Although to be fair, he was last eliminated from a team that also included future WWF Champion Diesel.
As promising as 1993 was, 1994 saw Adam Bomb’s career plunge into meltdown. Having lasted just seven minutes in the Royal Rumble – despite entering at number 30 – Adam was one of the ten bad guys responsible for apparently killing The Undertaker in the show’s main event. Clearly haunted by his actions, our man suffered his first singles defeat at the hands of Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart shortly afterwards.
Also around this time his manager, Johnny Polo, sold Bomb’s contract to Harvey Wippleman. This change of management did Adam no favours as his next high profile appearance saw him get destroyed by Earthquake at Wrestlemania X in just 32 seconds. He attempted to bounce back the next night on Raw, but Earthquake sat on him again. Bomb then settled into a familiar role for most ‘Icons of Wrestling’ i.e. jobbing to everyone apart from actual jobbers.
Before being booked into obscurity, Adam received a lifeline in the form of a face turn. His manager, Harvey Wippleman, decided to concentrate his efforts on a new charge, Kwang, and subsequently kicked our man to the curb. Proving to be a jinx – or exceptionally bad manager – Wippleman’s new man lost both matches to Bomb during their mini feud.
Despite becoming a good guy, not much changed for Adam other than handing out toy missiles to kids during his entrance. Yes, toy bombs, great family fun. He did embark on another mini feud, this time with Bam Bam Bigelow. However ‘The Beast From The East’ claimed victory after eliminating our man from a 10 man tag match at the 1994 Survivor Series.
Heading into 1995 and Bombastic Adam pretty much exclusively performed on Superstars or Wrestling Challenge. His two pay per view appearances came at the Royal Rumble in January and at the inaugural In Your House in May – where he was squashed by Mabel. According to Bryan ‘Adam Bomb’ Clark it was around this time when he was told that he would receive a push and become Intercontinental Champion. Obviously this did not happen because to become IC Champion at this point in time would have meant defeating Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon or Jeff Jarrett. It’s hard to imagine Adam Bomb being inserted into this title picture, isn’t it? Anyway, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. After feeling he had been lied to on too many occasions the radioactive rascal asked for his release, which was granted. He saw out his time in the WWF just as he spent much of it, beating jobbers on Wrestling Challenge.
It takes a brave man to ask for his release from a WWF contract, but luckily our boy knew a guy who could get him work in a little company down south. That guy’s name was Eric Bischoff…
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