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Bryan Emmett Clark (born March 14, 1964) is a retired American Professional Wrestler from Harrisburg, PA best known for his work in WWE from 1993-1995 as Adam Bomb and in WCW from 1997-2001 either as Wrath during the Mortal Kombat-inspired Blood Runs Cold storyline or under his own name as a member of the Tag Team Kronik with Brian Adams. He started his career in 1990 in the dying days of the AWA as The Nightstalker, and also competed for WCW, SMW and the USWA in Memphis under that name. While competing as the Nightstalker, he made his PPV debut in the "Lethal Lottery" tournament at WCW Starrcade 91 teamed with Rick Steiner in a losing effort against Big Van Vader and Mr. Hughes. While Glacier was based on Sub-Zero and Mortis was a combination of Scorpion and Reptile, Wrath bore similarities to Shao Khan. He also competed for All Japan Pro Wrestling, and finished his career there in 2003. He is a 1x SMW "Beat the Champ" Television Champion as the Nightstalker and a 2x WCW World Tag Team Champion and a 1x All Japan Pro Wrestling World Tag Team Champion as a member of Kronik.

"Atomic Tropes":

  • Aborted Arc: Kronik's WWF run was cut short due to the atrocious quality of the Kronik vs Brothers of Destruction match. They refused the resulting demotion to developmental and were fired for it.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Vince Russo tried turning Kronik into WCW's version of the APA.
  • Bash Brothers: With Brian Adams. If the two were working face they could mow through an entire division. If they were working heel, the combination of the two of them were treated as a threat to everyone they encountered, up to and including Goldberg. Their 'High Times' double team chokeslam often got a pop even if they were working heel at the time.
  • The Big Guy/The Brute: 6'4, and usually around 280 lbs. or so.
  • Cool Helmet: Wore one to the ring as Wrath.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Twice in WCW.
    • The Blood Runs Cold version of Wrath. The angle ended while Bryan Clarke was injured. When he returned it was in his 'no gimmick needed' version of Wrath, no in-character explanation of why Wrath didn't wear his Shredder helmet and leather jacket with spiky epaulets anymore.
    • Kronik had a couple of beatdown segments in WWE, then one tag match against The Undertaker and Kane. The match was so atrociously bad that Kronik was fired
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Lost one to Goldberg that ended the 'Blood Runs Cold' version of Wrath. As Wrath was removing his entrance gear Goldberg speared him and immediately jackhammered. This was partly to give Wrath time off to heal a rotator cuff injury note  as well.
  • Demoted to Extra: In 1995 WWE, and at various points while in WCW.
  • Finishing Move:
    • as Adam Bomb: the Atom Smasher (originally a regular powerbomb, he had to change it to a pumphandle version when Diesel started using it as his finisher), the Neutron Bomb (diving clothesline);
    • as "Blood Runs Cold" Wrath: Death Penalty ("Rock Bottom", although Wrath's use predates it)
    • as 'no gimmick' Wrath and Bryan Clarke: Meltdown (pumphandle powerslam).
    • with Brian Adams: (The) High Times (double chokeslam)
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Suffered a torn ACL in April 1999 and spent a year recovering.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: In WCW in 2000, due to Vince Russo's nonsensical booking style.
  • Hired Guns: Steven Richards brought Kronik into WWE in 2001 to attack The Undertaker and Kane as revenge for how Undertaker had accelerated the demise of Right to Censor.
  • Lightning Bruiser: At his best - he used a step-up enzuigiri in the corner, a diving top rope clothesline and a running somersault splash from the ring apron to the floor.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Despite the name, Wrath never seemed that overwhelmingly angry.
  • Nuclear Mutant: As Adam Bomb. He was billed from Three Mile Island.
  • One-Steve Limit: Barely averted in Kronik, with Bryan Clarke and Brian Adams.
  • Parts Unknown: As the Nightstalker in SMW, "Your Nightmares."
  • Penal Colony: Wrath was billed from Devil's Island, which was part of the notorious French penal colony off of the coast of French Guiana. Why he was supposed to have been there was never explained.
  • Power Stable:
    • Kronik went from the Millionaires' Club to the New Blood in WCW in 2000. See Heel–Face Revolving Door above.
    • Briefly in the Alliance in WWE in 2001.
  • Punny Name: "Adam Bomb", as in "Atom Bomb".
  • Squash Match: Found himself on both ends of this. While he'd win some as Adam Bomb, he fell victim when Earthquake flattened him at WrestleMania X. In late 1998, he had something of a streak going until Kevin Nash stopped it en route to his killing Goldberg's streak at Starrcade.
  • The Stoner: This was the original idea behind Kronik.
  • Tag Team:
    • In 1990 NWA/WCW, the Nightstalker was teamed with the Motor City Madman (Mike Moore, no connection to those other guys) and the Big Cat (Curtis "Mr." Hughes).
    • with Mortis and manager James Vandenberg - this team strangely never received an official team name, although they were sometimes called 'Vandenberg's Oddities.'
    • Kronik, with Brian Adams
  • Wrestling Monster: Attempted with his various gimmicks - Adam Bomb was an irradiated mutant, Wrath was some kind of Mortal Kombat-esque monster. However, in the long run he always seemed to end up being subject to The Worf Effect at the hands of a bigger monster (Earthquake as Adam Bomb, Goldberg and later Kevin Nash as Wrath...). At 6'6" 290 lbs, he was a tad small for a monster.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Kronik

Alternative Title(s): Adam Bomb