[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]
So, in choosing someone, we went to NXT and found Patrick Clark. Clark was originally a contestant on Tough Enough in 2015 and was surprisingly eliminated despite being pegged as a favorite. He had wrestling talent so the WWE gave him an opportunity and he’s struggled to gain ground. He’s moved from few gimmicks already and in May, debuted the character The Velveteen Dream. It’s extremely unlikely this character will take off and help Clark’s career. It’s a mix of Prince meets Goldust. 2017 is not going to be Patrick Clark’s year.
Wrestlers ask their friends in the industry for jobs all the time , and sometimes, they don’t even have to ask. According to John Tenta, the man wrestling fans remember as Earthquake in WWE and Avalanche or The Shark in WCW, Hogan lobbied for Quake to join WCW despite the fact he was still signed with WWE. Because Hogan was able to get Tenta a better offer than he had with Vince, Earthquake became Avalanche, and his once dormant feud with Hulk Hogan was back in full force in a brand new locale. Earthquake was just one of a handful of wrestlers make the jump down South with Hogan, along with names including Tugboat and Brutus Beefcake. Although the initial feud between Hogan and Earthquake was a big success for WWE and headline SummerSlam 1990, the feud between Hogan and the Dungeon of Doom, which Avalanche was a member, was far closer to wrestle crap than anything fans would want to remember. It didn’t stop the two from being friends, though, and Hogan would keep Tenta employed despite him getting less and less screen until he jumped back to WWE in 1998.