Patrick Brink: Overcoming Death and Tragedy To Follow His Dreams!

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2009

Hello everyone. As always, I would like to thank all of you fro spending some time with me today.

The man I would like to talk about today is probably someone no one is familiar with. It is a man who has dealt with tragedy and suffering. He is also a man who has refused to give up on his dreams even after the bad hand that life has dealt him.

The man I am referring to is Patrick Brink, also known as Koleb O’Neal.

Unlike other Indy workers who have fought all their lives to make it to the WWE. Brink has been there before and knows what it is like.

Like fans he was exposed to it at a young age, 4 to be exact.  Brink wouldn’t be bit by the wrestling bug until he was ten or 11 after going to a few live shows. After that he knew he had found his passion in life.

"It appealed to me for the larger-than-life circus that it was," he said. "The first couple of times I went to a live show when I was 10 or 11... I thought, ‘I would love to have 50,000 people cheer for me.”

He started wrestling after high school in 1998. After he graduated he would sign up and learn to wrestle at the Bone breakers pro wrestling school training center. He would spend three years in training before he wrestled his first match.

He would spend the next several years with MCW (Maryland Championship Wrestling) and other various feds on the Indy scene. Also like many others in that same spot he would also be forced to work many side jobs along the way.

During his time in the Indies he has gone on to achieve some success. He has been a tag champ and TV champ for MCW. He also would win MCW’s wrestler of the year.

Life has a funny way of working things out for people though.

In 2007 he would have to return home because his stepfather was dying of cancer. He chose to stay home with his mother and be there for her during this trying period.

He would catch a break though in 2008 and would get his chance to try out for the WWE. Brink would go on to impress them so much he would be offered a contract shortly after. He was sent to the FCW in order to try to get him ready.

During his time there we worked with many trainers like Billy Kidman, Norman Smiley and Dusty Rhodes. He describes his time in the FCW like a family environment.

“It’s basically, “You guys are a family, but you are in competition with each other.” You’re there to get on TV and become a star, period. And it’s up to you to take advantage of the program, take advantage of your trainers, and take advantage of the video library. “

“You’re in the absolute best program ever. This program wasn’t around back in the day. You have every tool there to become a star in this business, and it’s up to you to utilize it. The ones who want it will make it.”

He would be introduced the wrestling world as “Koleb O’Neal”, a mean 255 pound monster. During his time there he would also spend lots of time working on his promos and mat skills. Brink worked with guys like Tyler Reks and Sheamus.

Jut when things started to look up for brink fate would strike him once again with its cruel hand.  Before having to report back to FCW he would have to deal with the death of his sister. On April 15th 2008 she would pass away after a massive head injury.

"I had a tough time with my sister's death," Brink said. "I was like a walking zombie. I worked just enough to get by.”

Upon his return he showed up 60 pound overweight. Brink would have to work extra hard to get the weight off. Brink would impress the brass so much that would even get a raise.

Like many times before though fate would step in once again and strike Brink in the heart.

His grandmother and three of his close friends would pass away all in the same year. While trying to deal with all of this and still train he would make a fatal mistake. Brink would show up 30 minutes late for his physical therapy appointment after being stuck in construction traffic.

He was forced to miss his appointment because of the tardiness and that would be the straw that broke the camels back. The WWE released him a short time later, still, he doesn’t blame anyone but himself for the incident.

“The bottom line is you have the appointment and you have to make sure that you’re there on time. It was the third thing they had with me, so they let me go to learn a lesson and to make an example. They couldn’t keep letting me get away with stuff.”

Still determined to make it to the WWE Patrick Brinks continues on. He is back with MCW and the fans welcomed him home with open arms.  Now he faces a new enemy in his attempts to get back to the bigs and that is time. He isn’t giving up though and that is half the fight right there.

“I hope that I’m able to prove to everyone that I’ve earned a chance to get another opportunity, whether it be with WWE, or TNA, or Ring of Honor or wherever. I hope that I get another opportunity and that I can set the record straight and show the world that I belong in this business and that I have what it takes to become a somebody in this business.”

He is no longer a young pup, Brinks is now 28 years old, and as most grapplers will tell you: wrestling is made for the young. It doesn’t seem likely that he will make it back to the WWE at his age. You never know though, stranger things have happened.

I wish this man nothing but the best of luck. He has worked hard and overcome a lot of issues in order to fulfill his dreams.

I would like to thank all of you for spending some time with me today.

As always, have a great day and God bless.

(Info and quotes from WIKI, Baltimore sun and