It has been reported that WWE’s release of the Velveteen Dream stemmed from an incident separate from allegations made against the former NXT Superstar in 2020.
Writing in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that his release was due to an incident which was reported to upper management by one of the ‘top stars’ in the company.
“We were told the firing didn’t have to do with those charges or anything that had been made public, but for a different incident that one of the top stars in the company alerted management to.”
Velveteen Dream was released by WWE on May 20th.
Over the course of the last 12 months, the now former WWE Superstar had been the subject of allegations surrounding the ‘Speaking Out’ movement.
His last televised appearance came on the December 23rd 2020 edition of NXT, losing a singles match to Adam Cole.
The news came after NXT referee Drake Wuertz was among eight names released by WWE on May 19th.
Following his WWE exit, Dream (real name Patrick Clark) released a lengthy statement on social media claiming that the allegations had “derailed” his professional momentum, directly resulting in his release, before explaining his interactions with both of his accusers. Clark went on to say how a private photo of his being used to label him as a predator was “the part that hurt” the most.