Following his recent arrest on drug paraphernalia charges, it has been reported that Velveteen Dream will never return to WWE.
Once considered one of the most exciting young talents in all of professional wrestling, Velveteen Dream’s career was de-railed following allegations of inappropriate conduct with minors during the ‘Speaking Out’ movement in 2020.
Dream (real name Patrick Clark) has always denied any wrong-doing and was not immediately fired by the company once the allegations surfaced. However, stories continued to circulate online and he was eventually released by WWE in May of 2021.
Shockingly, Clark’s name was reportedly brought up backstage in WWE recently, but his arrest has seemingly put an end to any chance he had of a return to the company, as reported by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
“If there was a chance of Patrick Clark returning to WWE, it’s probably decreased greatly now. Clark was the one person that one of the top people in the company told me outright would never be back, but his name surfaced this past week from those in the company.”
Meltzer also went on to give more details on Clark’s recent criminal charges:
“Clark was arrested first on 8/20 on charges of first degree battery and trespassing on property after a warning. He posted $1,200 bond and pleaded not guilty to those charges. The alleged victim requested confidentiality. On 8/26, he was arrested in Orange County (Orlando) from an out of company warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia”
Patrick Clark spent five years in WWE and became one of NXT’s most popular performers under his Velveteen Dream persona, and is a former NXT North American Champion. Dream’s last televised appearance in WWE came in a losing effort against Adam Cole on the December 23rd 2020 edition of NXT.