Ex-WWE Star Returns To The Ring For First Match In Three Years

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A former WWE star was back in the ring at an independent wrestling show for the first time in over three years.

There was a point when Velveteen Dream was considered by many to be WWE’s fastest rising star who was on his way to huge success on the main roster and perhaps a WrestleMania main eventer. However, it never happened because his run in the company was cut short by his own doing.

In May 2021, WWE released Dream (real name Patrick Clark) from his contract due to allegations against him from a year earlier. It was in April 2020 when Dream was accused of sending indecent images to a minor. There were more allegations later that year. Clark denied any wrongdoing while WWE at first said they investigated the matter as well.

There were more issues for Dream in the years that followed including a drug paraphernalia arrest. In September 2022, former WWE wrestler EC3 claimed that Velveteen Dream left his phone in the bathroom in an attempt to film explicit videos of his colleagues without their consent while they worked for WWE. While making this known publicly, EC3 also claimed that WWE was aware of the alleged offense.

In early 2024, Dream apologized for his past actions with specific apologies to WWE’s Triple H & Shawn Michaels as well as members of his family. The last time Dream wrestled for WWE was in December 2020.

For the first time in three years, Patrick Clark wrestled at a Dynasty event in Albany, New York on Saturday night. Clark interrupted the opening match and issued a challenge for the main event.

In the main event of the show. Clark defeated “American Muscle” Alec Odin in a match that ended when Clark hit a top rope elbow drop.

What Did Velveteen Dream Accomplish In WWE?

Fans of WWE might remember Dream as Patrick Clark on Tough Enough, who didn’t win the men’s contract on the show, but he was so impressive that the company signed him when he was 19 years old.

During his WWE career, Dream held the NXT North American Title while also impressing a lot of people with the charisma that he showed.

One man that Clark reached out to for advice is two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, who has advised Clark on how to get back into the pro wrestling business.