Velveteen Dream

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Velveteen Dream
"Velveteen Dream" Patrick Clark.jpg
Dream in April 2018
Birth namePatrick Clark Jr.[1]
Born (1995-08-19) August 19, 1995 (age 23)[2]
Washington, D.C., United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Patrick Clark
Rick Powers
Slugger Clark
Velveteen Dream[3]
Billed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Billed weight227 lb (103 kg)[3]
Billed fromCapitol Hill, Washington, D.C.[3]
Trained byMCW Training Center
WWE Performance Center
Calvin Raines[4]
DebutOctober 3, 2014

Patrick Clark Jr. (born August 19, 1995)[2] is an American professional wrestler currently working for WWE, where he performs in their farm system NXT under the ring name Velveteen Dream. He is the current NXT North American Champion in his first reign. He previously worked under the ring names Patrick Clark and Rick Powers.

He was a competitor on the sixth season of WWE Tough Enough in 2015, but did not win. He later earned a developmental contract with WWE. In 2017 Clarke adopted the Prince-inspired ring character Velveteen Dream.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2014–2015)[edit]

Clark trained to become a professional wrestler at the Maryland Championship Wrestling (MCW) Training Center, and made his debut under the ring name Rick Powers for the promotion after four months of training on October 3, 2014.[4] He continued to wrestle for MCW, winning the MCW Tag Team Championship with Lio Rush in October 2015.[5] In addition to working for MCW, Clark made numerous appearances for various American independent promotions during 2015 including World Xtreme Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, Marvelous Puroresu USA, and Lancaster Championship Wrestling.

WWE[edit]

Tough Enough and training (2015–2017)[edit]

Clark was chosen to be a contestant in the sixth season of the WWE competition WWE Tough Enough, which began airing in June 2015.[6] Despite being tapped as one of the favorites to win the competition, he was eliminated in the 5th episode due to a perceived lack of humility, placing 9th overall in the series.[1]

On October 17, 2015, it was reported that Clark had signed a developmental contract with WWE.[7] He made his in-ring debut for the company at a NXT live event in Lakeland, Florida on February 5, 2016, losing to Riddick Moss.[8] He made his television debut on the July 20 episode of NXT, losing to Austin Aries.[9] On the October 19 episode of NXT, Clark confronted and challenged NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura but was attacked and beaten down by Nakamura.[10] Clark returned and had his first televised victory on the March 1, 2017 episode of NXT, defeating Sean Maluta.[11]

NXT (2017–present)[edit]

Dream at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans in April 2018

On the May 24, 2017 episode of NXT, Clark debuted a new Prince-inspired character called "Velveteen Dream" with no mention being made about his past accomplishments under his real name. In September, Dream began a feud with Aleister Black, where he constantly stalked and harassed Black in order for him to acknowledge Dream and say his name. This led to a match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, where Dream lost. After the match, Black sat next to a dazed Velveteen Dream, before ultimately saying his name.[12] On the December 6 episode of NXT, Dream was supposed to face Kassius Ohno in a qualifying match for a number one contender's fatal-four way match for the NXT Championship; however, an injury suffered at NXT TakeOver: WarGames kept Dream out of competition, and he was replaced by Johnny Gargano, who defeated Ohno and later won the fatal-four way to become the number one contender. On the January 10, 2018 episode of NXT, Dream would interrupt Gargano's interview to mock him for taking 20 minutes to defeat Ohno, claiming that he could've beaten him in "30 seconds tops." On the January 24 episode of NXT, Dream challenged Gargano for his title opportunity, but lost the match. Following the match, Dream was confronted backstage by Kassius Ohno, who pushed him into a wall. Triple H confirmed that a match between Dream and Ohno would be signed for NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia,[13] where Dream defeated Ohno.

Dream in June 2018

During the rest of 2018, Dream participated in several TakeOver events. At NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, Dream competed in the ladder match for the inaugural NXT North American Championship, which was won by Adam Cole,[14] at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II was defeated by Ricochet,[15] at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV he defeated EC3[16][17] and at NXT TakeOver: WarGames was defeated by the NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.

On January 27, 2019 at Royal Rumble Axxess, Dream defeated Tyler Bate in the finals of the Worlds Collide tournament to earn a future singles championship match of his choice on the NXT or NXT UK brands.[18] Dream chose to challenge for the NXT North American Championship held by the new champion, Johnny Gargano. WWE decided to tape two endings, one with Gargano retaining the title and the other with Dream winning.[19] When the episode aired on February 20, 2019, Dream officially won the title.[20] At NXT TakeOver: New York, Dream defeated Matt Riddle to retain the championship, handing Riddle his first loss in NXT. He would go on to defend the successfully defend the title against Buddy Murphy at NXT TV. At NXT TakeOver XXV, he once again successfully defended the NXT North American Championship against the returning Tyler Breeze.

Other media[edit]

Velveteen Dream made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K19.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Velveteen Dream Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Velveteen Dream". WWE.
  4. ^ a b "MARYLAND CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TRAINEE PATRICK CLARK IS TOUGH ENOUGH - PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com.
  5. ^ a b "MCW Tag Team Championship history".
  6. ^ "Patrick Clark | Tough Enough". wwetoughenough.com. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "WWE SIGNS ANOTHER TOUGH ENOUGH COMPETITOR - PWInsider.com". pwinsider.com.
  8. ^ "FORMER TOUGH ENOUGH COMPETITOR MAKES WWE NXT DEBUT: 2/5 NXT IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA RESULTS - PWInsider.com". www.pwinsider.com.
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  10. ^ "Patrick Clark learned the hard way not to challenge Nakamura".
  11. ^ "3/1 Moore's NXT TV Review: Authors of Pain vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano for the NXT Tag Team Championship, Asuka vs. Peyton Royce for the NXT Women's Championship, Patrick Clark vs. Sean Maluta". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. 1 March 2017.
  12. ^ "NXT TakeOver War Games Live Results, News & Recap". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  13. ^ Currier, Joseph. "Final Match Set for NXT Takeover Philadelphia which he went on to win!Card". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Benigno, Anthony. "Adam Cole def. EC3, The Velveteen Dream, Lars Sullivan, Killian Dain and Ricochet to become the first-ever NXT North American Champion". WWE.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  15. ^ Pappolla, Ryan. "Ricochet def. Velveteen Dream". WWE.com. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  16. ^ "EC3 def. Kona Reeves". WWE.com. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
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  18. ^ https://www.solowrestling.com/new/78002-spoilers-del-segundo-dia-del-torneo-wwe-worlds-collide
  19. ^ Ryan Satin (January 30, 2019). "(SPOILERS) Title Change Occurs At NXT TV Taping". ProWrestlingSheet. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
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  28. ^ Eddie Arizona (January 27, 2019). "TOURNAMENT WINNER IS....RESULTS FROM ROYAL RUMBLE AXXESS INCLUDING WORLDS COLLIDE FINALS". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved January 27, 2019.