As Triple H’s responsibilities expand in his new role as Chief Content Officer for WWE, a recent development has stirred the wrestling community into a heated debate. Reports have surfaced suggesting a possible return of former NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream, to the Stamford-based promotion. However, this revelation hasn’t been met with unanimous enthusiasm.
The story indicates that Velveteen Dream has been actively engaged in therapy and was reportedly spotted at the Performance Center in recent months. While this news might be considered a positive turn for his career, it has elicited strong reactions due to past allegations and controversies that led to his release from the company.
The wrestling community expressed its collective opinion on social media, highlighting the stark divisions among fans. Here are some of the reactions:
Daniel McLellan @SMBfan2011: “Considering Vince came back to the WWE after all of the allegations against him, you think the Dream will just stay away? Lol. Doubt it. Though if he does come back, he’s gonna be torn apart by the crowd, Gable Stevenson’s style.”
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James Carlson @JamesADR13: “They re-signed Nia Jax despite her injuring others and not even closely doing anything to be a safer worker in the ring, and Triple H was pretty much 100% behind Velveteen Dream even when those DMs were leaked. Bottom line, I wouldn’t be surprised.”
Toji Senpai @tojisantover: “Triple H don’t hire criminals. I got the charges disappeared but he was fired for something, and I don’t want the company to enable such problematic stars.”
AshesOfDawn @Guga MC 2007: “He needs to stay away from WWE. Nobody wants that criminal back. I really liked him, but he did bad things, so yeah, not gonna happen. But we never know WWE employed Lars Sullivan twice.”
A Resounding Rejection: The majority of fans seem to oppose Velveteen Dream’s potential return to WWE. While some have questioned the possibility of redemption, drawing comparisons to WWE Superstars like Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle who were granted second chances, the sentiment remains largely unfavorable. Notably, Fightful has clarified that the previous report of Dream being at the Performance Center was not accurate.
Velveteen Dream’s WWE Journey: Patrick Clark Jr., known as Velveteen Dream, spent several years in WWE. Starting as a contestant on Tough Enough, he transitioned to the NXT brand under Triple H’s creative direction, adopting the persona of Velveteen Dream.
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His breakthrough moment on NXT came during a compelling feud with Aleister Black, culminating in an outstanding match at WWE NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2017. In 2019, Dream clinched the North American Championship from Johnny Gargano, becoming the longest-reigning champion in the brand’s history, a record eventually surpassed in 2022.
His journey included rivalries with The Undisputed Era, Adam Cole, and even hints of a tag team partnership with Dexter Lumis. Unfortunately, his time in WWE ended in 2021 when he was released from the company, ultimately leaving the industry.
Velveteen Dream’s potential return to WWE remains a topic of intense debate among fans, highlighting the complex intersection of redemption, past actions, and the wrestling world’s evolving landscape.