Patrick Clark Jr. (born August 19, 1995) is an American professional wrestler. He is currently working for the professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand under the ring name (The) Velveteen Dream. He is the current NXT North American Champion.
Velveteen Dream in April 2018.
|Birth name||Patrick Clark Jr.|
|Born||August 19, 1995|
Washington, D.C., United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Patrick Clark|
(The) Velveteen Dream
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Billed weight||227 lb (103 kg)|
|Billed from||Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.|
|Trained by||Patrick Brink (MCW)|
WWE Performance Center
|Debut||October 3, 2014|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Early career (2014–2015)Edit
Clark trained as a professional wrestler at the Maryland Championship Wrestling training center under Patrick Brink. He made his debut for the promotion after four months of training on October 3, 2014 under the ring name "Rick Powers". Clark went on to wrestle for MCW, winning the MCW Tag Team Championship with Lio Rush in October 2015. He briefly used the ring name "Slugger Clark" before settling on "Patrick Clark" in February 2016. In addition to working for MCW, Clark appeared with various American independent promotions throughout 2015 including Combat Zone Wrestling and World Xtreme Wrestling.
Tough Enough and training (2015–2017)Edit
Clark was selected as a contestant for the sixth season of the WWE reality television program WWE Tough Enough, which began airing in June 2015. Despite being tapped as one of the favorites to win the competition, he was eliminated in the fifth episode due to a perceived lack of humility, placing ninth overall in the series.
On October 17, 2015, it was reported that Clark had signed a developmental contract with WWE. 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. He made his television debut on the July 20 episode of NXT, losing to Austin Aries. On the October 19 episode of NXT, Clark confronted and challenged NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura but was attacked and beaten down by Nakamura. Clark returned and had his first televised victory on the March 1, 2017 episode of NXT, defeating Sean Maluta.
On the May 24, 2017 episode of NXT, Clark debuted a new Prince-inspired character called "Velveteen Dream". 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. 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 interrupted 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, where Dream defeated Ohno.
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) at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II was defeated by Ricochet, at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV he defeated EC3 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. 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. When the episode aired on February 20, 2019, Dream officially won the title. At NXT TakeOver: New York, Dream defeated Matt Riddle to retain the championship, handing Riddle his first loss in NXT. He went on to successfully defend the title against challengers including Buddy Murphy, Tyler Breeze, Roderick Strong, and Pete Dunne.
Professional wrestling personaEdit
In 2017, Clark adopted the persona of "Velveteen Dream", a character inspired by the musician Prince. The Velveteen Dream character was described by WWE as "a mysterious yet intoxicating presence [...] sporting a frilled, jeweled look that would have fit right in onstage during Prince's Purple Rain Tour". As Velveteen Dream, Clark's finishing move is the "Purple Rainmaker", a diving elbow drop named after a Prince album/single.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Maryland Championship Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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