Former WWE star, Patrick Clark Jr., popularly known as the Velveteen Dream, has recently found himself at the center of swirling rumors, specifically around an alleged visit to the WWE Performance Center. Often cited as the hub of activity for WWE stars, any visit to its premises inevitably fuels intense speculation. In this case, promising a potential return of the controversial former NXT North American Champion.
Recently, a certain buzz running rampant on social media lent credibility to these whispers, implying Clark’s reappearance at the WWE facility. However, this turned out to be a false alarm. Fightful, a reliable source for wrestling news, confirmed the reversal of these rumors. In an official statement, they shared that WWE had “emphatically” denied the circulated reports.
Taking it a notch further, Clark himself sets the record straight. Making use of his Instagram story, he directly dispelled the rumors. Underlining his words with robust assertion, he declared, “I AM NOT IN A REHABILITATION FACILITY NOR HAVE I VISITED ORLANDO, FLORIDA – THE WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER OR ANY WWE EVENTS OR FACILITIES.”
Certainly, this leaves no room for ambiguity. Clark has not otherwise been inside the wrestling ring for an extensive period, with his last recorded match tracing back nearly three years. It was, sadly, a loss against Adam Cole during the December 23, 2020 episode of WWE NXT. His relative absence from the WWE scene has not kept him entirely off the news, though. Last year, his name surfaced linked to alleged trespassing and battery charges, ones which were eventually dropped due to insufficient evidence.
His elusive wrestling persona, the Velveteen Dream, once tweeted, “Enjoy infamy…VELVETEEN DREAM.” Despite the mystery of his career’s future, fans still remember his impact.