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Velveteen Dream released by WWE

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Velveteen Dream has been released by WWE, confirmed by our Dave Meltzer.

Dream (Patrick Clark Jr.) was part of several NXT releases over the past two days. He hadn't competed in a match since December 2020, losing to Adam Cole on an episode of NXT. He had been used sparingly through the last four months of the year, wrestling just five times.

As of now, there is no news as to what caused his release.

Part of the sixth season of Tough Enough, the 25-year-old was signed by WWE in the fall of 2015 and competed under his real name for nearly two years. He debuted the Velveteen Dream character in the spring of 2017 and it quickly became a fan favorite.

He won the North American title from Johnny Gargano in early-2019 and held the title through September of that year, losing it to Roderick Strong after 231 days a champion.

As part of the Speaking Out movement last April that shone a light on sexual abuse and misconduct in the pro wrestling industry, he was accused of sending pictures to underage boys. More allegations arose in June, but he denied all allegations, saying, "A private photo of mine was shared without my consent or knowledge and I am working with a third party to look into this matter." He was also involved in a car accident around the same time in June that took him off TV.

Last August, Paul Levesque was asked about the allegations and said WWE looked into them and "there was nothing there," again saying the reason he was taken off TV was due to the car accident.

Eight on-air talents were cut Wednesday including Alexander Wolfe and controversial referee Drake Wuertz.