Patrick Clark Jr, also referred to as The Velveteen Dream, has been charming audiences ever since his NXT debut om Might 24th 2017. His flamboyance, vanity, confidence and athleticism have seen him rise to close to the very high of the NXT mountain.

Undoubtedly one of the vital charismatic superstars to ever compete inside WWE, it is worth remembering that issues weren’t at all times really easy for PCJ. Beginning out in Maryland Championship Wrestling, he made his debut in October 2014 after solely four months {of professional} coaching. Clark went on to wrestle full time for MCW, profitable the MCW Tag Workforce Championship with Lio Rush in October 2015. He would go on to wrestle for a few small promotions earlier than touchdown his huge break.

Clark was chosen as a contestant for the sixth season of the WWE reality tv program WWE Powerful Sufficient, which started airing in June 2015. Regardless of being tapped as one of many favorites to win the entore competition, he was eradicated within the fifth episode due to a perceived lack of humility, inserting ninth total within the series. Regardless of this setback, any person within the higher echelon of WWE clearly noticed the potential there.

On October 17, 2015, it was reported that Clark had signed a developmental contractwith WWE. He made his in-ring debut for the corporate at a NXT dwell event in Lakeland, Florida on February fifth 2016, shedding to Riddick Moss. He made his TV debut on the July 20th episode of NXT, shedding to Austin Aries. On the October 19 episode of NXT, Clark confronted and challenged NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura however was attacked and crushed down by Nakamura. Clark returned and had his first televised victory on the March 1, 2017 episode of NXT, defeating Sean Maluta.

After spending time away from tv, he was completely repackaged as a bizarte combination between Prince and Goldust, often called The Velveteen Dream. The Velveteen Dream gimmick began off as a heel, along with his first main feud coming in opposition to Aleister Black. An exceptional rivalry ensued, with the core mechanic being that Dream needed Black to merely say his title. Black refused, main to Dream stalking and harassing the Dutch Destroyer each week till they lastly met at NXT Takeover Warfare Video games. Black might have picked up the win however the true winner right here was Dream, as within the aftermath of their battle, Black would take a microphone to hand and at last give Deeam the popularity he so badly craved.

The Dream would proceed to go from power to power all through 2018, embroiled in improbable feuds with each Johnny Gargano and Kassius Ohno. He would go on to compete within the 6 approach ladder match which might crown the inaugural NXT North American Champion. The match, which additionally included Ricochet, Lars Sullivan, EC3, Killian Dain, and Adam Cole was one in all 2018’s highlights, together with a star flip from The Dream himself. Extra unbelievable feuds adopted, with Dream falling quick in opposition to Ricochet in Chicago earlier than defeating EC3 in Brooklyn.

Subsequent up, Dream would go on to defeat Tyler Bate within the final of the When Worlda Collide event, granting him a chance for the title of his selecting. Dream surprisingly selected to problem NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano and finally went on to seize his first piece of singles gold. A barnstorming 231 day title reign would see him efficiently defend in opposition to Buddy Murphy, Tyler Breeze, Pete Dunne, Matt Riddle and Roderick Robust. Dream to today is the longest serving NA Champion and it is laborious to see anyone else having such a dominant or entertaining run.

Quick ahead to present day and we discover Dream embroiled in one other bitter and private rivalry with Roderick Robust, this time with no championship concerned. Dream has not lengthy returned from four months out with a again damage, and the consequences are clear to see. The rivalry has been considerably underwhelming within the ri g thus far, with nearly all of its highlights going down over social media or in Goals ring gear. The query on numerous peoples lips is… what’s next for The Dream when that is all mentioned and completed?

He has turn out to be one of many largest points of interest in skilled wrestling, and has rapidly morphed from somebody with a developmental contract to one of many high names in NXT in solely three years. However has he outgrown the Black and Gold? With a roster that is swimming in high tier abilities, and present storylines suggesting he is not precisely in NXT Championship competition, is it time for The Dream to take the next step up?

Transferring to the main roster of WWE makes essentially the most sense, particularly with a show like Smackdown desperately needing one thing new and thrilling, however Triple H will definitely be reluctant to let his star pupil go after seeing so a lot of his guys and women wasted following their name up to the ‘huge leagues’. Dream already has a who’s who of admirers, with backing from WWE legends John Cena, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, and even Hulk Hogan all publicly stating that he’s the future of the business and may carry the dub dub ahead.

Vince McMahon will certainly be determined to get his arms on Dream, even when it is purely from a business standpoint. Think about the merch gross sales? Take one have a look at The New Days line of merch – the bright colors, the daring imagery, the neon results – remind you of anyone? Youngsters within the crowd love sporting the toy glasses impressed by Becky Lynch and The Miz, so how a few line of Goals notorious specs? It is a no brainer. The Dream could be a dream come true for Vinces bank steadiness.

So if this had been to come to fruition, what could be one of the simplest ways to e book Dream on the main roster? For me, I might have him finish his business in NXT, earlier than showing on Smackdown the week after Wrestlemania 36. The most blatant route that has already been completed 1,000,000 times could be to have Dream interrupting Elias, however with Smackdowns current reserving of their resident bard the face v face dynamic might not fairly hit home.

My private alternative could be to have Dream interrupt a promo from The Miz. The A Lister is likely one of the finest talkers within the game and has been identified to stoke the flames and incite ardour in a single promo higher than most may unfold out over 10. The promos for this feud alone would make it must-see. My pondering behind The Miz additionally lends to how he’s performing at the moment. He finds himself at a degree in his profession when his in ring work is not the most effective anymore, however is sweet sufficient nonetheless to put over a expertise like Dream and show off his athleticism in opposition to a slower more methodical opponent. 

‘The Expertise’ vs ‘The A Lister’has money written throughout it. On one hand you’ve got bought The Miz indignant at somebody, youthful, flashier and arguably more Holywood than him, coming in to take the ageing stars spot away from. On the opposite hand you’ve got The Dream who has a degree to show, wanting all of the eyes of the world taking a look at him, consuming within the experience as he seems to be to inject some a lot wanted intercourse enchantment and ‘je ne mentioned quoi’ right into a main roster full of vanilla ‘stars’.

Transferring on from this I might have Goals first main roster title alternative, and victory, be for the Intercontinetal title. The prestigious title has been held by a few of WWE’s most outlandish and memorable characters, lending itself completely to The Dream. Rivalries in opposition to the likes of John Morrison, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro and Roman Reigns would all make sure fire MOTY contenders.

In WWE, there may be actually no approach of understanding what’s next. We have seen so many weird reserving selections over time which have led to the colpant shedding expertise earlier than we bought to see what they might actually supply. Velveteen Dream is a as soon as in a lifetime expertise, oozing the form of charisma we have not seen for a really very long time. With the best dealing with, he might be an absolute mega star for a few years to come.

We simply have to hope he would not turn out to be the most recent sufferer of poor administration all for the sake of placing over a much bigger, and older, title. Hey Goldberg.

Dream Over.

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