Velveteen Dream returns to WWE NXT

Velveteen Dream returned to WWE NXT last night as the surprise third entrant in the final three-way qualifying match for the North American Championship ladder match for NXT TakeOver XXX, which will stream live on the WWE on Saturday, August 22.

Dream was unsuccessful in his effort to advance, being rolled out of the ring by Cameron Grimes. Kushida was pinned by Grimes to become the third entrant in the five-way ladder match for the vacant North American Championship.

Post-match, Dream attacked Kushida, slapping him multiple times, and then hitting him with a superkick. Finn Balor then made his way to the ring with the show ending with the the two in a stare down.

Dream and Balor will now square off on next week’s episode of WWE NXT, with the winner earning one of the two remaining spots in the ladder qualifying match. 

This was Dream’s first match back on WWE TV since he was unsuccessful in capturing the  WWE NXT Title from then champion Adam Cole in a Backlot Brawl at NXT TakeOver: In Your House this past June.

Dream’s last WWE television appearance was during the June 17 episode of WWE NXT, in which commentator Mauro Ranallo attributed to him taking time off after unsuccessfully challenging for the NXT Championship.

This past April, there were allegations made against Velveteen Dream (real name Patrick Clark) that he sent a photo of his private parts to a minor, and then asked for a photo in return. There was speculation Clark’s account was hacked, and that person accessed a photo he may have previously shared with another individual. He denied the allegations and stated that he did not have inappropriate communications with anyone before saying that a private photo of him was shared without his consent or knowledge. 

Dream was also was involved in a vehicle accident this past June.  He was discharged from the hospital the same day, with no further details on what caused the accident.