Ring Name: Patrick Clark, Rick Powers, Slugger Clerk, The Velveteen Dream
Nickname: The Velveteen Dream Experience, The Patrick Clark Experience, The Vainglorious One
Billed Weight: 227 lbs. (103kg)
Place of Birth: Washington DC, United States
Finishing Moves: Purple Rainmaker (As The Velveteen Dream), Famouser (As Patrick Clark)
Signature Moves: Superkick, Spinebuster, Swinging neckbreaker, Cartwheeling Death Valley Driver, Swinging Reverse STO Bend
Interesting Trivia: Patrick Clark Jr portraits LGBT-inspired as well as sexually motivated gimmick.
Win/Loss Ratio: 53(W)/128(L) out of 181 matches
Entrance Themes: "Velveteen" by CFOS (NXT, March 1, 2017- present), "Player Hater" by Carlton Banksy (NXT, October 19, 2016-March 1, 2017).
Humble Beginnings, Patrick Clark Jr’s History
Patrick Clark Jr. started his professional wrestling career at the Maryland Championship Wrestling Training Center in 2014.
Under the name of Rick Powers, he teamed up with Drake Carter, Li Green and Shaun Cannon in the MCW (Maryland) Seasons Beatings in December 2014, losing to Bo Nekoda and Hoss Haggod in the three-way tag encounter.
On the last day of 2014, he participated in the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) under a new name, ‘Slugger Clark’. He fell short of Lennon Duffy in his debut encounter in CZW Dojo Wars 17.
However, he continued his stint with MCW. in October 2015, Clark won MCW Tag Team Championship with Lio Rush.
The youngster made his WWE debut under the name of Patrick Clark in the NXT Lake Land Show in February 2015, losing to Riddick Moss.
He tasted his first victory in the fancied show in March 2016 when he came together with Kenneth Crawford, Rich Swann to defeat Angelo Dawkins, Gabriel Ealy and Uriel Ealy in NXT Citrus Springs Show.
In the NXT Orland Show, Clark and Kenneth Crawford could not win the decisive encounter of NXT Tag Team Titles against Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson in March 2016.
His television debut also ended up in a defeat against Austin Aries in July 2016. Three months later, he challenged then NXT champion Shinsuke Nakamura but was beaten up by Nakamura.
Clark came victorious in his only Wrestlemania appearance came against Dan Matha in the WWE Wrestlemania 33 On-Sale Party encounter in November 2016.
Return to NXT
After one-match in Wrestlemania, Clark lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in November 30th, 2016 episode of NXT TV Taping.
Clark’s famous ring-rivalry with Aleister Black began in a defeat for the youngster in the NXT Orlando Show in January 2017.
Clark’s first appearance under the new name, ‘The Velveteen Dream’, came against Robert Anthony in the NXT TV Taping episode of 20th May, 2017. His prince-character seemed to inspire Clark to defeat Anthony in the encounter.
Although Dream lost all eleven previous encounters against Aleister Black, the youngster got into a brawl with Black and harassed the latter in order to say his name in September 2017. Dream could not snatch a victory against Black in the next seven encounters and faced Black NXT TakeOver: WarGames in the episode of 18th November, 2017. Though Dream lost the bout, it was rated as Dream’s ‘Best Performance’.
Dream’s rivalry with Aleister Black was selected as the Rivalry of the Year at the NXT Year-End Awards in 2017.