Triple H says that Velveteen Dream is still finding his way and that the immaturity that he's presented in his personal life sometimes negatively impacts his professional life.
Velveteen Dream, at one point, was the future of NXT. 2020 has changed that trajectory greatly. This year would see Velveteen Dream face several accusations of sexual misconduct with minors. The first accusation even surfaced prior to the #SpeakingOut movement that impacted all of the wrestling world this summer.
Shortly after the second set of accusations was made public through the movement, Dream, whose real name is Patrick Clark, was involved in a car accident and taken off of NXT television right after facing Adam Cole for the NXT title at TakeOver: In Your House in a Backlot Brawl.
Dream would resurface in August and Triple H would say on multiple occasions that the company looked into the accusations and found it appropriate to continue moving forward with Velveteen on NXT.
Today, in a Q&A session prior to NXT TakeOver 31, Triple H spoke about the personal immaturity of Velveteen Dream when discussing his upcoming match against Kushida on tonight’s event.
“Coming off of what was a bit of a rough year for Velveteen Dream. [He's] reorganizing himself, you know? Dream is one of those young guys that still hasn't quite found his way yet of who he wants to be. I think sometimes that weighs on him. His immaturity in his life presents itself in his professional life and makes it difficult for him sometimes.”
Triple H would say that if Dream thought he was going to derail Kushida’s “rub,” he's got another thing coming, saying that Kushida is a talent that knows he belongs in a bigger spot on the brand.
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