Velveteen Dream started his career in the WWE Universe as Patrick Clark on Tough Enough and when he was eliminated from the show it brought fans to wonder what was really going on. He showed the passion for the business and even put fellow competitors in their places for not being in it for the right reason.
Dream fought hard and got to NXT, changing his character in the process. Velveteen Dream carried himself well and impressed fans and critics with his matches against Ricochet and Aleister Black and he found himself in an NXT Title match against Tommaso Ciampa at NXT TakeOver: WarGames.
We previously reported how Velveteen Dream came to the ring dressed as Hollywood Hulk Hogan, but there was way more to the story once the bell rang.
Dream and Ciampa fought hard and there was one near fall after another. In one spot near the end of the match, Tommaso Ciampa got in Mauro Ranallo’s face and took a swing at the Bi-Polar Rock n Roller as well. That is a great way to draw heat by attacking one of the most favorite members of WWE’s announce team. Dream came back with a Death Valley Driver on the exposed concrete floor only to have Ciampa kick out when they returned to the ring and Dream nailed a signature elbow drop off the top rope.
In the end, Ciampa hit a suspended DDT on the metal grating between the two rings set up for the WarGames match. Tommaso Ciampa won the match and retained his title. But it was a grueling contest that cause the Staples Center to nearly erupt on several occasions.