Velveteen Dream was one of the biggest falls from grace in the history of WWE due to allegations that sent the hashtag #FireVelveteenDream trending whenever he was on television. He dropped an apology video to kick off this year and now Dream has disclosed why he uploaded the video after three years in the first place.

The storm of allegations resulted in his release from WWE in 2021, concluding a chapter marked by negative headlines. Despite the challenges, Velveteen Dream is considering turning the page and embarking on a new chapter in his wrestling journey and perhaps just life in general.

Velveteen Dream began 2024 by dropping an apology video, where he issued an apology following multiple scandals. Many fans felt he didn’t really directly acknowledge his misdeeds in the video.

While speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Velveteen Dream was asked about the three-year gap before releasing an apology video. He mentioned that everyone has their own process, and it took three years. Dream explained that being in a better place geographically, mentally, emotionally, and physically played a role.


Moving away from Orlando, Florida, and taking time away from pro wrestling allowed him to figure out who Patrick Clark was without wrestling in the back of his mind. This process, he believes, gave him the time needed to address his wrongs and offer an apology to the victims and those he affected personally and professionally.

”The three years, I always say that it takes everyone the time that it takes us, everyone got their own process. My process just happened to be three years. I’m in a much better place in my life now, both geographically, mentally and emotionally and physically to be quite honest.”

And, being away from what I’m used to, the city moving away from Orlando, Florida and just taking time away from pro wrestling to figure out who Patrick Clark is, for the first time in his life without pro wrestling in the back of his head, I think that’s what’s given me the three years that I needed to right my wrongs and you can’t right all the wrongs but it starts somewhere and I thought an apology to the victims and to the people who I affected on a personal, professional level was the way to go.”

Velveteen Dream’s decision to take accountability for his actions is a commendable step forward, but he still has a long way to go before fans and peers alike can truly forgive him for his actions. We’ll have to see if he will ever return to professional wrestling in the end.

What’s your view on what Velveteen Dream had to say? Do you feel he might be a better person now? Let us know in the comments section below!

Transcription by Ringside News

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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