Velveteen Dream returned to NXT television last week for the first time since June.
His appearance as the mystery third entrant in that night’s triple threat match saw him back on television following serious allegations of a sexual nature that had been made against him on social media.
Dream, real name Patrick Clark, returned amidst a mixed reaction from fans. Despite no arrest being made and the accusations made not being substantiated (as far as has been made public), certain sections of the fanbase believed that Clark should be removed from the WWE.
Now, talking to CBS Sports, WWE COO and the leader of the NXT brand, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque has made it abundantly clear that Clark was absent from TV because of a car accident and that investigations into the allegations uncovered nothing to suggest the wrestler’s guilt.
“You know, in this day today, accusations are made and you take them all very seriously. You look into them the best you can, and you find out what is there and what isn’t. In this situation, [Clark] was also involved in a car accident. That’s what took him off TV. In the moment, all this other stuff happens and you look into it and you find that there is a situation that people bring to everyone’s attention, you look into it and find that it is what it is and there’s nothing there.”
Continuing on the theme, Levesque was adamant that Clark is not guilty of the accusations levelled against him.
“Everything that we have done, we are comfortable with him continuing to do what he does and everything else. But he had a car accident. It stemmed down to people thought we removed him from TV for different reasons. We didn’t. He was in a car accident. Once he was medically cleared to be able to return to the ring from his car accident, we continued forward the way we did. We looked into what was there and we didn’t find anything.”
As one of WWE’s top executives, Levesque is making the company position on this crystal clear. As a publicly traded company, the backlash would be severe if they so publicly backed one of their stars in the face of allegations as serious as the one of which he was accused, and they then turned out to be guilty.
For this reason, it must be assumed that the company have complete confidence in their findings and Clark has no case to answer.