Exclusive interview: Velveteen Dream reflects on NXT North American Title victory
While the WWE Universe has been abuzz over the arrivals of NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black and Ricochet to Raw and SmackDown LIVE, there’s another Superstar who scored the honor of a headline story, Velveteen Dream. In defeating Gargano Wednesday night on NXT, Dream captured the first golden honor of his career, the North American Championship. Following the win, Velveteen Dream spoke with WWE.com about his title reign, but be forewarned: In some cases, the new champion’s responses created more mystery than the eclectic aura that surrounds him.
WWE.COM: How did it feel to topple Johnny Gargano and become the new North American Champion?
VELVETEEN DREAM: Is this interview about “Johnny Jump-Ship” or is this about NXT’s North American Champion, The Dream?
WWE.COM: Well clearly, we are focusing on your win. Do you think Gargano underestimated you?
DREAM: It would be ludicrous to think The Dream is new to this. This is what I do.
WWE.COM: What does it mean to you to capture gold for the first time in NXT?
DREAM: I earned my championship. I’ve never held it captive. Foo-foo question, Byron.
WWE.COM: Adam Cole, Ricochet, Johnny Gargano and now Velveteen Dream. How will your reign differ from those NXT North American Champions before you?
DREAM: The Dream will do what Cole, Ricochet and Gargano didn’t do. The Dream will retain and entertain.
WWE.COM: How would you say you’ve evolved over the last year?
DREAM: The question isn’t “How has The Dream evolved over the last year?” The question is “How has NXT evolved because of The Dream?”
WWE.COM: Fair point. What makes you so unique?
WWE.COM: Do you have a message for the NXT Universe going forward?
DREAM: Dream on.