6 Ups And 3 Downs From NXT TakeOver: Chicago

2. Dream Needs Signature Win

NXT TakeOver Chicago 2 Ricochet Velveteen Dream

More will be written about how extraordinary Velveteen Dream is, but we need to address an issue here.

Dream fell to Ricochet in an electric match that had fans on their feet at TakeOver: Chicago. And while Ricochet is the bigger star and overall better wrestler, you have to scratch your head about Dream. This is the third TakeOver (out of four) where he’s wrestled and lost: to Aleister Black at WarGames, in the North American Championship ladder match in New Orleans, and Saturday.

At some point, Velveteen needs a signature victory to put under his belt. He earned Black’s respect (Aleister finally said his name), and the ladder match was Ricochet’s debut and he lost as well. Dream has earned rave reviews and the fans love him, but he hasn’t gotten that big victory to really bump him into the next level.

Yes, there is some upward mobility in losing the way he has to Black and Ricochet, but sooner or later, Dream needs that big win to really ramp up.


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