Tommy Dreamer is hardcore in everything he does. Whether it’s inside the ring or out, he’s honest and passionate about all things wrestling.
So it should come as no surprise that Dreamer is getting hardcore with those who are illegally streaming or downloading his House of Hardcore Internet pay-per-views, which began to broadcast live at his last show in Philadelphia.
Never one to mince words about how much he loves the business and his fans, Dreamer didn’t mince words in a lengthy Facebook post aimed squarely at his fans and those who steal his product rather than pay for it and throw their financial support behind him.
His post, which was accompanied by a picture of Dreamer inside a House of Hardcore ring with his twin daughters, is both heartfelt and matter of fact:
“I have to post something that’s been eating away at me since Houe of Hardcore 7. It was my 1st IPPV. It was my most successful showing of my brand of what I feel professional wrestling is all about. I couldn’t have been happier with how the show came across. Most IPPVS have delays or lost feeds or audio problems. No negative feedback.
A fan told me about an illegal streaming server show MY IPPV. I actually contacted the site they said they are a Third party hosting site it is not illegal in their country China so go after the the Daily Motion YouTube and other sites that are showing it & to go F*CK off. Well that put me on a warpath. I know that some countries have no laws with regards to the internet. So if you live in those countries you have immunity from my rage. Anyway I kept on monitoring how many views of my show & it just got me madder & sadder everyday. So I took action . Hired a firm that goes after these people & here is the info. 1.I can do nothing to the actual people who onw the site. However I was able to get the site shut down. Here is the bigger news those scumbags give up the people that ordered them. Email addresses & other info. They also sell that info. To other spam sites. The revenge news for me was most people would get a virus or expose their computer. Remember no laws so when that happens or they take your info you are F*CKED. The end of the day it was 66thousand illegal downloads if you do the math 66,000 X$15 equals $990,000. That changes my life. That changes the landscape of the wrestling buisness. I have a huge long range plan for wrestlers & wrestling fans. With that money it happens and that was just on 1 torrent site. I understand economicallyat times its hard to come up w/ $15. One time I wanted to watch the Royal Rumble my dad said I ain’t paying I got 4 of my friends they all kicked in $10 and we had a great time. For the people that support me.I love you so much. For the people that watched my show illegally thanks for the interest I’m honored that 66thousand of you did. I give you a pass. I have hired a company to go after these people & sites & know they give you up. This company works for a cut so they are ruthless & send your info to other companies if they want to go after you on other movies or PPV events you may have illegally viewed. When you watch a movie or DVD plays & they have those piracy isn’t a victimless crime advertisements and you think of those BIG companies like WWE UFC SONY Universal DONT CARE. Well I’m a wrestling fan I have always considered us family so here is a picture of victims who suffer for it. THanks for the support I love you guys. Looking forward to a great show on Saturday. Please share this & spread the word.”
As someone who calls Tommy Dreamer a friend, I cannot possibly support him more than I do on this. When I go to his shows, which are fantastic, by the way, I support him by helping out with whatever is needed, and I support him by buying his merchandise. I do so not solely because he’s my friend, I do so because I support the product and the business. I support what he is trying to accomplish.
I find it stunning that the very people who constantly complain about the lack of wrestling alternatives, the lack of competition, blah, blah, blah are fail to see that by stealing the product, they are not supporting it, they are killing it.
I know for a fact that Tommy Dreamer built House of Hardcore to give fans an alternative. His vision of wrestling free of politics is working, judging by the fact that he continues to run shows, wrestlers line up to be included on his shows and that he now offers it via iPPV.
But I also know for a fact that it will be difficult for him to sustain if we, the fans, don’t throw our support behind it. The next time you’re trying to save $15, think about that. Having attended House of Hardcore shows, I can tell you the product is as good, if not better, than anything out there.
Tommy genuinely cares about his fans, about the product and about the business.
Let’s show him the same kind of care and not steal his product.