Long way to the top for EC3

At 32 years of age and some 13 years into his career, Michael Hutter is on top of the professional wrestling world. But the road to the top for the man better known as Ethan Carter III has been a long one, one that has shaped the young man into the person he’s become, humbled him beyond his years and tested him every step of the way. In many ways, his still relatively new-found success has been a lifetime…

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Rested Roode ready for double shot of House of Hardcore

He’s one of the most talented and decorated professional wrestlers of this generation, but on this day, it’s not world titles and storylines on his mind. For Bobby Roode, the hot topic of the day emanates out of his home country of Canada, not far from where he grew up in Peterborough. That topic is the Toronto Blue Jays, who were just coming off a tremendously successful season and an electrifying playoff run that saw the club fall two…

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House of Hardcore’s dynamic duo

Imagine, if you will, hearing some of the greatest calls in wrestling history being called by someone other than those who called those shots. For instance, imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin’s first World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight championship victory over Shawn Michaels or Mick Foley’s unforgettable Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker being called by someone other than Jim Ross. Or imagine Vince McMahon’s famous “boyhood dream” Shawn Michaels moment coming from the mouth of someone other than…

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CHINLOCK.COM EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Dreamer, Fight Network strike TV deal

House of Hardcore is coming to Fight Network in May. In a partnership announced today by Tommy Dreamer and Fight Network, fans will now be able to watch Dreamer’s wrestling company on TV for the first time. House of Hardcore was founded in 2012 by Dreamer, who wanted to put the emphasis back on wrestling and repay his loyal fans who supported him throughout his career. In less than three years, Dreamer’s company has hosted eight shows and this…

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CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: House of Hardcore coming to Canada in July

House of Hardcore is coming to Canada. The U.S.-based wrestling company, founded in 2012 by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer, will make its Canadian debut on July 18 in Toronto. Dreamer has long made it no secret that his objective with his wrestling company is to listen to the fans. Fittingly, it was the fans who pointed Dreamer toward Canada, Dreamer said in an exclusive interview. “I did a poll on Twitter in which I asked fans where they…

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Dreamer gets hardcore with those who steal his product

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…

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Roode returns to House of Hardcore

For generations, Canada has produced its fair share of legendary professional wrestlers. In the early days it was the likes of Whipper Billy Watson and Killer Kowalski. Later it would be greats like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dino Bravo and Jacques Rougeau. More recently, the likes of Edge (Adam Copeland), Bret (The Hitman) Hart, Chris Jericho, Lance Storm and Trish Stratus have gained living legends status. Today is no different, as Canada continues to turn out fantastic wrestlers, none more…

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House of Hardcore here to stay

PHILADELPHIA — On a night that promised to be nothing if not nostalgic, Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore delivered that and much more before a packed house at the former ECW Arena, where Dreamer and many others laid the foundation for one of the most improbable success stories in professional wrestling history. And while Dreamer delivered plenty of nostalgia, painting a beautiful picture of the glory days, he also masterfully dug in his heels and served notice that House…

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Beulah prepares to write final chapter

Trisa Laughlin, the longtime star of Extreme Championship Wrestling, wife of Tommy Dreamer, published author and mom, actually got her first taste of professional wrestling north of the border in Canada. “I have a sister who’s three years older than I am, and we would take trips,” Trisa said recalling her teenage years. “We would just take state maps — we would pick what state we wanted to go to — and we just closed our eyes and we’d…

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Dreamer’s vision continues to grow

Tommy Dreamer built a career around being hardcore. A legendary one career at that. So it’s both fitting and not surprising that he’s building a second career as a promoter and owner around the aptly named House of Hardcore, his wrestling company that later this month will mark its seventh show since Dreamer kicked it off with his own blood, sweat tears, and money, on Oct. 6, 2012, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Even Dreamer himself admits he never imagined his…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 18th column

I am sure you are all feeling a little over-saturated with the professional wrestling media blitz that has taken over this week ahead of WrestleMania 28. That said, I promise to make as few wrestling plugs as I can in this week’s column. So without mentioning that WrestleMania is Sunday, live on pay-per-view, I should be able to have a regular conversation with my readers about … umm … before it gets weird … umm … social awkwardness ……

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Trisa Laughlin, a.k.a. Beulah McGillicutty, talks about penning her children’s book, Gertrude the Great

   Albert Einstein once said: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Armed with that philosophy — and a whole lot of determination — Trisa Laughlin set out to put to paper a little bit of her life. The result is her recently published children’s book, Gertrude The Great, aptly titled too, if you ask this writer/dad. Simply…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 17th column

  NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 24, 2012. All rights reserved. When I arrived home last Sunday, after two days of wrestling, I really just wanted to relax and spend a nice day with my family. Instead, I received a text message that changed the rest of my day. It read “Hey Jimmy is at my house. He would love to see you.” The text came from a man who lives close to me, Jon…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 16th column

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on March 17, 2012. All rights reserved. The Super Bowl of wrestling is just two weeks away. On April 1, WrestleMania 28 will be held in Miami in front of a sold-out crowd. As a young Dreamer, I was at the inaugural WrestleMania and I have attended many since. This WrestleMania, in particular, really has a big-game feel to it. Some ‘Manias have fallen short of the hype, but then again, haven’t…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 14th column — an idiot’s guide to becoming a pro wrestler

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Saturday, March 3, 2012. All rights reserved.    I often get asked similar questions by fans. The two most prevalent questions are: what was my favourite match, which I can’t answer because I have so many; and how do I become a professional wrestler? This question is easy for me to answer, but I propose some guidelines for the response. 1. Realistic goals: The first thing I usually say is continue your…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 13th column

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Feb. 25, 2012. All rights reserved. As a professional wrestler, I have literally travelled the world. I have wrestled on six continents, in 52 countries, every Canadian province, 49 U.S. States (Alaska being the only one in which I have not competed) and I currently have two passports, though I have had a total of 10 — all with extended pages. I have established friendships along the way in Canada, the U.K. and…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s first interview with Tommy Dreamer

NOTE: Originally published in the Kingston Whig-Standard on July 2, 2011. All rights reserved. Tommy Dreamer’s last trip through Kingston was forgettable, to say the least. The legendary hardcore wrestler who has dominated his craft for the likes of Extreme Championship Wrestling, WWE Inc. and Total Non-Stop Action, last came through these parts following a WWE pay-per-view in Montreal. Following the pay-per-view, WWE Inc. talent were required to travel to Toronto for a live Monday Night Raw. “We had to drive…

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House of Hardcore 3 Results and Review

Okay, so let me first start off by saying I really should have reviewed this show earlier.  The day after it was made available, I purchased it, and it has sat on my hard drive, waiting for me to get to it ever since.  Life, as it tends to do, got in the way.  Chinlock.com, thanks to all of you, has really taken off (especially over the past 3 months), and making sure the site runs smoothly has taken…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 11th column

 I recently had the opportunity to be in Indianapolis the weekend of the Super Bowl. I was booked to wrestle the day before the game at a venue about 10 minutes from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. I visited the Super Bowl village, an NFL-themed expo of several events, which was quite the spectacle. The events leading up to the Super Bowl were quite adventurous for me, to say the least. In the end, though, I had an eye-opening…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 10th column

I was one of the last people to hop on board the social media train, but I am glad I did. I admit, I had my reservations, even when the Internet was developed. I had several people claim to be me, posing as me and speaking to fans in chat rooms. One of these people was even arrested for trying to lure an underage girl to a hotel room. Luckily for me, I was told this by a friend…

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