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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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 15th column

Well, I’ve had a very productive and busy week. As I write this, it is 1 a.m. on Thursday and I have to be up at 5 a.m. to head to airport for an intense work schedule. As such, this column will be more like the ramblings of an extreme man. * I signed a licence agreement with a merchandising company that has specifically handled bands until now, but has wanted to branch out into the wrestling genre. I…

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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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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 12th column

NOTE: ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON FEB. 18, 2012 IN THE KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD. All rights reserved.   I recently attended a three-day convention entitled WrestleReunion in L.A. For a wrestling fan, it is a great event featuring three days of wrestling shows, Q&As, photo ops, meet & greets, autograph signings, vendors, a Sunday brunch and anything and everything wrestling. Organizers are bringing the event to Toronto for the first time, from April 13 to 15, and yes, yours truly will be there. The…

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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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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 9th column

NOTE: Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 28, 2012. HEADLINE: From impressing a girl to my brush with the Deadman, my Royal Rumble reflections   This  Sunday, Jan. 29, marks this year’s World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble. As a lifelong wrestling fan, it is one of my favourite events. The Rumble concept was created by WWE Hall of Famer — and Canadian — Pat Patterson. The concept is simple: Two men enter the ring and try to…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 8th column

 Most of the professionals wrestlers I have met during my 20-plus-year career have all shared a common dream. We got hooked on wrestling by a certain wrestler and we wanted to follow in that person’s footsteps. We would all emulate our favourite superstar with our friends growing up. Most of those friends would grow up and pursue other things, but some eir path to making it in the wrestling world. The road each individual takes to achieving that dream…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 7th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Jan. 7, 2012. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: In this business, you take the road more travelled  As a professional wrestler, you spend most of your days travelling to different cities to entertain the fans. When I was with World Wrestling Entertainment, a typical work week would start on Friday, which included flying from your home to wherever the first show was. This flight is usually the first one available that day, in…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 6th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 17, 2011. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: Tommy Dreamer: born in ECW Arena in south Philadelphia Major news hit the wrestling world recently with the announcement that the former ECW Arena in south Philadelphia is closing. Apparently new ownership is coming in and its brass wants to make the arena a venue for larger events, such as concerts and the like. On top of that, they apparently don’t want to host professional wrestling or…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 5th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 10, 2011. All rights reserved.    People often ask me what the hardest part about being a professional wrestler is or who my toughest opponent is or was? The answer is simple: the travel is both the hardest and toughest part of the wrestling business. This past week, my own personal journey saw me working for an independent company called Chaotic Wrestling, based out of the Massachusetts area. I have worked…

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AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED — Tommy Dreamer’s 4th column

Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 3, 2011. All rights reserved.  HEADLINE: What WWE does behind the scenes cannot be overlooked I was inspired to write this week’s column after watching WWE Monday Night Raw, during which John Cena was a guest in Rowdy Roddy Piper’s Piper’s Pit. Cena sported a shirt bearing his latest slogan, Rise Above Hate — an anti-bullying initiative being undertaken by WWE. In the society that we live in today, many media outlets…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tommy Dreamer’s 3rd column

Originally published on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in The Kingston Whig-Standard. All rights reserved. Headline: Bob Backlund: From hero to heel to hero again If you didn’t read last week’s column, to summarize, I was snubbed by my hero Bob Backlund for an autograph, leaving me heartbroken. I got into my dad’s car and held back my tears. I was no longer a Backlund fan. I couldn’t believe my hero would do that to me. I never cheered for…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED (Column #2)

Editor’s note: Following is the second installment of Tommy Dreamer’s columns, which were published for a year in The Kingston Whig-Standard. Chinlock.com is pleased to republish Tommy’s columns, each Monday. This column was originally published on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Copyright The Kingston Whig-Standard, all rights reserved. HEADLINE: My best friend, the homemade sign and a life-changing snub We all have defining moments in our lives. Some call it fate or destiny. Most people don’t even know when it…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Tommy Dreamer’s first column for the Kingston Whig-Standard

Chinlock.com Note: Each week, on Mondays, we will be re-publishing columns written by former WWE, ECW and TNA Superstar Tommy Dreamer, originally penned for and printed by The Kingston Whig-Standard.  You can purchase a copy of every article written by Tommy Dreamer, in eBook form, by following this link: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Living-the-Dream-Vol-1/book-o7FsWX-gBEejSDlQMa9tuw/page1.html —————————————————— Originally Published: 11/12/11 Kingston Whig Standard Whig-Standard editor’s note: Today, the Whig- Standard introduces a column by legendary hardcore wrestler Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer’s illustrious career has seen him…

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