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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Heyman needs no introduction

  In the world of professional wrestling, Paul Heyman is a man who needs no introduction. He’s the creative genius who took a little-known wrestling company called Extreme Championship Wrestling and built it into a cult-like promotion that is now a legendary and unrivaled part of wrestling history. When he finished that, he joined the big dog of pro wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, where he showed the mainstream wrestling world who Paul Heyman was, with his cutting-edge, raw promos,…

Read More

DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

I am a Paul Heyman guy.  I was a Paul Heyman guy long before I ever realized that I was a Paul Heyman guy.  When I was 14 years old, I used to sneak down to the basement in our family’s modest home where we had a VCR, and an old RCA box television.  There, I would put in the most recent episode of ECW Hardcore TV that I had acquired from whatever Apter magazine I had borrowed from…

Read More

Heyman a master of his craft

When Paul Heyman speaks, audiences listen. Whether it’s during a one-on-one telephone conversation; when he stands, microphone in hand, inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring; or all those years ago, when he laid out his vision for upstart Extreme Championship Wrestling, Heyman has an ability to command your attention. Where some might use an in-your-face style approach to command attention, Heyman uses meticulous, well-crafted and thoughtful words. So well spoken and delivered are they that more often than not,…

Read More

Rowdy Roddy Piper remembers the late Chris Benoit

Wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper took a moment to discuss late fellow Canadian Chris Benoit this week during promotion for his latest film, Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, which also features The Franchise Shane Douglas, Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and a host of others. During the interview, Piper recalled his final encounter with the late Benoit, who killed his wife and son, and later himself, in June 2007. It was shortly before their deaths, Piper said, when…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews the manbeast Rhino

    In wrestling circles, he’s known simply as Rhino. I’m not sure any man has ever boasted a more appropriate moniker. The man behind the so-called manbeast is Terry Gerin; a six-foot- two, 270-pound mountain of a man, who is built just like a, well, rhino. Rhino’s finishing move, The Gore, resembles a spear, in which he barrels opponents over, his head down, burying his shoulder in their midsection, essentially snapping them in two along the way. Imagine a…

Read More

CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: ECW original Kingpin Angel talks about his career, Paul Heyman, Hardcore RoadTrip and more

“It all started when I was a sharecropper.” To get to know Angel Medina, the man, is to quickly learn that his wit is as sharp as some of the weapons he’s used on opponents during his long and successful pro wrestling career. Medina, better known the world over as the Kingpin Angel, an Extreme Championship Wrestling original, is equal parts fierce and funny, combined with a whole lot of intensity. On this night, Medina, who will headline Hardcore…

Read More

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…

Read More

WWE continues to change the landscape

To call World Wrestling Entertainment’s unveiling of its WWE Network earlier this week a game changer is a gross understatement. In fact, even attempting to wrap one’s mind around what the company has just done is nearly impossible. Personally, my expectations were blown out of the water. First consider just the price. The $9.99 price tag is exactly the range I figured it would come in at. Comparatively, Netflix is around $8 a month, Sirius-XM satellite radio, which boasts…

Read More

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…

Read More