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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TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS and MISSES

TNA Bound for Glory 2014 HITS: Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi: On a show with very little positive, this match truly stood out.  Quite frankly, I had forgotten how good Kaz Hayashi was from his WCW run nearly 14 years ago.  Combined with the lengthy history between Samoa Joe and Low-Ki, and Mike Tenay’s excellent colour commentary (although he was supposed to be the play-by-play guy), this match was the star of the show for me. …

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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,…

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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…

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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 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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One-on-one with Edge

Edge’s career can be defined by any number of things. You need look no further than the Canadian-born legend’s pro wrestling resume: * An 11-time World Wrestling Entertainment World Champion; * One of the most decorated superstars in WWE history, having captured 31 championships in a career that spanned some 15 years; * He was an integral part (along with his best friend Christian) of one of the greatest — if not the greatest — eras of tag-team wrestling in…

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