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Tommy Dreamer On House Of Hardcore, Giving Advice, Terry Funk

Tommy Dreamer recently went on the Wrestling News Source Podcast for an interview.

These days, Dreamer is running his own little wrestling show called House Of Hardcore. His passion for the business, of course, stems from his roots which will always be firmly planted where he made his name all those years ago, ECW. So it’s no surprise that “The Innovator Of Violence” decided he wanted to break away from the tamer PG product of WWE and go back to the hair of the dog that bit him.

But there were other factors that drove him to start his own promotion, which Dreamer elucidated.

“I always wanted to do it,” He said, “I guess it was a natural progression for myself and doing all that behind the scenes and the original ECW. And then in WWE after I was wrestling there I went in the office for a little bit and I was the guy who hired a lot of men and women and I ran the developmental system which is now NXT and that’s kind of where it all came from.”

He reflected further on the point, “I love wrestling, have since I was 9 years old and they caught me on a weekend where it was just so full of politics and all the stuff that goes on in wrestling. So, I was like you know what? I’m gonna try it. And it worked out and hence my slogan is ‘No Politics, No BS. Just Wrestling’. And I just said I would do one,¬†and if¬†it was successful… And now we’re up at House Of Hardcore 16 in Pasadena. So, it’s been going good for me.”

Dreamer is a journeyman of the game and has seen the guts of most of the major promotions over the years. He went on to clarify the differences backstage between ECW and WWE.

“ECW we were all kind of garnered towards the company and we were all willing to do whatever it took to take us to the next level,” He said, “We were living and dying by each and every show. The biggest difference is we had creative freedom and that was huge for a lot of us. Especially me.”

And switching gears, “In WWE, it’s pretty much a grind. It’s everybody going out there for their own personal gains and glory. There’s always another show. WWE is a huge, huge machine and it was kind of just getting into that groove of wake up, get on a plane, drive, wrestle and you turn around and you’re ten years doing it,” Dreamer said.

“It was a little bit different when I was there. Almost 300 days a year I was wrestling. So, a big difference between that and being a weekend warrior pretty much growing ECW. But the paychecks were fabulous. So, you kind of do that and you sacrifice a lot for that so it kind of balances out.”

Having been around as long as he has, and having a decent mind for the business, Dreamer has become a veteran whom young talent will consult for advice. But just like everything, there will always be new stuff to learn.

“I still ask for advice,” He said and began¬†to recall¬†some cases in point, “Independent show: I came back and “Mouth Of The South” Jimmy Hart was there and I asked him (for advice). About a month ago, I had to call my mentor. Went and called The Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo. Called Terry Funk and asked for some piece of¬†advice and he’s still amazing. He’s actually headed to Japan next week to go wrestle at 70 (years old) and I’m using him at my own shows in September at the ECW Arena.”

He continued, “I never will stop learning. But for me, I guess it started turning at an early age because I was doing it in ECW. Giving guys critiques. It’s funny,” Dreamer said, “I remember speaking with Chris Jericho and he told me the first time he came into ECW I pulled him aside. We’re the same age and he was just getting into ECW and I told him something and he’s like ‘That was the first thing you really ever said to me and it still held true so thank you.'”

As Dreamer said, he has¬†worked in a¬†multi-faceted capacity with the WWE, not only as an in-ring performer but as a hand¬†in running the show. While his relationship with the WWE remains in good standing, Dreamer isn’t looking to return. Not just yet anyways.

Dreamer clarified his intentions, “I don’t want to ever be in competition with WWE. I just want to show an alternative product. So, if that happens then cool. I look at House Of Hardcore and half of the people I used or gave breaks to are now in WWE or NXT. So, I love being that for them,” He said, “Rhyno’s worked for me at almost all my shows and for him to go back to WWE; I’m still going to use him. I got him in September and finish him up in October and then he’s full blown with WWE. And you never know… But for me I can’t give up on my own company and I can’t give up on my own dreams.”

And as with many of the greats in the world of professional wrestling, the show will be forever who they are. It would actually be crazier to walk away and retire than it is to keep standing in the fire.

“I don’t think I could ever walk away from wrestling,” He said. Then he humored the idea of what he might do if he did.

“I don’t know… Write movies? Or be a crazy actor on television like Terry Funk in “Road House,” Dreamer concluded, “Something like that.”

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