ECW/WWE/TNA star Tommy Dreamer will headline the card when House of Hardcore 44 wrestling comes to Napanee June 1 at the Lennox and Addington Society arena.
Known as the Innovator Of Violence, Dreamer is coming up on 30 years in the business, having entered the squared circle against some of the biggest names in sports entertainment as well as several stints on the independent circuit.
Among the other well-known names to wrestling fans scheduled appear on the Napanee card is Billy Gunn, Little Guido and Angelina Love.
Dreamer, whose real name is Thomas Laughlin, also serves as the promoter, organizer, travel secretary and a host of other jobs for House of Hardcore 44. He says he’s yet to finalize the matches for Napanee.
“I’ve got a few surprises,” said Dreamer.
It’s a good bet he knows what he’s doing, having spent just about as much time in the ring as he has behind the scenes in all three major brands.
“I’ve been blessed, I’ve had a blessed career,” said Dreamer. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do since I was a little boy. The fact that I’m still doing it at such a competitive level, I’m blessed. I always tell people muscle tears and rips, fat absorbs. So maybe my big butt has helped me through the years.”
It’s been a long and winding road for the man billed from Dreamland, USA, who has wrestled in front of screaming crowds at Madison Square Gardens, taken part in a Wrestlemania and held the ECW Championship belt.
“I’m just going to keep going as long as I can,” said Dreamer. “My mentor is WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk, he had a long career. The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, he was my hero, he had a long career. I’m just trying to copy them and keep up the legacy that they portrayed.”
He noted that at age 47 he still has a few years to go before he can match the tenacity of Rhodes, who was known to do moonsaults into the crowd at the age of 50.
He says events like the one coming up in Napanee are what keeps him competing.
“When I walk through that curtain, in all honesty I’m 25 years old and I have a full set of hair and I’m 20 pounds lighter,” said Dreamer. “The adrenaline when I come through that curtain, the admiration of the fans, there’s nothing like it in the world. I don’t feel pain when I’m out there. When the match is over and I have to morph back into Tom Laughlin and not Tommy Dreamer, that’s when I really do feel it. Other than that, just to go out there and do what you love, to me it’s not really a job.”
Prior to the June 1 event, Dreamer will make a special appearance at Napanee’s Deadleaf Distinguished Gentleman, located at 42 Dundas Street E, for a ‘hardcore haircut’ and meet-and-greet on May 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is by donation with all proceeds going to Garrettfest in memory of Garrett Mills. Space is limited.
Dreamer has stated he will also be dedicating his match to Mills and his family.
Tickets for the wrestling event range from $25 to $65. Deadleaf will be selling $25 general admission tickets while advance tickets will also be available at www.showclix.com/event/house-of-hardcore-napanee. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a meet and greet with the wrestlers with the show scheduled to get underway at 7:30 p.m. The Lennox and Addington Society arena is located at 170 York Street in Napanee.