Monday, April 18, 2016

WWE Hall Of Fame - Yay Or Nay - Tommy Dreamer



How many ECW fans am I going to tick off with this I wonder?
Hello and Welcome to the Basement and welcome to WWE Hall of Fame... Yay or Nay...

The promotion known as Extreme Championship Wrestling was at one point in the time the most talked about wrestling organization in North America... and this this week's subject... is considering to the Heart and Soul of that promotion during it's original run, I am of course talking about The Innovator of Violence Tommy Dreamer...

Debuting in 1989, and working primarily in the North East region of the United State until catching on with ECW in 1993. Until 2001, he was the mainstay of the company, being one of the few who never left the promotion until the doors closed,  he would later join the WWE where in addition to performing in the ring he would have a number of behind the scenes roles. Currently he is the owner and promoter of House of Hardcore, which has been in operation sine 2012.

The Case For Tommy Dreamer: During his time in ECW, Dreamer would have a memorable multi-year long story-line rivalry with Raven, that involved everything from stealing girlfriends, fat guys in daisy duke shorts, stop signs, betrayal, revenge... and everything else you could think of. His rivalry with the Sandman, which put Dreamer on the map, was also memorable for his 'never say die', 'never quit', 'take it like a man' persona, in particular when he was canned 10+ times following a loss. His time in the WWE saw him become a 'force' in the wailing Hardcore Division and was a cornerstone of the revived ECW brand, while also being a driving force behind the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-views. While his championship resume is thin, he does have a  major accolade include the only person to hold both version of the ECW Championship (under the original company and its revived counterpart). The fact that he has made an impact beyond the ring, working in the front office for the WWE and starting his own promotion shows Dreamer's love for the business, and has willingly put his body on the line to help get guys over.


The Case against Tommy Dreamer: Because of his heavy connection with ECW, it labeled him as  being little more than a garbage wrestler in some circles, while no means a technical master, Dreamer's career post-ECW career can often be considered to be little more than a 'nostalgia trip', and the fact that he has been apart of ECW reunion based shows and story-lines, doesn't really help, in fact it furthers the case of 'not being able to get beyond' one point in his career, giving the 'always looking back vibe' that to various degrees have hampered the careers of other wrestlers.

The Verdict: Dreamer is what he is, he's a corner stone of the original ECW, and that is where his career will be forever linked too. Because of that and the WWE's tendency to try and put in folks into Hall of Fame who fit the 'theme' of certain territories (For Example: The Freebirds being inducted this year in Dallas), Dreamer seems like a perfect fit for the next time the WWE holds a WrestleMania in the North East.


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Next week on WWE Hall of Fame Yay Or Nay... I'll be going over the case of the The Rebel Dick Slater. Till next time everyone!

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