Tommy Dreamer

Sep 9, 2009 - by Jamie Cruickshank

photo credit: Lee South

Real name: Tom Laughlin
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 245 lbs.
Date of birth: February 13, 1971
From: Yonkers, NY
Pro debut: October 29, 1989
Trained by: Johnny Rodz
Finishing move: Spicolli Driver

Biography

– On November 5, 1992 in Wallingford, CT, Dreamer defeated Tony Atlas in a tournament final to win the CWA (Century Wrestling Alliance) title.
– Dreamer debuted in ECW in 1993 against the Tasmanic (Tazz) in one of the first matches for Eastern Championship Wrestling.
– On November 13, 1993, Dreamer and Johnny Gunn defeated Tony Stetson and Johnny Hot Body for the ECW World Tag Team title.
– In 1994, after losing a match against the Sandman, Dreamer took ten Singapore Cane shots, and actually asked for more. Later in their feud, Tommy “blinded” the Sandman.
– After calling a truce with the Sandman, Dreamer starting feuding with Raven.
– Raven brought in a friend from both Tommy and Raven’s Childhood. This “friend” was none other then the beautiful Beulah McGillicutty.
– Dreamer became the “Innovator of Violence” by using frying pans, chairs, road signs, and other weapons he could get his hands on.
– In 1996, Beulah had announced she was pregnant! Raven, believing it was Stevie Richards’s baby, attacked him. When Beluah announced it was Dreamer’s baby, Raven attacked her.
– With Beulah feuding with Francine, Shane Douglas’s valet, it was only a matter of time before Dreamer and Douglas started to squabble.
– In 1996, Raven brought in another woman, this time it was Kimona Wanalaya. She helped out Raven but then in June, the “Franchise” Shane Douglas announced to the world that Kimona was cheating on Raven, but not with Dreamer, rather with Beulah.
– In 1997, Dreamer and Beulah teamed up against Douglas and Francine in a series of matches.
– Dreamer started feuding with the Triple Threat, mainly “Prime Time” Brian Lee (formerly Chainz of the DOA in the WWF).
– At CyberSlam ‘97, Tommy offered his spot to wrestle Raven for the ECW title at ECW’s first pay-per-view, Barely Legal, to his mentor, Terry Funk. Dreamer helped Funk win the title by DDTing Raven!
– Tommy finally defeated Raven in a match dubbed as their “Final Match,” even though Louie Spicolli tried to prevent Dreamer from winning. After the match, the lights went out, and “Mr. Monday Night” Rob Van Dam appeared and nailed Dreamer with the Van Daminator. The lights went out again, and this time Sabu appeared to continue the annihilation of Tommy. The lights went out for a third time, and this time Jerry “The King” Lawler showed up to attack Dreamer.
– Dreamer faced Lawler at ECW’s second pay-per-view, and won despite attacks by Jake Roberts and Sunny.
– At November to Remember ’97, Van Dam defeated Dreamer with the assistance of Richards, Lafon and Furnas.
– Dreamer became the leader of Team Extreme, himself, the Sandman, Al Snow, and Taz against Team Titan, Furnas, Lafon, Van Dam and Sabu.
– At Hostile City Showdown ’98, as they we doing a ten bell salute to Tommy’s late grandfather, Justin Credible came out and interrupted it and said “Tommy, you know, I wish it was you that died instead of Grandpa Joe.”
– Dreamer got his revenge at Living Dangerously ’98 pay-per-view by defeating Credible following a DDT. Tommy overcame many barriers, including Nicole Bass, Jason and Mikey Whipwreck who were all at ringside.
– At Wrestlepalooza, Dreamer and the Sandman teamed up to defeat the Dudley’s when Sandman and hit a double DDT on the Dudleys for the pin.
– The Sandman, Dreamer and Spike Dudley battled Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley and Big Dick Dudley in August at Heatwave 98. The finish of the match saw a DDT on Buh Buh Ray Dudley onto the ladder from Dreamer and the 1-2-3.
– Most thought Dreamer’s mystery partner at the 1998 November to Remember PPV would turn out to be Terry Funk, but he choice Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The duo defeated Jack Victory and Justin Credible.
– At Living Dangerously ’99, Dreamer and Shane Douglas defeated Credible and Lance Storm.
– The unlikely duo of Dreamer and Raven captured the ECW World Tag Team title from the Dudley Boys on August 26, 1999.
– At Anarchy Rulz ’99, Raven and Dreamer defeated Rhino and Steve Corino.
– On April 22, 2000, Dreamer defeated Tazz for the ECW title. Moments later, Credible relieved Dreamer of the strap.
– Dreamer gave Francine a Spicolli Driver at Hardcore Heaven ’00 in Milwaukee, WI.
– On June 13, 2001, Dreamer and Nova defeated Johnny Swinger and Fantasy to capture the BCW (Border City Wrestling) Tag Team title in Windsor, Ontario.
– Dreamer made his WWF debut on the July 9, 2001 edition of “Raw.”
– In September 2001, Dreamer, Mike Awesome, Scotty 2 Hotty, and Credible were sent to Puerto Rico to tour briefly with the IWA.
– On the July 29, 2002 edition of “Raw,” Dreamer defeated Johnny the Bull in Greensboro, NC to capture the WWE Hardcore title.
– On October 12, 2002, Dreamer married Theresa Hayes (Beulah McGillicutty).
– In 2006, Dreamer became apart of the rebirth of ECW under WWE control.
– At Wrestlemania 23, the ECW originals (RVD, Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman) defeated the New Breed (Kevin Thorn, Matt Striker, Elijah Burke, and Marcus Cor Von).
– At One Night Stand ’07, Dreamer, Sandman, and CM Punk defeated Cor Von, Burke and Striker in a “tables” match.
– Dreamer defeated Christian and Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Hardcore match for the ECW Championship at the 2009 Extreme Rules in New Orleans, LA.
– At The Bash, Dreamer retained the ECW title by defeating Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, Christian and Finlay in a “scramble” match.
– Dreamer departed WWE in December 2009.
– In the summer of 2010, Dreamer started competing for TNA
– At Bound For Glory ’10, EV2.0 (Dreamer, Sabu, Raven, Rhino & Stevie Richards) defeated Fortune (AJ Styles, James Storm, Robert Roode, Matt Morgan & Kazarian) in a Lethal Lockdown Match
– At Victory Road ’11, Dreamer defeated Bully Ray in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
– At Sacrifice ’11, Dreamer defeated AJ Styles in a “No-DQ” match.
– In June 2011, Dreamer finished up with TNA
– On June 21, 2012, Dreamer announced that he was forming his own promotion, ‘House of Hardcore’, which would debut by the end of the year
– On July 28, 2012, Dreamer defeated Brian Kendrick, Jay Lethal & Carlito Colon in an Elimination Match to win the FWE Heavyweight Title
– On September 29, Dreamer defeated Dan Maff in a TLC Match to win the ICW Heavyweight Title
– On October 5, Dreamer defeated Rhino to retain the FWE Heavyweight Title
– The next night, Dreamer’s House of Hardcore promotion ran its debut show
– On December 17, 2012, Dreamer made a one-night only return to Raw (in Philadelphia, of course) teaming with Alberto Del Rio & The Miz to defeat 3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre)
– On December 21, Dreamer defeated Danny Demanto to retain the ICW Heavyweight Title
– On February 23, 2013, Dreamer & Markus Ryan defeated Eddie Osbourne & Jeff Black to win the BKPW Tag Team Titles, but lost them almost immediately to Joey Allen & Rhys Greenaway
– On May 31, Dreamer defeated Danny Demanto to retain the ICW Heavyweight Title
– At House of Hardcore 2, Dreamer defeated Lance Storm
– At House of Hardcore 3, Dreamer & Terry Funk defeated Lance Storm & Sean Waltman
– In December 2013, Dreamer returned for a short run in TNA. He would pop up occasionally through to the following October
– On February 22, 2014, Dreamer defeated Helmo Ukonselka & Masterpiece Marsellus to win the PWF North European Title
– At House of Hardcore IV, Dreamer & Devon defeated Abyss & Rhino in a Hardcore Match
– On January 24, 2015, Dreamer defeated RJ City to win the IWC World Title
– Dreamer made another brief TNA return in February 2015
– On April 11, Dreamer defeated Rhino in an Extreme Rules Match to retain the IWC World Title
– On May 9, Dreamer defeated Dalton Castle, RJ City & Justin LaBar in an Elimination Match to retain the IWC World Title
– On May 17, Dreamer defeated Nick Ando to win the 2CW Heavyweight Title
– On August 15, Dreamer & Rhino defeated The Stampede Sity Samurais (Johnny Devine & Ruffy Silverstein) and The Modern Day Warriors (Derek Platinum & Jimmy King) to win the PWA Carrot Cup Tournament
– At House of Hardcore X, Dreamer & Tajiri defeated Eric Young & Ethan Carter III
– In November 2015, Dreamer returned to WWE for a two-month run
– At House of Hardcore XIV, Dreamer & Mickie James defeated Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb in an Extreme Rules Match
– At House of Hardcore XVI, Dreamer & James defeated Parks & Cherry Bomb in a Deathmatch
– At House of Hardcore XX, Dreamer, Swoggle & Candice LeRae defeated Braxton Sutter, Jessicka Havok & Allie
– At House of Hardcore XXI, Dreamer & Mickie James defeated Aiden O’Shea & Angelina Love
– At House of Hardcore XXIII, Dreamer & The Sandman defeated The Spirit Squad (Mikey & Kenny)
– At House of Hardcore XXIV, Dreamer & Bully Ray defeated The Spirit Squad in a Street Fight
– On April 28, 2017, Dreamer briefly held the DDT Iron Man Heavymetal Title
– At House of Hardcore 31, Dreamer & MVP defeated The Spirit Squad
– In October 2017, Dreamer announced that House of Hardcore was partnering with Twitch and would begin airing a weekly show by the end of the year
– Dreamer was voted into the GERWECK.NET Hall of Fame on December 31, 2017

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