Tag Archives: Extreme Championship Wrestling

House of Hardcore here to stay

House of Hardcore here to stay PHILADELPHIA -- On a night that promised to be nothing if not nostalgic, Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore delivered that and much more before a packed house at the former ECW Arena, where Dreamer and many others laid the foundation for one of the most improbable success stories in professional wrestling history. And...

Beulah prepares to write final chapter

Beulah prepares to write final chapter [caption id="attachment_2600" align="alignleft" width="680"] Photo by Damon Catavero - www.DamonCat.com[/caption] Trisa Laughlin, the longtime star of Extreme Championship Wrestling, wife of Tommy Dreamer, published author and mom, actually got her first taste of professional wrestling north of the border in Canada. “I...

Dreamer’s vision continues to grow

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...

Heyman needs no introduction

Heyman needs no introduction   [caption id="attachment_2273" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Photo Credit: WWE.com[/caption] 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...

DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman

DVD REVIEW: Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n7WCOmAZmg[/youtube] 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,...

Heyman a master of his craft

Heyman a master of his craft When Paul Heyman speaks, audiences listen. Whether it’s during a one-on-one telephone conversation; when he stands, microphone in hand, inside a World Wrestling Entertainment ring; or all those years ago, when he laid out his vision for upstart Extreme Championship Wrestling, Heyman has an ability to command your attention. Where...

Rowdy Roddy Piper remembers the late Chris Benoit

Rowdy Roddy Piper remembers the late Chris Benoit Wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper took a moment to discuss late fellow Canadian Chris Benoit this week during promotion for his latest film, Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, which also features The Franchise Shane Douglas, Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and a host of others. During the interview, Piper recalled...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 15th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 15th column [caption id="attachment_486" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Tommy Dreamer about to ring Carlito's bell - Photo Credit: www.thewhig.com[/caption] 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...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 13th column

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...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan’s first interview with Tommy Dreamer

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,...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 12th column

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,...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Jan interviews the manbeast Rhino

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...

CHINLOCK EXCLUSIVE: ECW original Kingpin Angel talks about his career, Paul Heyman, Hardcore RoadTrip and more

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...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 11th column

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...

WWE continues to change the landscape

WWE continues to change the landscape [caption id="attachment_1322" align="aligncenter" width="756"] WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.[/caption] To call World Wrestling Entertainment's unveiling of its WWE Network earlier this week a game changer is a gross understatement. In fact, even attempting to wrap one's mind around what the company has just...

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer’s 6th column

AN EXTREME ORIGINAL REPUBLISHED: Tommy Dreamer's 6th column Originally published in The Kingston Whig-Standard on Dec. 17, 2011. All rights reserved. HEADLINE: Tommy Dreamer: born in ECW Arena in south Philadelphia Major news hit the wrestling world recently with the announcement that the former ECW Arena in south Philadelphia is closing. Apparently new ownership is...