Tommy Dreamer donned a suit last week to take some pictures for a friend, who will use the likeness of him all dolled up for a villain character in a comic book.
My body and suits dont get along well, Dreamer jokes over the phone.
The suit, according to Dreamer, is one of the few things in his life today that doesnt fit. Now 41, he spends his days doing, well, whatever pleases him. It could be shooting scenes for the sci-fi flick Sensory Perception, which comes out next year. It could be helping friends do construction work. And he figures hes only had about two weekends since he left WWE that hasnt involved him being inside the squared circle -- continuing the career he started at 18 that earned him the title The Innovator of Violence.
These days, Dreamer seems just plain innovative.
Its pretty funny, I consider myself semi-retired, but I work more than ever, says Dreamer, who will compete at Carle Place High School during the Family Wrestling Entertainment promotions debut Long Island show Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in a four-way elimination FWE Title bout with Brian Kendrick, Carlito and Jay Lethal. I didnt want to find a second career, but sometimes I dont know what to do with myself.
The key, says Dreamer, is that hes been able to create a life that allows him to spend more time with wife Trisa (aka ECW legend Beulah McGillicutty) and twin daughters Kimberly and Brianna, who shared some of their dads fame during his WWE finale match against Long Island's own Zack Ryder on the now-defunct ECW show in 2009. His walk up the ramp with the girls was memorable. But, Dreamer says, sharing memories with them all the time is even better.
I used to want a life where I could go out and live like a rock star, he says. Then you get to the point where youre in hotel room crying looking at their pictures in your wallet.
But passion for the ring still burns in Dreamer, who considers one of his matches against Lethal to be among the top 20 in his career.
His opponents Saturday are significant -- all are considered top talents who never reached the pinnacle of the sport, with politics largely referred to as factoring into the reason.
Politics seem to be at the center of the reason Dreamer is going into promoting himself. His House of Hardcore promotion will debut at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 6.
In the press release announcing the companys formation, Dreamer ironically railed against the politics of the business while also praising figures like Vince McMahon -- who Dreamer considers his top influence other than his father -- and Dixie Carter.
Theres politics in everything, I get it, Dreamer says. But wrestling is unlike baseball, football. In those sports, you can be outspoken against a team, but if you score a touchdown, youre fine. They might trade you, but youll still get the most out of it. Look at Dwight Howard, the guy can back up what he says. In wrestling, thats not the case.
Wrestling is live theater, its a movie, theres casting, Dreamer continues. I like this guy because hes tall, or hes muscular. I like people because theyre talented.
Dreamer says the promotion is basically going to be a wrestling school run out of the building, and that there may only one show depending on how it goes. But hes bringing some big names to the event, including Rhino, The Sandman and Chris Mordetsky (Chris Masters).
I do have an idea, I have a great network of people, people who are working for me for free right now, Dreamer says. My goal with anything is to work really hard and have good people around me and everyone reaps the rewards of the hard work. I want everyone to earn it, thats the greatest satisfaction.
Despite the promotion's name, he wants people to focus less about the blood and guts of ECWs past, and more on its spirit.
"This isnt an ECW revival, this isnt reliving past glory," Dreamer said. This is creating new memories. For right now, it is one show, and I am going to be proud to put my name on it.
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