October 13, 2012
Thank you, everyone, for bringing down the House
By TOMMY DREAMER - For SLAM! Wrestling
If you have been reading this column recently, then you know that last weekend I held my debut wrestling show, House of Hardcore.
I’m thrilled to report it was probably the most fulfilling weekend that I've had during my career in a long time, because the show went better than I expected. I have been wrestling since 1989 and I have never seen a show that held such an amazing appeal to the masses. I received no negative feedback.
I personally did not see much of the show as it was taking place live, and I know I will watch the DVD and get overly critical, but that’s just the perfectionist in me. I can already think of a few things I would have changed, but, when the DVD arrives, I will just sit back and watch it from a fan’s perspective, because at the end of the day, that’s what I still am.
The event felt like a giant wrestling party I organized for myself and the fans. I had so many friends and loved ones in attendance and I am blessed to have that strong nucleus of people whom I can trust and know are there for me. I could fill this entire newspaper with people I want to thank individually, but instead, I thought of three categories and, if you are reading this and you fit into a category, I am addressing you directly.
First, I would like to thank the performers, each of whom exceeded my expectations, as well as the expectations of fans. You performed like it was your own WrestleMania. I chose you not because I like you, or have a personal relationship with you, but because I knew you would give everything you had at the show and make the fans happy. I chose you because of your work ethic. Everyone was very professional and went out of their way for the fans at the meet and greet.
I haven't received so much as one complaint about anything during the autograph session (and when you have Raven at a show and there are no complaints, that’s a damn miracle, haha) I also chose you because you have pride in what you do, self-respect and you care about how you are presented to the masses. Make no mistake, you delivered on the show because you have passion for wrestling. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your hard work was very much appreciated.
Second, I would like to thank everyone behind the scenes (my staff). This show would never have gotten off the ground if it weren’t for all of you. You played such an integral part of the show. I wish the show would have made millions of dollars, because that’s what I wish I could have paid you. You are the unsung heroes. You went to battle for me and did not falter or skip a beat in the face of adversity (and my god was there adversity).
I know it seemed overbearing at times or confusing, but you did it and you pulled it off. You were at the show for one reason: I trust you. You were my eyes, ears and my problem-solvers. You were there for me when I needed you most; I gave you direction and you followed it to the letter or told me why it was better to do it your way.
A Mercedes looks amazing on the outside, but it is the engine that gets it going. You were my engine. House of Hardcore went nowhere without you.
Finally, I would like to thank the fans. We did it. For one night, we showed the wrestling world we want change. Your enthusiasm and crowd support was amazing. When I heard your “This is awesome!” chants, I had a smile from ear to ear.
When I heard the “HOH” chants, I got goosebumps. Thank you for wanting something different and please keep demanding and challenging other wrestling shows to be diverse. I have been cast out by the industry I love for, well, being different and expressing my opinion. I felt going into this show that I had one last real fight left in me and this was going to be it.
I was wrong.
You made me realize that there are others like me out there. Others who don’t want their intelligence insulted; others who want to be entertained; others who are proud to be, like me, a wrestling fan. I hope you feel you got your money’s worth at the show.
You enabled me to still believe and showed me that I have another major fight left in me (House of Hardcore 2 plug right there). Seriously, without you, there is no me.
If (Stone Cold) Steve Austin can coin the phrase “What?” “What?” “What?” and Daniel Bryan has “Yes!” “Yes!” “Yes!” then let Tommy Dreamer’s be “Thank You!” “Thank You!” “Thank You!”
I am eternally grateful. Thanks for restoring my faith.
And thanks for reading.
Tommy Dreamer is a legendary and influential pro wrestler and a father and husband who has worked for World Wrestling Entertainment, Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action. His column appears in the Kingston Whig-Standard and on SLAM! Wrestling. Follow him on Twitter @THETOMMYDREAMER and check out his website at thetommydreamer.com. He can be booked for live appearances through his website. Check out his new, custom-designed T-shirts and merchandise on his website as well.