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TOMMY DREAMER - For SLAM! Wrestling
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 such, this column will be more like the ramblings of an extreme man.
I signed a licence agreement with a merchandising company that has specifically handled bands until now, but has wanted to branch out into the wrestling genre. I am its first spokesperson and I am honoured. It has a sales force that attempts to get its shirts and other merchandise into stores. It's a pretty cool and unique venture for sure. You can check it out through my website -- thetommydreamer.com -- or theirs, www.indiemerch.com.
My wife finally got her children's book published after a nearly three-year process. She has a very unique talent when it comes to writing. I am proud of her and was very taken aback as I watched my daughter read her mom's book to my dogs while playing in the backyard as I beamed while watching through the window. Whig readers can be the first to place an order if they wish by going to getgertrude.com.
I have a movie being released. This week, I saw the trailer for Mancation, which is an adult/guy comedy. I'm not going to lie, I really enjoyed the process and am amazed at how good it looks. Since I also have a few other movie projects in the works, I have been inquiring about agents and representation because it is a new adventure for me. Needless to say, I'm happy people want me in their films.
Mancation will not win an Academy Award, but it isn't intended to. It will, however, make you laugh. I, however, may get a nomination for my perfect representation of a Philadelphia gentleman's club owner who starts the festivities for the bachelor party. I may have been forced to go to a few seedy establishments in Philly back in the day, ha ha. You can watch the trailer at www.Mancationmovie.com.
People are up in arms about the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts parting ways with longtime and legendary quarterback Peyton Manning. As an owner, I can see the reason for cutting a player who is coming off of three neck surgeries. Conversely, as an athlete, I can see wanting a team to stick with you, especially for the years of service and for what you did for the franchise and the city.
I can tell you from experience that there is very little loyalty in sports. It is all business.
I have seen many men and women come back and perform night after night in wrestling after having undergone neck surgery. They have taken a year off and come back and never miss a beat. The Colts were on the hook to pay Manning $28 million -- that's the true reason he was let go. In the "what have you done for me lately?" era of sports, it is a huge gamble. I think Manning sells tickets and garners TV ratings, so we shall see if the Colts gamble pays off or blows up in their collective faces. Sadly, in sports, the almighty dollar is the only key factor both players and management consider.
With spring training in the air and the Major League Baseball season looming, the almighty dollar struck again. This time it comes in the form of an added wild card for the post-season. Does it hurt the game? I don't think so. Again, it will add excitement and revenue, so refer to my previous ramblings for the same answer. It does, however, annoy me that great men and players like Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero and Johnny Damon have not signed with any team. That is because they are being viewed by their age and not by the good stats they had last year. That is a form of prejudice -- ageism -- and it goes on in all sports. I have personally experienced this. No championship team has ever won with just rookies. Proven leadership of veterans, players in their primes and a elite rookies or blossoming stars win championships. Have you noticed that many older stars come back for WWE Inc.'s WrestleMania? One reason is that fans never forget their favourites. The drawing power for these stars is still amazing. Which leads me to;
WrestleMania is just three weeks away and I believe there is legitimate tension between John Cena and The Rock. Personally, I love it. It is great for business and next week, I will weigh in on it in this column. In the meantime, are you with Team Cena or Team Rock?
By the time you read this, I will have:
- Driven an hour to Newark airport;
- Flown two hours to Montreal;
- Flown another three hours to Winnipeg;
- Led a two-hour wrestling seminar during which I critique up-and-coming wrestlers on matches and interview skills;
- Wrestled in the main event of a show following the seminar;
- Boarded a 6 a.m. flight from Winnipeg to Chicago, then Chicago to Newark for a 2 p.m. arrival, not taking into account any customs delays.
- Driven one hour north to a show in New York.
- Wrestled in the first match of that show.
- Driven south, right past the Newark airport to Edison, N.J., and wrestled in a main event there.
All this between writing this and Saturday morning.
On Saturday, I was invited to a convention in Queens, N.Y., during the day and a wrestling show about an hour and a half away in Connecticut, but I am taking the day off to spend with my twin daughters, as they are turning eight. I don't know if being around a bunch of wrestlers and wrestling fans would be as crazy as 10 girls running around my house.
I am then off to Hamilton, Ont. I will fly into Buffalo, N.Y., then someone will drive me to the show. Once it ends, I'll be driven back to Buffalo and fly home Monday morning.
Six shows in a few days are quite a lot for a semi-retired 41 year-old who still tears down the house every night.
Oh, and if anyone brings any copies of my column from the pages of The Kingston Whig-Standard to the Hamilton show, I will autograph them and take photos with you free of charge. I respect loyalty and the almighty dollar isn't my driving force.
Thanks for reading.
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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.