He’s an ECW original who’s seen a lot go down in his two decades in the business. With a recent WWE run under his belt teaming with the Dudleys against the Wyatt Family, he now is looking forward to his trip to the UK. Total Wrestling had a chat with the “Innovator of Violence” about his upcoming UK tour.
Total Wrestling: You’re heavily involved with the UK Indies as well as the US Indys and you have a show this weekend with Target Wrestling. How do you feel about the current UK Scene?
Tommy Dreamer: I keep tabs on what’s going on with wrestling around the world. I know the popularity is huge in Scotland with packed houses. There seems to be a kinda of, and I don’t want to use this word, but a revolution.
I mean, for a while, the UK had some of the greatest talents in the world with the William Regals and Fit Finlays. Then it kinda died and then I remember going over for an Indy show and hearing different things about the UK scene.
For a while there were a lot of crappy wrestlers, like there are everywhere but the UK always had a small group of great wrestlers, guys that could really wrestle. I remember watching these guys and being like ‘woah, what happened here’. Then all of a sudden there was the swell of talent and amazing wrestlers. I know because when I was working in WWE, they were some of the first guys I hired. This growth of UK talent and the UK scene in general over the past six to eight years is incredible.
Where did the decline in actual wrestling come from?
I think ECW spurred a lot of garbage wrestling. Guys would look at myself and Sandman and think that they could put on a T-Shirt and sweatpants and call themselves a wrestler. There’s a lot more to it. There are some seriously great workers out there in the UK.
What’s it like to work in the UK do you think?
I personally love working in the UK. I don’t get to go over often but when I do I love the fans. The fans are more grateful and thankful. I think it’s because they don’t get it that much and don’t take it too seriously that they can enjoy themselves. I was always received so well there. I love it; their chants and their energy. The fans are truthful; they’ll tell you who they like and who they don’t.
You’re going to be appearing for Target Wrestling, Pride Promotions and Discovery among others, what do you have in mind for these appearances?
I have no idea. I do know that I am tagging with Grado one night. I hope that everyone who I am working with is very good because I love to go out there and have great matches. All I have left to do now is go out there night after night and have great matches and I plan to continue to do that.
I was lucky enough to have Terry Funk there for me when I was a young wrestler starting out, along with Paul Heyman and Mick Foley. I feel like I am fitting that role now for the young guys; every time I work with young guys on the Indies it is a huge honour.
You can read the full interview with Tommy Dreamer in February’s issue of Total Wrestling Magazine, which is released soon, where he discusses his recent run in WWE, booking styles and of course ECW.