troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Wrestling: Tommy Dreamer

Tommy Dreamer, while being caned by the Sandman, ECW 1994

"The Innovator of Violence strikes again!"
Joey Styles, various times from 1996-2001

"They call Paul Heyman the brains of ECW, they call me the voice of ECW. Tommy Dreamer was always the heart, the soul, the guts of ECW."
Joey Styles, ECW One Night Stand 2005

Thomas Laughlin (b. 1971 in Yonkers, NY) is an American Professional Wrestler best known for his time in the original ECW as Tommy Dreamer. He debuted in 1989 and wrestled in New England independents as T.D. Madison before coming to ECW in Fall 1993. Over his time in ECW, he would go from a loathed suspenders-wearing pretty boy (in the eyes of the audience) to "The Innovator of Violence" and one of the promotion's top stars. He would hold the NWA ECW/ECW World Tag Team Titles three times, 1x w/Johnny Gunn (Tom "Salvatore Sincere" Brandi), 1x w/former hated enemy Raven and 1x w/Masato Tanaka, and would defeat WWE's Tazz for the ECW World Heavyweight Title...only to lose it immediately afterwards to Justin Credible. He has also competed for WWE, All Japan Pro Wrestling, TNA, CZW, CHIKARA and many independent promotions.

Despite his real name, he has no connection to the auteur of the 1970s Billy Jack movies.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

"The Innovator of Tropes":

  • Arch-Enemy: RAVEN, most of all. This was the feud that practically fueled ECW for some 2 years, and would be revisited in 1999-2000 and later in WWE and other promotions.
  • Badass
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: The Sandman, Mikey Whipwreck, Terry Funk, New Jack, Luna Vachon, Beulah McGillicutty, Jerry Lynn
  • Big Eater: Sort of joked about on the internet due to a paunch in his later WWE career developing, was pretty much confirmed by Dreamer's own twitter page, as he's been known to mix sugary cereals.
  • Blood Knight
  • Breakup Breakout: From the Madison Brothers in ICW/IWCCW.
  • Brooklyn Rage: Well, Yonkers is not part of New York City, but the rage is there.
    • He once modified the plate of the WWE Hardcore Title belt to resemble a New York State license plate.
  • Canon Discontinuity: He actually scored a couple of non-televised pins on Raven very early on in the feud. Of course, ECW couldn't have acknowledged them, since if they had there wouldn't have been a feud.
  • Determinator: He worked through much of 2000 with a bad back and has fought through other injuries as well.
    • When asked at school what their father did for a living his daughters responded "Daddy falls down a lot, but Daddy always gets back up." which Dreamer shared with the mutants after his final WWECW match as he felt they had become enough of his family hear it.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At The Night the Line Was Crossed, became the first wrestler to ever kick out of Jimmy Snuka's Superfly Splash. He lost the match, but this was one of Dreamer's first big moments in his slow rise to acceptance.
  • Expy: Initially presented as a protégé of Terry Funk.
    • At CHIKARA Aniversario Elf, May 23, 2010, Eddie Kingston defeated Dreamer by DQ when evil BDK referee Derek Sabato disqualified Dreamer for grabbing his shirt. Then BDK members and the CHIKARA Campeones de Parejas (Tag Team Champions) Claudio Castagnoli and Ares ran in to save Sabato from Dreamer piledriving him. This led to Dreamer and Kingston fighting together against the BDK. Afterwards, Dreamer acknowledged how Kingston used to come see him wrestle, and Kingston said that Dreamer was his inspiration to get out of Yonkers and become a wrestler. This led to Dreamer and Kingston teaming up, unsuccessfully, against Castagnoli and Ares at Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Show on July 25th.
  • Finishing Move: DDT, Death Valley Driver, Dreamer Driver, Tommyhawk
  • Funny Background Event: Thought he was being ignored by Christian and Jack Swagger on a mid-'09 episode of ECW, so he proceeded to dance.
  • Garbage Wrestler: Didn't start out this way, but grew into it and was what helped to get him over. As luck would have it, he was really good at it. He earned his Red Baron "The Innovator of Violence" from his ability to make seemingly ANYTHING into a weapon, often leading to the first Joey Styles line at the top of the page. This ranged from piledriving Raven on a cream pie to using a cheese grater on Brian Lee's groin (prompting Joey to say, "I'm not calling that.")
  • Gimmick Matches: He defeated Brian Lee at ECW High Incident, October 26, 1996, in a scaffold match with the ring filled with tables.note 
  • Groin Attack: A regular feature of his matches. He's been on both sides of it.
    • He actually pinned Stevie Richards after a low blow at ECW Double Tables 95, February 4, 1995.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Tommy Dreamer's WWE matches usually ended with him getting pinned after being hit with his own kendo stick.
  • How Much More Can He Take
  • Insult Backfire: Once responded to hecklers with, "I don't mind being called a pussy because I am what I eat!"
  • Last of His Kind: The last ECW original in WWECW as of 2008, which was why it was so important for him to win the Platinum Phoenix.
  • Leitmotif: Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box"
  • The Mentor: In-Universe, to WWECW's Mikey Whipwreck knockoff Colin Delaney.
  • No Sell: A kendo stick shot from Rock Star Spud in TNA only got Dreamer's attention.
  • Parts Unknown: Pre-ECW, he was billed from "Dreamland, USA"
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WWE): The Alliance and the ECW Originals
    • (in TNA): Immortal and EV 2.0
  • Red Baron: "The Innovator of Violence"
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Did some booking work for ECW.
  • Shout-Out: The quote at the top of the page was a reference to the film Animal House.
  • Start My Own: House Of Hardcore, a sister promotion to Family Wrestling Entertainment. An influx of mutants to see Tommy Dreamer's promotion has since turned HOH events into what you could call FWE's "adult" shows.
  • Stout Strength: While not obese, he wasn't built like a bodybuilder, but, on the December 10 (taped December 5), 1998 ECW Hardcore TV, he was able to slam The One Man Gang on his first try!
  • Tag Team: The Madison Brothers, in the ICW/IWCCW promotion in New England.
  • Unrelated Brothers: With G.Q. Madison
  • With My Hands Tied: Gave a DDT To Raven while handcuffed at TNA's Hardcore Justice
  • Would Hit a Girl: As Beulah and Francine both found out.
  • Wrestling Family: He's married to the former Beulah McGillicutty.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: He's been on both sides of this.
    • At ECW November to Remember 93, November 13, 1993, the NWA ECW Tag Team Champions the Suicide Blondes (Johnny Hot Body and Chris Michaels) had just successfully defended their titles against the Bad Breed (Axl and Ian Rotten). Dreamer and Johnny Gunn ran in and Squashed the Blondes to win the belts in around 9 seconds.
    • Yank the Dog's Chain: At ECW WrestlePalooza 97, he FINALLY scored an officially recognized pinnote  on Raven to send him off to WCW...only for the lights to go out and when they came back on JERRY LAWLER was there with Sabu, Rob Van Dam, and manager Bill Alfonso to attack him and fight off the ECW roster. In fact, this was a central part of the whole Dreamer-Raven feud, as Dreamer kept getting closer and closer to beating Raven only to have someone from the Nest get in his way.
    • Defeated Tazz for the ECW World Heavyweight Title on April 22, 2000, nine days after the WWE-contracted Tazz had made history by defeating the WCW-contracted Mike Awesome for it. After giving an emotional speech, Justin Credible came out and challenged Dreamer for the belt, and won it after Francine turned heel on him.
Shane DouglasTurnOfTheMillennium/Professional WrestlingEdge
Shane DouglasProfessional WrestlingSpike Dudley
Shane DouglasThe Nineties'Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
24089
43