Thomas James Laughlin, excellently known as Tommy Dreamer is an American professional wrestler and promoter who is the owner and promoter of the House of Hardcore promotion, for whom he also wrestles, and works as a wrestler, producer, and member of the creative team for Impact Wrestling. He joined ECW when it was still Eastern Championship Wrestling and before the name change to “Extreme.” Tommy promoted the Raw and ECW brands for the WWE. He is also well recognized for his tenures with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in the 1990s and early 2000s and with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), primarily from 2001 to 2010. Tommy made his TNA in-ring debut on the 29th July (2010-2011) episode of “Impact!”, losing to Abyss in a No Disqualification match whereas he made his debut for Wrestling New Classic (WNC). Moreover, on 25th May 2019, Dreamer participated in All Elite Wrestling (AEW)’s Casino Battle Royale at their inaugural pay-per-view event Double or Nothing.
- Being an American professional wrestler and promoter.
- For his tenures with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in the 1990s and early 2000s and with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), primarily from 2001 to 2010.
What is Tommy Dreamer Nationality?
Tommy Dreamer took birth on 13th February 1971 with the real name of Thomas James Laughlin in Yonkers, New York, U.S. He holds American nationality and he belongs to mixed ethnicity as he is of Irish and Italian descent. Similarly, his religion is Christiana and his race is white. Tommy has celebrated his 50th birthday as of 2021 and as per his birthdate, his zodiac sign is Aquarius. He has not shared any details about his parents and education qualification.
What does Tommy Dreamer do for a living?
- Tommy Dreamer kicks off his wrestling career working in International World Class Championship Wrestling (IWCCW) under the name T.D. Madison where he held the IWCCW Tag Team Championship three times in 1991 with his storyline brother, G.Q.
- He changed his name to Tommy Dreamer while working in the New England-based Century Wrestling Alliance (CWA) in 1992 and became its first Heavyweight Champion by defeating “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas in a tournament final held in Wallingford, Connecticut, on 5th November 1992.
- He also wrestled a dark match at a WWF Superstars taping in White Plains, NY, losing to The Brooklyn Brawler on 17th August 1993.
- In October 1993, he joined Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) at NWA Bloodfest and he became the first person in wrestling history to kick out of the pin that follows the Superfly “Splash” of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka at The Night the Line Was Crossed.
- Though the blind Sandman angle was his first “major” feud in ECW, his later, years-long feud against Raven that started in January 1995 is arguably his most memorable.
- He was also involved in an additional feud with “Prime Time” Brian Lee throughout 1996, during the feud with Raven. The feud culminated in a scaffold match at High Incident in October 1996, where Dreamer sent Lee off the scaffolding through several tables in the ring below.
- Also, he started a feud with the World Wrestling Federation’s Jerry “The King” Lawler after Raven went to World Championship Wrestling and the feud was largely symbolic, with Tommy representing Extreme Championship Wrestling’s “new school” style of wrestling as a concept and Lawler representing the World Wrestling Federation and United States Wrestling Association’s more “old school” way of doing things.
- Tommy had a short feud with The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von) in 1998, during which they “broke” Beulah’s neck. On their last night in the company in August 1999 at the Last Show at the Madhouse, they cited this incident to get Dreamer to accept a challenge for the ECW Tag Team Championship they had won earlier in the night.
- As well, he became World Heavyweight Champion in 2000 by beating Tazz at CyberSlam, only to lose it to Justin Credible just 30 minutes later.
- Tommy stayed with ECW until it folded in 2001, defeating C.W. Anderson in an “I Quit” match at Guilty as Charged the final pay-per-view and teaming with Danny Doring in a win over Julio Dinero and EZ Money in the final independent ECW show.
- Then he spent time in various independent leagues throughout the country, such as Jersey All Pro Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling before he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
- Later on 9th July 2001, he was introduced to WWF audiences episode of “Raw” as a member of the WCW/ECW Alliance during the Invasion angle and when the angle ended in November, he was sent to the WWF’s “farm territory” Heartland Wrestling Association.
- He would make his Royal Rumble debut in 2003, bringing weapons with him and breaking Bill DeMott’s hand during the match.
- He was a major part of the ECW One Night Stand “reunion show” pay-per-view held under the World Wrestling Entertainment banner in 2005. He, along with a number of former ECW stars, took part in promotional hype for the event on episodes of “Raw” and, with The Sandman, he wrestled the Dudley Boyz in the main event and he was placed into an angle that had him and Terry Funk for the 2006 event.
- He took part in the ECW brand’s elimination chase to name a number one contender to the ECW Championship in late 2007 and emerged victorious in the final match against Burke, only to be surprised by ECW’s general manager Armando Estrada forcing him to face Big Daddy V, who promptly beat him for the number one contendership.
- Dreamer was paired with ECW brand enhancement talent Colin Delaney in February (2008-2009) as a sort of mentor after Delaney was consistently and easily defeated on the weekly ECW television show. They challenged The Miz and John Morrison for the WWE Tag Team Championship after they defeated them in a non-title match, but they lost the title match in the Extreme rules match in March. At WrestleMania XXIV
- He qualified for the five-way Singapore cane match at One Night Stand to determine a number one contender for the championship; Big Show would win the match.
- Also, he was named his first challenger following Mark Henry’s ECW Championship win at Night of Champions.
- He was defeated by Henry for the championship after Colin Delaney turned on him and cost him the match at The Great American Bash whereas Dreamer defeated Delaney and again on 12th August 2008 in an Extreme Rules Grudge Match which would be Delaney’s final match in the WWE.
- He then turned his attention to Jack Swagger, who made disparaging remarks about Dreamer and ECW however Swagger defeated Dreamer in an Extreme rules match, ending the feud.
- Tommy announced on the 13th January 2009 episode of ECW, that if he failed to win the ECW Championship by 6th June when his WWE contract was to expire, he would no longer wrestle for ECW. The storyline saw Dreamer start a losing streak that ended when he defeated Paul Burchill on the 24th February episode of “ECW”.
- He was granted a one-day extension on his contract, allowing him one last chance at the ECW Championship, challenging the champion Christian and Jack Swagger in a triple threat match at Extreme Rules, where Dreamer pinned Jack Swagger in a hardcore triple threat match, capturing his second ECW Championship almost a decade after he claimed the title in the original ECW, being the only man to hold the belt in the original ECW and in the ECW brand of WWE.
- Later after successfully defending the title against Christian on the 15th June episode of “Raw”, he successfully defended the title in a Championship Scramble match at The Bash.
- On the 29th December episode of ECW, Tommy wrestled Zack Ryder and lost. If he was to lose the match then he would be (kayfabe) forced to retire from in-ring competition.
- A few days later on 4th January 2010, he was officially released by WWE, ending an eight-year tenure with the company.
- Dreamer made his debut for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, appearing in the crowd and thus distracting Brother Ray and costing him his match against Jesse Neal on 13th June 2010, at Slammiversary VIII.
- He made his TNA in-ring debut on the 29th July episode of “Impact!”, losing to Abyss in a No Disqualification match.
- He then returned on the 24th February episode of “Impact!” after spending some time off the television, becoming entangled in the feud between former tag team partners Bully Ray and Brother Devon.
- He was forced to attack A.J. Styles and to join Immortal in order to save his job in TNA on the 5th May episode of “Impact!”. In the following episode of “Impact Wrestling”, he officially turned heel which is also the first time that Dreamer has wrestled as a heel since being a member of the Alliance during his WWF/E career.
- He confirmed on 6th June that TNA’s house show in Memphis, Tennessee on 11th June would be his final appearance for the promotion.
- On 23rd January 2010, he debuted for Dragon Gate USA, saving Jacobs and Lacey from a beating at the hands of Jon Moxley as well as he made his pay-per-view debut for Dragon Gate USA in Phoenix, Arizona on 27th March, where he lost a hardcore match to Moxley, which was taped for the Mercury Rising pay-per-view.
- He defeated fellow former ECW Champion Shane Douglas to become the promotion’s Universal Heavyweight Champion on 20th February.
- He made his debut for Philadelphia-based Chikara on 25th April, challenging Eddie Kingston to a match at the Anniversary show on 23rd May whereas Kingston won the match via disqualification when Ares and Claudio Castagnoli of the Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (BDK) attacked him.
- He wrestled for Family Wrestling Entertainment on 28th July 2012 in which he defeated Brian Kendrick, Carlito, and champion Jay Lethal in a four-way elimination match to become the new FWE Heavyweight Champion.
- He made his debut for Wrestling New Classic (WNC) on 25th November 2012, the follow-up promotion to Smash, entering the WNC Championship tournament and defeating Yusuke Kodama in his first-round match.
- He tried to capture the FWE Heavyweight Championship in a TLC match against Carlito and Matt Hardy, but he was defeated on 16th February 2013.
- Tommy made his debut in Lucha Underground in Aztec Warfare IV, Episode 1 of Lucha Underground’s fourth season on 13th June 2018 at number 7, and was pinned and eliminated by Pentagon Dark.
- As well, he has opened his own wrestling promotion and wrestling school in 2012, House of Hardcore, which is the name of the former ECW wrestling school. The promotion made its debut on 6th October 2012 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
- He lost the FWE Heavyweight Championship to Carlito in a three-way match in the main event of the first show, which also included Mike Knox whereas he participated in the main event of House of Hardcore 3 on 9th November 2013. Dreamer and Terry Funk defeated Sean Waltman and Lance Storm.
- On 23rd March 2018, in the 38 episodes of House of Hardcore Tommy beat Joey Mercury in one very brutal street fight match; the day after this match, Dreamer was a contender for NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Nick Aldis, but he failed to win the title.
- Furthermore, he returned to TNA in late 2013 and faced Ethan Carter III at two house shows, and on 29th December 2013, at TNA Hardcore Justice 3, Dreamer was defeated by Ethan Carter III in a Tables match.
- He was also defeated by TNA World Heavyweight Champion Lashley in a non-title New York City street fight on the 27th August episode of Impact Wrestling. However, he was reportedly fired due to an argument with fellow producers after canceling the India Tour.
- Again he returned to Impact Wrestling on the 12th April episode of Impact when he helped Eddie Edwards and Moose from an attack from Ohio Versus Everything and challenged them to a House of Hardcore Match at Redemption, in which he lost.
- Dreamer saved Edwards from an attack from Killer Kross and Moose at Bound for Glory which led to a tag team match in which the team was victorious.
- It was revealed on 23rd January 2019 that Dreamer would now be working as a member of the creative team for Impact Wrestling
- He unsuccessfully challenged Moose in an Old School Rules to match for the unsanctioned TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary and joined Major League Wrestling in 2018 as a wrestler and in a backstage role as an agent for matches. His first match for the promotion would be at MLW War Games in September 2018.
- Then he entered a feud with Brian Pillman Jr. over his lack of respect for veterans such as Kevin Sullivan and himself and he beat Pillman in their first encounter, but three weeks later, Pillman would pin Dreamer in a tag team match on the 21st December 2018 episode of “MLW Fusion”.
- On the 11th January 2019, episode of “Fusion” Pillman defeated Dreamer in a Singapore Cane match.
- On 25th May 2019, he participated in All Elite Wrestling (AEW)’s Casino Battle Royale at their inaugural pay-per-view event Double or Nothing but he failed to win as he was eliminated by Jimmy Havoc.
- He worked backstage as a producer during the event at their following PPV All Out.
- Tommy Dreamer has also starred in the “Mel Schwartz, Bounty Hunter” episode of the TV series “Early Edition” as a biker whereas he started his own YouTube series, titled “The Tommy Dreamer TV” in October 2011.
- He is a playable character in various video games including “ECW Anarchy Rulz”, “ECW Hardcore Revolution”, “WWE Raw 2”, “WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008”, “WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009” and “WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010”.
- He appeared on an episode of the TruTV television show “Impractical Jokers”, as one of the show’s main members and portrayed Officer Carpoza in the horror film “Army of the Damned” in 2013.
- Tommy is also a co-host for the Sirius XM program “Busted Open” a wrestling-based radio show.
Awards and Achievements
Border City Wrestling
- BCW Can-Am Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- BCW Can-Am Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Nova
- Most Shocking Moment of the Decade Award (2010)
Busted Knuckle Pro Wrestling
- BKPW Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Markus Ryan
Century Wrestling Alliance
- CWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- CWA Heavyweight Title Tournament (1992)
- CLASH Championship (1 time)
Cutting Edge Wrestling
- CEW North Atlantic Championship (1 time)
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (2 times)
Eastern/Extreme Championship Wrestling
- ECW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- ECW World Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Johnny Gunn (1), Raven (1), and Masato Tanaka (1)
- Hardcore Hall of Fame (2010)
Elite Pro Wrestling Alliance
- EPWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Family Wrestling Entertainment
- FWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- FWE Rumble (2013)
Gimmick Tree Entertainment
Greektown Pro Wrestling
- Greektown Cup Championship (1 time)
Impact Championship Wrestling
- ICW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- International World Class Championship Wrestling
- IWCCW Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with G.Q. Madison
International Wrestling Association
- IWA Hardcore Championship (1 time)
International Wrestling Cartel
- IWC Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
KYDA Pro Wrestling
- KYDA Pro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Anarchy Championship (1 time)
Pro Wrestling Fighters
- PWF North-European Championship (1 time)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 28 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000
- Ranked No. 184 of the top 500 wrestlers in the “PWI Years” in 2003
Pure Wrestling Association
- Carrot Cup (2015) with Rhino
Squared Circle Wrestling
- 2CW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Universal Championship Wrestling
- UCW Universal Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
- ECW Championship (1 time)
- WWF/E Hardcore Championship (17 times)
To whom Tommy Dreamer is Married?
Tommy Dreamer is a married man. He tied a knot with his girlfriend Beulah McGillicutty in 2002 after having a long affair. His wife Beulah McGillicutty is also a former professional wrestling valet who is well known for her appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling. Starting at now, the couple is carrying on with an upbeat life and their bond is going more grounded with the progression of time. Together, they have twin daughters, Kimberly and Briana. Concerning Tommy’s sexual orientation, he is straight.
What is the Net Worth of Tommy Dreamer?
Tommy Dreamer is a versatile guy who has a net worth of $1.5 million as of 2021 whereas his annual salary is $80,000. He has earned a considerable amount of money from his profession as his major source of income is from his wrestling career. He has not done any endorsement work yet. Tommy is living an American dream and he has the access to all the world’s luxury and comfort.
How tall is Tommy Dreamer?
Tommy Dreamer is 1.88 m tall and his body weight is around 265 lb (120 kg). Enriched with the toned bicep and perfect built, the wrestler doesn’t hesitate to go shirtless. He has an athletic body build with 32-26-32 inches of body measurement. In addition, Tommy has good-looking dark brown hair and eyes color.