TOMMY DREAMER BACKSTAGE POLITICS
Name
Tommy Dreamer
Real Name
Thomas Laughlin
Date of Birth
February 13, 1971
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1989
Lacey Von Erich
"If you never want to have a family or a wife or time to yourself, and you like being verbally and mentally abused, then you should [get into wrestling]. I say go for it. [That abuse comes more from] the locker room. Definitely the locker room. TNA is very different than WWE. WWE was very political. I wasn't in there yet. They were like, 'You're a Von Erich. You better be amazing at wrestling,' and things like that. And I wasn't. I'm more of an actress than I am a wrestler. I'd rather play a character than get hurt on the mat. That's what I'm better at. I'm better at acting. That's what I wanted to do. Vince called me. He's the one that got me into this. He's the one asked me, 'Do you want to be a wrestler? Try to be a Diva?' He brought me out and and I signed the contract that night and went into training. I wasn't expecting it to come as much. It really blew up and they expected so much of me, but then TNA called and they really embraced me as like a family member." - Lacey Von Erich talking about backstage politics in WWE
April 22, 2014
JBL
"There is a lot of truth to that, absolutely. There were guys that came there from other organizations that perhaps they thought they should just skip everybody else and skip right to the top and have things right away the way they wanted. I mean, hey, there are rules and things that you have to abide by as far as this business goes. and you have to respect those. But, when you don't respect those, then hey, we have got a problem. So, yes, we had a lot of guys who came in with that attitude, and John and I would have to be called upon to let them know 'hey, that is not how it works here'." - Ron Simmons on how he and JBL handled backstage politics in WWE
April 1, 2014
Kofi Kingston
"People always say, 'Oh, there haven't been many black champions,' but on the other hand, there are a whole lot of white people that never won a belt either. These days, I think it's less of a racial thing. I honestly believe that if you are able to entertain and interact with the crowd, it doesn't matter what ethnicity you may be. WWE will reward you." - Kofi Kingston discusses racism and backstage politics
March 26, 2014
Davey Richards
"We're not talking. We're not on good terms. I have no respect for them whatsoever. I strongly dislike management there like with the exception of Jeff Jones who is a great guy. But the booker (Hunter Johnson) is completely inadequate at his job and he got his job more for being spineless than being talented. And the owner (Joe Koff) is even worse, he could care less about wrestling. He just wants to do television. To me, it's just not something I agree with but I'm not there anymore and they do their own thing. And for the talent and the fans I wish them nothing but the best of luck. That company is in business not because of stellar booking and stellar management. They're in business still because they'they're spineless. The talent there is phenomenal. They're top notch and great. But the management from the booker to the owner it's definitely shut up and do what you're told and drink the Kool-aid. I made a joke when I was there I called it Jim Jones wrestling. Just shut up and drink the Kool-aid and do your job. In private, people are going this sucks this sucks this sucks and I'm the one who came out and said this is terrible. I worked for that company and gave them everything I had for seven years. I think I earned my right to an opinion. Once that got out, it was like you're going against the stream? You're not here to have an opinion, just shut up and do your job and get your paycheck. I'm sure you can find someone else to do that for a lot less money than what you're paying me so I'm just going to go about my way. Best decision I ever made and I have no desire to go back, ever." - Davey Richards talks about the backstage politics in ROH
March 8, 2014
John Cena
"He's a workhorse. He does incredible things for the company and he busts his butt. Outside the ring, I can't stand the guy. He's not a nice guy, he holds talent down. He steals ideas. He's a prick." - Tyler Reks discusses backstage politics with John Cena when he was in WWE
February 26, 2014
Kamala
"Vince McMahon has certain people that he will pay. If you get along with Vince, do him sexual favors, you'll get along good with him. But if you just (do your job and) mind your own business, then he doesn't like you for some reason. There was a lot of men with men in those days and even men with boys. I know a lot of guys that (failed drug tests) and it was documented that they passed, and I know what they did." - Kamala on backstage politics in WWE
February 23, 2014
Dusty Rhodes
"It was strictly politics. Dusty Rhodes was the booker and he was against it. You know, what are you going to do. He didn't book me anywhere during the whole time I had the belt until the rematch because Dusty Rhodes was a very, very jealous guy when it came to guys getting over. He was the wrong guy to be a booker. He is the one who put Jim Crockett out of business. He is the reason Jim Crockett had to sell and was losing his butt. It was the same thing with the Rock and Roll Express. He couldn't stand the Rock and Roll Express getting over like rock stars. I mean, girls would go crazy. They had to have some protection for the Rock and Roll Express, the girls would attack them, just like rock stars, it was unbelievable." - Ronnie Garvin discusses backstage politics and Dusty Rhodes
February 12, 2014
Carlito
Those hoping to see Carlito making his return to the company some day are going to be quite disappointed, as it seems like he has very little interest in returning to WWE. The former US champion has been booked rather frequently on the independent wrestling circuit, and he reportedly is not interested in returning to the backstage politics that takes place in WWE.
February 8, 2014
Daniel Bryan

"Hey WWE I’m not trying to be rude but the crowd seems to really want Daniel Bryan. Juuuuuuust MAFAKIN Saying!! Geez. Sadly WWE is still run by 'Muscle Marks.' It is what it is folks."

- Shane Helms on backstage politics in WWE

January 27, 2014
Armando Estrada

"You're not allowed to get over in WWE unless they want you to. If you do, you can and will be punished. Has happened to many over the years."

- Armando Estrada on backstage politics in WWE

January 26, 2014
Zack Ryder

There are many people within WWE that are impressed with Zack Ryder for how he has handled himself as a professional, despite being essentially buried by the company. He still shows up to work with enthusiasm, and he genuinely seems to enjoy his job.

January 1, 2014
Big E Langston

The belief is that Big E Langston has a really safe position within WWE because of his real life relationship with John Cena. Many feel that management will give him a decent push in order to appease the World Heavyweight Champion.

December 9, 2013
Daniel Bryan

There are those within WWE that feel that Daniel Bryan should be demoted back down to the mid card division.

November 8, 2013
Road Dogg

As his powers within WWE grow, Road Dogg has now been backstage at both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis.

November 4, 2013
Jeff Jarrett
There are talks within TNA that Jeff Jarrett regaining power within the company could force Eric Bischoff out.
October 27, 2013
Mick Foley
Since she is pregnant and will have a hard time traveling once the baby is born, Mickie James is loading up on appearances right now. The former WWE diva still has enough name value for independent wrestling promoters to book her in autograph sessions. She was recently at an event with Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, Tommy Dreamer and the Godfather.
March 26, 2014
Tommy Dreamer
Earlier in the year, it was revealed that Tommy Dreamer was going to start working for TNA again, and it looks like the ECW legend has started that job. He played a key role backstage at TNA Lockdown 2014 as an agent, helping to keep the flow of the show moving smoothly and coming up with creative spots for the performers during the matches.
March 11, 2014
Tommy Dreamer
Through Twitter, Tommy Dreamer posted this message about the death of former WWE star Big Daddy V.
February 18, 2014
Brooke Tessmacher
While her character has not been utilized as much lately on Impact Wrestling, Brooke Tessmacher is keeping herself busy. The TNA Knockout was in New York City this weekend, helping to host a party for FWE, an independent wrestling promotion known for bringing in big name performers. Tommy Dreamer, Joey Ryan, Robbie E and Rosita are also at the event.
February 9, 2014
Mr Anderson
"It may be the lack of sleep, but so far, at the Chicago airport, I've thought I saw Eric Young, Mr Anderson, Sabu, Rick Rude and Big Bossman." - Tommy Dreamer jokes about travel and sleep
February 9, 2014
Shane McMahon

"One time, and this is a true story, we were in South Africa and [Cena] started battle rapping. He started rapping with someone and it was awesome. He went five minutes just talking about things around the room. And we were like, 'Oh my gosh. Where did that come from?' Tommy Dreamer heard it and Tommy took it to Shane McMahon and Shane McMahon heard it and took it to Vince McMahon and next thing you know he's a rapper on TV…and he had already been with us six months or so. Slowly but surely he just became John Cena the superstar."

- Tommy Dreamer telling a backstage story

January 26, 2014
Taz

Another person that has been gaining some power backstage in TNA is Taz. Aside from being the voice of Impact Wrestling, he also has been helping out with the creative department. Taz was also instrumental in the return of Tommy Dreamer to the front office.

January 20, 2014
Tommy Dreamer

While he made his return to the company in a full time capacity recently, Tommy Dreamer has no plans on wrestling all that frequently for TNA. He is simply there to work backstage as an agent. Dreamer also mentioned that he was open to more responsibilities within the promotion.

January 20, 2014
Tommy Dreamer

Within the industry, Jeff Jarrett is viewed as someone that has a great sense of business and is quite versatile, so when he opted to leave TNA, Dixie Carter decided to replace him with someone similiar. Tommy Dreamer is now filling the role once held by Jarrett.

January 19, 2014
Tommy Dreamer

While it appeared that he was only coming back to work a couple of matches for the company, it now looks like Tommy Dreamer is back full time with TNA. The former ECW star worked the latest television event as a backstage agent and was reintroduced during the talent meeting.

January 18, 2014
Tommy Dreamer

Tommy Dreamer noted on Twitter that it has been thirteen years since the very final ECW show took place, and the former champion posted a special picture of some of the stars from backstage.

January 13, 2014
Tommy Dreamer

While he worked two shows for the company this week, Tommy Dreamer is not signed to a long term deal with TNA. Since the two sides are working on a business deal and have remained on good terms, the veteran performer agreed to work the events.

December 31, 2013
Ethan Carter

Tommy Dreamer will be working for TNA tonight when the company films their one night only Hardcore Justice pay per view in Massachusetts. The former ECW and WWE star will be taking on Ethan Carter in a tables match.

December 29, 2013
Tommy Dreamer

Tommy Dreamer tweeted a special happy birthday message to DOC, formerly known as Luke Gallows in WWE.

December 23, 2013
Tommy Dreamer

Tommy Dreamer has announced that he will bringing back his YouTube show. It appears that former WWE diva Shelly Martinez, known as Ariel in ECW, will be his first guest.

December 15, 2013
Tommy Dreamer

ECW legend Tommy Dreamer will be returning to TNA at the end of December to work the Hardcore Justice pay per view.

November 30, 2013
Tommy Dreamer

Tommy Dreamer revealed that his wife, Beulah McGillicutty, has been hospitalized with post concussion syndrome.

November 14, 2013
Bully Ray

In order to advance their cross promotion, TNA star Bully Ray crashed a House of Hardcore show, promoted by Tommy Dreamer.

November 10, 2013
Tommy Dreamer

Tommy Dreamer is now doing cross promotions for his his House of Hardcore promotion with TNA.

November 10, 2013
Matt Hardy

"Tommy Dreamer is a genius promoter. He does truly what is best for business. He makes smart business decisions and he gives the fans what they want."

October 31, 2013