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Tommy Dreamer

      

Real Name - Thomas James "Tom" Laughlin
Birthdate - 2/14/74
6'3" 245 lbs. - Yonkers, NY

Athletic Background - n/a

Teacher(s) - Johnny Rodz; Terry Funk

Professional Background - Indies(`89-`9?), IWCCW(`91), CWA[New England](`92) ECW(`93-`01), Indies(`01) WWF/WWE(`01-`10), OVW(`03-`05), DSW(`03-`05), Indies(`03-`05), Dragon Gate(`10), Indies(`10-), TNA(`10-)

AliasesBobby Ocean, T.D. Madison

Groups - Team Extreme, The Alliance, ECW Originals, EV2 (Extreme Version 2.0)

Peak Years - `94-`01


Finisher(s) - 
- DDT
- Bodyslam into Reverse DDT
- Dreamer Driver (Death Valley Bomb)
- Tommyhawk (Reverse Crucifix Stunner)

Favorites -
- Tree of Woe Dropkick (with chair)
- Swinging Neckbreaker
- Lariat over the top rope 
- Low Blow
- Punch

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

  
Place in History - There are number of individuals whose career took off with ECW and Tommy Dreamer is amongst the most notable.  A generic 80s babyface who was toiling on the Northeast indies, T.D. Madison caught a break in the upstart company.  His suspenders and Hammer pants along with his clean-cut look made him an object of ridicule amongst the hardened fan base.  He eventually got over for his toughness and transformed into a Tommy Dreamer, a hard luck babyface in black.  Dreamer became instrumental in ECW's success as not only a talent, but a backstage hand who did a little bit of everything.  He remained loyal to owner Paul Heyman until the bitter end, but both of them found a second life in the WWF.  Dreamer was a perennial undercarder doing hardcore matches, gross-out gimmicks and jobs to superstars.  He found a niches in developing talent, color commentating and even booking.  After the success of the Rise & Fall of ECW documentary and ECW One Night Stand pay-per-views, Dreamer and Heyman successfully pushed the birth of an ECW brand.  After an intriguing start, the brand declined quickly and was relegated to the WWE's C-shpw.  After its death and Dreamer's departure for the company, he has tried to keep busy doing independents and some forgettable work in TNA.  Tommy Dreamer's legacy is that of the "Innovator of Violence" who was the constant babyface who fought through adversity using the wild ECW style.
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