ECW and WWE Legend Tommy Dreamer made big news this week with the announcement that his indie promotion House of Hardcore has signed to start its own channel on Twitch and begin a weekly on-line show. He announced the details on his personal Facebook page on Monday, October 9.
This is great news for fans of Dreamer’s HOH promotion, as the addition of weekly content allows the promotion the time to create storylines, something the promotion hasn’t really dove into due to it’s more showcase approach – it was more akin to other indies in that the matches were more random showcases of emerging indie stars and industry veterans. With the wealth of creativity and knowledge in Dreamer’s brain, having him build a “universe” in the HOH is an intriguing one. The added news of finally adding championship belts to HOH is an added bonus, as the promotion has been long overdue for their own titles.
The channel goes LIVE on November 18 with the House of Hardcore 35 iPPV, featuring Austin Aries, Billy Gunn, Tommy Dreamer, Joey Mercury, MVP, Matt Cross (aka Son of Havoc in Lucha Underground), Bull James (aka Bull Dempsey in NXT), Petey Williams and more. The channel will have some free content, or you can sign up for $4.99 a month to get their iPPV as well (although best deal is the $9.99 Twitch Prime through Amazon, which gets you many of them in a bundle, including WrestleCircus).
Tommy Dreamer is a 28-year veteran of the industry, best known for his work during the original run of ECW. A 2x ECW World Champion (once with the original ECW and once with ECWWE), 3x ECW World Tag Team Champion, and 14x WWE Hardcore Champion, “The Innovator of Violence” is one of the most respected men in professional wrestling. He’s seamlessly appears in multiple promotions, from WWE to ROH to Impact Wrestling, with no restrictions and his presence always leads to something special for ECW enthusiasts.
In 2012, Tommy Dreamer launched House of Hardcore, a wrestling school in New York, to train future professional wrestlers. Subsequently, he began launching shows under the school’s banner, beginning with House of Hardcore 1 that October, which featured young stars like The Young Bucks, Sami Callihan and Tony Nese, mixed alongside ECW Originals like Rhyno, Danny Doring & Amish Roadkill, and the FBI, with other stars like Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Carlito and Scott Steiner. As the years passed, more and more events began to surface under the HOH banner, leading up to November’s House of Hardcore 34 and 35. House of Hardcore was initially one of the early promotions to join FloSlam last fall, but also withdrew lately. It now appears we know why.
House of Hardcore has provided some great match-ups over the years, but now that it will be building on storylines, prolonging feuds, and having their own titles to fight for, it will up it’s game and it’s ability to become one of the must-see promotions for indie and nostalgia fans all at once, without sacrificing credibility or intelligence.