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Tommy Dreamer Says Paul Heyman Lied to Him in ECW, Almost Left for WCW for a Big Deal

ECW Original Tommy Dreamer was recently interviewed by Fight Network to discuss his time with ECW. You can check out some highlights here:

On staying with ECW until the end:

“I’ve thought about this a lot. If I had to give myself more advice — a lot of people, when they want to knock Paul [Heyman] and they want to knock ECW for the negative things, everybody stayed in ECW by choice. Also a lot of guys had no place to go. You wanna say that they bounced checks on me, or he folded the company or he was in bed with WWE all along, you decided to stay. You are responsible for all your own actions. If you aren’t happy about it then do something else about it. To me, for younger me, I always knew that — WCW at one point offered me more money than I probably would have ever made in my career to leave ECW. I knew if I left ECW it would have hurt. I went to Paul and Paul was crying to me ‘You can’t do it.’ We were so close to making it and it was for a lot of money.

“A lot of money. Paul lied to me, but he lied to me to actually keep ECW going, which I actually get. If I would have left I would never have been Tommy Dreamer. And staying and going down with the ship of ECW helped me along the way to appreciate what I have, made the fans rally behind me more, I have stayed in the business longer than anybody who did leave, and when I hear negative stuff about wrestling or wrestling companies — and why I guess I’m so passionate. Cause you never want to lose something that you love, and you never want that to go away. If you want to talk to people in Montreal who are expose fans, you will talk about how gutted they feel. I lived that in ECW, and it wasn’t about the money. It was about losing something you love. It was like a death. It was the worst time of my life, but I survived. If I could tell myself I have no regrets, I would do everything everything pretty much the exact same way because my life turned out okay.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)

  • CC

    One line confuses me “I have stayed in the business longer than anyone who left” .. That isn’t remotely true.
    The Dudleys left, and they have been in the business as long as him.
    Plenty of guys left and are still in the business.
    And to be honest, what does it matter how long you have been in the business? That’s not a 100% indicator of it being the right decision or being successful.

    I have a lot of respect for Tommy, and have always liked him, and he has had a fantastic career, achieved a lot of success and done things that most people only dream of, but that line is a bit silly all things considered.

    Of course some people left then had crappy careers but others have had careers equal to or better.

  • Chris E.

    If it makes anyone feel better, I’ve worked in public and private businesses and had managers/ owners make promises they had no intentions of keeping in order to keep me working for them. It sucks but it happens a lot.