Tommy Dreamer has announced that he will no longer be using his “Innovator of Violence” nickname in the wake of the Texas School Shooting.
On May 24th a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and opened fire. The man, later named as Salvador Ramos, killed 19 children and two adults, both believed to be teachers, before being killed by law enforcement.
The elementary school teaches classes for children aged between seven and ten.
The 18-year old suspect was armed with a handgun, AR-15 rifle and high-capacity magazines. In addition, the teenager, believed to a local high school student, is suspected of murdering his grandmother before commencing the massacre.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Pete Arredondo, explained that investigators believe that the suspect acted alone.
It was the deadliest shooting at a U.S. elementary school since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
The shooting marked the 118th such incident in the United States since 2018.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio after the incident, an emotional Tommy Dreamer discussed how badly he feels for the families and parents of children who died in the massacre. He went on to call for greater gun control, echoing the views expressed by Golden State Warriors NBA Head Coach Steve Kerr.
Dreamer then went on to talk about his own reputation in wrestling as the ‘Innovator of Violence.’ He explained that this reputation still haunts him and he no longer wants promoters or those within the wrestling industry to use that nickname.
Tommy Dreamer rose to prominence in ECW in the mid-to-late 1990’s where he engaged in a serious of breathtakingly violent feuds with the likes of the Sandman and Raven. During this period he also famously delivered a Piledriver to his former valet Beulah.
After the collapse of ECW in 2001, Dreamer went on to compete in WWE and IMPACT Wrestling where he retained his penchant for hardcore matches. He later began his own wrestling promotion under the name, House of Hardcore.