Former ECW World Champion, Tommy Dreamer has revealed he is stepping away from an on-camera role.
In an exclusive interview with Busted Open Radio, Dreamer reflected on his World title match with Rich Swann at Impact Wrestling’s No Surrender pay-per-view:
“I wish I had a little more gas in the tank. The match went 17-18 minutes. I’m most proud of… neither of us threw a punch. The fact that we could keep people’s interest for the longest time and neither of us threw a punch, kudos to Rich and the match. There was glimmers that I loved. I was sucking wind. I haven’t blown up since the early 90s.”
Dreamer suffered a dislocated finger in the bout with Swann and explained that the lack of fans in the arena intensified the pain:
“When the thing happened with my finger, if there were fans there, I probably would’ve kept going. It was a combination of a kick to the head, finger killing me, I just needed a break and needed water. I’ve been put through tables and fallen off buildings, but the crowd rush with that, the performance gets brought out. Without fans there, I’m like, ‘what the hell is going on with my body.'”
The 50-year-old revealed his struggles during the bout have led him to considering his future:
“I don’t want to say this is goodbye, but I’ll be stepping away from on-camera stuff for a bit. There’s so much more stories to be told. I had my great moment and unless WWE and Drew McIntyre [contact me], on my 51st birthday, I’ll face him.”
Dreamer made his pro-wrestling debut 32 years ago. He rose to prominence and became a household name for ECW in the 1990s. The ‘Innovator of Violence’ has competed for Impact Wrestling since 2018.
h/t to Fightful for transcription