Tommy Dreamer Feels “Big Burden” Over Raven’s Health Issues
For some the rivalry between Tommy Dreamer and Raven defined ECW.
For years, Dreamer and Raven would war with each other in increasingly brutal matches with Dreamer finally getting the better of his nemesis at Wrestlepalooza in June 1997. Raven then spent some time in WCW before returning to the land of extreme where he and Dreamer became the most improbable ECW Tag Team Champions of all time.
Speaking to PWMania, Dreamer was asked if he’d consider calling his old nemesis Raven to join him at Impact Wrestling’s Rebellion for Hardcore War but Dreamer noted that the star’s health isn’t the best and that’s something that Dreamer himself feels the burden of:
“The reason why I wouldn’t give Raven the call is that Raven’s health isn’t the best. And I look at Raven, and I’m like, Did I do that? Did I cause someone that? I mean, the chair shot heard around the world? Did I cause Raven to have health issues later on in his life? Seriously, it’s a big burden because, dude, I love everybody that I worked with. Pull the curtain back I love Raven.
“We had a love-hate relationship back then. But then when I see him and I’m like, oh, did I do this? I think the same as if I was a professional boxer. I love documentaries. I can’t watch current boxer documentaries because they’re showing a boxer speaking when he’s in his prime and then they’re showing a boxer speaking today. You’re like, “What the hell type of stuff is going on in their brain?” You literally see that and I’m like, whoa. Listen, it’s happened. Some people were great. Some people not so much. So that stuff really bothers me as a human being.
“So no, Raven won’t get the call. Why would you want to do that? He’s a pain in my ass to me. Come on, you followed my whole career since ECW. He’d be the last person I’d call. Raven cannot wrestle anymore.”
At Rebellion, Tommy Dreamer will lead his team of Bhupinder Gujjar, Frankie Kazarian, Killer Kelly & Yuya Uemura into a Hardcore War against Bully Ray’s team featuring Jason Hotch, John Skyler, Kenny King & Masha Slamovich.