If there is any one individual who exemplified the heart and soul of ECW, it was Tommy Dreamer. The Yonkers, N.Y., native began carving his legacy in Eastern Championship Wrestling as a grinning pretty boy in neon suspenders. But over the course of nine years in Philly, Dreamer revealed an unbreakable spirit as he stood strong in the face of adversity against The Sandman, Raven and The Dudley Boyz.
Known as The Innovator of Violence for his ingenious applications of tables, ladders and chairs, Dreamer had a quality unlike any other competitor in the organization — resilience. That trait, combined with his never-say-die attitude when in competition, endeared him to the passionate ECW fan base like no other man in the locker room could. A key member of the Extreme organization both in the ring and behind the scenes, Tommy remained with ECW until the day the company closed — proof that no competitor was ever more loyal. — HOWARD FINKEL