Tommy Dreamer Writes About What WWE Does Behind The Scenes

Tommy Dreamer has a new editorial online on The Kingston Whig Standard. In it, he discusses the things WWE does behind the scenes. Below is an excerpt:

1. WWE has an open policy to send any former talent to rehab if they have any type of substance abuse problems. I don’t know many companies that do this for former employees, nevermind current ones.

Whenever a wrestler is arrested, or dies tragically, many people are quick to blame the industry. I have a huge problem with this.

Did we, for example, try to shut down rock ‘n’ roll music when Elvis died? Is the music industry to blame when countless musicians overdose?

Is it the fault of Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association or the National Hockey League when something happens to one of the players in those respective leagues?

Do we condemn Hollywood when an actor passes away tragically?

Drugs are a personal choice and there are only two ways out: death or total sobriety.

I have put several of my friends in WWE-sponsored rehab. The business of professional wrestling doesn’t make someone do drugs; the disease of substance abuse makes you do drugs.

Personally, I have broken my neck and back. Some mornings, I am in so much pain that I can barely walk, but I choose not to take pain medication. My own mother has never had a wrestling match and has similar pains, where she can’t walk. It is called old age.

Please don’t misunderstand me, I am no better than anyone else. Nor am I trying to preach.

Rather I am simply stating that I am happy that WWE does that to help people get sober.

2. WWE has a great medical screening process. It helps to ensure that its athletes do not have heart problems or any other medical issues that may have gone undiagnosed.

I hate hearing of a high school player or college athlete collapsing, or passing away, because of a medical issue overlooked during regular physicals. The WWE also has a concussion-screening process. Above and beyond even that, it has its own doctors and trainers on staff at all of its events.

The company also has a “wellness program” that boasts stricter drug testing than you’ll find at the Olympics. These things are done for not only the well-being of the performers, but also make WWE more socially responsible for their signed talent.

3. WWE offers royalty cheques every three months and has implemented programs to give the veterans or non-active performers ways to earn an income. I would love to see a bigger implementation of this, but legally, when your contract ends, WWE doesn’t have to give you anything, yet it offers these programs to all of its former stars.

4. WWE does more Make-A-Wish program-sponsored appearances than any other company, or individual, worldwide. Words cannot describe the feeling you get when you are part of making the life of a sick child just a little bit better. It really does put your world into perspective. I have watched and participated in thousands of wishes being granted. Whatever amount of celebrity you have, that is the way to use it — putting smiles on people’s faces.

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  • Rebel

    Sounds like someone wants their job back.

    • snuggle

      It’s marks like you that just don’t get it. I agree with everything that Dreamer is talking about here, you can’t blame wwe for the things that former or current wrestlers decide to do. You as a human being have your own mind, I’ve been asked by people do I want to try drugs and I told them no never because I’ve seen what drugs do to people first hand. Now as far as him not taking pain pills that’s another strong/weak will thing I have herniated disc in my back and I take vicidine but only when I need it I have yet to get addicted or want something stronger.

  • Lewis Reale

    This is very well written on Dreamers part, I disagree on the wellness testing being stricter than the Olympics, however the majority of his points are well thought out and put across. This isn’t a reflexive defence of the industry, it’s just logical explanation of things that the majority of people don’t have an awareness or understanding of. Kudos Tommy.

  • Tommy Dreamer's Mom

    boring! no care bout dreamer, retired has-been

    • LukeT

      Makes no difference who he is or his level of stardom, it’s what he said that counts.

  • Alex

    I'm not sure why, but I felt like when I clicked this article it was just gonna be Tommy Dreamer bashing the WWE. I'm glad I'm wrong. I feel like he's right though, I feel like the WWE does a lot of things that they don't need to in order to protect its current and former workers, and meanwhile when someone dies due to an overdose of drugs for example. The company and industry gets condemned for it.

  • Jim P.

    Agreed. I particularly liked what he said about the industry's perceived responsibility for overdoses etc… I would put the Pro-Wrestlng Industry's reputation against those of Music or Hollywood any day, but nobody seems to advocate any retribution for those entities. What is needed, is a greater emphasis on personal-responsibility.

  • Dave L

    "WWE has an open policy to send any former talent to rehab if they have any type of substance abuse problems. I don’t know many companies that do this for former employees, nevermind current ones."

    Actually most companies do have policy's like this for current employees, It's illegal to fire an employee because of a drug abuse problem if they approach HR in these regards seeking help. They will go on disability, and in most cases keep their job if they stay clean.