TOMMY DREAMER disagrees with Undertaker’s claims professional wrestling has become 'soft' – instead claiming it has just evolved.
The Innovator of Violence is preparing for next week’s Impact Wrestling’s No Surrender PPV where he will battle Rich Swann for the World Title.
WWE legend Undertaker was a guest on The Joe Rogan Experience last month, shortly after rolling credits on his stunning 30-year career, and claimed the sport has softened up with the new generation coming in.
Taker told Rogan: “The product has changed so much. It’s kinda soft…
“I’ll probably p**s a lot of people off, but they need to hear it. It is what it is. I just think the product is a little soft.
“There’s obviously guys, here and there, that have an edge to them but there’s too much pretty and not enough substance, I think right now.”
Dreamer, who built a legacy as one of the most hardcore wrestlers ever thanks to his extreme stunts in ECW, admits he did not listen to the Deadman's interview but doesn’t feel like pro wrestling has gone soft.
The veteran, who has suffered a raft of injuries throughout his career, instead believes the craft has simply evolved just like other sports, such as baseball and American football.
Dreamer told The Sun: “I didn’t hear the Joe Rogan podcast.
“I have to tell you this, Vince McMahon received $1bn for his product on one day so whatever work he’s doing he’s doing better than everybody.
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“So, I can’t knock somebody who gets $1bn for their stuff. I worked with Vince McMahon; I personally have no issues with Vince McMahon.
“There’s times I watch WWE and I’m like ugh [disgusted]! But guess what? There’s times I watch AEW, there’s times I watch Impact and I’m like ugh [disgusted]! Because we’re all different, it’s different opinions. That’s something to ask The Undertaker.
“Listen, I watch wrestling every day; I watch way too much wrestling. I’m watching wrestling from the 1970s, it’s on Amazon Prime called IWA and I’m watching these guys who were main-eventers and I’m saying to myself a lot of these guys couldn’t get jobs today. It’s different, it’s different generational and it’s okay.
“Every sport changes, there’s baseball players like Pete Rose or Johnny Bench who used to be able to slide head first, used to be able to knock out a catcher – You do that, you’re out.
“It’s different generations of how you play the game. Football players, literally guys whose job was to injure other players. They would hit guys in their head purposely, that is now not part of the game.
“The game progresses because life progresses.”
Dreamer is still active despite turning 50 on the day of Saturday's title shot.
He has been working with some of best young wrestlers from both AEW and Impact Wrestling in recent few years.
The extreme wrestler became famous upon joining ECW in 1993 and enjoyed a successful eight-year stint that saw him sharing the ring with some of the best performers of all time, such as Mick Foley, Terry Funk as well as Rob Van Dam.
And he took hardcore wrestling to the next level thanks to a series of blood-filled encounters.
He went on to star in WWE from 2001 to 2010 before creating his own House of Hardcore promotion while still wrestling for numerous independent companies over the past decade.
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