Chris Cruise talks Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show with Flair , Funk, Storm, Dreamer, RVD

Observations from Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore event at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, June 22, 2013

Worth every dime and then some of the $25 general admission price; a rockin, hellofagoodtime. I have always maintained that pro wrestling is the country’s best entertainment value for the dollar, and events like this prove my point -- fans got almost four solid hours of great live entertainment. I drove 300 miles round-trip to see the show and would have felt I got my money’s worth and more even if that figure was doubled.

Four large vendor tables, with figurines, DVDs and pictures, mostly all reasonably priced.

Great prices on soft drinks, pretzels and chips.

Highly organized, well-planned, safe, free parking, great vibe.

The ring announcer, although animated, spoke too fast and too loud and there were numerous complaints from fans around me that they could not understand what he was saying.

No mats outside the ring; lots of stiff shots throughout the night, showing what extraordinarily tough athletes professional wrestlers are.

Every wrestler gave a great effort; no one just made an appearance.

Huge pops for ECW-affiliated workers throughout the night, including Little Guido, Spike Dudley, Blue Meanie and Sandman.

No blood, but language in the chants was not suitable for children. (This made for a great time for adults.)

The show was a fantastic mix of brawling, wrestling and comedy. Fan interaction enhanced the show.

The fans are committed, educated and appreciative, but can be unforgiving and are easily bored, and will let you know it.

The building was about 80% full.

If you are a wrestling fan and you don’t want a sanitized, PG-rated event, go to Dreamer’s shows. This is, to some extent, wrestling the way it was in the 60s and 70s. Don’t support it and it goes away.

Maria: I have seen her in person twice; for some reason , television doesn’t communicate her beauty. She is gorgeous and has a great body. But she really needs to do something with her hair, which appears to have the consistency of corn stalks. But I’d guess few fans were checking out the hair on the top of her rather large head.

When it comes to hair, though, Bill Apter’s is the worst. And no amount of conditioner will help.

Rosita is cute as hell.

Carlito and MVP are underrated workers.

Tony Nese is an extraordinary athlete and one hell of a worker. Why he is not in WWE now is one of life’s great mysteries.

Eddie Kingston worked well with the Steiners but was not allowed to show how great he is.

John Morrison has extraordinary confidence and charisma. He and Wade Barrett are the future of WWE, if only they are allowed to be.

I would have paid $100 to see just one match on this card: Young Bucks vs Brian Kendrick & Paul London. I can’t remember the last time I saw a match this good. If Dreamer is smart, he will book this match again. All action, all high spots, yet great psychology. These guys should be proud of what they accomplished. The fans gave them a standing O, and it was well-deserved. The event was taped; buy it, if for no other reason than to see this match. I hope it translates well to TV.

Next HoH event likely in September/October. You really should plan to be there.

Christopher Cruise 

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