Tommy Dreamer has released a statement following his appearance on ‘The Plane Ride From Hell’ episode of Dark Side Of The Ring.
It was May 2002 on a flight from the UK back to the US after a European tour where the chaos took place. In the aftermath Scott Hall and Curt Hennig were released from the company, whilst many others were either fined or ended up embroiled in lawsuits.
The episode also included allegations from one of the flight attendants that she was sexually harassed by Ric Flair. Dreamer seemed to come to the defence of ‘The Nature Boy’ in comments which sparked outrage from many on social media. Shortly after the episode aired Dreamer was suspended by IMPACT Wrestling, where he was both an on-screen competitor and worked backstage.
Dreamer has now issued a statement on Twitter regarding his comments.
Regarding my comments on Dark Side of the ring. It was never my intention to offend, hurt or victim shame anyone. I understand my comments were insensitive & could trigger emotions in someone’s own personal past. I do not condone sexual misconduct of any kind. I apologise to anyone I offended. From the bottom of my heart I am so sorry.
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) September 19, 2021
Tommy Dreamer rose to prominence as one of the key players in ECW. ‘The Innovator Of Violence’ would have long-running feuds in the company with the likes of The Sandman and Raven.
Following ECW’s collapse, Dreamer signed for WWE and was a member of The Alliance and went on to compete in the revived ECW, before leaving the company in 2010.
Since then Dreamer has wrestled around the world on the independent scene, as well as for the likes of IMPACT Wrestling, Ring Of Honor and AEW.