On June 21, 2012, Tommy Dreamer began promoting House of Hardcore on his Twitter. In the weeks afterward, HOH would be revealed to be a wrestling school run by Dreamer, Hale Collins and Vik Delicious based out of the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY that would also run an event on October 6, 2012. Dreamer wanted a promotion with the spirit of ECW, a former promotion where Dreamer worked. House of Hardcore being the name of the ECW training school. With the success of the first show, the promotion has continued to run events.
In its history, HOH has worked with Family Wrestling Entertainment, Combat Zone Wrestling and TNA. At the first event, the Family Wrestling Entertainment Heavyweight Championship, held by Dreamer, was defended against Carlito and Mike Knox. On November 9, 2013, the TNA wrestler Bully Ray made his debut in the company to promote the TNA One Night Only: Old School pay per view. Also, for the first time, during House Of Hardcore 3, two Italian athletes attended the show: King Danza and D3. The only roster members to appear on all 8 HOH shows are Dreamer, ECW icon The Sandman and announcer Vic Travagliante.
On April 13, 2015, HOH announced it would run its first international show to be held in Toronto, Ontario July 18, 2015. Three days later House of Hardcore announced a global television deal with Fight Network. Starting on May 12, 2015, HOH will televise eight one-hour shows featuring highlights from all the House of Hardcore events to date. House of Hardcore on Fight Network will air on Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Grande Communications, Shentel Cable and Armstrong Cable in the U.S., nationwide in Canada, Roku devices across North America, and globally in over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.