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Encyclopedia > Hardcore wrestling
Christian Cage after being chokeslammed onto a pile of thumbtacks.

Hardcore wrestling is a form of professional wrestling that eschews traditional concepts of match rules in favor of matches that take place in unusual environments, using foreign objects that are not normally permitted. Although hardcore wrestling is a staple among some wrestling promotions, where they are used at the climaxes of feuds, some promotions (such as Big Japan Pro Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling) specialized in hardcore wrestling, with many matches performed in this manner. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2408 × 1806 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2408 × 1806 pixel, file size: 1. ... William Jason Jay Reso (born November 30, 1973) is a Canadian-American professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring name, Christian Cage. ... For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... // Foreign object is a professional wrestling term for an object introduced into the match. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1995. ... Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) is an American based promotion, based around the ultraviolent style of professional wrestling. ...


Hardcore wrestling became acknowledged as a major wrestling style first in Japan with promotions such as FMW and W*ING. It then became successful in America with Extreme Championship Wrestling. The World Wrestling Federation capitalizing on the success and introduced the WWF Hardcore Championship. The WWF soon began to turn the matches into comedy skits, illustrating the ridiculousness they involved. Hardcore is in sound contrast to traditional mat-based wrestling, where solid technical skills are preferred over stuntwork, blood, and sheer shock value. Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, better known by its initials FMW, was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in the late 1980s by Atsushi Ōnita (often spelled Ohnita). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship, was a championship defended under hardcore rules: No Disqualifications meaning all weapons are legal. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The term garbage wrestling is attributed to Japanese wrestler Giant Baba who used it originally to describe a style of wrestling which required little wrestling athletic ability and often involved no wrestling at all, which is rather common in much of hardcore wrestling. Some in the United States consider it a derogatory term. Shohei Baba (1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ...

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Rules

The main rule behind hardcore can have various connotations. Thus, hardcore wrestling is often separated into distinct "levels" based on the graphic nature of the match:

  • A 24/7 Title Match describes a situation where a hardcore wrestler must defend the title at all times. The match (and the title) can be won by pinfall at any time and in any place in the presence of a referee. The match has no fixed location, timeframe or even opponent. This is one of the most severe forms of hardcore match given its unpredictablility. This was initially a self-imposed stipulation of Crash Holly's WWE Hardcore Championship but afterward became a general rule of the title. During the time Crash defended his title, he did so in such locations as his hotel room, at the airport and even at the circus.
  • A No Disqualification match tends to be less severe, with action taking place mostly inside the ring. Usage of foreign objects is typically minimal, with run-ins (another form of disqualification) being frequently used. The match is often contested between valets (where they may lack wrestling skills), or between a wrestler and a valet (in which a wrestler is expected to run-in and defend their valets). Because of the low-key nature, few consider a no-disqualification match as hardcore, although there is no semantic difference.
  • A Deathmatch tends to be the most severe, with a heavy emphasis on the usage of foreign objects to induce bleeding. The types of foreign objects and the nature of the foreign objects are used so as to be extremely graphic and violent in nature. In more recent years, some state athletic commissions in the US have cracked down on the types and frequency of weapons used in these matches.
  • A Hardcore match tends to be somewhere in between, with emphasis on the brutality of the attacks and the extreme physical toll on the wrestlers involved.
  • Combat Zone Wrestling's Cage of Death, which is held yearly, implements the use of multiple weapons attached to the cage walls. The usual weapons are there, as are unusual ones, such as weedwhackers.

Because of the nature of hardcore wrestling, hardcore matches are often remembered for their dangerous spots (to the point that some deride it as "spotfests") rather than their actual outcome. The hardcore style has even extended to non-hardcore matches (that is, matches with disqualifications), especially into those where disqualifications are uncommon, where the rules allow or encourage the use of certain foreign objects, or where the rules of the match are ambiguous with regards to disqualification. It is not uncommon to have certain types of matches be no-disqualification affairs to avoid the issue of dealing with suspension of disbelief. Michael John Lockwood (August 25, 1971-November 6, 2003) was a professional wrestler born in Anaheim, California. ... World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship was a championship defended under hardcore rules: No Disqualifications, meaning all weapons and interference are legal. ... In professional wrestling, a run-in occurs when one or more individuals who are not actively participating in a match run into the ring. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // A string trimmer, also called a line trimmer, edge trimmer, Weedeater (a brandname), Weedwhacker, weedy, whipper snipper, strimmer, garden strimmer, or bush cutter is a powered handheld device that uses a flexible monofilament line instead of a blade for cutting grass and other plants near objects. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Common weapons

Hardcore matches tend to emphasize the use of certain weapons or the physical toll on the wrestlers, and thus many euphemisms for these matches are employed. (However, the almost kayfabe-breaking accessibility of some of these weapons -- often under the ring -- to wrestlers has led to the noun "plunder" in reference to them.) For example, Street Fights and Bunkhouse Brawls are hardcore-style matches which emphasize that wrestlers need not be in typical wrestling gear when they are battling, while the No Holds Barred match emphasizes the no-disqualification rule. In World Wrestling Entertainment, Extreme rules matches are hardcore-style matches that emphasized the spirit of its former competitor, Extreme Championship Wrestling. Other euphemisms, such as the Good Housekeeping match and Full Metal Mayhem, emphasize the use of certain foreign objects as being legal (the former with kitchen implements, and the latter with metallic objects). In a Fans Bring the Weapons match, wrestlers fight with "weapons" that members of the audience bring to the venue. An Anus Explosion Deathmatch was an FMW special deathmatch where the loser or losing team were abused either by objects or fireworks. In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // Foreign object is a professional wrestling term for an object introduced into the match. ...


There are several weapons that are used commonly in deathmatch wrestling:

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Hardcore wrestlers

Many well-known deathmatch wrestlers are from Japan. In addition, most American wrestlers who participated in deathmatches made their mark in Japan.


Men

Japanese wrestlers

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American and international wrestlers

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The Headhunters are a popular jazz-funk fusion band, best known for their albums they recorded as a backing band of jazz keyboard player Herbie Hancock during the 1970s. ... Matt Prince, better known by his ring name Wifebeater, is a former U.S. Marine and a semi-retired pro wrestler best known from Combat Zone Wrestling. ... The annual Tournament of Death helped put Combat Zone Wrestling and ultraviolent wrestling on the map. ... Michael Kirschner is a former professional wrestler who is most remembered for his characters Corporal Kirchner (in the WWF) and Leatherface (in various Japanese promotions). ... Dylan Keith Summers (Born July 13, 1974) is a professional wrestler best known by his stage name Necro Butcher. ... Michael John Lockwood (August 25, 1971 - November 6, 2003) was a professional wrestler best known as Crash Holly, the storyline cousin of Molly Holly and Hardcore Holly in the World Wrestling Federation. ... Robert William Bob Howard (born January 29, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name, Bob Hardcore Holly. ... Pete Senerca, also known as Taz or Tazz (born Peter Senerchia on October 11, 1967 in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York), is an American former professional wrestler who is now working as the color commentator for World Wrestling Entertainments WWE Friday Night SmackDown! brand alongside play... Sick Nick Mondo was born Matt Burns and is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is a horrorcore rap group from suburban Detroit. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... Vic Grimes (born January 3, 1963) is a professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling, his tenure in Xtreme Pro Wrestling, and his short run in the World Wrestling Federation as Key. ... Rob Van Dam (born Robert Alexander Szatkowski on December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan), is an inactive American professional wrestler. ... Terry Michael Brunk (December 12, 1964) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Sabu. ... James (Jim) Fullington (born June 16, 1963) better known by his ring name The Sandman, is an American professional wrestler, best known for his career with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where he was dubbed The Hardcore Icon. ... Thomas Laughlin (born February 14, 1971),[2] is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Tommy Dreamer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jeffrey Nero Jeff Hardy (born August 31, 1977) is an American professional wrestler currently performing on the RAW brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he is the reigning Intercontinental Champion. ... 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Brian Knighton (born April 21, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Axl Rotten. ... Jerome Young (born January 3, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name, New Jack. ... Terrance (Terry) Funk (born June 30, 1944) is an American professional wrestler, known chiefly for the hardcore wrestling style he adopted in the later part of his career that inspired many later wrestlers, most notably Mick Foley. ... Moondogs is a popular Atlanta, GA bar located in the baller district of Buckhead. ... Benjamin Neil Whitmer (born January 25, 1978), usually abbreviated to B.J. Whitmer, is the ring name of an American independent professional wrestler. ... Chris J. Parks[3][6] (born October 4, 1973), better known by his ring name Abyss , is an American professional wrestler currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... John Williams is a professional wrestler better known as Ian Rotten. ... 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Mexican wrestlers

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Women

Japanese wrestlers

  • Combat Toyoda
  • Shark Tsuchiya
  • Megumi Kudo
  • Bad Nurse Nakamura
  • Miwa Sato
  • Mayumi Ozaki
  • Crusher Maedomari
  • Yukie Nabeno

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American and international wrestlers

This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Nicole Raczynski (born April 19, 1979) is an American professional wrestler and valet, better known by her ring name, Nikki Roxx. ... Gertrude Vachon (born January 12, 1962) is a Canadian professional wrestler better known by the ring name Luna Vachon. ... Beulah McGillicutty Trisa Hayes, better known by her stage name, Beulah McGillicutty, is an American former professional wrestling valet, best known for her appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling in the late 1990s. ...

Hardcore championship

In promotions where Hardcore wrestling is present, a Hardcore title may come into existence. This form of title is defended under hardcore rules, and title changes are frequent. Some hardcore titles may have their own unique rules. For example, the WWE Hardcore Championship was defended under 24/7 rules, meaning it could be defended and won at anytime, provided a referee was present to make the pinfall. The OVW Hardcore Championship had a trashcan passed from wrestler to wrestler rather than a belt. The GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship has a unique stipulation in that if the challenger survives 15 minutes, he wins the match and the title. Some Hardcore titles include: World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship was a championship defended under hardcore rules: No Disqualifications, meaning all weapons and interference are legal. ... The OVW Hardcore Championship was a short-lived hardcore wrestling title in World Wrestling Entertainments developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling. ... The Global Honored Crown Openweight Hardcore Championship or Global Hardcore Crown Openweight Championship is a title in the simulated sporting events of professional wrestling. ...

  • WWE Hardcore Championship: 1998-2002, 2006
  • WCW Hardcore Championship: 1999-2000
  • BJW Death Match Championship (Japan): 1998-Present
  • BJW Eight Man Scramble Championship (Japan) : 1999
  • BJW Big Authorization Death Match Championship (Japan)
  • IWA Midsouth Wrestling Deathmatch Title: 2007
  • BJW Barbed Wire Street Fight Six Man Tag Team Title (Japan)
  • JCW Juggalo Championship : 1999-Present
  • GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship (Japan): 2004-Present
  • BWA Hardcore Championship: 2002-Present [2]
  • RCW Hardcore Championship [3]
  • IPW Hardcore Championship [4]
  • PWU Hardcore Championship [5]
  • FOW Hardcore Championship [6]
  • CPW Hardcore Championship [7]
  • TNW Hardcore Championship [8]
  • TCW Hardcore Championship [9]
  • WXw Hardcore Championship
  • WZW Hardcore Championship [10]
  • NCW Hardcore Championship [11]
  • CWA Hardcore Championship [12]
  • NWL Hardcore Championship: 2000- [13]
  • IHW Hardcore Championship: 1999-Present [14]
  • ECCW/NWA Pacific Northwest Hardcore Championship 1999-present
  • FMW Brass Knuckles Title (Japan): 1990-1999
  • FMW Independent Championship (Japan): 1996-1999
  • IWA Hardcore Championship (Puerto Rico): 2000-Present
  • CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship 2005-Present
  • CZW/NWA Intrapromotional Hardcore Championship: 1999
  • XPW World Heavyweight Championship: 1999-2002
  • WEW Hardcore Championship (Japan): 1999-2001
  • WWC Hardcore Championship (Puerto Rico): 1999-2001
  • NWA Texas Hardcore Championship: 1999-2001 [15]
  • CWA Hardcore Championship [16]
  • OVW Hardcore Championship: 2000-2001
  • WWA Hardcore Championship: 2001-2002
  • WPW Hardcore Championship: 1999-Present [17]
  • Saitama Pro Wrestling Company Monster Attack Champion (Japan)
  • Lucha Libre Feminil (LLF) Extreme Championship
  • BWF Hardcore Championship [18]
  • UCW Hardcore Championship [19]
  • World Brass Knuckles Championship (mainly used in various Southern-based wrestling promotions)
  • CWF Hardcore Championship. 2006-present.

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Hardcore wrestling promotions

Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1995. ... Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) is an American based promotion, based around the ultraviolent style of professional wrestling. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the WWE brand. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, better known by its initials FMW, was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in 1989 by Atsushi ÅŒnita (often spelled Ohnita). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... International Wrestling Association of Japan, more commonly known as IWA Japan, is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion operating since 1994. ... Pro-Pain-Pro-Wrestling, or 3PW, was wrestling promotion which was based around Philadelphia, PA. They were an ECW-style promotion, running many of their shows from the former ECW Arena. ... UWA Hardcore Wrestling is a Canadian independent professional wrestling promotion, operating out of Mississauga, Ontario. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Criticism

Many fans of traditional professional wrestling, or simply wrestling in general, find the pure hardcore style appalling and unworthy of the title of professional wrestling, considering it little more than glorified streetfighting with weapons. Aside from Giant Baba coining the term "garbage wrestling" (which is rather characteristic, as many hardcore matches start and/or end with garbage items filling the ring), multi-time World Champion Ric Flair has also criticized exclusively hardcore performers like Mick Foley of being "glorified stuntmen" due to the radical spots he has performed throughout his career combined with his self-admitted lack of ability to do any other sort of match in the ring.[23] The critics of hardcore wrestling do not necessarily reject the idea of hardcore matches or spots in professional wrestling. What they react most negatively to is poor or unskilled wrestlers incapable of wrestling any other style making careers out of being hardcore wrestlers. Street fighting is a term used to denote spontaneous, hand-to-hand fighting in public places. ... Shohei Baba (1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Ric Flair (born February 25, 1949 [1] and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an iconic American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment on its RAW brand. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ...


The hardcore wrestling style also tended to burn itself out if used too much. Each spotfest raised expectations for the next one leading to excess and eventually self-parody. In the World Wrestling Federation, the concept of hardcore wrestling became by company plan a parody of itself. Not long after the birth of the WWF Hardcore Championship, and the 24/7 rule it constituted, the title became the subject of comedic scenarios and exchanged hands more than any other championship, quickly degrading whatever value it had as a championship belt.[24] A similar event took place in World Championship Wrestling with Norman Smiley and manager Jimmy Hart approaching hardcore bouts, suited up in football gear and Medieval plate armor, while pushing shopping carts filled with foreign objects to the ring. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Wrestling Entertainments Hardcore Championship, was a championship defended under hardcore rules: No Disqualifications meaning all weapons are legal. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Norman Smiley (born February 28, 1965 in Northampton) is a British professional wrestler currently competing for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. ... The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... Gothic armour Plate armour is personal armour made from large metal plates, worn on the chest and sometimes the entire body. ...


In terms of ring psychology, many fans consider the worst examples of hardcore wrestling to be "spotfests" and claim that the matches have no direction. This is attributed to the idea that they rely heavily on drastic spots with no transition between them aside from often unrealistically setting up the next spot and with little concern over the actual result of the match. Matches may find themselves in awkward looking moments due to the difficulty in setting up a highly dangerous spot, as evident when New Jack and Vic Grimes clinched onto one another, hesitantly preparing to fall off a 20-foot scaffold. The spot resulted in both men falling to the concrete floor and New Jack receiving both brain damage and permanent blindness in his right eye. In professional wrestling, a spot is a pre-planned move, which is designed to get a particular audience reaction or determine the pace of the match. ... Jerome Young (born January 3, 1963) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his stage name, New Jack. ... Vic Grimes (born January 3, 1963) is a professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling, his tenure in Xtreme Pro Wrestling, and his short run in the World Wrestling Federation as Key. ...


Performance which takes place between these major spots is often subject to elementary brawling or usage of less "damaging" weapons like a crutch or flimsy aluminum tray and, as aforementioned, may be restricted to obscure situations of spot preparation. This is in stark contrast to conventional wrestling which requires a practice and technique to accomplish the various stages of a match and maintain the effect of a real battle.


The "anything goes" ruling may also require an even greater suspension of disbelief than mat wrestling due to the fact that, in kayfabe, the performers may use absolutely any items they choose as weapons. The matches can fall into almost cartoonish levels of violence where weapons that should cause serious injury in the real world do no harm at all. They also often avoid weapons that could help win a match in favor of those that allow for the theatrical suffering or mutilation of their opponent such as a staple gun, broken glass, cacti, or even small biting animals. Many such elements are embellished even further in the "deathmatch" style virtually unseen in mainstream western promotions, with heavy emphasis on blood, mutilation, and shock value. These elements introduce perhaps a much darker side to the world of professional wrestling with its constant aim to please fans. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... Mutilation or maiming is an act or physical injury that degrades the appearance or function of the (human) body, usually causing death. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


See also


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Hardcore wrestling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (994 words)
Hardcore wrestling (also known as garbage wrestling) is a form of professional wrestling that eschews traditional concepts of match rules in favor of matches that take place in unusual environments, using foreign objects that are not normally permitted.
A Hardcore match tends to be somewhere in between, with emphasis on the brutality of the attacks and the extreme physical toll on the wrestlers involved.
The hardcore style has even extended to non-hardcore matches (that is, matches with disqualifications), especially into those where disqualifications are uncommon, where the rules allow or encourage the use of certain foreign objects, or where the rules of the match are ambiguous with regards to disqualification.
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