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Encyclopedia > WWE Hardcore Championship
WWE Hardcore Championship

The original WWE Hardcore Championship belt
Details
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Date created November 2nd, 1998
Most reigns Raven (27 reigns)
First champion(s) Mankind
Longest reign Triple H (360 days)
Shortest reign Rob Van Dam (<1 second)
Oldest champion Pat Patterson (59 years)
Youngest champion Christopher Nowinski (23 years)
Heaviest champion The Big Show (507 lb (230 kg))
Lightest champion Terri Runnels (100 lb (45 kg))
Other name(s) WWF Hardcore Championship
Title retired April 2nd, 2006

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  • No Disqualifications, meaning all weapons and interference are legal.
  • Falls Count Anywhere, meaning that pinfalls and Submission do not have to take place in the ring.
  • No Holds Barred, meaning that the referee will allow anything and will only end the match with a pinfall or submission.
  • 24/7 Rules, meaning the belt was being defended at all times, allowing the championship to change hands anytime as long as there was a referee present.

Contents

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History

Vince McMahon first awarded Mankind the belt on November 2, 1998. After losing the title to the Big Bossman, he never attempted to recapture it, mainly because of his main event push he received shortly after he lost the belt. At the time of the belt's conception, the idea was that the belt was to have been used in comedy segments to try to push Mankind's reputation as a famous Hardcore wrestler, but as Foley was getting over with the crowd as well as the rising popularity of Hardcore wrestling at the time (mostly made famous by the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion), the Hardcore Championship seemed to gain a life of its own. Its growing popularity led competitor World Championship Wrestling to create their own Hardcore Championship, a move followed by numerous independent promotions. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Raymond (Ray) Traylor (May 2, 1963 – September 22, 2004) [1], was an American professional wrestler. ... In professional wrestling, a push is an attempt by the booker to make the wrestler win more matches and become more popular with the fans. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The WCW Hardcore Championship belt. ...


24/7

When Crash Holly won the belt, he introduced the "24/7 rule"; which meant the belt was to be defended "at all times...as long as there was a referee present." This allowed for many comic relief moments, including the belt once changing hands while the champion was asleep, and a segment on an episode of RAW where The Headbangers chased Crash Holly around Funtime USA, an amusement park in Brooklyn, New York with Crash escaping repeated attempts to take the title from him before escaping from the ball pit. 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. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... | This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


The addition of this rule is said to have made the division both more interesting and unpredictible, adding a vast array of holders and matches. Still, others believed this rule cheapened and devalued the championship for the same reasons. This rule has led to the shortest title reigns and quickest title changes in WWE history. On April 2, 2000 at WrestleMania 2000 in Anaheim, California, for example, there were 10 title changes in a period of 15 minutes. is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... WrestleMania 2000 (chronologically known as WrestleMania XVI) was the sixteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by the World Wrestling Federation. ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Orange Government  - Mayor Curt Pringle Area  - City  50. ...


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Unification and retirement

On August 26, 2002 Rob Van Dam "unified" the title with the WWE Intercontinental Championship when he defeated Hardcore champion Tommy Dreamer, effectively retiring the title. This reign can be defined as the shortest in history, as the Hardcore title was unified with the Intercontinental Title as soon as Van Dam won it. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Rob Van Dam (born Robert Alexander Szatkowski on December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan), is an inactive American professional wrestler. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


On an episode of RAW in the summer of 2003, WWE wrestlers and Extreme Championship Wrestling alumni; Al Snow, The Dudley Family (Bubba, D-Von, and Spike Dudley) Tommy Dreamer, and Rob Van Dam, along with Vince McMahon, and RAW Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin, presented the original Hardcore Championship title to "Hardcore Legend", Mick Foley, as a framed gift. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This is a list of professional wrestlers and personalities that performed in the different incarnations of the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion from (alumni of the ECW brand in WWE should not be included): 1992-1994 (as Eastern Championship Wrestling) 1994-2001 (as Extreme Championship Wrestling):) They are listed in alphabetical... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Team 3D is a professional wrestling tag team of Brother Ray (Mark Lamonica), Brother Devon (Devon Hughes), and on occasion the team becomes a stable with Brother Runt (Matt Hyson). ... Mark Lamonica (born July 14, 1971) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling as Buh Buh Ray Dudley and World Wrestling Entertainment as Bubba Ray Dudley. ... Devon Omer Hughes (born August 1, 1972) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment as D-Von Dudley. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ...


The belt was unofficially reactivated by Mick Foley in mid 2006 for a short period when he declared himself and Edge "co-holders of the Hardcore Championship" during a feud with Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk and following a hardcore match between the two of them at ECW One Night Stand. After the feud ended, the belt once again disappeared from television. Adam Joseph Copeland (born October 30, 1973), is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, under the ring name Edge, wrestling on its SmackDown! brand where he is the current World Heavyweight Champion. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Trivia

  • When Bradshaw first won the belt on June 9, 2002, he replaced it with a customized belt to fit his Texan Cowboy gimmick. The belt included a Texas flag, giant bull horns and the words 'Texas Hardcore Champion'. The belt was a replica of Steve Austin's "Smoking Skull" championship belt with a Texas flag decal placed on the front. [citation needed]
  • When Tommy Dreamer won the title he covered the faceplate of Bradshaw's belt with a New York license plate (Dreamer is from Yonkers, New York). This version of the belt was used until the title was retired. [citation needed]
  • Four women have held the Hardcore Championship. They are Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Terri Runnels and Cynthia Lynch.
  • In its 1394 days in existence, the Hardcore Championship changed hands 241 times, resulting in an average title reign of 5.78 days.

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See also

The WWE Hardcore Championship was a professional wrestling title competed for in World Wrestling Entertainment under hardcore rules. ...

References

External links

  • WWE Hardcore Title History

  Results from FactBites:
 
WWE: Inside WWE > Title History > Hardcore (221 words)
The Hardcore Championship was one of the most unique championships to ever be defended in WWE.
That meant that the Hardcore Champion could be pinned at any time of day, any day of the week as long as a referee was around to make the three-count.
The Hardcore Championship found its way around the waists of a very eclectic group of Superstars ranging from the likes of Mankind, Crash Holly, Big Show, Hardcore Holly, Big Boss Man and Kane, among numerous others.
WWE Hardcore Championship Information (954 words)
The original WWE Hardcore Championship belt itself was originally used as the WWF Championship in an angle between Hulk Hogan and Mr.
When the WWF decided to create the Hardcore Championship, they took the smashed-up replica WWF Championship belt and applied duct tape on various spots of the belt, with the word 'HARDCORE' written on the first large piece of tape and the word 'CHAMPION' written on the second large piece of tape.
The only wrestlers to win both the WWE and WCW Hardcore Championships were Johnny Stamboli, (who won the Hardcore title as "Johnny The Bull" with Big Vito in June 2000) and The Hurricane, who was co-Hardcore champion with Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore as "Shane Helms" in February and March 2000.
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