This is the fifth edition of my "best of" series.
Growing up during the Attitude Era, this was hands down my favorite championship. It was because of the people that necessarily held it, it was because of the unpredictably and humor that came along with the title and its matches.
At first, the title was awarded to Mankind but he quickly dropped it due to him impending push towards the end of 1998.
Once Crash Holly had won the title, however, did it start to become "must-see TV." Crash introduced the "24/7 Rule," which meant the title would be defended anytime and any place, and it sure was!
During it's four-year existence, the Hardcore Championship was held 229.times by 52 different wrestlers, with Raven having the most reigns (26).
Make no mistakes, this match is not intended to be taken seriously from a technical standpoint. This match is just hilarious with what goes on during it.
Also, is it just me, or are Kane and Big Show always either teaming up or going against one another?
I find it funny, 10 years ago most people would laugh at this and think it's the greatest thing in the world.
If this happened today, I'd probably see 20 articles about how the WWE is sinking.
It's things like this that make me miss the Attitude Era.
I wonder what the bystanders were thinking as they saw this.
During WrestleMania 2000, a 13-man Hardcore Battle Royal was held and well...I'm sure you can get how that match went.
Just look at Al Snow's face when he drives through the boxes. It's priceless.
There weren't a whole lot of "legitimate" matches that took place for the Hardcore Championship.
Not a lot of main-event wrestlers competed for the title.
This match is the exception to both cases.
Does anyone else remember Steve Blackman?
I miss watching him compete.
Sure, he wasn't the most gifted wrestler out there, but he sure was entertaining in his own way.
After Mankind dropped the Hardcore Championship, he finally became a permanent main-event superstar.
This is what I loved about the Hardcore Title and the 24/7 rules. Anyone, and I mean anyone, could win it.
I miss stupid moments like these.
These happen a lot, huh?
This was a sad day for fans of the Hardcore Championship.
As sad as it was to see the 24/7 rule go away, it was sadder to see the Hardcore Championship retired.