Time To Bring Back An Old Favorite

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Time To Bring Back An Old Favorite

 

November 2, 1998 .... That was the date that Vince McMahon first awarded the Hardcore Championship To Mankind (Mick Foley), Although the belts conception was to be used initially for comedy segments and a push to try and make Mankind's reputation as a hardcore, rule breaking champion not that he ever needed the plug.

As for the belt , it took on a life of it's own as more and more fans tuned in to watch the hardcore wrestling matches and the hardcore championship became one of the most coveted title of it's time.

As the match gained in popularity, each of the wrestlers that one it started developing their own rules for the championship.

The 24/7 rule was created when Crash holly won the belt ,which in short meant that the championship belt was to be defended at all times, thus making for the list below

CHAMPION

DEFEATED

LOCATION

DATE

Mankind

n/a

Houston, TX

11-02-98

Big Boss Man

Mankind

Baltimore, MD

11-30-98

Road Dogg

Big Boss Man

Spokane, WA

12-15-98

Hardcore Holly

Al Snow

Memphis, TN

02-14-99

Billy Gunn

Hardcore Holly

San Jose, CA

03-15-99

Hardcore Holly

Billy Gunn

Philadelphia, PA

03-28-99

Al Snow

Hardcore Holly

Providence, RI

04-25-99

Big Boss Man

Al Snow

Buffalo, NY

07-25-99

Al Snow

Big Boss Man

Minneapolis, MN

08-22-99

Big Boss Man

Al Snow

Kansas City, MO

08-24-99

Davey Boy Smith

Big Boss Man

Albany, NY

09-07-99

Al Snow

null

Albany, NY

09-07-99

Big Boss Man

Al Snow

Birmingham, AL

10-12-99

Test

Big Boss Man

New Haven, CT

01-17-00

Crash Holly

Test

Nashville, TN

02-22-00

Pete Gas

Crash Holly

Newark, NJ

03-13-00

Crash Holly

Pete Gas

Newark, NJ

03-13-00

Hardcore Holly

Crash Holly

Anaheim, CA

04-02-00

Crash Holly

Hardcore Holly

Los Angeles, CA

04-03-00

Perry Saturn

Crash Holly

Tampa, FL

04-11-00

Tazz

Perry Saturn

Tampa, FL

04-11-00

Crash Holly

Tazz

Tampa, FL

04-11-00

Matt Hardy

Crash Holly

Raleigh, NC

04-24-00

Crash Holly

Matt Hardy

Charlotte, NC

04-25-00

Davey Boy Smith

Crash Holly

London, England

05-06-00

Crash Holly

Davey Boy Smith

New Haven, CT

05-09-00

Godfather's Ho

Crash Holly

Cleveland, OH

05-15-00

Crash Holly

Godfather's Ho

Cleveland, OH

05-15-00

Gerald Brisco

Crash Holly

Detroit, MI

06-06-00

Crash Holly

Gerald Brisco

St. Louis, MO

06-13-00

Gerald Brisco

Crash Holly

Nashville, TN

06-19-00

Pat Patterson

Gerald Brisco

Nashville, TN

06-19-00

Crash Holly

Pat Patterson

Boston, MA

06-25-00

Steve Blackman

Crash Holly

Hartford, CT

06-27-00

Crash Holly

Steve Blackman

Tampa, FL

07-02-00

Steve Blackman

Crash Holly

Tampa, FL

07-02-00

Shane McMahon

Steve Blackman

Lafayette, LA

08-22-00

Steve Blackman

Shane McMahon

Raleigh, NC

08-27-00

Crash Holly

Steve Blackman

Philadelphia, PA

09-24-00

Perry Saturn

Crash Holly

Philadelphia, PA

09-24-00

Raven

Steve Blackman

Chatanooga, TN

12-22-00

Raven

Al Snow

Lafayette, LA

01-22-01

Al Snow

Raven

Lafayette, LA

01-22-01

K-Kwick

Raven

Greensboro, NC

02-03-01

Crash Holly

K-Kwick

Greensboro, NC

02-03-01

Raven

Crash Holly

Greensboro, NC

02-03-01

K-Kwick

Raven

Columbia, SC

02-04-01

Crash Holly

K-Kwick

Columbia, SC

02-04-01

null

Crash Holly

Columbia, SC

02-04-01

Hardcore Holly

Raven

N. Charleston, SC

02-06-01

Raven

Hardcore Holly

N. Charleston, SC

02-06-01

Hardcore Holly

Raven

St. Paul, MN

02-10-01

Raven

Hardcore Holly

St. Paul, MN

02-10-01

Hardcore Holly

Raven

Boston, MA

02-11-01

Raven

Al Snow

Boston, MA

02-11-01

Al Snow

Hardcore Holly

Boston, MA

02-11-01

Steve Blackman

Raven

Cedar Falls, IA

02-17-01

Raven

Steve Blackman

Cedar Falls, IA

02-17-01

Steve Blackman

Raven

Cape Girardeau, MO

02-18-01

Raven

Steve Blackman

Cape Girardeau, MO

02-18-01

Raven

Billy Gunn

Las Vegas, NV

02-25-01

Big Show

Raven

Las Vegas, NV

02-25-01

Billy Gunn

Raven

Las Vegas, NV

02-25-01

Raven

Big Show

Albany, NY

03-19-01

Kane

Raven

Houston, TX

04-01-01

Rhyno

Kane

Nashville, TN

04-17-01

Big Show

Rhyno

San Jose, CA

05-21-01

Chris Jericho

Big Show

Calgary, Alberta

05-28-01

Rhyno

Chris Jericho

Calgary, Alberta

05-28-01

Test

Rhyno

Baltimore, MD

06-12-01

Rhyno

Test

New York, NY

06-25-01

Mike Awesome

Rhyno

New York, NY

06-25-01

Jeff Hardy

Mike Awesome

Birmingham, AL

07-10-01

Rob Van Dam

Jeff Hardy

Cleveland, OH

07-22-01

Jeff Hardy

Rob Van Dam

Chicago, IL

08-13-01

Rob Van Dam

Jeff Hardy

San Jose, CA

08-19-01

Kurt Angle

Rob Van Dam

San Antonio, TX

09-10-01

Rob Van Dam

Kurt Angle

San Antonio, TX

09-10-01

Undertaker

Rob Van Dam

San Diego, CA

12-09-01

Maven

Undertaker

Los Angeles, CA

02-05-02

Goldust

Maven

Boston, MA

02-26-02

Al Snow

Goldust

Detroit, MI

03-11-02

Maven

Al Snow

Cleveland, OH

03-12-02

Spike Dudley

Maven

Toronto, Ontario

03-17-02

Hurricane

Spike Dudley

Toronto, Ontario

03-17-02

Mighty Molly

Hurricane

Toronto, Ontario

03-17-02

Christian

Mighty Molly

Toronto, Ontario

03-17-02

Maven

Christian

Toronto, Ontario

03-17-02

Raven

Maven

Philadelphia, PA

03-26-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Raven

Albany, NY

04-01-02

William Regal

Bubba Ray Dudley

Denver, CO

04-07-02

Goldust

William Regal

Denver, CO

04-07-02

Raven

Goldust

Denver, CO

04-07-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Raven

Denver, CO

04-07-02

William Regal

Bubba Ray Dudley

Odessa, TX

04-13-02

Spike Dudley

William Regal

Odessa, TX

04-13-02

Goldust

Spike Dudley

Odessa, TX

04-13-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Goldust

Odessa, TX

04-13-02

William Regal

Bubba Ray Dudley

Abilene, TX

04-14-02

Spike Dudley

William Regal

Abilene, TX

04-14-02

Goldust

Spike Dudley

Abilene, TX

04-14-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Goldust

Abilene, TX

04-14-02

Raven

Bubba Ray Dudley

College Station, TX

04-15-02

Tommy Dreamer

Raven

College Station, TX

04-15-02

Steven Richards

Tommy Dreamer

College Station, TX

04-15-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Steven Richards

College Station, TX

04-15-02

Goldust

Bubba Ray Dudley

Uniondale, NY

04-19-02

Raven

Goldust

Uniondale, NY

04-19-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Raven

Uniondale, NY

04-19-02

Goldust

Bubba Ray Dudley

Des Moines, IA

04-20-02

Raven

Goldust

Des Moines, IA

04-20-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Raven

Des Moines, IA

04-20-02

Steven Richards

Bubba Ray Dudley

Buffalo, NY

04-29-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Cologne, Germany

05-01-02

Goldust

Tommy Dreamer

Cologne, Germany

05-01-02

Steven Richards

Goldust

Cologne, Germany

05-01-02

Shawn Stasiak

Crash Holly

Glasgow, Scotland

05-02-02

Justin Credible

Shawn Stasiak

Glasgow, Scotland

05-02-02

Crash Holly

Justin Credible

Glasgow, Scotland

05-02-02

Steven Richards

Crash Holly

Glasgow, Scotland

05-02-02

Shawn Stasiak

Steven Richards

Glasgow, Scotland

05-02-02

Steven Richards

Shawn Stasiak

Glasgow, Scotland

05-02-02

Crash Holly

Justin Credible

Birmingham, England

05-03-02

Steven Richards

Crash Holly

Birmingham, England

05-03-02

Crash Holly

Booker T

London, England

05-04-02

Steven Richards

Booker T

London, England

05-04-02

Booker T

Crash Holly

London, England

05-04-02

Booker T

Steven Richards

London, England

05-04-02

Bubba Ray Dudley

Steven Richards

Hartford, CT

05-06-02

Raven

Bubba Ray Dudley

Hartford, CT

05-06-02

Justin Credible

Raven

Hartford, CT

05-06-02

Crash Holly

Justin Credible

Hartford, CT

05-06-02

Trish Stratus

Crash Holly

Hartford, CT

05-06-02

Steven Richards

Trish Stratus

Hartford, CT

05-06-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Winnipeg, Manitoba

05-25-02

Raven

Tommy Dreamer

Winnipeg, Manitoba

05-25-02

Steven Richards

Raven

Winnipeg, Manitoba

05-25-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Red Deer, Saskatchewan

05-26-02

Raven

Tommy Dreamer

Red Deer, Saskatchewan

05-26-02

Steven Richards

Raven

Red Deer, Saskatchewan

05-26-02

Terri

Steven Richards

Edmonton, Alberta

05-27-02

Steven Richards

Terri

Edmonton, Alberta

05-27-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

New Orleans, LA

06-02-02

Raven

Tommy Dreamer

New Orleans, LA

06-02-02

Steven Richards

Raven

New Orleans, LA

06-02-02

Bradshaw

Steven Richards

Dallas, TX

06-03-02

Raven

Bradshaw

Cincinnati, OH

06-22-02

Spike Dudley

Raven

Cincinnati, OH

06-22-02

Shawn Stasiak

Spike Dudley

Cincinnati, OH

06-22-02

Bradshaw

Shawn Stasiak

Cincinnati, OH

06-22-02

Shawn Stasiak

Bradshaw

Washington, D.C.

06-28-02

Spike Dudley

Shawn Stasiak

Washington, D.C.

06-28-02

Steven Richards

Spike Dudley

null

06-28-02

Bradshaw

Steven Richards

Washington, D.C.

06-28-02

Shawn Stasiak

Bradshaw

New York, NY

06-29-02

Spike Dudley

Shawn Stasiak

New York, NY

06-29-02

Steven Richards

Spike Dudley

New York, NY

06-29-02

Bradshaw

Steven Richards

New York, NY

06-29-02

Raven

Bradshaw

Uncasville, CT

06-30-02

Crash Holly

Raven

Uncasville, CT

06-30-02

Steven Richards

Crash Holly

Uncasville, CT

06-30-02

Bradshaw

Steven Richards

Uncasville, CT

06-30-02

Steven Richards

Bradshaw

Frederick, MD

07-06-02

Crash Holly

Steven Richards

Frederick, MD

07-06-02

Christopher Nowinski

Crash Holly

Frederick, MD

07-06-02

Bradshaw

Christopher Nowinski

Frederick, MD

07-06-02

Steven Richards

Bradshaw

Wildwood, NJ

07-07-02

Crash Holly

Steven Richards

Wildwood, NJ

07-07-02

Christopher Nowinski

Crash Holly

Wildwood, NJ

07-07-02

Bradshaw

Christopher Nowinski

Wildwood, NJ

07-07-02

Justin Credible

Bradshaw

Lakeland, FL

07-12-02

Spike Dudley

Justin Credible

Lakeland, FL

07-12-02

Big Show

Spike Dudley

Lakeland, FL

07-12-02

Bradshaw

Big Show

Lakeland, FL

07-12-02

Justin Credible

Bradshaw

Daytona Beach, FL

07-13-02

Shawn Stasiak

Justin Credible

Daytona Beach, FL

07-13-02

Bradshaw

Shawn Stasiak

Daytona Beach, FL

07-13-02

Justin Credible

Bradshaw

Bethlehem, PA

07-14-02

Shawn Stasiak

Justin Credible

Bethlehem, PA

07-14-02

Bradshaw

Shawn Stasiak

Bethlehem, PA

07-14-02

Johnny Stamboli

Bradshaw

East Rutherford, NJ

07-15-02

Bradshaw

Johnny Stamboli

East Rutherford, NJ

07-15-02

Raven

Bradshaw

Houston, TX

07-26-02

Justin Credible

Raven

Houston, TX

07-26-02

Shawn Stasiak

Justin Credible

Houston, TX

07-26-02

Bradshaw

Shawn Stasiak

Houston, TX

07-26-02

Raven

Bradshaw

San Antonio, TX

07-27-02

Justin Credible

Raven

San Antonio, TX

07-27-02

Shawn Stasiak

Justin Credible

San Antonio, TX

07-27-02

Bradshaw

Shawn Stasiak

San Antonio, TX

07-27-02

Raven

Bradshaw

Columbia, SC

07-28-02

Justin Credible

Raven

Columbia, SC

07-28-02

Shawn Stasiak

Justin Credible

Columbia, SC

07-28-02

Bradshaw

Shawn Stasiak

Columbia, SC

07-28-02

Jeff Hardy

Bradshaw

Greensboro, NC

07-29-02

Johnny Stamboli

Jeff Hardy

Greensboro, NC

07-29-02

Tommy Dreamer

Johnny Stamboli

Greensboro, NC

07-29-02

Tommy Dreamer

Bradshaw

Miami, FL

08-03-02

Bradshaw

Tommy Dreamer

Miami, FL

08-03-02

Tommy Dreamer

Bradshaw

Pittsburgh, PA

08-04-02

Bradshaw

Tommy Dreamer

Pittsburgh, PA

08-04-02

Shawn Stasiak

Tommy Dreamer

Kelowna, British Columbia

08-09-02

Steven Richards

Shawn Stasiak

Kelowna, British Columbia

08-09-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Kelowna, British Columbia

08-09-02

Shawn Stasiak

Tommy Dreamer

Kamloops, British Columbia

08-10-02

Steven Richards

Shawn Stasiak

Kamloops, British Columbia

08-10-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Kamloops, British Columbia

08-10-02

Shawn Stasiak

Tommy Dreamer

Vancouver, British Columbia

08-11-02

Steven Richards

Shawn Stasiak

Vancouver, British Columbia

08-11-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Vancouver, British Columbia

08-11-02

Raven

Tommy Dreamer

Terre Haute, IN

08-17-02

Shawn Stasiak

Raven

Terre Haute, IN

08-17-02

Tommy Dreamer

Shawn Stasiak

Terre Haute, IN

08-17-02

Shawn Stasiak

Tommy Dreamer

Evansville, IN

08-18-02

Steven Richards

Shawn Stasiak

Evansville, IN

08-18-02

Tommy Dreamer

Steven Richards

Evansville, IN

08-18-02

Crash Holly

Bradshaw

Norfolk, VA

08-19-02

Tommy Dreamer

Crash Holly

Norfolk, VA

08-19-02

Bradshaw

Tommy Dreamer

Norfolk, VA

08-19-02

Rob Van Dam

Tommy Dreamer

New York, NY

08-26-02

Four Diva's also made the claim to fame by winning the championship ,  Molly Holly ,Trish Stratus ,Terri Runnels, and Bobcat.

Kudos Ladies, pure Diva power

 

The title was retired on August 27, 2002 when WWE Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam defeated Hardcore Champion Tommy Dreamer to unify the titles.

This was exactly a month after he defeated Jeff Hardy To unify the WWE Intercontinental Championship and the WWE European Championship.

Although Raven was 27  times hardcore Champion , I have to give credit to all the extreme superstars that put their body on the line for this championship itle.

The WWE needs to bring this belt back , not just for us hardcore fanatics , but also so they can get the best out of the superstars that are currently employed in the WWE

So let's hear it people. What are your thoughts?

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