The WWE Hardcore Championship was a hardcore wrestling championship in WWE formerly the World Wrestling Federation , which was contested under "hardcore" rules no disqualifications , no countouts , and pinfalls count anywhere. It was established on November 2, , with Mankind as the inaugural champion. After Mankind lost the title to Big Boss Man , he never attempted to recapture it mainly because of the main event push he received shortly afterward. At the time of conception, the idea was for the belt to be used in comedy segments to play on Mankind's reputation as a hardcore wrestler.
The entire idea of the title changing hands anywhere at any time brought back memories of the Hardcore title from the WWE Attitude Era. A wrestler could win it anywhere, at any time, and there were no requirements about who could win it. The main difference is that Hardcore rules remained in effect, which meant lots of weapons and carnage. It says a lot about their willingness to humiliate themselves regularly, but it is also kind of sad to see two of the all-time greats in wrestling history turned into a joke during the Attitude Era.
Abandoned: The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship
In WWE, there are six major titles. Not many know that the company has had a total of at least 19 different titles, 13 of which have been abandoned for one reason or another. Each slide will feature the champion, who they defeated, where and when they won it, the length of their title reign, any special circumstances that happened during their reign and a bit of commentary. Belts with a lengthy history will get their own articles and may be broken up into two depending on the length. When Crash Holly won the title for the first time February he said that he would defend the title 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
WWE's tease of Mick Foley introducing a new title has led to speculation that the promotion will WWE teased the introduction of a new championship, which would be its 11th main roster title, at Money in the Bank as Hall of Famer Mick Foley will return to do the honors. In addition to Brock Lesnar's surprising victory, the tease of WWE's new championship seems to be yet another response by WWE to its ongoing freefall in viewership.