List of WCW Hardcore Champions

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Norman Smiley (right) was the first WCW Hardcore Champion.

The WCW Hardcore Championship was a professional wrestling Hardcore Championship contested for in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). During late 1999, WCW promoted various hardcore matches, bouts where there were no disqualifications or countouts, that mainly involved Norman Smiley and Brian Knobs. The developing rivalry between the two wrestlers led WCW to announce the creation of the WCW Hardcore Championship in November 1999.[1] In January 2001, the champion Meng signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) after his WCW contract expired.[2] Shortly afterwards, the promotion filed for bankruptcy and the WWF purchased all assets of WCW, and as a result, all WCW Championship copyrights were also property of the WWF. After the purchase, the WWF used the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and WCW World Tag Team Championship in the The Invasion storyline, in which former WCW wrestlers feuded with original WWF wrestlers before WCW's purchase, however, other WCW titles, including the WCW Hardcore Title, were not used.[3]

Title reigns were determined by professional wrestling hardcore match types with wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripts feuds, plots and storylines or were awarded the title due to scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or fan favorites as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a hardcore wrestling type match or series of matches for the championship.[4] The inaugural champion was Norman Smiley, who defeated Brian Knobs at Mayhem. Before the promotion's purchase, the title was vacant, though, Meng was the final wrestler to hold the championship. The title was won in Canadian municipalities and in American states. Smiley held the title the longest at 51 days, and at less than one day, Carl Oullete has the shortest title reign. Brian Knobs has won the title on three occasions, the most in the championship's history; this also ties with the number of times the title was vacated. Overall, there were 18 reigns.


# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley 1 November 21, 1999 51 Toronto, Ontario Mayhem (1999) Defeated Brian Knobs in the finals of a tournament to crown the first champion.
2 Knobs, BrianBrian Knobs 1 January 12, 2000 27 Erie, PA Thunder This title change aired on tape delay
3 Bigelow, Bam BamBam Bam Bigelow 1 February 7, 2000 13 Tulsa, OK Nitro
4 Knobs, BrianBrian Knobs 2 February 20, 2000 8 San Francisco, CA SuperBrawl (2000)
5 Helms, ShaneShane Helms, Evan Karagias, and Shannon Moore 1 February 28, 2000 20 Minneapolis, MN Nitro Helms, Karagias, and Moore, known as the 3 Count stable, defeated Knobs simultaneously in a match, and as a result, WCW allowed the Freebird Rule in which all three wrestlers were able to defend the title.
6 Knobs, BrianBrian Knobs 3 March 19, 2000 22 Miami, FL Uncensored (2000)
Vacated - April 10, 2000 - Denver, CO N/A WCW Presidents Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff vacated every WCW championship during WCW's reboot.
7 Funk, TerryTerry Funk 1 April 16, 2000 50 Chicago, IL Spring Stampede (2000) Defeated Norman Smiley to win the vacant title.
8 Bischoff, EricEric Bischoff 1 June 5, 2000 1 Atlanta, GA Nitro
9 Vito, BigBig Vito and Johnny the Bull 1 June 6, 2000 0 Knoxville, TN Thunder WCW President Eric Bischoff awarded Vito and Johnny the title, and he announced that the Freebird Rule was in effect for this title reign, allowing both wrestlers to defend the title. This title reign aired on tape delay.
10 Vito, BigBig Vito 2 June 6, 2000 48 Billings, MT Thunder WCW named Vito the sole champion.
11 Lance Storm 1 July 24, 2000 21 Cleveland, OH Nitro Storm renames championship "Saskatchewan Hardcore International Title" shortly after winning it.
12 Ouellet, CarlCarl Ouellet 1 August 14, 2000 0 Kelowna, British Columbia Nitro Storm awarded Ouellet the title.
13 Smiley, NormanNorman Smiley 2 August 14, 2000 42 Kelowna, British Columbia Nitro
Vacated - September 25, 2000 - Uniondale, NY Nitro The title was vacated by WCW Commissioner Mike Sanders.
14 Reno 1 October 2, 2000 37 San Francisco, CA Nitro Sgt. AWOL originally defeated Reno to win the title in a tournament final. However, Mike Sanders reversed the decision and awarded Reno the title.
15 Crowbar 1 November 8, 2000 39 Chicago, IL Thunder This title change aired on tape delay
16 Funk, TerryTerry Funk 2 December 17, 2000 28 Washington, D.C. Starrcade (2000)
17 Meng 1 January 14, 2001 7 Indianapolis, IN Sin

List of combined reigns[edit]

Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined days
1 Norman Smiley 2 93
2 Terry Funk 2 78
3 Brian Knobs 3 57
4 Big Vito 2 48
5 Reno 1 35
6 Crowbar 1 31
7 Lance Storm 1 21
8 Evan Karagias 1 20
Shane Helms 1 20
Shannon Moore 1 20
11 Bam Bam Bigelow 1 13
Johnny the Bull 1 13
13 Meng 1 7
14 Eric Bischoff 1 1
15 Carl Ouellet 1 <1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WCW Hardcore Championship History". Wrestling Title Histories by Royal Duncan and Gary Will. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  2. ^ Powell, John. "Surprises dominate Rumble 2001". SLAM! Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2008-11-29. 
  3. ^ "WWE Entertainment, Inc. acquires WCW from Turner Broadcasting". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2001-03-23. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  4. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 

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