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Hardcore Championship
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Current Champion Stone Cold
Date Won 23rd May 2017
Date Established 9th November 2012
First Champion Brock Lesnar
Most Reigns The Great Destroyer (6 reigns)
Longest Reign Ryback (77 days)
Shortest Reign Bram (<1 day)
Most Defenses Ryback (10 defences)

The Hardcore Championship is a tertiary championship in the WTX Universe. It is to be competed for by any member of any of the three brands, those being Raw, NXT or SmackDown. It was first introduced in a Fatal 4-Way Match in which Brock Lesnar defeated JBL, Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes to become the first ever Hardcore Champion on 9th November 2012. It was retired by Bram upon his championship victory on 24th December 2014. The championship was then brought back on the 29th September 2016.

History

The Hardcore Championship debuted on the November 9th 2012 edition of SmackDown. It was contested for in an Extreme Rules Fatal 4-Way in which Brock Lesnar defeated JBL, Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes to become the first ever champion.

It is traditionally defended under any extreme stipulation and is defended weekly, originally on every episode of SmackDown, however, due to SmackDown and Raw having four championships already and NXT only having three the championships weekly defences were moved to NXT so that other championships could be more focused on within the Raw & SmackDown brands.

The championship is defended entirely under fan votes with the most popular superstar voted for that week in the prior weeks NXT comment section getting an opporunity to face whoever the champion is in an extreme match for the championship.

Due to the championship being defended weekly there have been more short (on average 7-21 day) reigns than there have been longer reigns.

Upon winning the championship on 24th December 2014, Bram declared himself the "king of hardcore" and stated nobody else deserved the title, thereby retiring it.

The championship was revived on the 29th September 2016 edition of Superstars in a Battle Royal won by Wolfe Kessler. The championship was revived with new rulings that state

  • The championship is only to be defended at special events
  • The championship will only be contested for by superstars from the brand that hosts the special event
  • On the occasion that the championship is defended at a dual-branded event, the championship will be contested in a 4-Way Match featuring superstars from each respective brand
  • No current reigning champions are eligible to challenge for the championship
  • No superstars already booked on the show can challenge for the championship
  • The championship must be defended at all special events across all brands
  • The championship is exclusively defended in matches with added stipulations

The championship matches are still determined via fan voting, keeping championship matches unknown until the day of the event.

Reigns

# Wrestler Reign Date Days Held Defences Event Notes
1 Brock Lesnar 1 9th November 2012 56 7 SmackDown This was an Extreme Rules Fatal 4-Way for the newly introduced Hardcore Championship also featuring JBL, Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes
2 The Undertaker 1 4th January 2013 63 5 SmackDown
3 Stone Cold 1 8th March 2013 7 0 SmackDown
4 JBL 1 15th March 2013 7 0 SmackDown
5 Batista 1 22nd March 2013 16 0 SmackDown
6 Drew McIntyre 1 7th April 2013 5 0 WrestleMania XXVIII This was an Armageddon Hell in a Cell Match also featuring Brock Lesnar, Ryback, CM Punk & Stone Cold
7 Mankind 1 12th April 2013 7 0 SmackDown
8 Brock Lesnar 2 19th April 2013 35 4 SmackDown This was a Fatal 4-Way Match also featuring Drew McIntyre & Sting
9 Randy Orton 1 24th May 2013 7 0 SmackDown This was a Table Match
10 Jeff Hardy 1 31st May 2013 14 1 SmackDown
11 Matt Hardy 1 14th June 2013 28 3 SmackDown This was a TLC Match
12 The Crimzon Blade 1 12th July 2013 12 1 SmackDown This was a Steel Cage Match
13 Batista 2 24th July 2013 35 2 ECW This was a Triple Threat Match also featuring Paul Burchill
14 Randy Orton 2 28th August 2013 14 1 NXT
15 Kevin Thorn 1 11th September 2013 42 3 NXT This was an Armageddon Hell in a Cell Match also featuring The Great Destroyer, Yoshi Tatsu, Seth Rollins & Rhyno
16 Shawn Michaels 1 23rd October 2013 7 0 NXT This was a Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match also featuring Curt Hawkins
17 Wade Barrett 1 30th October 2013 70 8 NXT
18 Antonio Cesaro 1 8th January 2014 28 3 NXT This was a Triple Threat Table Match also featuring Christian
19 Seth Rollins 1 5th February 2014 21 2 NXT This was a TLC Match
20 Razor Ramon 1 26th February 2014 7 0 NXT This was a Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match
21 Seth Rollins 2 5th March 2014 7 0 NXT This was a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match also featuring Crimzon
22 The Great Destroyer 1 12th March 2014 7 0 NXT
23 Big Show 1 19th March 2014 7 0 NXT
24 The Great Destroyer 2 26th March 2014 11 1 NXT This was a Ladder Match
25 Mick Foley 2 6th April 2014 17 2 WrestleMania XXIX This was an Armageddon Hell in a Cell Match also featuing Brock Lesnar, Big E, Eddie Guerrero & Cesaro
26 The Great Destroyer 3 23rd April 2014 7 0 NXT This was an "I Quit" Match
27 Crimzon 2 30th April 2014 7 0 NXT
28 The Great Destroyer 4 7th May 2014 14 1 NXT This was a TLC Match
29 AJ Styles 1 21st May 2014 14 1 NXT
30 Batista 3 4th June 2014 7 0 NXT
31 Bobby Roode 1 11th June 2014 21 2 NXT This was a Triple Threat Match also featuring Rey Mysterio
32 Corey Graves 1 2nd July 2014 14 1 NXT This was a Steel Cage Match
33 Ultimo Dragon 1 17th July 2014 7 0 NXT This was a Fatal 4-Way Ladder Match also featuring AJ Styles & Matt Hardy
34 Austin Aries 1 23rd July 2014 7 0 NXT This was an Armageddon Hell in a Cell also featuring The Undertaker, Paul Burchill, Justin Gabriel & Rusev
35 Cody Rhodes 1 30th July 2014 21 2 NXT This was a Triple Threat also featuring The Rock
36 Heath Slater 1 20th August 2014 28 3 NXT This was an Elimination Fatal 4-Way also featuring Raven & Chris Jericho
37 D'Angelo Dinero 1 17th September 2014 21 2 NXT
38 Ryback 1 8th October 2014 77 10 NXT This was a Fatal 4-Way also featuring The Indee Wrassler & Samoa Joe
39 Bram 1 24th December 2014 0 0 NXT Upon winning the Hardcore Championship, Bram retired the championship.
- VACANT - 24th December 2014 - - NXT The championship was revived on September 29th 2016
40 Wolfe Kessler 1 29th September 2016 10 0 Superstars This was a 6-Man Battle Royal also featuring JBL, Prince Crimzon, Dean Frost, Big Show & Matanza
41 Drew Galloway 2 9th October 2016 42 0 Hell in a Cell 2016 Drew Galloway was formerly known as Drew McIntyre
42 Jack Swagger 1 20th November 2016 14 0 Survivor Series 2016 This was a Fatal 4-Way also featuring Christian & Sting
43 Chad Gable 1 4th December 2016 28 2 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2016
44 Tye Dillinger 1 29th January 2017 35 1 Royal Rumble 2017 This was a Fatal 4-Way also featuring R-Truth & Zack Ryder
45 The Great Destroyer 5 5th March 2017 17 1 Fastlane 2017 This was a Triple Threat Match also featuring El Frostico
46 Sheamus 1 22nd March 2017 7 0 ECW
47 The Great Destroyer 6 29th March 2017 4 0 ECW This was a Triple Threat Match also featuring Sami Callihan
48 Edge 1 2nd April 2017 15 1 WrestleMania VI This was a 30-Man Battle Royal
49 Rey Fenix 1 17th April 2017 7 0 RAW
50 Diego 1 24th April 2017 6 0 RAW
51 El Frostico 1 30th April 2017 1 0 Payback 2017
52 Diego 2 1st May 2017 22 1 RAW This was a Mask vs. Mask Match
53 Stone Cold 2 23rd May 2017 6+ 0 RAW This was a 6-Man Battle Royal also featuring Kofi Kingston, Kalisto, Dean Ambrose & Fandango

Combined Reigns

Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1 Brock Lesnar 2 98
2 Ryback 1 77
3 Wade Barrett 1 70
4 The Undertaker 1 63
5 The Great Destroyer 6 60
6 Batista 3 58
7 Chad Gable 1 56
8 Drew Galloway 2 47
9 Kevin Thorn 1 42
10 Tye Dillinger 1 35
11 Matt Hardy 1 28
Cesaro 1
Seth Rollins 2
Heath Slater 1
Diego 2
12 Mick Foley/Mankind 2 24
13 Randy Orton 2 21

Bobby Roode

1
Cody Rhodes 1
D'Angelo Dinero 1
14 Crimzon 2 19
15 Edge 1 15
16 Jeff Hardy 1 14
AJ Styles 1
Corey Graves 1
Jack Swagger 1
17 Stone Cold 2 13+
18 Wolfe Kessler 1 10
19 JBL 1 7
Shawn Michaels 1
Razor Ramon 1
Big Show 1
Ultimo Dragon 1
Austin Aries 1
Sheamus 1
Rey Fenix 1
20 El Frostico 1 1
21 Bram 1 0

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