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Yes.... there were at least 50 WWF/E Hardcore Champions throughout the four year history of the title, contested in some of the silliest, dangerous and unpredictable matches in the industry.
In many ways, the Hardcore Championship was a major part of the WWF's vaunted Attitude Era. The rules were often relaxed, the matches violent and fast-paced, and many of the contests couldn't be aired in today's PG-friendly environment.
Introduced in 1998 as part of a storyline between Mankind and Vince McMahon, the WWF Hardcore Championship went on to become a staple of the raunchy late-90's. Falls would count anywhere, weapons were encouraged and it was truly the opposite of what a major wrestling championship was supposed to represent.
So how does one rank a list of titleholders that, in many cases, only held the championship for weeks, days or minutes?
In counting down the Top 50 WWF Hardcore Champions, we looked at the following criteria:
How many title reigns did the champion have?
How important were their title defenses and wins?
Were they truly able to bring a unique element to the WWF's Hardcore Division?
If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
Ready? Here we go!
At WrestleMania 2000, the Hardcore Championship was up for grabs in a unique, 13-man battle royal. At one point, the 400-plus pound Viscera captured the championship, after pinning Tazz (who will be represented later on this list). After seven grueling minutes, The World's Largest Love Machine lost the belt to...