During late , WCW promoted various hardcore matches, bouts where there were no disqualifications or countouts , that mainly involved Norman Smiley and Brian Knobs. 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. Before the promotion's purchase, the title was vacant, though, Meng was the final wrestler to hold the championship.
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. It first appeared in when interest in hardcore wrestling was at its peak. Despite its short history, a lot happened with the belt. WCW saw the huge success WWF was having with a hardcore division and title so they decided to take advantage of the new interest in hardcore wrestling.
Eventually, the rules were changed so that matches began in the backstage area but would only end by pinfall in the ring. The belt was created in response to the growing popularity of hardcore wrestling in North America, but it never reached the heights of the WWF's Hardcore Championship. The title lasted from to It was abandoned after Meng , the reigning champion, left the company to return to the WWF. Meng gave the belt to Barbarian as a gift, but this didn't take place on TV and isn't considered part of the title history.
Eventually, the rules were changed so that matches began in the backstage area but would only end by pinfall in the ring , but later were changed back to 'Falls Count Anywhere' rules. The belt was created in response to the growing popularity of hardcore wrestling in North America. The title lasted from to