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Hardcore Championship
The Hardcore Championship's current design
The Hardcore Championship's current design
Details
Current
champion(s)
Tommaso Ciampa
Date won October 17, 2021
(aired October 17, 2021)
Promotion WWE

The WWE Hardcore Championship is the third-tier championship title in WWE The E-Fed. The championship was originally Smackdown exclusive for only a short time before being merged with the Cruiserweight Championship and rendered inactive. The championship was reactivated as a RAW exclusive championship in 2008 before being made interbrand in 2011. The title made a return in 2014 after Raw and Smackdown merged together. The first champion was Daniel Puder who won a Championship Scramble to become the inaugural champion. The championship was reactivated by New Jack at Unforgiven on September 22, 2008 after winning but disowning the European Championship and claiming it the Hardcore Championship. The final champion was Kevin Thorn who was in his first reign, after defeating Tyler Chandler on Superstars on February 17, 2011. The title would stay deactivated until September 12, 2014. The current Hardcore Champion is Tommaso Ciampa who is in her first reign defeating former champion Britt Baker. Samuel Shaw, Jake Anderson and Suicide share the record for most reigns with six reigns each. Jimmy Havoc has the record for shortest reign at under 30 seconds. New Jack holds the record for longest reign (as an individual) with 231 days. Becky Lynch made history by becoming the first woman to ever hold the Hardcore Championship.

Title history[]

Key[]

# The overall championship reign
Date The date in which the championship was obtained
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Venue The event where the championship was obtained
Notes Any additional important information on how the championship changed hands
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
# Wrestler Name Reign Date Days held Venue Notes
1 Daniel Puder 1 April 21, 2006 24 Smackdown

Puder won a Championship Scramble to become the inaugural Hardcore Champion.

Vacated May 14, 2006 Smackdown The Hardcore Championship was vacated after Puder quit.
2 Ron Killings 1 May 18, 2006 16 Smackdown
3 Spud 1 June 2, 2006 107 Smackdown
4 Kevin Nash 1 September 1, 2006 178 Smackdown
Deactivated February 25, 2007 The Hardcore Championship was merged with the Cruiserweight Championship at No Way Out and left inactive.
5 New Jack 1 September 22, 2008 231 Unforgiven

New Jack defeated Paul Burchill to win the European Championship but disowned it and renamed it the Hardcore Championship, reactivating the formerly inactive title.

6 Colt Cabana 1 May 10, 2009 84 Backlash
Vacated August 1, 2009 RAW
7 Matt Hardy 1 November 2, 2009 43 RAW Hardy won a elimination style match to claim the vacant Hardcore Championship.
8 Travis Kooper 1 December 14, 2009 133 RAW
9 Mike Tarver 1 April 25, 2010 37 Wrestlemania
10 Travis Kooper 2 May 31, 2010 22 Backlash
12 Papydum 1 June 21, 2010 22 RAW
Vacated July 12, 2010 RAW
13 Desmond Wolfe 1 August 16, 2010 77 RAW
14 Sterling James Keenan 1 October 31, 2010 95 Halloween Havoc
Vacated February 2, 2011 RAW
15 Kevin Thorn 1 February 17, 2011 68 Superstars Thorn defeated Tyler Chandler to claim the vacant Hardcore Championship.
Deactivated April 25, 2011 Wrestlemania The championship was rendered inactive once again after Wrestlemania.
Reactivated September 12, 2014 WWE.com The championship was reactivated by Mick Foley
16 John Cena 1 September 15, 2014 28 Raw Cena defeated New Jack to become the new champion
17 Jey Uso 1 October 13, 2014 <1 Raw Uso defeated John Cena on the October 13 episode of Raw
18 Daniel Bryan 1 October 13, 2014 13 Raw Bryan pinned Jey Uso backstage after Uso had won the championship
19 Cody Rhodes 1 October 26, 2014 15 Halloween Havoc
20 Jake Anderson 1 November 10, 2014 21 Raw
21 Enzo Amore 1 December 1, 2014 30 Raw
22 The Bunny 1 December 31, 2014 <1 Matt Hardy's New Year Party
23 Enzo Amore 2 December 31, 2014 27 Chris Jericho's New Year Party
24 Jake Anderson 2 January 27, 2015 <1 Raw
25 Kevin Steen 1 January 27, 2015 13 Raw
26 Erick Rowan 1 February 10, 2015 13 Raw
27 Bad News Barrett 1 February 22, 2015 <1 Royal Rumble Won during the Royal Rumble match
28 Samuel Shaw 1 February 22, 2015 28 Royal Rumble Won during the Royal Rumble match
29 Sami Callihan 1 March 22, 2015 <1 WrestleMania 31 Won a Hardcore Scramble match to become Champion
30 Samuel Shaw 2 March 22, 2015 35 WrestleMania 31 Pinned Sami Callihan backstage after he won the title and it later became a Smackdown exclusive championship
31 Samuel Shaw (2) and Daniel Bryan (2) 1 April 26, 2015 11 King of the Ring Both men pinned each other at the same time to become co-champions.
32 Corey Graves 2 May 7, 2015 14 Smackdown Graves defeated Shaw to end both co-champions reign. This is Graves' second reign; his first was under his Sterling James Keenan alias.
33 Jack Swagger 1 May 21, 2015 28 Smackdown Won a Fatal 4 Way Match that also included Corey Graves, Enzo Amore and Santino Marella
34 Samuel Shaw 3 June 18th, 2015 <1 Smackdown
35 Becky Lynch 1 June 18th, 2015 28 Smackdown Became the first female to ever win the Hardcore Championship
36 Daffney 1 July 16th, 2015 14 Smackdown Became the second female to ever win the Hardcore Championship
37 Tyson Kidd 1 July 30th, 2015 14 Smackdown
38 Road Dogg 1 August 13th, 2015 <1 Smackdown
39 Tyson Kidd 2 August 13th, 2015 17 Smackdown
40 Billy Gunn 1 August 30th, 2015 <1 Summerslam This was a hardcore scramble match
41 Tyson Kidd 3 August 30th, 2015 <1 Summerslam This was a hardcore scramble match
42 Stardust 2 August 30th, 2015 <1 Summerslam This was a hardcore scramble match. Stardust's first reign fell under the Cody Rhodes name.
43 Billy Gunn 2 August 30th, 2015 <1 Summerslam This was a hardcore scramble match
44 Jimmy Havoc 1 August 30th, 2015 47 Summerslam This was a hardcore scramble match
45 Bram 1 October 16th, 2015 <1 Smackdown
46 Jimmy Havoc 2 October 16th, 2015 13 Smackdown
47 Antonio Cesaro 1 October 29th, 2015 42 Smackdown
48 Kevin Owens 1 December 10, 2015 <1 Smackdown
49 Antonio Cesaro 2 December 10, 2015 31 Smackdown
50 Mariusz Pudzianowski 1 January 10, 2016 18 Smackdown
51 Shelton Benjamin 1 January 28, 2016 <1 Smackdown
52 Antonio Cesaro 3 January 28, 2016 <1 Smackdown
53 Mariusz Pudzianowski 2 January 28, 2016 42 Smackdown Pudzianowski would later vacate the championship due to an injury
53 John Cena 2 March 10, 2016 17 Smackdown
54 Cesaro 4 March 27, 2016 18 WrestleMania 32
55 CJ Parker 1 April 14, 2016 17 SmackDown
56 Apollo Crews 1 May 1, 2016 <1 Invasion (2016)
57 Samuel Shaw 4 May 1, 2016 <1 Invasion (2016)
58 Daniel Riley 1 May 1, 2016 <1 Invasion (2016)
59 Samuel Shaw 5 May 1, 2016 <1 Invasion (2016)
60 Scott Steiner 1 May 1, 2016 <1 Invasion (2016)
61 Stan Stansky 1 May 1, 2016 <1 Invasion (2016)
62 Samuel Shaw 6 May 1, 2016 194 Invasion (2016)
63 Jimmy Havoc 3 November 11, 2016 58 SmackDown
64 Marty Scurll 1 January 8, 2017 12 New Year's Revolution (2017)
65 Raven 1 January 20, 2017 14 SmackDown
66 Abyss 1 February 3, 2017 16 SmackDown
67 Pastor William Eaver 1 February 19, 2017 147 Royal Rumble (2017)
68 Raven 2 July 16, 2017 8 Unforgiven
69 Paige 1 July 24, 2017 34 Raw
70 Ethan Page 1 August 4, 2017 23 SmackDown
Vacated August 27, 2017 SummerSlam
71 Roman Reigns 1 August 27, 2017 29 SummerSlam
72 Zack Sabre Jr 1 September 25, 2017 15 Raw
73 Ciaran O'Donnell 1 October 10, 2017 12 Cyber Sunday
74 CM Punk 1 October 22, 2017 77 Halloween Havoc
75 Trista 1 January 7, 2018 35 Royal Rumble
76 Shane Helms 1 February 11, 2018 21 No Way Out
77 Pastor William Eaver 2 March 4, 2018 49 Fastlane
78 Vinny Marseglia 1 April 22, 2018 35 WrestleMania 34
79 Suicide 1 May 27, 2018 121 Backlash
80 Jimmy Havoc 4 September 25, 2018 103 Survivor Series
81 Suicide 2 January 6, 2019 42 Royal Rumble
82 Raven 3 February 17, 2019 63 No Way Out
83 Suicide 3 April 21, 2019 35 WrestleMania 35
84 Scarlett Bordeaux 1 May 26, 2019 28 Backlash
85 Suicide 4 June 23, 2019 26 Extreme Rules
86 R-Truth 1 July 19, 2019 <1 SmackDown
87 Suicide 5 July 19, 2019 21 SmackDown
88 R-Truth 2 August 8, 2019 16 SmackDown
89 Velveteen Dream 1 August 25, 2019 35 SummerSlam
90 Suicide 6 September 29, 2019 21 No Mercy
91 Orange Cassidy 1 October 20, 2019 35 Halloween Havoc
92 Sami Callihan 1 November 24, 2019 49 Survivor Series
93 Nixon Newell 1 January 12, 2020 42 Royal Rumble
94 Hangman Page 1 February 23, 2020 56 No Way Out
95 Killer Kross 1 April 19, 2020 16 WrestleMania 36
96 Big E 1 May 5, 2020 7 SmackDown
97 Enzo Amore 3 May 12, 2020 <1 SmackDown
98 Drew McIntyre 1 May 12, 2020 <1 SmackDown
99 Big E 2 May 12, 2020 <1 SmackDown
100 Jake Anderson 3 May 12, 2020 <1 SmackDown
101 The Miz 1 May 12, 2020 <1 SmackDown
102 Maryse 1 May 12, 2020 7 SmackDown
103 Pastor William Eaver 3 May 19, 2020 40 SmackDown
104 Heath Slater 1 June 28, 2020 33 Unforgiven (2020)
105 Jake Anderson 4 July 31, 2020 14 SmackDown
106 Kane 1 August 14, 2020 <1 SmackDown
107 Jimmy Havoc 5 August 14, 2020 <1 SmackDown
108 Jake Anderson 5 August 14, 2020 <1 SmackDown
109 Heath Slater 2 August 14, 2020 <1 SmackDown
110 Jake Anderson 6 August 14, 2020 <1 SmackDown
111 Kane 2 August 14, 2020 65 SmackDown
112 Keith Lee 1 October 18, 2020 42 Halloween Havoc
113 The Miz 2 November 29, 2020 21 Survivor Series
114 Randy Orton 1 December 20, 2020 21 Cyber Sunday
115 Sonya Deville 1 January 10, 2021 <1 Royal Rumble
116 MJF 1 January 10, 2021 49 Royal Rumble
117 Bianca Belair 1 February 28, 2021 14 No Way Out (2021)
118 Bray Wyatt 1 March 14, 2021 35 Fastlane (2021)
119 Raven 4 April 18, 2021 42 WrestleMania 37
120 Tyler Breeze 1 May 30, 2021 30 Backlash (2021)
121 Kenny Omega 1 June 29, 2021 19 Extreme Rules (2021)
122 Dolph Ziggler 1 July 18, 2021 35 Unforgiven (2021)
123 Britt Baker 1 August 22, 2021 56 SummerSlam (2021)
124 Tommaso Ciampa 1 October 17, 2021 17+ Halloween Havoc (2021)

List of combined reigns[]

Indicates the current champion
<1 Indicates the reign was less than 1 day

As of November 2nd, 2021

Rank Wrestler # of Reigns Combined Days
1. Suicide 6 266
2. Samuel Shaw 6 241
3. Pastor William Eaver 3 236
4. New Jack 1 231
5. Jimmy Havoc 5 222
6. Kevin Nash 1 178
7. Travis Kooper 2 155
8. Raven 4 127
9. Corey Graves 2 109
10. Spud 1 107
11. Cesaro 4 91
12. Colt Cabana 1 84
13. Desmond Wolfe 1 77
14. Kevin Thorn 1 68
15. Kane 2 65
16. Mariusz Pudzianowski 2 60
17. Enzo Amore 3 57
18. Britt Baker 1 56
19. MJF 1 49
20. John Cena 2 45
21. Keith Lee 1 42
22. Mike Tarver 1 37
23. Bray Wyatt 1 35
23. Dolph Ziggler 1 35
23. Jake Anderson 6 35
24. Heath Slater 1 33
25. Tyson Kidd 3 31
26. Tyler Breeze 1 30
27. Jack Swagger 1 28
27. Becky Lynch 1 28
28. Daniel Puder 1 24
28. Daniel Bryan 2 24
29. Papydum 1 22
30. The Miz 2 21
30. Randy Orton 1 21
31. Kenny Omega 1 19
32. CJ Parker 1 17
32. Tommaso Ciampa 1 17+
33. R-Truth 1 16
34. Stardust 2 15
35. Bianca Belair 1 14
35. Daffney 1 14
36. Kevin Owens 2 13
36. Erick Rowan 1 13
37. Sonya Deville 1 <1
36. Billy Gunn 2 <1
37. Jey Uso 1 <1
37. The Bunny 1 <1
37. Bad News Barrett 1 <1
37. Sami Callihan 1 <1
37. Road Dogg 1 <1
3. Bram 1 <1
37. Shelton Benjamin 1 <1
37. Daniel Riley 1 <1
37. Stan Stansky 1 <1
37. Apollo Crews 1 <1
37. Scott Steiner 1 <1

See also[]

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