Skip to main content. While hardcore wrestling came into prominence in the s with the advent of ECW, its roots go back much further than that. Searching for a way to settle the most heated rivalries, promoters put wrestlers into increasingly dangerous situations, whether it be Steel Cage massacres or No Holds Barred slugfests. As time went on and new generations of competitors entered battle, the stakes were raised. Tables, ladders, chairs, barbed wire and anything else that could be used to bludgeon an opponent was brought into the ring.
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Contrary to popular belief, hardcore wrestling was not begun by ECW. Paul Heyman and Tod Gordon were merely taking long-time aspects of wrestling and bringing it to the mainstream. Indeed, many times you would get literal riots from crowds reacting to these events and wrestlers actually being attacked for real for being hated heels. While that has faded a bit, the fact is that so many of the older territories were doing total bloodbaths long before ECW came around. You can still see some hardcore stuff around but with WWE going for a more PG-rated feel, you have to look to the indies more. Some of that stuff can be too dangerous, guys going all out to entertain and taking far too many bumps and cuts to be professional.
The title was only contestable in matches under hardcore regulations, and could be won only by individual wrestlers. McMahon awarded Mankind the title. The title was reactivated on two occasions afterwards, although they are not considered official reigns by WWE according to their official title history.
The hardcore wrestling style has been quite polarizing in WWE. In WWE, a wrestler would need to find an ideal middle ground between hardcore wrestling and other styles to get to the top. The following superstars are regarded as the best hardcore wrestlers in WWE history. Shane loved to jump off the tallest structures in matches.