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DVD Release Date: July 31, 2001

MATCH #1: Hardcore Title Match – Bob Holly vs. Bart Gunn, RAW is WAR #300, 2.22.99

Holly has been the Champion since 2.14.99, and this is his second defense. The New Midnight Express explodes! They start slugging right away and quickly take it to the floor. Holly smashes a water pitcher on Gunn’s face, and then blasts him with a steel chair. Gunn finds a mug and cracks it on Holly’s face, and then hits him with the ring bell. They fight into the crowd briefly and continue assaulting each other. It’s probably good for everyone involved that they don’t do these kind of matches anymore. Holly uses a fire extinguisher and a tub of ice as weapons, and then whips Gunn into the steel stairs. They fight up the ramp and Gunn hits a suplex for a two-count. Gunn hits a DDT on the ramp, and then throws Holly into the steps. He sprays the fire extinguisher at Holly, but the Champion seems barely fazed. Holly fights back and bodyslams Gunn on the ramp. They fight up by the entrance and Gunn hits Holly with a watermelon, for real. Holly finds a crate of bananas and hits Gunn with that. A trash can is next, and the lid as well. Gunn finds a bag of flour and uses that as a weapon. Then some weirdly dressed ninja dude (Dr. Death Steve Williams) comes out and throws Gunn off the stage and through a table. That’s enough for Holy to climb down and get the pin at 8:17. This was just carnage and a definite time capsule from the Attitude Era. It had an element of silly fun going for it.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Hardcore Title Match – Test vs. Crash Holly, SmackDown #28, 2.24.00

Test has been the Champion since 1.17.00, and this is his second defense. Crash is confident, but that quickly gets him nowhere as Test boots him in the face to start. Test throws Crash around and the challenger goes to the floor to get a breather but gets no such thing. They fight into the crowd and Test is destroying poor Crash. They make their way back to ringside and Crash finds a fire extinguisher and sprays it in Tests’s face. Crash whips Test into the ring post and then comes off the apron with a hurricanrana. Hardcore Holly comes out to watch his cousin’s challenge for the title he made famous. Back in the ring Crash covers for a two-count. Crash uses a stick to beat on his much larger opponent. They head back to the floor and Crash leaps off the steps right into a chair to the face! Test brings another chair into the ring and sets both of them up. He goes for a powerbomb but Crash escapes, only to run into another big boot. Test goes for the Pumphandle Slam but Crash escapes and hits a low blow. Crash throws Test to the floor and follows him out with a house show dive. Hardcore Holly makes his way down to ringside with a steel chair and goes to hit his cousin, but makes contact with Tests’s skull instead. Crash crawls over and gets the pin at 3:58 to win the title! That was decent enough for the time they got, and they did a nice little big man versus little man thing.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Hardcore Title Match – Crash Holly vs. Tazz, SmackDown #29, 3.2.00

Crash has been the Champion since 2.24.00, and this is his second defense. Tazz brings the fight to Crash before he can even enter the ring and they head straight into the crowd. Tazz is dominating, and he brings Crash to the backstage area, throwing him into walls and doors the whole way. Prince Albert comes charging in, to attack Tazz, and the Big Boss Man follows suit. Tazz fights them both off, but then gets sprayed with a fire extinguisher. Crash finds a board and cracks it on Tazz’s head to get the pin and retain the title at 1:53. Not much going on there.
Rating: *

MATCH #4: Hardcore Title Match – Crash Holly vs. Hardcore Holly, RAW is WAR #357, 3.27.00

Crash has been the Champion since 3.13.00, and this is his first defense. The cousins take it to each other right away and Hardcore hits a dropkick. Tazz quickly runs in with his own referee and tries to win the title. The Headbangers come out with their own referee and this is just chaos. Viscera is out next, and all the challengers brawl as Crash tries to escape backstage but gets mauled by the Mean Street Posse. Kaientai are the next challengers as Crash makes his way down the hallway. Everyone heads outside the arena as Crash hides behind a trash can. Crash sneaks back in the building and his music plays at 2:10, but I’m pretty sure that match is technically a no-contest. Mindless fun here.
Rating: *

MATCH #5: Hardcore Title Match – Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy, SmackDown #37, 4.27.00

Matt has been the Champion since 4.24.00, and this is his first defense. The Champion has no problem hitting his brother with a trash can lid right off the bat, especially since Jeff refused to use a weapon himself. That quickly changes and Jeff fights back on his older brother. Jeff goes up top and hits a broom-assisted legdrop for a two-count. Perry Saturn strolls out to watch from ringside. The brothers continue to fight, and Matt traps Jeff in a trash can and delivers a moonsault for a near-fall. Hardcore Holly comes out to watch as Jeff throws Matt to the floor. Each Hardy grabs a ladder from opposite sides of the ring and the crowd gets to their feet. Jeff throws his ladder over his shoulder and dropkicks Matt’s back into his face. Cool spot. Jeff sets up the ladder as Tazz saunters out to watch Jeff hit the leapfrog guillotine legdrop for a two-count. Now Jeff goes back up the ladder and Matt sprays him with a fire extinguisher. Matt throws a trash can at Jeff, knocking him off the ladder and onto all the spectators. Matt goes to the top rope and leaps on to no one. Oops. A fight breaks out on the floor, and when the Hardys get back in the ring Crash sneaks in and hits Matt with a trash can to steal the pin at 4:32. They had a nice thing going before all hell broke loose and Crash stole the pin. They could have gone longer, but that just wasn’t going to happen back in 2000.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: Gerald Brisco vs. Crash Holly, SmackDown, 5.18.00

Brisco has been the Champion since 5.18.00, and this is his first defense. He just pinned Crash while he was sleeping to win the title, and Crash wants his title back. Crash comes charging into the ring and Briscoe does his best to fight him off. The challenger brings some weapons into the ring and Briscoe tries to hightail it out of there. Crash throws him into the steel post and back in the ring. Pat Patterson makes his way down to ringside and distracts Crash long enough for Brisco to hit him with a trash can. Patterson goes for the stink face but Crash recovers and kicks him in the groin, and then violates him in a manner most foul. Meanwhile Brisco had escaped to the back with his title in tow. The result is a no-contest, duh.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #7: Hardcore Title Match – Steve Blackman vs. Big Boss Man, RAW is WAR #380, 9.4.00

Blackman has been the Champion since 8.27.00, and this is his second defense. Boss Man tries to attack before the bell but Blackman is ready for him. Blackman knocks Boss Man to the floor, where the challenger finds a kendo stick and brings it back to the ring. Boss Man can’t connect and Blackman slips out and finds his Party Time sticks. Blackman works Boss Man over with the sticks for a two-count. Boss Man uses the kendo stick to kick out, and then sprays a fire extinguisher to take the advantage. He finds a leather strap and whips Blackman with it as they fight through the crowd. They battle into the catering area, where Dean Malenko and Crash Holly attack Boss Man for reasons I cannot at all remember. Blackman hits a superkick to get the pin and retain the title at 3:29. Blackman then attacks Crash and Malenko for helping him out. They did what they could in three minutes, that’s for sure, but I seriously have no idea why Malenko would involve himself in any Hardcore Title match ever.
Rating: *½

MATCH #8: Hardcore Title Triple Threat Match – Steve Blackman vs. Christian vs. Edge, RAW is WAR #384, 10.2.00

Blackman has been the Champion since 9.24.00, and this is his second defense. Edge and Christian attack Blackman in the aisle to get this match underway. Blackman tosses Edge into the crowd, and Christian takes advantage by hitting Blackman with a trash can lid. Christian brings Blackman and the trash can lids in the ring, but Blackman takes it away from him and has Party Time on Christian’s face. Edge comes back in and Blackman beats him up too. Finally Edge and Christian are able to work together and deliver some offense. The former Tag Team Champions use a trash can to abuse the Champion, but they can’t decide which one of them will get the cover. Edge and Christian decide to go for a Con-Chair-Toe, but they give Blackman too much time to recover. Blackman kicks a chair into Edge’s face, and then pump kicks another chair into Christian’s face to get the pin at 3:17. That was a rather entertaining sprint, and a good time watching Steve Blackman destroy two future World Champions.
Rating: **

MATCH #9: Hardcore Title Match – Steve Blackman vs. Tazz, Smackdown #62, 10.19.00

Blackman has been the Champion since 9.24.00, and this is his fifth defense. This one starts off in the aisle and Tazz takes the first advantage but it doesn’t last long. Blackman finds a trash can lid and hits Tazz right into the crowd. They fight through the people and make their way backstage, brawling the whole way. Funaki and Just Joe get involved and get beat up for it. The match heads back to ringside and they actually get into the ring. Tazz brings a steel chair in with him but it backfires when Blackman hits a drop toehold, sending Tazz’s face into the chair. Blackman finds the Party Time sticks and throws a party all over Tazz. He hits the back suplex for a near-fall. Tazz comes back with a Northern Lights Suplex for two and then hits a clothesline. He goes under the ring and finds a kendo stick, and he uses it to help with the Tazzmission. Blackman uses a trash can lid to escape, and then delivers a low blow. He goes up top with the kendo stick and comes down with a shot to the head to get the pin at 4:16. Tazz got his shots in but Blackman looked dominant, as usual for his reign.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #10: Hardcore Title Match – Steve Blackman vs. Tiger Ali Singh, RAW is WAR #392, 11.27.00

Blackman has been the Champion since 9.24.00, and this is his eighth defense. Singh is dressed in a suit for some reason. He tries to avoid Blackman in the early going, but Blackman outsmarts him. Blackman brings it into the ring and the domination begins. He uses a trash can lid and then finds his Party Time sticks. Singh tries to beg off but that gets him nowhere. Blackman hits the back suplex and then goes up top with the kendo stick. He comes down with a shot to the head for the pin at 3:32. That was a total squash, and it had every right to be.
Rating: *

MATCH #11: Hardcore Match – Raven vs. Undertaker, SmackDown #70, 12.14.00

Raven tries to attack Undertaker with a trash can lid but he gets booted in the face for his troubles. Undertaker kills Raven with a trash can, and they take it to the floor. Raven finds a wrench and uses it pretty effectively, but come on, Undertaker wasn’t selling wrenches in late 2000. Undertaker throws Raven around ringside, and then hits him with the steel steps, busting him open. He clears the announce table and then destroys Raven’s head with a chair shot. Undertaker then hits the Last Ride through the table and gets the pin at 3:02. Raven just got murdered there.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #12: Hardcore Title Triple Threat Match – Big Show vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Rock, RAW is WAR #405, 2.26.01

Show has been the Champion since 2.25.01, and this is his first defense. The Rock is the WWF Champion but that title is not on the line here. Angle and Rock stare each other down and Show takes them both out with a clothesline. Rock fights back and Angle gets back into it as well, and this is going to be tough to keep up with. They take the fight to the floor and Show is throwing Rock around. Rock slips out of a bodyslam and shoves Show into the steel steps. Angle clocks Rock from behind and brings him back in the ring. Rock is able to put on the Sharpshooter, and Show comes back in to break it up. Angle and Rock decide to work together to hit a double suplex, shaking the ring. All hell breaks loose as Steve Blackman comes to the ring and tries to win the Hardcore Title, and Hardcore Holly follows with the same goal in mind. Albert gives it a go, and Saturn comes out too. “The One” Billy Gunn joins the fracas. Rock and Angle fight off in one part of the building, while everyone else heads toward the back. Essa Rios and Crash Holly literally jump into the match and Show swats them away. The fight finds its way backstage the Champion finds himself alone with Rios. Show picks Rios up and holds his shoulders down against the wall and scores the pin at 7:25 (shown). It certainly wasn’t as electric once Angle and Rock were out of it, but this was more ridiculously enjoyable hardcore fun, with a memorable finish.
Rating: ***

MATCH #13: Hardcore Title Triple Threat Match – Raven vs. Big Show vs. Kane, WrestleMania X-Seven, 4.1.01

Raven has been the Champion since 3.19.01, and this is his second defense. It’s hilarious to hear JR say about Kane that “this young man may be the future.” Raven attacks Kane before Show even makes his entrance. Show makes his way out and starts using his size and power advantage right away. The fight quickly spills into the crowd and all the way to the backstage area. Kane throws Raven into a wall, creating a hole. Show comes in and slams Kane on some wooden pallets. A variety of weapons are used as they continue making their way through the backstage area. Kane chokes Raven with a garden hose and then throws him through a window! Show and Kane take it to each other and crash through a wall. Raven reappears and realizes what a bad idea it is to get in between Kane and Show, so he tries driving away on a golf cart. He doesn’t get very far. Kane commandeers his own golf cart and runs Raven down with it. Finally they make their way back out by the entrance ramp. Show picks Raven up in a press slam and Kane boots Show in the face to knock them both off the stage and through a piece of the set! Kane then follows them down with a huge elbow drop on Show to get the pin at 9:19. That was fairly ridiculous but it was also a great deal of a fun and I love variety at WrestleMania. This match was a pretty good summation of the Hardcore Title as a whole.
Rating: ***

MATCH #14: Hardcore Title Match – Rhyno vs. Raven, Backlash, 4.29.01

Rhyno has been the champion since 4.19.01, and this is his third defense. This was during Raven’s brief run as a hardcore babyface. Rhyno charges before the bell and receives a drop toehold into a stop sign for his trouble. Raven dents a trash can on Rhyno’s head for a two-count. Rhyno comes back and uses the same trash can to hit Raven. He sends Raven to the floor and gets a cover for two. The champion sets up the steel steps away from the ring post and slams Raven’s head into them. Rhyno sets Raven up in a chair and tries to leap from the steps but Raven moves out of the way and Rhyno crashes into the chair. Raven then uses the steps to hit an elevated clothesline for a two-count. They make it back to the ring and Raven slugs away. Raven knocks Rhyno right back outside and whips him into the barricade. He brings out more weapons and then Rhyno pulls him into the ring post. Rhyno then levels Raven with a trash can lid. He pulls off one of the “keep off” signs from the barricade and cracks Raven in the face with it for a two-count. He hits Raven with the sign one more time for another near-fall. They take it back to the ring and Rhyno throws in a shopping cart. Raven comes back with a drop toehold, this time sending Rhyno into the cart. He uses a handicap parking sign to wear Rhyno out. The crowd is really behind Raven here. Raven hits the bulldog for a close near-fall. Both men struggle back to their feet and Rhyno hits a few punches. Rhyno grabs the shopping cart and Raven Grabs a trash can, and Raven wins that battle for a two-count. Raven runs the cart into Rhyno’s guts. He goes for his clothesline, but Rhyno clobbers him with the handicap parking sign for two. Rhyno blasts Raven twice with a trash can, and then goes for the Gore, but Raven moves and he crashes through the shopping cart! That’s a great spot. Raven hits Rhyno (still in the cart) with the kitchen sink a couple of times, but can only get two. Man the crowd is hot for Raven. While they’re showing the replay, Rhyno is able to cut Raven in half with a Gore to get the pin and retain the title at 8:12. That was tons of fun but the finish came off somewhat anticlimactically. This was probably the best Hardcore Title match ever up to this point.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #15: Hardcore Title Match – Rhyno vs. Test vs. Big Show, Judgment Day, 5.20.01

Rhyno has been the Champion since 4.19.01, and this is his seventh defense. Test and Show can’t wait to fight each other so the bell rings before Rhyno even arrives. The Champ makes his way out and he works with Test to try and take out the largest man in the match, but that doesn’t go so well. Show dumps Rhyno to the floor, and then tries the same on Test, but Test ducks and Show tumbles to the floor. Everyone brawls on the floor and they take the fight into the crowd. They make their way backstage, with Test and Rhyno alternating between double-teaming Show and beating on each other. Show fights back and tries to pin Rhyno on the wall just like he did Essa Rios, but Test breaks that up. Test and Rhyno knock Show back into a pile of pallets and that should keep him out of it for a few minutes. Rhyno and Test brawl their way back into the arena, and Rhyno whips Test hard into the ring post. The Hardcore Champion throws some weaponry into the ring but gets a trash can lid punched right back into his face. Rhyno fights back with a DDT on a lid but only gets two. Show makes his way back to the ring and boy does he look angry. He flattens Rhyno with a Chokeslam, and then turns around right into a big boot from Test, who covers for two. All three men are worse for wear. Rhyno connects with a GORE on Show, and then Test blasts Rhyno in the face with a trash can lid for a near-fall. Test brings out a fire extinguisher and sprays it in Show’s face, and then hits Show with it but again only gets two. Rhyno takes Test out with a trash can, and then he throws the can into Show’s arms, and then leaps off the ring steps with a GORE to get the pin and retain the title at 9:15. Triple threat hardcore matches were usually enjoyable because it was a pretty sure thing that the action would be non-stop, like it was here. The finish was cool too.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #16: Hardcore Title Match – Big Show vs. Rhyno, RAW is WAR #417, 5.21.01

Rhyno has been the Champion since 4.19.01, and this is his eighth defense. He throws some weapons in the ring before the match even starts, and Show decides to meet him on the floor and start the contest out there. Show dominates in the early going, taking Rhyno up the ramp for a suplex. He throws Rhyno around ringside for a bit until Rhyno avoids a charge and Show connects with the ring post. Rhyno gets a few weapon shots in but Show quickly fights back and they take it to the ring. The Champion beats on Show with various weapons and attacks the arm, hoping to neutralize the Chokeslam. Rhyno sets up for the GORE but Show gets a chair up in his face. Show kicks a trash can back in Rhyno’s face, and then Chokeslams him on top of the can to get the pin and win the title at 4:58. Two tough dudes beating each other up for five minutes is fun enough.
Rating: **¼

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