The EDBW Hardcore Championship was the third championship of EDBW, which debuted in the show's first episode.
The Championship was defended under "Hardcore Rules": No Disqualifications, No Countouts, and Pinfalls Count Anywhere, with an additional rule for the Championship itself: It could be contested anywhere at any time (itself known as the "24/7 Rule"). Matches were often held backstage where foreign objects can be found such as steel electrical cases and cars, although traditional Contendership and Title Matches were still sometimes held.
For the first eleven months of EDBW the Hardcore Title was competed for by men, but Robin's title win brought the belt to the Women's Division where it remained for the next two years. It was also the only title to ever be held by a real person, as showrunner John Dudebro once won the title in a MAGfest brawl against a cosplayer.
Due to its unique ruleset, there were far more Hardcore Champions than there have been champions any other title in EDBW, with a total of 26 different competitors who held the title in its lifespan. Out of those 26, five held the title multiple times. Commander Shepard and Jeff Gerstmann each held the title three separate times, although one of Gerstmann's reigns was with the SNST version of the title.
Strong Bad is credited by many for bringing the title to prominence, with his dominant three-defense reign that set the standard for much of the title's life. But technically speaking, the most successful Hardcore Champion ever may have been Commander Shepard, who by defending the title in 2/3 Falls matches achieved three reigns and two defenses.
EDBW Hardcore Championship Title HistoryEdit
|1||Jeff Gerstmann (2)||2014-01-23||0||15||
|6||King of All Cosmos||2014-06-06||0||<1|
|13||Jeff Gerstmann (3)||2014-12-07||0||13||
|23||Commander Shepard (2)||2015-08-07||1||92|
|25||Commander Shepard (3)||2015-11-06||1||18|
Having won the SNST Hardcore Championship on the show's final episode, Jeff Gerstmann was entered into a Fatal-Fourway elimination match to determine EDBW's first Hardcore Champion. Mirroring how Jeff won the title back on SNST, he was able to pin all three of his opponents and claim the belt as his.
After winning a Fatal-Fourway match to determine the #1 contender, Strong Bad attacked Jeff Gerstmann in the parking lot the very same episode. Strong Bad knocked the champion out and become the second person to hold the belt.
With momentum from winning a Triple Threat match, Eddie Riggs challenged Strong Bad backstage during the series premiere of VGCW: ARENA and would become the new Hardcore Champion.
Having defeated Viewtiful Joe earlier in the show, Frog would wait for the credits to roll and attacked Riggs backstage. This unexpected strike worked in Frog's favor as he would end the show Hardcore Champion.
Footage of Frog fighting Kanji Tatsumi and his tag team partner Skullomania was found on the video John Dudebro posted of the EDBW Women's Championship Ladder Match drawing. Kanji stood tall in the end, becoming the new champion.
King of All CosmosEdit
Having had an impressive showing in the Royal Rumble the previous show, Carlos fought Kanji backstage during Killscreen and was able to dethrone the champion.
Having also had an impressive showing in the Rumble, Guybrush Threepwood attacked the champion about 15 minutes after he won the title. Guybrush claimed the belt after rolling The King up for the three count.
Rash made his surprise return to the developmentals near the end of Killscreen. He defeated Guybrush backstage, becoming the new champ.
It would turn out that not even the loading screens were safe, as Rash was ambushed by Goomba while Dudebro was setting up the next match. Goomba knocked the champion out and would be able to defend the belt three times. He defeated Pepsiman while interrupting Dudebro's VGCW: ARENA promo, Viewtiful Joe during ARENA, and Professor Oak while VGCW was temporarily delayed. This ties the record for most successful defenses in a single reign.
With the title being defended at Killscreen 2 in the Elimination Chamber, Charles Barkley was one of the five wrestlers randomly chosen to be in the match. Entering last, he would make the champion the first person eliminated, making Barkley the champ for the time being.
Two of the final three, Rad and Asura, teamed up to eliminate Barkley from the Chamber. Rad got the pin...
...However, he would fall not long after to Asura, ending the match with the belt around Asura's waist. He would defend the belt in a violent squash against Johnny Gat and in a brawl backstage against Bubsy after countering the cat's 'Tude Adjustment.
It is worth noting that Bubsy came closer to winning the title than Gat did.
Jeff Gerstmann (2)Edit
After winning a Triple Threat match, Jeff challenged Asura backstage during an episode of VGCW: ARENA. The brawl ended with Jeff landing the Giant Powerbomb on the deity and claiming the title for the second time, making him perhaps not the best Hardcore Champion, but the most Hardcore Champion.
Robin, with momentum from winning a Fatal-Fourway against Tron Bonne, Edea Lee, and Saria, fought Jeff Gerstmann during the EDBW Women's Championship #1 Contenders' Tournament. Robin's strategy paid off, as the belt would change hands. Robin would later retain the title against Edea during an intro-interrupting backstage brawl.
Footage of a "MAGFest Brawl" arose on the web that presented the showrunner, John Dudebro, becoming Hardcore Champion by making Robin (a cosplayer) submit.
If the boss gets hurt it's bad for everyone. John vacates the title, making sure that he puts over no one.
The vacant title was up for grabs in a four-woman tables match. Jeanne, the newcomer and Dudebro's representative, would become champion after putting Kerrigan through a table in a photo-finish. This would make the belt exclusive to EDBW's female division.
In a six-woman tag team match held at Killscr3n, KOS-MOS was randomly selected to partner with Cynthia and Princess Elise to take on Gaige, Marie, and the champion, Jeanne. KOS-MOS would dominate the opposition, pinning Jeanne and Marie while assisting in the final elimination. This made her the new Hardcore Champion.
KOS-MOS' team would EXPLODE backstage the very next episode. Elise would end up knocking the champion out...
...But lost the belt 13 seconds later via an Outrage DDT by new Champion Cynthia.
During SNST: One Night Stand, Aqua would be attacked backstage by SNST originals Commander Shepard, Fio Germi, and Ellie. Shepard would became the new champion after incapacitating Aqua with a clothesline.
Aqua, unhappy with Shepard's use of assistance to claim the belt, was given a rematch with the champion two shows later. In an Extreme Rules 2/3 Falls match, Aqua would hit the Birth By Sleep and claim the belt...
Commander Shepard (2)Edit
...But Shepard would quickly regain the title after landing a Paragon Bottom. Another Paragon Bottom ended the match 2-1 with the belt around Shepard's waist.
Two weeks later, Commander Shepard broadcasted a message from space claiming that she would not lose the title by simply being jumped backstage and that she planned on elevating the Hardcore Championship's status.
After finishing Runner-Up in the #1 Contenders Tournament for the EDBW Women's Championship, Fio was given the chance to fight for the title by Shepard herself. In a similar situation to Shepard's previous Title Defense, Fio claimed the title by pinning Shepard with the Metal Slugger...
Commander Shepard (3)Edit
...Only for Shepard to hit the Paragon Bottom and pin her shortly afterwards, regaining the belt and going on to win the match 2-1.
Kerrigan would be randomly selected to fight for the title at Killscreen IV against five other women inside Hell in a Cell. She was able to capitalize on the match's chaos and pinned Marie after a Zerg Rush while the others were distracted.
She successfully defended the belt against Commander Shepard two shows later, possibly doing permanent damage to the renegade's back in the process.
After narrowly defeating Mila two episodes prior, Medusa fought Kerrigan backstage in an exciting brawl for the Hardcore title. With both competitors using all of their surroundings to their advantage, Medusa was able to get the win with her Stone Gaze, making her the new champion.
Medusa would defend the title in a second match against Mila in the middle of one of Sonic the Hedgehog's adventures in Soleanna.
Jaina Proudmoore Edit
After picking up a victory in her debut match against Mistral, newcomer Jaina Proudmoore kept her momentum going by challenging Medusa during an otherwise unassuming intermission the very next episode. With a thunderous ArcaneO out of nowhere onto the concrete floor, she knocked out the champion and claimed the Hardcore Title.
In a breathtaking six-woman ladder match at Killscreen V, Mona won her first title by outlasting Jaina Proudmoore, Robin, Aya Brea, Blaze Fielding, and Mistral to retrieve the championship belt and become Hardcore Champion.
Though the footage was well-hidden, Mona did achieve a title defense in a 2K17 Champion vs. Champion EDBW vs. NXT match against reigning NXT Women's Champion Asuka. It marked the first time a WWE wrestler challenged for an EDBW title.
In the first round of the Random Tag Team Tournament 2, Mona teamed with Ellie to face Clementine and Medusa. Clementine scored the pinfall over Mona with a Season Finale, advancing in the tournament and winning the Hardcore title for the first time in her career.
Robin (2) Edit
Clementine's reign would prove short-lived, as in the second round of the tournament her team was defeated by the duo of Robin and Morrigan. Robin pinned Clementine with a Tome End, becoming a two-time Hardcore Champion.
Kerrigan (2) Edit
Kerrigan's second Hardcore Championship would be the final reign for the title. After defeating Robin with a Vespene Claw and defending in a #1 Contenders Ladder Match against Jeanne, Kerrigan went into a Title for Title match against reigning EDBW Women's Champion Alice Liddell. In the war of words that preceded the match, she attacked Alice backstage, claiming it as her second title defense. The legacy of the Hardcore Championship came to an end at EDBW: The Golden. There, Kerrigan would defeat Alice and unify the Hardcore Championship with the Women's Championship, forming the Undisputed Women's Championship.