The WWE Hardcore Championship was a hardcore wrestling championship in WWE which was contested under "hardcore" rules no disqualifications , no countouts , and pinfalls count anywhere. It was established on November 2, , with Mankind as the inaugural champion. After Mankind lost the title to Big Boss Man , he never attempted to recapture it mainly because of the main event push he received shortly afterward. At the time of conception, the idea was for the belt to be used in comedy segments to play on Mankind's reputation as a hardcore wrestler. However, as Mankind and hardcore wrestling became more popular with audiences, the Hardcore Championship became a more serious title.