Today in Pro Wrestling History: (May 16): Hardcore Goes Old School

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On May 16th, 2000, at a SmackDown! taping in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, an unusual event unfolded in the world of professional wrestling. Gerald Brisco, known more for his backstage roles in the WWF (now WWE), managed to capture the WWF Hardcore Championship.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: (May 16): Hardcore Goes Old School

Today In Pro Wrestling History May 16

The title, unique for its 24/7 rule, was up for grabs anytime, anywhere, as long as a referee was present. This led to many comedic and chaotic title changes, often in unexpected locations. Crash Holly, a wrestler known for his underdog persona and numerous short-lived reigns as Hardcore Champion, was the unfortunate victim this time.

In a scene that blurred the lines between backstage drama and in-ring competition, Brisco found Crash Holly asleep backstage. Seizing the opportunity, Brisco pinned the slumbering champion, with a referee on hand to make the count, thus becoming the new WWF Hardcore Champion. This unexpected title change added another layer to the unpredictable nature of the Hardcore Championship and provided a memorable moment in WWE history.

YouTube video

These stories may also interest you:

Can’t get enough pro wrestling history in your life? Sign up to unlock ten pro wrestling stories curated uniquely for YOU, plus subscriber-exclusive content. A special gift from us awaits after signing up!

Want More? Choose another story!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, X/Twitter, Instagram, Threads, YouTube, TikTok, and Flipboard!
Pro Wrestling Stories is committed to accurate, unbiased wrestling content rigorously fact-checked and verified by our team of researchers and editors. Any inaccuracies are quickly corrected, with updates timestamped in the article's byline header.
Got a correction, tip, or story idea for Pro Wrestling Stories? Contact us! Learn about our editorial standards here.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us provide free content for you to enjoy!

Be sure to follow Pro Wrestling Stories on Twitter @pws_official and Facebook @prowrestlingstories to keep up with the latest!