While the 24/7 Championship has
been on a downturn since The Singh Brothers entered the championship scramble,
there was a streak where the 24/7 segments were some of the more entertaining
moments on WWE weekly programming.
The 24/7 Championship will never replace
the source of its inspiration, the Hardcore Championship, in the hearts of
Attitude Era fans. It’s more piggyback dashes than barbed wire baseball bats;
more celebrity cameos than blood and thumbtacks. However, while the 24/7 Championship
lacks hardcore, the division is no less erratic. In the 24/7 Championship’s
short run, R-Truth is only four wins away from surpassing Raven’s record 27 Hardcore
Mankind became the first ever Hardcore
Champion when he was awarded the title on the 2 November 1998 episode of Raw. It
was Crash Holly who brought the 24/7 rule into effect when he won the title on
the 22 February 2000 episode of SmackDown, giving referees the option for
overtime without the soul crushing task of officiating Gillberg matches on
Sunday Night Heat.
The Hardcore Championship was
unified with the Intercontinental Championship following a match between Rob
Van Dam and Tommy Dreamer on the 26 August 2002 episode of Raw, leaving the WWE
Universe with a long list of reigns (240) and many moments of iconic chaos.